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Singer-songwriter Lucy Stone on recording, collaborating and the Philly scene (playing North Star Bar tonight)

Lucy Stone is a 20-year-old Drexel Music Industry program sophomore who has recorded with Rusted Root, opened for Dirty Projectors and played with numerous Philadelphia area bands since she was 14 years old. Now she and her band are opening for Gold Motel tonight at the North Star Bar where they will be selling a limited number of copies of their new EP, Small Treasures. We recently talked to the local songstress to get the details on how she got into playing music, what is was like cutting her teeth in the Philly music scene as a teenager, her various musical collaborations, recording the new EP, what to expect from her band’s show tonight, and what’s next for Lucy Stone. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gold Motel, Laser Background, Mindy Smith, and the Rebirith Brass Band

While you get psyched for the XPoNential Fest this weekend, check out some of these awesome shows happening tonight:

A hot new band from Chicago who call themselves Gold Motel have been playing together for three years creating vivacious indie pop sounds perfect for your summer playlist. Tonight they play at North Star Bar along with local singer/songwriter Lucy Stone, as well as Tailain Rayne and Dark Black. Tickets to this all ages show are $10, doors open at 7pm. Listen to Gold Motel’s song “Leave You in Love” below.

The new dream pop project from Andy Molholt, Laser Background, is having its self-titled EP release party at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Laser Background takes pieces from zooming laser sound effects to jazzy percussion to vocal tracks resembling Echo & The Bunnymen. Watch his video for “Weird Conscience” below. Supporting acts tonight include Arrah & The Ferns and Circadian Rhythms. This 21+ show is only $5 and starts at 8pm. Go here to get your tickets.

Over at World Cafe Live at the Queen, WXPN welcomes Grammy award winning brothers from New Orleans, the Rebirth Brass Band. The heavy funk group has also just announced that they will be going on tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers starting in November. You can purchase tickets to their show in Wilmington tonight here.

At World Cafe Live Upstairs, singer/songwriter Mindy Smith‘s Closer Tour stops by, with an opening set from Rosi Golan. The show begins at 8pm, tickets are $18 in advanced and $20 day of show.