Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wovenhand at Johnny Brenda’s, JD Malone and the Experts at Steel City Coffeehouse, Flaming Lips Freak Night screening at World Cafe Live

Wovenhand david #12 hi resDark Americana band Wovenhand headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Frontman David Eugene Edwards began the alternative folk / punk project in Colorado when his previous band, 16 Horsepower, was on hiatus.  The quartet has since released six studio albums, with the most recent offering being 2012’s The Laughing Stalk.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Wrekmeister Harmonies can be found here.  Stream the title track to The Laughing Stalk below.

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Merry Local Philly Christmas! (download our 12 song local music holiday sampler)

 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from WXPN and The Key! The last several weeks we celebrated the holiday season by offering a twelve original seasonal songs. WXPN’s Helen Leicht asked local bands to write and record original holiday songs for the third year in a row which the bands have offered as free downloads. Thanks to all the bands for these wonderful songs. You can download the entire sampler as a .zip file here.

The 12 Days of XPN Philly Local Christmas Sampler

Find Vienna – “Christmas Is For Our Hearts”
Gillian Grassie – “When the Night Gets Long”
Summer Fiction – “Christmas Eve for Two”
Matt Santry – “The Xmas Song”
Atomic Square – “Christmas Time is here”
Scot Sax and Suzie Brown – “Coming Your Way”
Angel Band – “I Want A Present”
JD Malone & the Experts – “Best Day Of The Year”
Kingsfoil – “The Valley, A Christmas Song”
John Flynn – “Christmas Balls”
Ben Smith – “I Got A New Tattoo For Christmas”
Ali Hoffman – “Evergreen”


Listen to JD Malone’s interview and live performance on XPN’s Philly Local Hour with Helen Leicht

From left to right: JD Malone, Helen Leicht, Tom Geddes, Tom Hampton

Helen Leicht recently brought JD Malone into the studio for an interview and live performance on XPN’s Philly Local Hour (Tuesday nights at 10 p.m.). Below, you can read a brief transcript from the full interview (which is available here), and listen to two of the songs Malone performed in the studio.

JD Malone is no stranger to Philadelphia. The singer-songwriter, who is originally from Vermont, has played in Philly for years and chose Phil Nicolo and Studio 4 in Conshohocken to record his latest album, Avalon. Whereas most artists release an album and then tour to promote it, JD Malone And The Experts are touring to promote an initiative they call the “Do What You Can Do Project.” Supported by their record company, JD And The Experts will be touring in conjunction with local organizations such as food banks and relief efforts. Instead of a ticket price, a donation to a local nonprofit is encouraged at the shows.

“I went through quite a few years of trying to figure out how music was helpful other than to myself,” Malone says. “So we came up with a concept called the ‘Do What You Can Do Project,’ and from that we are going to be doing the Do What You Can Do Tour. The tour part of it is us—rather than just going into towns and cities and performing and getting fans—we’re putting a spin on it. We want to make a difference in some little way. The philosophy behind Do What You Can Do is every little bit helps, be the change you want to see in the world.”

You can find the new album and information on the project at JD Malone And The Experts perform with Rodger Delany at 8 p.m. Thursday, August 25, at the Tin Angel; tickets to the 21+ show are $10. —Nicholas Bookbinder