Tonight’s Concert Picks: City Rain at Underground Arts, Robert Glasper Experiment at Tower Theater, Holy Ghost Tent Revival at MilkBoy and more

Last year, electro-pop duo City Rain premiered its single for “The Optimist,” a unique blend of synth and rock that tells a story of loss and positivity. Since its release, the song has garnered more than 200,000 views on YouTube and has been nominated for an Independent Music Award. It’s just one song off the duo’s latest album, Songs For a High School Dance, which is being featured all week in The Key’s Unlocked series. The album officially drops on May 6, but celebrate at their album release show tonight at Underground Arts. The show starts at 8 p.m. and the $7 tickets can be purchased here.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Moon Taxi, Khari Mateen, Folkadelphia

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Folkadelphia shared the inaugural Suitcase Sessions episode, an Alan Lomax-inspired, on-location recording with Skinny Lister at the North Star Bar’s Victorian Dining Room.  Later in the week we got a second helping of folky sessions with Holy Ghost Tent Revival; stream “Rollin’ Over” from Skinny Listern below and download both sessions here.

Nashville’s Moon Taxi are gearing up to release Mountains Beaches Cities in September, sharing “The New Black” as a preview of their third full-length.  The indie pop outfit made an appearance on World Cafe in the spring during host David Dye’s Sense of Place: Nashville feature – listen back to the band’s segment here and download “The New Black” in exchange for your email below.


Folkadelphia Session: Holy Ghost Tent Revival


Photo by Doug Seymour.
Photo by Doug Seymour.

We’ve had such a blast sharing music with y’all this summer that we figured on the last day of July, we would share another one that we’ve been hanging back, a real rocker of a session with Holy Ghost Tent Revival. Though we tracked it back in mid April, we knew right away that these positive vibes and rollicking riffs would make some sweet hot weather listening. So here we are and we won’t deprive you any longer.

If you’re a fan of homegrown rock-and-roll, blaring horn melodies, tight vocal harmonies, and a real sense of fun and energy, you’re going to love Holy Ghost Tent Revival in their live element here.

Holy Ghost Tent Revival arrived at the XPN Performance Studio before their sold out concert on April 19th at Johnny Brenda’s with local heroes Toy Soldiers. As of late, HGTR, though based out of North Carolina, have had a soft spot for our fair city, spending time here and recording their upcoming fourth full length with producer Bill Moriarty.

While we wait for new studio recordings to surface, let’s enjoy this Folkadelphia Session with Holy Ghost Tent Revival.



My Morning Download” “Alpha Dogs” by Holy Ghost Tent Revival (playing Kung Fu Necktie on September 6th)

Holy Ghost Tent Revival is a six piece from Greensboro, North Carolina. The band has been together for five years and released their debut album in 2009. The band’s new album, Sweat Like The Old Days, is being released on September 4th. If you’re a fan of Dr. Dog, The Band and the Flying Burrito Brothers, then you’re going to want to dig in to the band’s soulful sounds. Below, download “Alpha Dogs” from Holy Ghost’s forthcoming album. Holy Ghost play at Kung Fu Necktie on Thursday, September 6th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company