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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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Prepare to be hypnotized by Dan Kassel and his cello on new LP Clockwork

Dan Kassel | photo via https://www.facebook.com/dankasselcello/
Dan Kassel | photo via facebook.com/dankasselcello

Prepare yourself to be hypnotized by Dan Kassel, his cello and his loop station.

Kassel has steadily released and composed dynamically layered instrumental pieces since his first LP Bloom in 2013. For his third full-length album, Clockwork, he lulls listeners into a trance that is triggered by the mesmerizing medley of sounds that he creates using only his cello and the occasional contributing percussions. This nine-track album features covers of “Lithium” by Nirvana and “Love Foolosophy” by Jamiroquai. The remaining tracks were all composed by Kassel. Despite the assortment of chords presented simultaneously to listeners, each note is fully absorbed and has the ability to take listeners to great heights as well as tremendous lows. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dan Kassel at World Cafe Live, Delicate Steve at Tellus 360, and Fishtank Ensemble at Musikfest Cafe

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Renowned local cellist Dan Kassel will bring his virtuosic musicianship to the World Cafe Live stage tonight. Kassel released his new album Tribes Forgotten in February which he says “is meant to take the listener to great heights and over vast expanse.” He certainly does capture atmospheric unity and tensions throughout the record all centered around his somber cello. Listen to “Ascension” below and get tickets here.

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Classic Instrument, Modern Grooves: Listen to cellist Dan Kassel’s Tribes Forgotten LP

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Not many folks can make a cello sound as resonant and hypnotic as Dan Kassel can. The Philly-bred musician just released his new album Tribes Forgotten, the follow-up to last year’s BLOOM. Kassel’s latest foray into our hearts features cello covers of Foster the People’s 2011 breakout hit “Pumped Up Kicks” and Daft Punk & Pharrell’s Grammy award-winning disco-pop gem “Get Lucky.”

(Hear More – The Key Studio Sessions: Dan Kassel)

His signature style of playing remains well intact and is meant to take the listener “to great heights and over vast expanse”. In using a classic instrument to deliver modern grooves, Kassel does just that and more. Get tickets to his record release show on April 10th at World Cafe Live here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony at TLA, Caroline Rose at Union Transfer, Dan Kassel at Melodies Cafe and more

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Photo via freddyo.com

Veteran hip-hop four-piece Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will play at the TLA tonight. Bone Thugs have been relatively quiet lately aside from September’s catchy “Everything 100” single release that has kept fans eagerly anticipating a new LP. They’ve always been melodic enough for the radio and gritty enough for the streets; a recipe that shot them to stardom in the mid-’90s. Watch “Everything 100” below and get tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Buried Beds at Johnny Brenda’s, Dan Kassel at World Cafe Live, Bakery Boys at The Blockley, Mac DeMarco at MilkBoy

buriedbeds_1Chamber-pop outfit Buried Beds plays at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Check out the sly orchestral group’s recently released, lightly embellished single, “Stars,” below. It comes from their latest album, In Spirit, which will be released next month. Find more information and tickets for tonight’s 21+ show here.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Dan Kassel

Philadelphia’s Dan Kassel is a schooled and imaginative cellist who doesn’t want to be limited by the options cello players typically face. It’s either chase the orchestra dream – a tough haul, to be sure – or work as a session musician, waiting for friends or peers to tap you for a string part. Kassel sees a third option, and with inspiration from travels in Nepal and India (and help from a Boss loop station), he recorded and released the album Bloom earlier this year. Airy and tastefully layered, it recalls the contemplative and sensitive instrumental work of mid-period Cocteau Twins or Dead Can Dance, The richness of his sound is impressive coming from a solo performer, but it’s also rooted in simplicity (you won’t get any messy pile-ups of loops here). It also comes with a sweet one-man show, and Kassel brings it to the World Cafe Live stage tomorrow night, August 29th. Tickets and more information on the all-ages show can be found here; stream and download Kassel’s Key Studio Session below.

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head