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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gene Ween does Billy Joel at Underground Arts, Port Arthur at Bourbon and Branch, Fine Motor at Boot and Saddle and more

via facebook.com/UndergroundArtsPhilly
via facebook.com/UndergroundArtsPhilly

This spring, Aaron Freeman resurrected his Gene Ween moniker for a series of tribute shows to piano man Billy Joel. He kicked it off in Woodstock, played Brooklyn Bowl last night and brings the show to Underground Arts tonight. According to a report on Jambase, the setlist reads like a Billy Joel greatest hits box set, and the Gener’s approach seems to on point and sincere – even on the softer, sensitive moments like “She’s Always A Woman,” that would be easy to skewer with irony. Nope, he’s clearly a devotee, meaning tonight’s show has great potential for a massive singalong love fest. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Meet Fine Motor: A mysterious pop project from Philadelphia

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Fine Motor | Photo by Daniel Morse

There’s a bit of mystique to Fine Motor, a new Philadelphia duo playing its debut show Boot and Saddle tomorrow night. The only existing photo of the band is the blurred window reflection you see above; their only music released to date is a haunting cover of “In Heaven,” aka the radiator lady song from David Lynch’s Eraserhead, which you can watch a video of below. While it might be fun to chase this elusiveness further into a rabbit hole of “nobody has seen their faces by the light of day” / “they record on guitars strung with the hair of ex-lovers” tall-tale band mythology, in reality Fine Motor is made up of two everyday, well-adjusted musicians from the Philly scene.  Continue reading →