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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Caroline Rose at World Cafe Live, Cold Roses at Bourbon and Branch, Two Gallants at Johnny Brenda

Caroline Rose | Photo by John Vettese
Caroline Rose | Photo by John Vettese

After making a splash in 2013 with her pop-and-country infused album America Religious, New Jersey’s Caroline Rose returned last fall with an album that expanded her sound into realms of gospel and blues with I Will Not Be Afraid. Tonight she plays World Cafe Live opening for Pokey La Farge. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Philadelphia Folk Festival adds Jason Isbell, and World Cafe recording sessions with Sturgill Simpson and Caroline Rose to the lineup

Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

The already packed 53rd Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival lineup is getting four more additions, including singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, who will be a headliner on Sunday night of the festival. A former member of the band Drive-By Truckers, singer-songwriter Isbell has a southern rock, alternative country influenced sound. The festival also added a bonus concert exclusively for All-Festival Camping Ticket holders on Thursday, August 14 — the night before the festival official starts. The concert will be held in the campgrounds and hosted by World Cafe host David Dye. The night will feature bluegrass and country music singer Sturgill Simpson, vintage country songstress Caroline Rose and roots band Parsonfield. For more information about the festival and tickets, go to the Philadelphia Folk Festival website here. Below, listen to Isbell perform “Live Oak” from his Free at Noon concert from August 2013.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Caroline Rose at World Cafe Live, Creepoid at Johnny Brenda’s, Josh Ritter at The Keswick Theatre and more

Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker
Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker

Burlington-based singer-songwriter Caroline Rose headlines World Cafe Live tonight. The Burlington, VT singer-songwriter debuted last year with a lovely album called America Religious that Folkadelphia’s Fred Knittel compared in equal parts to Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt and Carole King. “It’s Americana and it’s not,” Knittel wrote, introducing Rose’s Folkadelphia session. “It’s rock-and-roll and it’s not, it’s rootsy and it’s not. Her music exists somewhere at the confluence of these styles, but also carries the ambiguities of living without of these genres.” Tickets and information on Rose’s show tonight can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, stream her Folkadelphia session, and download it at Bandcamp.

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Your February folk concert calendar and an encore session from Quilt, tonight on Folkadelphia Radio

Courtesy of Quilt
Courtesy of Quilt

Calling all fans of live folk and acoustic music: this is your week(end)! Throughout the radio show, we’ll preview a few of the more notable concert choices you can make as we close the book on February. You’ll hear from roots-rocker Caroline Rose (playing World Cafe Live on Thu. 2/27), raucous electric country from The Whiskey Gentry (playing Milkboy Philly on Fri. 2/28), and indie folk star Sera Cahoone (supporting Band of Horses at the Merriam Theater on Sat. 3/1). While we aren’t playing Mark Fosson or Nathaniel Earl Bowles, we also recommend their evening of American Primitivism folk at the Rotunda this Friday, 2/28. Listen to Caroline Rose and Sera Cahoone’s previous Folkadelphia Sessions:

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony at TLA, Caroline Rose at Union Transfer, Dan Kassel at Melodies Cafe and more

Photo via freddyo.com
Photo via freddyo.com

Veteran hip-hop four-piece Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will play at the TLA tonight. Bone Thugs have been relatively quiet lately aside from September’s catchy “Everything 100″ single release that has kept fans eagerly anticipating a new LP. They’ve always been melodic enough for the radio and gritty enough for the streets; a recipe that shot them to stardom in the mid-’90s. Watch “Everything 100″ below and get tickets here.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Lushlife, The Chelsea Kills, Caroline Rose

 

Raj Haldar tracking piano for the 4th movement of Toynbee Suite | Photo by Phil Bradshaw
Raj Haldar tracking piano for the 4th movement of Toynbee Suite | Photo by Phil Bradshaw

Shaking Through premiered their latest recording this week, a collaboration spearheaded by Lushlife‘s Raj Haldar with several other local musicians.  The end result, Toynbee Suite, is a 10+ minute hip hop symphony circling the mysterious Toynbee Tiles that are inlaid throughout hte city.  Watch the Shaking Through episode here.

Local musician Chris Kasper brought his band in for this week’s Key Studio Session.  Kasper recently released his fourth solo record Bagabones and performed tracks from that LP for this session.  Joining him for these takes are Phil D’Agostino, Kiley Ryan, Jerry Bernhardt and Daniel “Scrappy” Bower.  Check out “Don’t Want to Lose Your Way” below and get the full set here.

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