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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Three Man Cannon at Boot and Saddle, Kississippi at Chameleon Club, Cuddle Magic at World Cafe Live and more

Three Man Cannon
Three Man Cannon | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Lame-O Record’s annual residency at Boot and Saddle ends with a bang, leaving with a headlining set by Three Man Cannon. Their relaxed indie rock is quintessential to Lame-O’s roster, and Katie Ellen and The Afterglows as support makes this a stacked local bill not to be missed. The gig is 21+, and all proceeds will be donated to the Philly ACLU; more information and tickets can be found here. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Cuddle Magic

It’s hard to believe that Cuddle Magic has been a band for a decade at this point.

The Brooklyn / Philly crew is a conglomeration of artists from along the northeastern seaboard, over the years featuring members from Boston to DC. The band first got on our radar during West Philly’s heady Danger Danger Gallery days with its second record, Picture. It was one of the first artists I ever wrote about for The Key, actually, and at the time I called its music “a striking balance between earthy and ethereal.” I’d say that description still holds up.
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Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Cuddle Magic bring new Ashes/Axis LP to WCL this week, hear them on XPN tonight

Cuddle Magic | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist
Cuddle Magic | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

Before releasing their latest effort Ashes/Axis this Friday, Brooklyn/Philly sextet Cuddle Magic will share some of their avant / chamber pop at World Cafe Live the previous night. The new record follows 2012’s Info Nympho, and features a collaboration with Lake Street Dive called “Slow Rider.” Tickets and information for the all-ages show with PHOX can be found here. Watch a Sofar sounds performance of “Don’t Forget” below and tune in to XPN this evening to hear their brand new Key Studio Session.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cuddle Magic at Johnny Brenda’s, Trails and Ways at Kung fu Necktie, Tricky at Underground Arts, and more…

Cuddle Magic | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist
Cuddle Magic | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

Experimental folk sextet Cuddle Magic will bring their lush, winding arrangements to Johnny Brenda’s this evening with support from Geology and Matt Magarahan. The band combines clarinet, double bass, vibraphone and more to create their distinct sound; their live show is not to be missed. If you don’t believe me, check out a video of them performing for Audiotree below, then head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more info on the 21+ event. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: Cuddle Magic


Back at the end of 2012, Folkadelphia recorded a stripped down set in the auxiliary broadcast room at WXPN with folk goddess Anais Mitchell. During this session, we met an excitable, highly passionate, and imaginative individual named Ben Davis who was playing in Mitchell’s band (alongside Rachel Reis). As they played, we were privy to just a glimpse of the insane brilliance that Davis brings with him everywhere he goes. He also told us about his own project Cuddle Magic. How could we not listen after all of what we witnessed? Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: PhillyBloco at World Cafe Live, Cuddle Magic at Rigby Mansion, Hollystock Festival in Mt. Holly, NJ

PhillyBloco
Photo via facebook.com/PhillyBloco

Brazilian dance group PhillyBloco are bringing the party to World Cafe Live tonight. Recently, the 20 piece band brought its signature blend of pop and samba to the Northern Liberties’ “Saturday in the Park” concert, and played an energetic Key Studio Session with a mix of new and old sounds. The Key’s Sameer Rao dug into the roots and formation of the band in an interview last year, which you can read here. Listen to “Fest Para Um Rei Negro” below . Get more info about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lizanne Knott Philabundance benefit at World Cafe Live, The Phosphenes at The Fire, and Cuddle Magic at Boot and Saddle

Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com
Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com

Philly’s Lizanne Knott will play a show benefiting Philabundance tonight at World Cafe Live. The longtime local favorite released her last album Standing in the English Rain back in 2012. Featured in indie films, TV movies, and documentaries, Knott’s music is praised for its raw and honest quality. Watch “Miss You” below and get tickets here.

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Lushlife to play next Red Bull Sound Select event on 9/17 with Cuddle Magic, Heliotropes and Johnny Showcase

redbullsoundselect The next Philly Red Bull Sound Select show will be held on Tuesday, September 17th at a secret location TBA. Curated by Tayyib Smith of Little Giant Media, the showcase will feature Cuddle Magic, Heliotropes, Johnny Showcase and Lushlife. Tonight is the August edition of Red Bull Sound Select at The Blockley with Kilo Kish, Nico’s Gun, Mic Stewart & Joie. Go here for more information about tonight’s show, curated by Veteran Freshman. Below, listen to some tunes from Lushlife, Cuddle Magic and Johnny Showcase.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Misfits at The Trocadero, OFF! at First Unitarian Church, Cuddle Magic With Jesse Sparhawk at Tin Angel, Auctioneer at Kung Fu Necktie, We Juke Up In Here Film Screening

Just in time for Halloween, the Misfits will be continuing their Devil’s Rain tour tonight at The Trocadero. The aggressive New Jersey punk legends released their seventh album Devil’s Rain in 2011. Tickets for the all-ages 8 o’clock show are available here. Watch the video for “Dig Up Her Bones” from the Misfits’ 1997 record American Psycho below.

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