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Have you heard of The City and Horses yet? (playing Kung Fu Necktie 9/26)

992958_10151632645077088_1188022173_nWhen you hear The City and Horses play, you can’t help to think ‘why haven’t I stumbled on these guys before?’

Fronted by leading man Marc Louis, the band is a beguiling lo-fi folk project featuring two members from Brooklyn and three from Philadelphia. They mix indie pop riffs with chamber / synth influences creating the perfect Belle and Sebastian meets Sufjan Stevens sound. The eclectic, fun-loving group celebrated their junior release Strange Range this past June; you can listen to (and download) it in its entirety via bandcamp here. Want to hear more? Check them out at Kung Fu Necktie on September 26th for their show with Double King; tickets are available at the door. Watch below as The City Of Horses perform “Little Finland” live in The Vault studios.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes The James Hunter Six to World Cafe Live, The Lawsuits at Chameleon Club, Double King at Kung Fu Necktie

James Hunter Six at The Rivoli Ball Room, London, December 2012Ahead of their Free at Noon appearance tomorrow, The James Hunter Six play an XPN Welcomes show at World Cafe Live tonight.  The British R&B musician released his full-length Minute By Minute earlier this week, his first studio album in five years.  Hunter got his start playing in the clubs of Central London and eventually caught the ear of Van Morrison, who took the soul singer on tour with him and sang on some of Hunter’s early records.  Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here.  Stream “Minute By Minute” below and download the new single here.

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Listen to new music by Double King (featuring members of The Powder Kegs)

Double King is the latest musical endeavor of Ryan Dieringer from the former Philly band The Powder Kegs. After 7+ years together, the group decided to go their separate ways to work on other musical pursits since last year’s full-length release “The Amanicans,” but The Key has kept track of the members of The Powder Kegs (like this recent post about Polly Hi). Dieringer has since relocated to Brooklyn where he writes all of the music for Double King and is backed up by an all-new band, with the exception of Sam McDougle from The Powder Kegs/Polly Hi on bass. He is set to release Double King’s first full length LP September 10th on the new DIY Brooklyn-based digital label, Kill The Messenger Records. This will be the first release for the label/production house and Dieringer has been highly involved with the formation of the company. The self-titled record was co-produced in Manhattan over the course of this past year with in-house producer/engineer/lead guitarist Andrew Lappin. Since recording has finished, Dieringer recently released two singles from the upcoming album. Download Double King’s “Four White Horsemen” and “Runaway” here or stream the tracks below.