Tonight’s Concert Picks: Queue at Steel City Coffee, Hezekiah Jones at The Ardmore Music Hall, and Dead Milkmen at Clark Park

Queue | photo by Rebecca Aronow | via artist’s Facebook page

We were introduced to these then-Philly scene newcomers last year. Since then, five-piece outfit Queue has been making the moves. Recently, they debuted a live wire single, “Frontier.” It’s an an electric, gauzy track that doesn’t let up in energy. Listen below, and then check out the band live at Steel City Coffee tonight; info on tickets can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


West Philly drummer Justin Faulkner brings Community Unity Music Festival to Clark Park

Justin Faulkner and his family organized West Philly's first Community Unity Festival, slated for Sunday. | Photo by Shaun Brady
Justin Faulkner and his family organized West Philly’s first Community Unity Festival, slated for Sunday. | Photo by Shaun Brady

Growing up in the Cedar Park section of West Philly, Justin Faulkner spent so much time with his nearby cousins that they felt more like brothers. So it hit particularly hard when one of those cousins fell victim to gun violence, killed just outside West Philadelphia High School when Faulkner was in his early teens. Not long after, another cousin met the same fate, followed by several of Faulkner’s childhood friends. Continue reading →


Sean Hoots to Compose for Shakespeare in Clark Park

Sean Hoots

Sean Hoots of Philly indie roots/folk band Hoots & Hellmouth will be collaborating with the 8th annual Shakespeare in Clark Park. He’s creating original music for this year’s rendition of The Tempest, and it’s the first time the indie rocker has worked on a theater project. His last work was a two-song release by Hoots & Hellmouth titled “Repeat Myself / Off to Sea,” which you can stream on Bandcamp.

Director Adrienne Mackey says Hoots is giving music a larger role in the play and that they’re “creating moments in which the actors are suddenly possessed by the island through specific musical motifs.” The play is free, and will run from July 24th to July 28th at 7 p.m. in West Philly’s Clark Park. It takes place in the open air (so bring a blanket), and promises to be a “risk-taking” interpretation of the great playwright’s work. You can check out more information on the event here.


Catch This Before it Ends: Heart & Soul Piano Project in West Philly (through Sunday)

heart & soul

For over a week now, Clark Park has been hosting the second annual Heart & Soul: The University City Piano Project. It’s a visual and musical interactive art experience – four pianos set up in the park in a square-ish formation (mainly off of Chester Ave or 43rd Street) for any and all to play and enjoy. The pianos have been decked out by local artist and musician Joe Boruchow, whose black and white paper cut-out work you may recognize all around Philly. The “exhibit” is meant to inspire impromptu performances from people of all musical backgrounds and experiences; the event ends this Sunday, so be sure to stop by and try it out. Find more information here.