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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Macy Gray at Ardmore Music Hall, Chris Kasper at World Cafe Live, Telyscopes at The Barbary, and more

Macy Gray | via facebook.com/macygrayslife

Macy Gray‘s back, folks. And she’s not slowing down one bit.  After releasing the jazz-infused album, Stripped, back in September, Gray continues to show her endless talents with a recent single “White Man.” While also being an insanely catchy, dance-able tune, the single also serves as a socially-conscious, empowering anthem. Don’t miss Macy Gray perform this and classics alike at The Ardmore Music Hall tonight. Find more info on tickets here, and watch the inspiring video for “White Man” below. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Chris Kasper charms with folk traveller vibes at World Cafe Live

Chris Kasper | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
Chris Kasper | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

“I heard people lost their relationship with the Earth the day we started wearing shoes.”

It was sentiments such as this that local folk fave Chris Kasper speckled throughout his performance this past rainy Friday afternoon in Philly. Though Kasper has been a staple and steady figure in the local folk scene for over a decade now, it’s hard to believe that he’s not some sort of wandering vagabond — endlessly traveling across the country with nothing but good vibes and a guitar strapped to his back. Continue reading →

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Listen to Chris Kasper perform on NPR’s Mountain Stage

Chris Kasper | photo via chriskasper.bandcamp.com

Roots singer-songwriter Chris Kasper is often thought of as a leading light of the Philadelphia folk scene, but a little known fact about the guy: he spent his musical formative years in Morgantown, West Virginia, studying at WVU. That’s where he first made the acquaintance of Mountain Stage host Larry Groce — who recently welcomed Kasper for his first appearance on the nationally-syndicated NPR program (which airs on WXPN Sunday afternoons).

Recorded on October 16 at The Clay Center in Charleston, on a lineup also featuring Foy Vance, Amanda Shires, Oh Pep! and Carsie Blanton, Kasper’s four-song set was performed with with Kiley Ryan on fiddle and backup vocals, and showcases what Groce praises as Kasper’s versatility in folk, pop and blues.  Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Worriers at PhilaMOCA, Jedi Mind Tricks at The Trocadero, Chris Kasper at World Cafe Live and more

Worriers Photo by Kenneth Bachor via facebook.com
Worriers Photo by Kenneth Bachor via facebook.com

Worriers is the brainchild of longtime punk rocker Lauren Denitzio, and though she has a live band (featuring scene staple Mikey Erg), Worriers debut LP Imaginary Life (produced by Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace) is a work entirely her own. The records and and ensuing tour will obviously be very personal for Denitzio and Worriers, but fortunately, “personal” still means kick-ass punk rock. The band takes the stage at PhilaMOCA tonight; click here for more info. Continue reading →

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Chris Kasper’s Bagabones takes flight with the help of BalletX

BalletX dancers with Chris Kasper and his band performing "When We Are All One" | Photo courtesy of BalletX
BalletX dancers with Chris Kasper and his band performing “When We Are All One” | Photo courtesy of BalletX

When we heard our Philly blogger friend Dan McGurk of Root Down in the Shadow was attending opening night of Chris Kasper’s collaboration with BalletX  at the Wilma Theater, we asked him to share his impression of of the performance. You can read his review below.

During a Q&A at the Wilma Theater Wednesday night, when Chris Kasper was asked what it was like to see his music performed with ballet dancers, he said “It’s fulfilling at a level that’s hard to describe.”

“A song-writer always hopes that the music continues to grow after it’s been put to pen,” Kasper told the opening night crowd at the Wilma Theater. Nearly two years after Bagabones evolved from muse to paper to songs to record, the album grows once again with the help of choreographer Adam Hougland and Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, BalletX. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: P.S. 118 at Silk City, Rosemary Fiki at Dock Street Music Fest, Chris Kasper at Bourbon & Branch and more…

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P.S. 118 | Photo courtesy of the artist

Local duo P.S. 118 celebrate the release of their Vol. 1 EP at Silk City tonight. Jansen Scott and Lucas Hough have been working on their EDM music for awhile, drawing influences from scenes in Chicago and the UK as well as Hough’s jazz background. We premiered their song “Function” last week, which you can listen to below. Get more information about tonight’s release show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mason Porter & Chris Kasper’s Grateful Dead Tribute at the Ardmore Music Hall, Tei Shi at Milkboy, Toro y Moi at Union Transfer

Mason Porter
Mason Porter | photo by Lisa Schaffer

After a stellar midday tribute to the Grateful Dead a few weeks ago, Mason Porter and Chris Kasper bring the show to the Ardmore Music Hall tonight. Kasper and his band will perform American Beauty, the 1970 record that included “Sugar Magnolia,” “Truckin'” and “Box of Rain.” For Mason Porter’s set, he’ll do versions of “Uncle John’s Band,” “Casey Jones” and others from Workingman’s Blues. Tickets and information for the 21+ tribute show can be found here. Watch Mason Porter perform “Cumberland Blues” at the Free at Noon below.

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Chris Kasper to collaborate with Philly Dance Company, BalletX

Chris Kasper | via Facebook.com/ChrisKasperMusic
Chris Kasper | via Facebook.com/ChrisKasperMusic

Philly singer-songwriter Chris Kasper has embarked on a unique, collaborative project with Philly dance company BalletX for seven shows from July 8-12 at The Wilma Theater, where he’ll perform tracks off of 2013’s folk/soul Bagabones – tied into the residency is his Indiegogo campaign to create a music video with BalletX for the track “Raven and the Rose” and a spring tour in support of it, which kicks off tonight at Ballet X’s spring preview premiere party. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jukebox the Ghost at Union Transfer, Chris Kasper at Johnny Brenda’s and Lili Anel at Melodies Cafe

Photo via Jukebox the Ghost Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jukeboxtheghost)
Photo via facebook.com/jukeboxtheghost
Indie rock trio Jukebox the Ghost will play Union Transfer this evening. The group appeared at our Free at Noon concert a few months back and brought the house down. With an ongoing flow of witty banter and high-energy performances, Jukebox the Ghost has quickly become a band known for a kickass live concert. They have recently released their self-titled album last week and are offering an opportunity to meet and greet with them. Tonight’s show is bound to be filled with indie pop fun and hilarious chatter from the musicians themselves. For more information on tonight’s show, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch their video for “The Great Unknown” below.

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