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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rhett Miller at World Cafe Live and Musicians On Call Showcase at Hard Rock Cafe

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Rhett Miller | Photo by Jason Quigley | Via Facebook.com/rhettmillermusic

Singer-songwriter and frontman for Old ’97s, Rhett Miller is rolling through World Cafe Live tonight. The alt-rock/country musician is no stranger to the scene and is sure to put on a masterful show. Grab your tickets and some more information at the WXPN Concert Calendar. You can watch the video for “Most in the Summertime” off his latest record The Traveller, below. Continue reading →

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Philly soul finds a home at Hard Rock Cafe this winter

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia’s Hard Rock Cafe will be the place to be for Philly Soul every Monday night this January and February. Beginning next Monday, January 11, local booking agency Mole Street will be putting on Soul Sessions, a weekly Philly music showcase to be hosted by Philly-based jazz musician (and Temple University alum) Luke Carlos O’Reilly – who recently ran the popular Sittin’ In summer jams at The Kimmel Center. Continue reading →

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Philly’s next generation of bands will square off at Rock On Philly’s Battle of the College Bands

Indigold | Photo by Amanda Suarez | via facebook.com/INDIGOLDMUSIC
Indigold | Photo by Amanda Suarez | via facebook.com/INDIGOLDMUSIC

From Alex G to Modern Baseball, some of Philadelphia’s most prominent musicians first garnered critical acclaim during their college years. For four local groups – Andorra, INDIGOLD, Baby Blitz, and Distressor – this Friday’s Battle of the College Bands is an opportunity to get noticed in the ever-expanding Philly music scene.

The four bands cover a wide range of genres, from INDIGOLD’s modern hip-hop/soul fusion to Andorra’s 90s fueled garage rock, as well as a range of experiences. Some have released several albums, while others have yet to release their first EP. All are vying for the grand prize, a juicy package that includes free recording time in a local studio. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s (Non-#KeyFest) Concert Picks: Spirit Family Reunion at Ardmore Music Hall, Milton at Hard Rock Cafe, Wild Orphan at Tin Angel and more

Spirit Family Reunion | Photo by Lauren Slusher
Spirit Family Reunion | Photo by Lauren Slusher

Okay, so #KeyFest night one was a smashing success last night, and it continues tonight with The Lawsuits, Rosu Lup and Dylan Jane. But I would be remiss if I didn’t highlight some of the other amazing live music happenings in the area tonight, beginning with Brooklyn folkies Spirit Family Reunion‘s gig at Ardmore Music Hall. They emerged in 2010 right around the music world’s fascination with folk, but unlike the big names that quickly went pop (you know who I mean), Spirit Family Reunion’s sound always leaned a bit more traditional, and they stuck with it over their ensuing albums – including the new Hands Together. Two years ago, their dance tent set was a Philly Folk Fest highlight; tonight, they bring the show to Ardmore Music Hall. Tickets and information can be found here. Continue reading →

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Mic Stewart gets ready for what could be the biggest year of his career

Mic Stewart | Photo via facebook.com/MicStewartMusic
Mic Stewart | Photo via facebook.com/MicStewartMusic

With an exquisite delivery, a 2013 debut album out and a new one coming later this year, Philadelphia’s Mic Stewart may be the city’s unsung hero. Displaying tracks with soulful samples and killer charisma, matched with a wicked vocabulary and vernacular to impress, its no wonder why this emcee is something special and dare I say a “bad mothaf*cker.”

I sat down with Stew last Friday to discuss all things hip-hop, his menacing new single “All Black Chucks,” the creation of his debut Peaceworld, his seemingly quiet 2014 and more. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wave Radio at Melodies Cafe, London Grammar at the Electric Factory, Julie Slick / Marco Machera at Hard Rock Cafe and more…

Wave Radio
Wave Radio | photo via Facebook

West Chester’s Wave Radio head down Lancaster Ave for a show at Melodies Cafe tonight. The indie rock trio took first place at last year’s Beta Hi Fi competition at World Cafe Live thanks their full, cinematic style that John Vettese compares to Jukebox the Ghost. Wave Radio the debut album was released in 2012 and is available as a name-your-own-price download on Bandcamp. Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Hot Breakfast and Danielle and Jennifer can be found here. Listen to “I Wanted” below.

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Expanding the vocabulary of the bass with Julie Slick and Marco Machera

Julie Slick and Marco Machera | photo via facebook.com/slickmachera
Julie Slick and Marco Machera | photo via facebook.com/slickmachera

Maybe it’s something in the genes, but the two greatest success stories to come out of the Paul Green School of Rock have been siblings Eric and Julie Slick. Both caught the ear of Adrian Belew when the former Zappa and King Crimson guitarist/vocalist stopped into the school to teach in 2006, and went on to form the core of his Power Trio. Drummer Eric left in 2009 and landed in a number of Philly bands including Dr. Dog and Norwegian Arms, but bassist Julie has continued to orbit King Crimson in the years since.

In 2011 she attended the “3 of a Perfect Pair Camp” organized by Belew and Crimson-mates Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto and went on to tour with the three (as well as new Belew Power Trio drummer Tobias Ralph) as the Crimson ProjeKCt, the latest iteration of Crimson’s spin-off incarnation.

While at the camp Julie also met Italian bassist Marco Machera, forming a duo around the pair’s shared interest in expanding the vocabulary of the bass. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Snowmine and Norwegian Arms at Johnny Brenda’s, Chill Moody at Hard Rock Cafe, Tom Brosseau at Ortlieb’s and more…

Norwegian Arms | Photo by John Vettese
Norwegian Arms | Photo by John Ve

Brooklyn indie pop quintet Snowmine and Philadelphia favorites Norwegian Arms team up for a show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  The former are celebrating the release of their new record Dialects, a cinematic and textural experience that the band pulls off exquisitely in a live setting.  Bright alt-folk trio Norwegian Arms released their impressive and immersive Wolf Like a Stray Dog LP in 2012, following it up last year with a 7″ single for “Jitterbug,” which you can listen to below.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Dream Safari can be found here.

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Cold Fronts going on mini tour to ring in the new year, set to play Hard Rock Cafe 12/29

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Philly local garage rockers Cold Fronts are gearing up for a short tour to ring in the new year. This recently announced string of dates includes a show on 12/29 at Hard Rock Cafe with The Guru and SHMNS. Cold Front have seen many Philly basements, but their catchy and raw sound (think The Strokes) is starting to propel them out of the underground. Check out their newest song “Know It All” below. Get tickets to the gig here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kevin Devine at Union Transfer, Rosu Lup at Milkboy, Devin Tuel at Tin Angel and more

Photo credit: Sean O'Kane Photography
Photo by Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com

Indie rock singer-songwriter Kevin Devine plays Union Transfer tonight. Devine put out two new records last month on his own label, showing two distinct sides to himself – Bubblegum is an amped-up rock and roll collection, while Bulldozer comes from a singer-songwriter direction.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Watch the video for “Bubblegum” below.

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