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Illumination: Sufjan Stevens at Academy of Music

Sufjan Stevens | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Sufjan Stevens | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Have you ever seen truth so real that it physically hurts? A burning brand, slowly pressing into your chest, purifying the cavern of your existence? I have—and truth came Thursday night, not with angel wings or capes or neon halos, but in denim jacket and trucker cap, meekly strumming an acoustic guitar. The first time I saw Sufjan Stevens—years ago—it broke something within me. Something I don’t want fixed. And I think that brokenness allows truth in, even though it’s bitterly painful. Thursday night at the Academy of Music, I embraced the truth and pain and beauty of Sufjan Steven’s life and career. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Low Cut Connie at Johnny Brenda’s, Field Report at World Cafe Live, Cold Specks at First Unitarian

Low Cut Connie will be performing tonight at Johnny Brenda’s promoting the September release of their sophomore album, Call Me Sylvia. The band’s rollicking party music is carried by poppy melodies and sharp lyrics that make any bar scene the best party in town. The 21+ show starts at 9:30; more information can be found on our concert calendar here. Check out the band’s new video for “Boozophilia” below.

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Watch a new video, hear a new B-side from Cold Specks (playing the First Unitarian Chapel on 11/9)

The Canada-born, London-based soul singer Al Spx – who performs under the name Cold Specks – returns to Philadelphia next week to perform in the side chapel of the First Unitraian Church next week. Her haunting album, I Predict a Graceful Explosion, was released on Mute Records in May, and a new music video for its single “Hector” was released today. You can watch it below, and hear the single’s B-side, “Post Operative #8,” at the label’s Soundcloud page. Cold Specks plays the First Unitarian on Friday, November 9; tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here.