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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Fresh Cut Orchestra at Underground Arts, The Chelsea Kills at MilkBoy, David Poe at Tin Angel and more

via facebook.com/thefreshcutorchestra
via facebook.com/thefreshcutorchestra

Philly based jazz ensemble Fresh Cut Orchestra formed in fall of 2012 when the Painted Bride Arts Center commissioned a performance by trumpeter Josh Lawrence, bassist Jason Fraticelli and drummer Anwar Marshall. The orchestra recently released their debut album, From the Vine, while the core trio hosts a monthly concert series at the Painted Bride, featuring other guest artists and educational workshops. In December 2013, the orchestra was awarded the Kimmel Jazz Residency, through which they played a work-in-progress performance and hosted two educational workshops at the SEI Innovation Studio. They will play a finished performance on June 21st. Join FOC at Underground Arts along with the Dan Monaghan Quartet and Ensemble Novo for a night of jazz innovation; get tickets and more information at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pharoahe Monch at MilkBoy, Liars at Underground Arts, Hoots and Hellmouth at Boot and Saddle

Photo via facebook.com/pharoahemonch
Photo via facebook.com/pharoahemonch

Tonight, underground rap sensation Pharoahe Monch will bring his talents to the Milkboy stage as he celebrates his new album P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). The new disc, which features guest appearances by Black Thought, Talib Kweli, and more, is a continuation of the story he tells on his previous record W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) of his place in the industry as an artist and in America as a black male. Listen to lead single “Bad MF” below and get tickets here.

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Philly’s Hoots and Hellmouth to take up residency at Boot and Saddle next month

Photo by Deneka Peniston
Photo by Deneka Peniston

Wednesday nights in May will get a bit more folksy as Hoots and Hellmouth prepare for their upcoming residency at Boot and Saddle. It’s a first for both the band, who will use the opportunity to unveil and test out new material, and the venue, who have never hosted a residency before. Both parties sound pretty amped as the shows approach. From the band’s email announcement:

“We’re really looking forward to our first time in this room, and to be doing it under the auspices of a new material workshop/residency makes it all the more special. A fresh room for fresh experiments. We’re inspired. The Hoots & Hellmouth ‘sound’ has always been a bit restless by nature, not unlike our touring schedule…We started with a much folkier sound, incorporating primarily acoustic instruments and stomp boards to propel our songs forward. In the years since, we’ve added all kinds of things to the mix from drums to keys to electric guitars.”

Boot and Saddle is also proud to have the band be the first to do a residency since the venue’s reopening late last year. In the announcement, R5 Productions owner Sean Agnew comments:

“We are excited to host our very first residency at the Boot & Saddle with a band that’s become an institution around Philly. It’ll be fun to watch these shows develop and to watch who comes out over each week.”

Each show is 21+ and requires $8 for admission.

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PREMIERE: Philly art-poppers Auctioneer debut the melodic “Hard to Believe It”

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Auctioneer | photo by John Vettese

Motley art rock crew Auctioneer - the brain child of Philly’s Craig Hendrix – has a new track available for free via Bandcamp titled “Hard to Believe it,” and it showcases a different side to the Philly multi-instrumentalist.

The band is known for its eclectic range of genres, recalling Talking Heads with more of a brass influence, but this track ventures into pop. The deep sincerity of Hendrix’s vocals remains, but the melody has a feels not unlike a Kings of Leon track, a simple structure that remains ever-engaging. Lyrically Auctioneer is always pretty profound, and “Hard to Believe it” flows and reconciles within the mind without trying too hard.

