Tonight’s Concert Picks: Darla at Boot and Saddle, Katie Ellen at First Unitarian Church, Hawkwind at Kung Fu Necktie and more

Darla | photo by Karl McWerter | courtesy of the band
Darla | photo by Karl McWerter | courtesy of the band

Boot and Saddle gets one hell of show as fusion jazz hounds Darla take the stage, celebrating the release of their newest record Darla Rolls the Dice! with Nik Greely & the Operators, as well as Roz and the rice cakes. The octet keeps it upbeat by blending their smooth brass instrumentation with grooving back beats, staging a great night of good times and great tunes. More information can be found on the WXPN Concert Calender, and also check out Darla’s visit to The Key for a intimate Studio Session here (and listen to the audio below!) Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hardwork Movement at Johnny Brenda’s, Sorority Noise at First Unitarian Church, Daughter at The Electric Factory and more

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Hardwork Movement | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philadelphia hip-hop collective Hardwork Movement is playing a record release show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The group’s music boasts intricate jazz-tinged instrumental arrangements and a fierce pride of their deep roots in The City of Brotherly Love. 2016 was a fantastic year for the nine-member group: earlier this year they released their debut LP Good Problems, and a few months later they signed to Chill Moody’s #nicethingsMUSIC imprint. Come help Hardwork Movement celebrate and get a taste of their mixtape Draft Night at their last show of 2016 in Fishtown. Brooklyn-bred Tacuma Bradley’s Unity Band and Philadelphia singer-songwriter Julia Rainer are also on tonight’s bill. Check out the WXPN Concert Calendar for more information on this 21+ show, and check out Hardwork Movement’s performance of “City Bars” during a session with Philadelphia-collective Out of Town Films. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: RFA at World Cafe Live, Frankie Cosmos at First Unitarian Church, Pine Barons at Ortlieb’s and more…

RFA | Photo by John Vettese

RFA celebrate the release of Something New from RFA at World Cafe Live tonight. It’s the local indie rock band’s second EP, following last year’s Freaking Out. We heard a new track called “Indigo” earlier this year, which you can check out below. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with The Honey Hounds and Whiting can be found here. Continue reading →


Alex G, Restorations, Deafheaven recount favorite Philly venues for Consequense of Sound

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Alex G onstage at the First Unitarian Church | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN |

The folks over at Consequence of Sound is currently narrowing down America’s greatest music venues, and will will be publishing the results of their informal survey this Friday. But for now, they asked several artists about their own favorite places to play, and a couple familiar Philly music venues made the cut.  Continue reading →


Tonight’s (Non-KeyFest) Concert Picks: Heart Harbor at Tin Angel, Rene Marie at Exit 0 Jazz Fest, and Spirit of the Beehive at the First Unitarian Church

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Heart Harbor | Photo by Jessica Kourkounis | courtesy of the artist |

So, you might have heard that night two of Key Fest is tonight. If you like punk/indie rock, it’s going to be awesome. If you like good music in general, it’s going to be awesome. But, this is Philly, which means there are always plenty of other concerts going on. Here are three other concerts happening tonight. Heart Harbor is the project of Kerry Hallet. But while Hallet is grounded by a singer-songwriter character, her music is recorded with a full band and is overflowing with catchy pop hooks. Think Aimee Mann but with a more upbeat, carefree sound. Hallet just released her debut EP, Tender Trap, and will be celebrating the occasion with a show at Tin Angel. Read Hallet’s conversation with The Key here, and grab tickets to the show over at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Square Peg Round Hole at Milkboy, Koji at First Unitarian Church Chapel, Queen of Jeans at Ortlieb’s and more…

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Square Peg Round Hole | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Square Peg Round Hole celebrate the release of their debut LP Juniper at Milkboy tonight. The prog / ambient instrumental trio stopped by to record this week’s Key Studio Session, where we got a special peek at the new tracks. Check out a pair of songs below via VuHaus and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with Moon Bounce and Son Step here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ben Kessler at World Cafe Live, Brandon Can’t Dance at Goldilocks Gallery, Greg Dulli at the First Unitarian Church

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Ben Kessler | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Local singer-songwriter Ben Kessler celebrates his 100th show at World Cafe Live tonight, quite a feat for someone who is still in high school. Kessler will be joined by fellow-Philly musicians Fred Berman, Chico Huff and Ross Bellenoit, a trio that also joined him for last week’s Key Studio Session. Check out “From Me” below and pick up tickets to the all-ages performance here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Petal at PhilaMOCA, Lizanne Knott at World Cafe Live, Sunflower Bean at Kung Fu Necktie, and more…

Petal | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN |

Scranton’s Petal – the emo / indie rock project of singer-songwriter-guitarist Kiley Lotz -will be performing at PhilaMOCA tonight. The band’s first album Shame was released last year on Run For Cover to wide acclaim. Also playing will be Somos, The Superweaks, and The Obsessives. More information can be found here. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Free Cake for Every Creature at the First Unitarian Church, Jerry Blavat’s Salute to Street Corner Harmony at The Kimmel Center, Naughty by Nature at the TLA and more…

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Free Cake for Every Creature | Photo by Alyssa Yohana | courtesy of the artist

It’s never a good idea to judge a band by its name — except in the case of Free Cake for Every Creature,  the rare instance of a band name whose charming and playful name happens to perfectly mirror their music. With lyrics like “For you I’d steal a 50-cent machine / and we won’t need money or anything / cause we’ll have gumballs,” the Philly-via-Upstate New York four-piece emit a delighful lo-fi pop vibe that’s reminiscent of Double Double Whammy label-mate Frankie Cosmos. They’re gearing up to release their newest record Talking Quietly of Anything With You in April, and tonight you can find them at the First Unitarian Church. Grab tickets to the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →