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Watch Alex G’s dreamy new video for “Bug”

Alex G | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Alex G | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Nobody captures midtwentysomething ennui quite like Philly’s Alex G. The quiet guitar strums and dreamily chiming harmonic leads, the murmured lyrics, the midtempo pace and listless minimalism. It kind of nails that point in everyone’s life where directon is unclear and the only positive use of time is sprawling out under a graffiti-covered bridge, smoking cigarettes and watching the sun set. That’s pretty much the vibe of the new video for Alex G’s “Bug,” directed by Micah van Hove; it almost feels like a slice-of-life short story, a vignette following a squatter couple about their day. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Sermon! at Summerfest, Tigers Jaw at the First Unitarian Church, Fuel at Sands Bethlehem and more

The Sermon | Photo by John Vettese

The Key’s Waterfront Sessions continue tonight with a free concert at the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest by West Chester jazz eight-piece The Sermon!, who we last saw kicking off the day at the Center City Jazz Fest in April. The band moves deftly through classic funk, R&B and soul motifs, anchored by James McLaughlin’s evocative organ playing. Joining them is the Josh Laurence Quintet, comprised of various members of the Fresh Cut Orchestra. More information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ibeyi at World Cafe Live, RVIVR at First Unitarian Church, Telepathic at Boot and Saddle and more

Ibeyi | Photo via facebook.com/ibeyimusic
Ibeyi | Photo via facebook.com/ibeyimusic

Experimental Parisian pop duo Ibeyi headline World Cafe Live tonight. The project of sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz released its self-titled debut back in February, an alluring set of R&B mixed with Afro-Cuban jazz, anchored by the duo’s harmonies. Their video for “River” is a haunting must-see, so check it out below if you haven’t already. They’re joined on the bill tonight by Philly’s Son Little; tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Glocca Morra bids farewell at the First Unitarian Church

Glocca Morra| Photo by Megan Lynch
Glocca Morra| Photo by Megan Lynch

It’s not easy laying a band to rest. But if you’re going to do it right, what better place to do it than the First Unitarian Church, where so many bands have spent their final days? What’s better than packing a bunch of emotional, sweaty people in a crowded church basement to watch a twinkly emo band whose name sounds like “guacamole” go out in style? Nothing. The answer is nothing.

That band, Glocca Morra, played their last show ever on May 30. They were accompanied by a stellar lineup: New York slack rockers LVL UP, Toronto noise punks Greys, Philly favorites CLIQUE, and Marge, an up-and-coming Philly punk band.

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Amanda X, Shannen Moser and more will support Girls Rock Philly via the Girls To The Stage comp

Amanda X: Tiff Yoon, Cat Park, Kat Bean | Photo by Peter Murray | petermurrayphotography.com
Amanda X: Tiff Yoon, Cat Park, Kat Bean | Photo by Peter Murray | petermurrayphotography.com

Take a bunch of talented woman playing punk music in Philadelphia, put them on a record and you have Girls To The StageOn April 29, the First Unitarian Church will host the release party for the new compilation and all of the proceeds will benefit Girls Rock Philly, a non-profit mentoring organization that seeks to empower Philly’s young women through music education and activities. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: A Winged Victory for the Sullen at First Unitarian Church, The Get Up Kids at Chameleon Club, Galactic at Electric Factory and more…

A Winged Victory for the Sullen
A Winged Victory for the Sullen | photo via Facebook

Neo-classical duo A Winged Victory for the Sullen perform at the First Unitarian Church tonight. Stars of the Lid’s Adam Wiltzie and classical composer Dustin O’Halloran released their first collaborative LP in 2011, after which Royal Ballet choreographer Wayne McGregor approached them about writing the score to a new a piece for his own company. That exercise resulted in Atomos, released as the band’s second effort last year. Watch a video of McGregor’s Random Dance Company performing to Atomos below and pick up tickets for the all ages concert here.

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Watch The Districts annihilate in live footage of a rowdy First Unitarian basement show

The Districts | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
The Districts | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

The Districts have been catching heaps of attention as they continue to sell out performance venues across the country (and world). Recently, Philly’s Out Of Town Films released footage from the secret hometown show they played in the basement of the First Unitarian Church; the gang storms the stage and rips into its heavy, emotional tracks for a close-knit crowd, and the video captures the passion behind the group’s sound and passion to a tee. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gene Shay Tribute with Janis Ian and more at First Unitarian Church, Future Punx at Boot & Saddle, Honeyblood at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

Janis Ian
Tom Paxton and Janis Ian | photo via www.janisian.com

This afternoon at the First Unitarian Church friends and fans celebrate the 80th birthday and recent retirement of Gene Shay. David Dye hosts performances by Tom Paxton, Janis Ian, John Flynn and more while proceeds from the event benefit the Sing Out! foundation for the preservation and support of folk music. Read more about Gene Shay’s decades behind the Folk Show mic here and get more information about the concert here.

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