Hendrix’s collaborators on this recording are Todd Erk on bass (Hoots & Hellmouth), the illustrious Jesse Moore on piano and organ and Tommy Bendel on percussion. You can steam and download the track below for free. Catch Auctioneer with Fenster and Hello Shark this Wednesday, March 5 at Johnny Brenda’s. Get tickets for the show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Their/They’re/There at First Unitarian Church, York Street Hustle at World Cafe Live, John the Conqueror at Boot and Saddle and more

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

Chicago indie rockers Their/They’re/There will play at First Unitarian Church tonight. The band is a collaboration of Evan Weiss from Into It. Over It., Mike Kinsella from Cap’n Jazz and Matthew Frank from Loose Lips Sink Ships, and its tour comes in support of the band’s new EP Analog Weekend. Check out their new video for “New Blood” below, read more in Beth Ann Downey’s interview and get tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Frank Turner at Electric Factory, Slayer at Susquehanna Bank Center, Penrose at Boot & Saddle, and more

Frank Turner | via Facebook

English folk punk favorite Frank Turner headlines The Electric Factory tonight, with backing band The Sleeping Souls. His newest release, Tape Deck Heart, is evidence to just how cheery and creative he can be. With sweet guitar riffs, simple beats, and upbeat singalong lyrics, Turner’s music will take you out of the cold and back to the warm days of summer for a few hours tonight. This diverse show will also feature sets from Australia’s punks The Smith Street Band and Minnesota’s electro pop band Koo Koo Kanga Roo. Find tickets here.

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Photos: Hoots and Hellmouth kicked off tour with night one at Johnny Brenda’s

Hoots and Hellmouth | Photo by KateMcCann | katemccannphotography.com
Hoots and Hellmouth | Photo by KateMcCann | katemccannphotography.com

Philly’s Hoots and Hellmouth played the first night of a two-night stand at Johnny Brenda’s on Saturday. The local roots rock staples were joined by founding member Andrew Grey for this hometown set, as well Outside Eyes, a new band featuring longtime Hoots and Hellmouth bassist Todd Erk. The band performs again tonight at 8 p.m. with Geology; get tickets and more information on the show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hoots and Hellmouth at Johnny Brenda’s, Allen Toussaint at Sellersville, GoGo Morrow at Union Transfer

Hoots and Hellmouth | Photo by Denika Peniston | http://www.penistonphotography.com/#/

Philly’s americana rock group Hoots and Hellmouth play Johnny Brenda’s tonight, before they venture down the east coast and into the midwest. With a back-catalog of three full-lengths, including 2011′s Salt, the four-piece recently released two new songs via Bandcamp. One of these songs, “Repeat Myself,” bounces with energized acoustic guitar as the organ jams and vocalist Sean Hoots belts lines like “I didn’t realize / that I took you by surprise / but I took you anyway!” Get tickets to Hoots and Hellmouth’s upbeat and passionate show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: In Memory of Joe Stummer at North Star Bar, World/Inferno Friendship Society at Chamelon Club, Kalob Griffin Band at World Cafe Live, The Babies at Kung Fu Necktie

To mark the anniversary of Clash guitarist Joe Strummer’s passing, the North Star Bar will be hosting In Memory of Joe Strummer: A Benefit for Strummerville. The show benefits the Strummervile charity that financially support struggling musicians who aspire to change the world through music. The charity was established by family and friends of the influential punk rocker, and a variety of acts will be performing in support of the cause including Blayer Point du Jour and the Rockers Galore, The Cold Roses, Betty Iron Thumbs, I Yahn I Arkestra, The Future Unwritten (named after the Strummer documentary), The Successful Failures and Split Red. More information on the foundation can be located here. Below, watch one of the Strummerville sessions directed by famed punk scene DJ and Clash associate Don Letts.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hoots & Hellmouth at The Sellersville Theater, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb with Supersuckers at the North Star Bar, Ben Arnold at World Cafe Live

XPN Welcomes Philly-area roots band Hoots & Hellmouth to the Sellersville Theater tonight.  The Philadelphia-based folk quartet released their latest album Salt in April and with it displayed a knack for blending sweeping sonic landscapes with their signature stomping and swinging.  Folk singer-songwriter Mason Porter opens the all-ages concert.  Tickets are $19.50 for the 8:00 p.m. show; for more information, go here.  Below, check out Hoots & Hellmouth’s video for “Why Would You Not Want to Go There.”

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