Tonight’s Concert Picks: DRGN King at Bourbon and Branch, Weekender at Johnny Brenda’s, HighKick at Ardmore Music Hall and more

DRGN King | Photo by Cameron Pollack
DRGN King | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Philly indie rock faves DRGN King are going on hiatus for 2016 as its various bandmates and collaborators head into a busy year with a variety of other projects. Tonight, they play their last show for a while at Bourbon and Branch tonight with Mumblr and Mostly Only, and we’re expecting a full assortment of jams from 2014’s awesome Baltimore Crush and 2013’s equally awesome Paragraph Nights. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; listen to “Hazy Memories” below. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Jazz June at Boot and Saddle, Seoul Delhi at Dobbs, Music For the Arts benefit at Ardmore Music Hall and more

The Jazz June | Photo by Michael O'Shea | | via
The Jazz June | Photo by Michael O’Shea | | via

Pennsylvania emo pioneers The Jazz June has their initial run from 1996 till 2004, then for the most part took the next decade off. They popped up here and there, playing a benefit for a friend who had been diagnosed with cancer in 2006, appearing on WPRB in 2007, and ultimately reforming to make After the Earthquake, released last year on Topshelf Records. Today the band plays two sets at Boot and Saddle: an early all-ages show featuring the awesome Jersey four-piece Prawn, and a late 21+ show featuring Field Mouse. Tickets and info for both can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lemuria at Boot and Saddle, HighKick at World Cafe Live, Liz Longley at Ardmore Music Hall and more

Lemuria | Photo by Megan Kelly |
Lemuria | Photo by Megan Kelly |

Buffalo-bred indie pop trio Lemuria return to Philly tonight for a headlining gig at Boot and Saddle. The band has been touring pretty hard in support of its 2013 outing The Distance is So Big, released on Bridge 9 records, so they’re likely due for a follow-up in 2015. Maybe they’ll introduce some new songs in their set tonight. In the meantime, listen to “Oahu, Hawaii” below and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


The Key Studio Sessions: HighKick

Philly rock and roll four-piece HighKick had a solid 2014. In June, the guys released Normal View, their latest EP and a big step forward in terms of hooks and production. They toured this summer into the fall, and are wrapping up the year the way they have for the past six years: with the annual HighKixMas variety show at World Cafe Live on December 21st. Though it’s seasonally themed on the one hand – and they do have a double-time version of “Rudolph” with some killer guitar work – the band also has a good assortment of non-holiday jams that we hope fall in the mix as well. Continue reading →


Q&A: XPN Local’s Busking Series alums HighKick talk new EPs and touring

HighKick live at The Porch | photo by Elizabeth Scott
HighKick live at The Porch | photo by Marc Wentzel

Philadelphia four-piece HighKick just performed at The Porch for XPN Local’s First Wednesday Busking Series this week, and will continue the celebration at Jack McShea’s in Ardmore on Saturday, July 5th.  To catch up with the hardworking quartet, I sent the band some questions about their new EP and what they’ve been working on.  Read the Q&A below and get information on their free Ardmore show here.

Helen Leicht: Who are the members of HighKick and how long have you been together?

HighKick: We are Matt Miceli on vocals and guitar; Kevin Mairs on vocals, guitar and keyboards; Mike Iannece on bass guitar and vocals; and Robb Matthews on drums.  We have been together 6 years now.

HL: You recently released a new EP.  Can you tell me about the new music and what’s been going on with HighKick?
Highkick: Our new EP was compiled from songs that we have written over the past 3 years. Songs that we never got around to recording but we thought had a common thread. We produced the album ourselves and the process felt new this time around with the addition of our current drummer Robb. He brought a fresh look at these songs that we had been kicking around and playing at our live shows.
The process of creating and releasing this EP really inspired us to hit the road and take our music to other markets. We just got back from our first multi-state tour and it was a great experience. Currently we are converting our diesel bus to run on veggie oil and we are booking another tour for the fall.
We are playing a show this Saturday, July 5th, at Jack McShea’s in Ardmore and then you can catch us in the campgrounds at Philly Folk Fest, where we all volunteer for the performer parking committee every year.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: HighKick at World Cafe Live, Green Jelly at Kung Fu Necktie, Turning Violet Violet at The Balcony

West Philly quartet HighKick are bringing their rockabilly sound to World Cafe Live tonight in preparation for the release of their new demo. The band’s honest lyrics and steady Americana rhythms make their 2010 album, Paints a House, a must-hear for any fan of DIY roots music, and can be streamed here. Tickets for tonight’s all-ages show are available on our concert calendar here; doors open at 7 p.m. Below, watch a video profile on HighKick from 6ABC.

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