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Cody ChesnuTT teams up with Gary Clark, Jr on “Gunpowder On The Letter”

Cody ChesnuTT photo by Bohbot
Cody ChesnuTT photo by Bohbot
Sometimes unlikely combinations on paper make for good bedfellows in the studio. Such is the case with Cody ChesnuTT who collaborated with Gary Clark, Jr. on “Gunpowder On The Letter,” from ChesnuTT’s new Landing on A Hundred: B-Sides and Remixes. In addition to Gary Clark, Jr., ChesnuTT invited Questlove of The Roots, Danny Swain, Jay West and Manuel Sahagun to remix several songs from ChesnuTT’s original Landing On A Hundred studio album. Below, download “Gunpodwer On The Letter.” Clark and ChesnuTT play off each other well, trading verses and guitar solos on the rollicking, driving, clap along song.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kings of Leon with Gary Clark, Jr. at the Wells Fargo Center, Anders Osborne at World Cafe Live

Kings of Leon | photo courtesy of the artist
Kings of Leon | photo courtesy of the artist

Kings of Leon take over the Wells Fargo Center tonight, with support from blues rock musician Gary Clark, Jr.  The Tennessee natives (and family band) released their sixth studio record Mechanical Bull in September.  XPN Fest alum Gary Clark, Jr. has been getting a lot of mileage out of his 2012 LP Blak and Blu, winning a Grammy Award for the Best Traditional R&B performance with his song “Please Come Home” earlier this year.  Tickets and information can be found here. Check out Kings of Leon’s video for “Beautiful War” below.

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Gary Clark Jr. goes unplugged for KUTX with “Blak and Blu” and “Bright Lights” (playing the Roots Picnic on 6/1)

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During a recent trip to his hometown of Austin, TX blues / rock musician Gary Clark Jr. stopped by KUTX, pizza in hand, to perform a pair of acoustic songs from his 2012 full-length Blak and Blu.  Without the fiery passion of his electric guitar, Clark shows an impressive ability to translate his usually-explosive live show into an intimate and stripped-down setting.  Gary Clark Jr. will perform at the 6th Annual Roots Picnic on June 1st; tickets and information can be found here.  Watch the video via NPR Music below.

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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Roots Picnic, ONUINU and #LetBonnerShoot)

Photo by Pete Troshak | flickr.com/photos/petryfrompa/sets | twitter.com/shak74

The lineup for the 6th Annual Roots Picnic includes Gary Clark Jr., Lushlife and more [link]

Dave Hartley‘s Top of the Key returns to tell you why the NBA should #LetBonnerShoot [link]

Folk-inspired Philly songwriter Gretchen Lohse records a stunning Key Studio Session [link]

The latest album from Joe D’Amico gets the Unlocked treatment [link]

Portland dance-rock artist ONUINU chats about his upcoming show at Kung Fu Necktie [link]

Get your vote on in The Deli and Tri-State Indie‘s year-in-review polls [link]

Pitchfork gave Bleeding Rainbow‘s new LP a bad review, then premiered it anyway [link]

UK pop singer Jessie Ware played Union Transfer, reminisced about World Cafe [link]

Listen to Simian Mobie Disco recorded live on Making Time RADio [link]

Elder grunge statesmen Soundgarden brought their reunion tour to The Tower Theater [link]

Listen to Yo La Tengo cover The Spinners’ classic “I’ll Be There” from Free at Noon [link]

Ohio singer-songwriter Dolfish is spotlighted in this week’s Folkadelphia session [link]

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Just Announced: Gary Clark Jr., Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lushlife and more playing the 2013 Roots Picnic

Photo by Pete Troshak | flickr.com/photos/petryfrompa/sets | twitter.com/shak74

The annual Roots Picnic returns in 2013 with an ever-eclectic lineup of rock, pop, hip-hop, electronic music and more. According to an Instagram post from Roots drummer Questlove, the show will be one day this year – Saturday, June 1 – at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing. On the lineup will be rock guitarist Gary Clark Jr., buzzing pop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (of “Thrift Shop” fame), mysterious electronic artist Grimes, a reunion of Naughty by Nature, Philly hip-hop impressionist Lushlife and more. Tickets go on sale this Friday at noon via Ticketmaster; full lineup after the jump. Continue reading →

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Gary Clark Jr turns on the bright lights at the TLA (photos, review, setlist, video)

You had to crack a smile as Gary Clark Jr. sang to a sold out crowd “you’re gonna know my name by the end of the night” – the signature line to his trademark song “Bright Lights”. But trust me; there was nobody at the TLA this past Saturday night who didn’t know the name Gary Clark Jr. In fact, between nearly every song the crowd showered the Austin-based guitarist & songwriter not just with applause, but with chants of “Gary! Gary! Gary!”. It was a fanatical response to one of the most dynamic new artists in music. And on the heels of his full length debut Blak & Blu, Gary gave Philly a performance that lived up to all the hype and all the expectations one could’ve expected. He and his band sizzled on straight ahead blues-rockers like XPN-favorite “Don’t Owe You A Thang” and album standout “Travis County”. And yes, the new tunes from Blak & Blu came to life on Saturday night. “Blak and Blu” and “Ain’t Messin’ Around” were comfortable fits alongside some of Gary’s more traditional blues-rock staples. No one was safe from the bone-rattling close to the set as Gary and the band brought all the thunder the TLA could handle with the anthemic “Bright Lights”. Well, that until his encore of “Numb” – which may have had the walls shaking and sweating. The only downside of the night was when it ended. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Low Road at Tin Angel, Gary Clark, Jr. at Theatre of the Living Arts, Jonah Matranga at First Unitarian Chapel, Lefty’s Deceiver at Milkboy Philly, and David Bromberg Big Band at Keswick Theatre

XPN Welcomes five-piece Philly folk-pop band Low Road as they reunite tonight in celebration of the Tin Angel’s 20th Anniversary. Low Road’s popularity in the nineties, ignited by frontman Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner’s prevalence in the Philly music scene, led to two albums on Caroline Records. The band will be playing a sold-out show at 7 pm, but tickets are still available for the 10 pm show, which you can find here. Both shows are 21+. Below, check out Low Road’s “The Devil’s Pocket” from their 1994 album of the same name.

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