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Listen to the new EP from Caroline Reese & the Drifting Fifth, catch their release mini-tour next week

Caroline Reese & the Drifting Fifth / courtesy of the artist
Caroline Reese & the Drifting Fifth / courtesy of the artist

Reading native Caroline Reese has released a new EP with her band Caroline Reese & the Drifting FifthThe Electric Year is a 7-track album full of country-infused folk, but this isn’t your average, everyday folk music. Reese is a vocal powerhouse and infuses the songs with a distinctive style. There’s a country influence to some songs, but on others like “What I Did” and “On the Highway,” you’ll hear some modern rock as well. Reese’s voice gives you chills with the amount of raw emotion she puts into her lyrics and delivery. The Electric Year is available for download on the band’s Bandcamp here. See Caroline Reese & the Drifting Fifth when its pre-summer mini-tour passes through the area, including a June 18 gig at Fergie’s Pub, June 19th at Burlap and Bean in Newtown Square and the release party June 20th at The GAPS in Reading. For the full tour schedule, check out the band’s official website here. Listen to the EP and watch a live version of “What I Did” below.

CRD5 — What I Did from Michael Batchelor on Vimeo.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Meshell Ndegeocello at World Cafe Live, Luray at Burlap and Bean, Jason Isbell at Union Transfer and more

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The ever soulful jazz/ R&B singer/instrumentalist Meshell Ndegeocello will perform a tribute to Nina Simone at World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington tonight. Backed by a full band, Ndegeocello will incorporate her unique jazz and gospel flair into Simone’s large repertoire of classic tunes, breathing new life into the iconic music written by or associated with Simone. Ndegeocello’s 2012 tribute album Pour Une Âme Souveraine (For a Sovereign Soul): A Dedication to Nina Simone features covers of “Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” among countless other classics, and the tribute performance this evening is not to be missed. Read The Key’s interview with Ndegeocello here. Find tickets and more info on the performance here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hurry at Boot and Saddle, Anjuli Josephine at Tin Angel, A Fistful of Sugar at World Cafe Live and more

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Boot and Saddle welcomes local bands Hurry, Dreambook, and Mock Suns to its stage tonight. Hurry just released a new single “Oh Whitney”, which you can stream below, from their upcoming LP Everything/Nothing. The band is the solo product of Matt Scottoline of emo four-piece Everyone Everywhere. Dreambook released Only Shadows last year which features their signature distorted guitar sounds and layered drum beats. Psych-pop headliners Mock Suns released their debut album Here Nor There back in 2012. All three acts are lo-fi dream pop-oriented with a splash of something unique. Get tickets here and check out tracks from the bands below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Brazos at Boot & Saddle, Liz Longley at Burlap and Bean

Brazos | photo by Claire Lucido
Brazos | photo by Claire Lucido

Austin’s Brazos headline Boot & Saddle tonight.  The pop trio released Saltwater on Dead Oceans earlier this year, showcasing frontman Martin Crane’s knack for sugary, upbeat songwriting that is instantly welcoming and comfortable.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.  Watch the video for “How the Ranks Was Won” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ali Wadsworth at Ruba Club, The Deli’s 5th Anniversary Bash at PhilaMOCA, River City Festival at Penn Treaty Park and more

Screen shot 2013-08-20 at 9.30.04 PMAli Wadsworth is not a new voice in Philly by any means, but she’ll be releasing her debut solo LP at Ruba Club tonight.  The celebration will be an incredible one: a cocktail hour, sets by Auctioneer, Thom McCarthy and Divers and a “super top secret party band” will surround the centerpiece performance by Wadsworth and her band. Before striking out on her own, Wadsworth was a member of Unlikely Cowboy with Good Old War’s Dan Schwartz, Goldiebox with her sister Claire and Philly super-group Fantasy Square Garden.  The new album, recorded by Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man), features songs written for Wadsworth by her friends and fellow musicians.  Tickets and information for the all-night party can be found on the Facebook event page.  Watch Wadsworth perform “Still Not Over You” at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cheers Elephant at Underground Arts, Rusted Root at Musikfest Cafe, Meg Hutchinson at Burlap and Bean, Stinking Lizaveta at Kungfu Necktie

