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Tonight’s Concert Picks: JJL at Boot & Saddle, Marilyn Manson at the Electric Factory, Cee Knowledge at The Fire and more…

JJL
JJL | photo via Facebook

Local veterans JJL hit the Boot & Saddle stage tonight. The band has been making a ferocious comeback after a fire destroyed their rehearsal space and gear last February, coming together to record a six-track EP called The Tiger. It’s an amped up, hard-hitting collection of power-rock songs that are rooted in a sentimental and music-loving place. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Listen to “The Tiger” below.

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Nod your head to this new video from Cee Knowledge & The Cosmic Funk Orchestra

Cee Knowledge | photo via https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cee-Knowledge/86703848612
Cee Knowledge | photo via Facebook

Local hip-hop / funk ensemble Cee Knowledge & The Funk Cosmic Orchestra just released a stunning video for the song “Bandits” off of the album To Life, Love, and Loot.  This is the latest album from the long-running Cee, who in the 90s performed under the name Doodlebug in revered New York rap group Digable Planets. In the video, the camera follows the group wandering around abandoned train tracks, mixed up with black and white close ups of the group members singing as a flowing bass line carries you through the song.  Check it out below, and catch Cee Knowledge and the Cosmic Funk Orchestra at The Trocadero on June 4th while your at it.  Information for the show can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cub Sport / Communion Philly at Underground Arts, Mobb Deep at TLA, Prism Quartet at World Cafe Live and more

CubSportAustrailian indie-pop outfit Cub Sport will play this month’s Communion Club Night at Underground Arts for their very first show in Philadelphia. This tour is the first US/Canada run for the band who self-released their Paradise EP last year. Their sound is super energetic and poppy at times (see “Paradise”) and more mellow and subdued at others (see “Shuffle”) but it’s all done in a dewy dream pop context that’s pretty hard to resist at both ends of the spectrum. Watch “Paradise” below and get tickets here.

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Northern Liberties Winter Music Festival happening next month at The Fire

Rosu Lup | photo by Doug Seymour Music Photography
Rosu Lup | photo by Doug Seymour Music Photography

The Northern Liberties Winter Music Festival returns to The Fire on February 11th to the 16th.  With six straight days of local music showcases, the annual event will feature over 20 acts covering every genre from hip hop, folk, indie pop and more.  The event kicks off with Grizful Dead on the 11th, a tribute to the Grateful Dead from Griz and friends.  Other bands participating this year include Family Vacation, Rosu Lup, Cee Knowledge, Adrien Reju and Up the Chain.  Tickets and information will be available here.  Check out some of the bands below.

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The Fire presents a night of Philly hip hop with Schoolly D, Cee Knowledge and more on 11/15

Schoolly D | photo by Helen Sotiriadis
Schoolly D | photo by Helen Sotiriadis

There’s a local hip hop extravaganza happening at The Fire on Friday, November 15th.  Legendary Philadelphia hip hop artist Schoolly D will be joined by former Digable Planets member Cee Knowledge, Radio Ghost, Cookie Rabinowitz and more.  Check out some of the performers below.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.

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Listen to Cee Knowledge from Digable Planets collaborate with Dumhi and more on “The Scene (You Don’t Know)”

South Philly hiphop producer Dumhi has worked with dozens of local rappers over the past few years – including our featured artist in this week’s Key Studio Session, Ethel Cee. This week, he released his latest collaborative cut – “The Scene (You Don’t Know)”, featuring Cee Knowledge (aka Doodlebug from Digable Planets), Random, Burke the Jurke and Open Mic Eagle. You can listen to the track below, and grab a name-your-own-price download of its digital single at Bandcamp.