IMG_1455-620x413Philly-based Cheers Elephant have been busy lately. When they’re not rocking the City Hall Presents concert series, they’re probably off in Brooklyn performing on rooftops for Paste Magazine. The local indie-rockers will be back at it once more tonight, when they’ll be bringing their delightful psych-pop to Underground Arts, for a show with Wild Adriatic. The band’s latest, Like Wind Blows Fire, came out in May of last year. Tickets and info can be found here, and watch the video for their song “Doin’ It, Right” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Milk Carton Kids at World Cafe Live, Liz Longley at Burlap and Bean

milkcartonkids The California folk duo The Milk Carton Kids bring their heartfelt, contemplative story songs to the stage of World Cafe Live tonight. They recently released their new album, The Ash & Clay, in March. Within a word, their music is exquisite. The melodies lightly flutter over the senses, fading into an out of body dream like state, and their elegance is clear throughout the overall composition. The Ash & Clay is their third album on Anti-Records, while the previous two albums, Prologue and Retrospect are available for free download through their website. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with Aofie O’Donovan can be found here. Below, watch The Milk Carton Kids play a delightful three song set (the songs they play are: “Michigan”, “Stealing Romance”, and “I Still Want a Little More”) for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert.

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Liz Longley performs at Burlap and Bean tonight. Although now living in Nashville, Tennessee, the singer/songwriter is a Philadelphia native and will be coming home to play some of her songs in anticipation of her upcoming album entitled Liz Longley, and her new single “This Is Not The End” released on April 16th available through iTunes. She has also been The Local Pick Of The Day back in October 2010 with her song “Free”. Longley will be touring steadily through April, May, and June throughout the US. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with Seth Glier can be found here. Below, watch an acoustic session with Liz Longley playing her new single “This Is Not The End” from her upcoming album Liz Longley.

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Folkadelphia Session: Kyle Swartzwelder

Kyle Swartzwelder writes low-key country tunes that simmer with an intensity just beneath the surface. His newest record Canadian Pacific is a pleasure to listen to straight through and, as it ends, you feel like you’ve gained something meaningful for having spent the time. This does not speak to how Swartzwelder and his band – who hail from Delaware and Pennsylvania – perform in a live setting, but from minute one of setting up, you could tell these guys were a well-oiled machine. We ended up recording seven songs (usually we record three or four), including one in which the band worked out parts to during the session. Yeah, they’re good. We love recording sessions like this because it allows us to focus on making the best recordings that we can. Here’s the result, a few of the tracks now available for your streaming and download pleasure!

Catch Kyle at Burlap and Bean Coffee in Newtown Square, PA as he runs production and other duties at the venue/café. He also performs there on Friday, May 3rd opening for Malcolm Holcombe which begs the question- who will do sound?!

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Light Heat at Johnny Brenda’s, Pat Martino Trio at Sellersville Theater, Hallelujah The Hills at Kennett Flash

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Light Heat, the latest project of Quentin Stoltzfus, sounds the way its name suggests. The track “And the Birds,” which streams on the Light Heat website, is warm and delicately ornamented with piano notes.  “The Mirror” has been described by Spin as a “simmering slow-burner.”  A few months ago, we posted Light Heat’s “Elevation” recording for Bands in the Backyard and it was clear, even then, that Stolzfus’ new project was something to keep an eye on.  A Light Heat album isn’t due out until June, but tonight Light Heat will perform at Johnny Brenda’s, offering a few more gorgeous songs than what’s currently available for streaming.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show are available here.  Below, listen to Light Heat’s “The Mirror.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The National Rifle at Johnny Brenda’s, Everyone Everywhere at The Barbary, The Weeks at MilkBoy, JD Malone at Burlap and Bean, XPN Welcomes Lee Fields & The Expressions to World Cafe Live

With an album release a mere two weeks away, The National Rifle headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Almost Endless will be the Philly band’s first full-length, following up four EPs that span a seven year career.  With glam rock vocals, spacey synths and a pulsing bass line, The Nationals Rifle’s new recordings move the quartet away from the punk vibes of their previous releases and into the world of Bowie and M83 dipped in dream pop.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with The New Connection and Crills Wilson can be found here.  Below, stream “Glass Line” from Almost Endless.

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