Tonight’s Concert Picks: Purling Hiss with Spacin’ at Johnny Brenda’s, Glitter at World Cafe Live, Restorations at the First Unitarian Church, They Might Be Giants at The TLA, Meek Mill at The Tower Theater and more

Photo by Peter English for Shaking Through |
Photo by Peter English for Shaking Through |
Local rockers Purling Hiss celebrate the release of Water On Mars at Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  The new LP is the trio’s major label debut (through Drag City) and presents the bristly lo-fi guitar rock of previous releases in a more polished, hi-fi resolution while retaining the amped up excess of feedback and noise.  The Key explored Water On Mars for a March edition of Unlocked, which you can check out here.  Mike Polizze’s band will be joined by his Birds of Maya bandmate Jason Killinger’s newish basement fuzz rock project Spacin’, as well as AXIS:SOVA.  Tickets and information the 21+ release show can be found here.  Below, watch Purling Hiss’ video for “Mercury Retrograde.”

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Listen to Joan Osborne’s Free At Noon concert at World Cafe Live (4/6/12)

From NPR Music:

Joan Osborne has just returned to the national stage with an album of her favorite blues and R&B songs, Bring It On Home. The collection, co-produced with guitarist Jack Petruzzelli, features tracks made famous by Muddy WatersRay CharlesAl Green andOtis Redding.

Osborne offered her interpretations of these classic cuts during a webcast from World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on Friday, April 6.

You can listen to the performance in its entirety here.


Joan Osborne to perform a Free At Noon concert at World Cafe Live Friday, April 6th

Joan Osborne—the Kentucky-born singer-songwriter who released the 1995 hit single “One Of Us” (originally written by The Hooters’ Eric Bazilian)—will perform a Free At Noon concert at World Cafe Live on Friday, April 6th. Tickets become available to the general public here after today’s FAN concert featuring Delta Spirit. For earlier access to Free At Noon tickets, sign up for WXPN’s weekly email newsletter—you’ll be able to RSVP on Thursday mornings, immediately after the performing act has been announced.

As always, check back with The Key on Friday afternoon after the show for additional coverage, including a recording of the full performance.


The Philadelphia Orchestra to play Beatles classics with Joan Osborne and Rodney Crowell at The Mann on June 30th

Down The Abbey Road, a “symphonic celebration of The Beatles’ masterwork commissioned by The Mann,” will take place on June 30th at the outdoor Fairmount Park venue. The show is an edition of PECO Pops, a concert series presented by the energy company. The evening will feature The Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as Joan Osborne, Rodney Crowell, and James Nash and the Nashvillains.

A “re-imagining of The Beatles,” the Thursday night show will highlight the talents from multiple generations. Performing a version of the final recording by the group who inevitably influenced the music they’ve created, contemporary artists such as 7-time Grammy nominee Joan Osborne and Grammy-award winner Rodney Crowell will be present on stage, as will Americana outfit James Nash and the Nashvillains. This is not to forget featured performers The Philadelphia Orchestra, who will be conducted by Lucas Richman.

Tickets for Down The Abbey Road are $19.50 (lawn seating), $34.50, and $49.50. When purchased online or by phone, a service charge of at least $7.50 per ticket applies. Tickets are available at,, or by calling (800) 745-3000. Doors to the concert open at 6pm, show time is 8pm, and it is all-ages. For all other information, visit the Mann Center’s page for the event. —Claire Fishkow


Eric Bazilian’s “One Of Us” to be featured on tonight’s episode of Glee

GleeIf God were one of us, would He/She watch Glee? Probably not. But only because, as the Supreme Being—and Seer Of All Things That Have Ever Happened, Are Happening, And Will Happen—it’s not as if God has to tune in to Fox on Tuesday nights in order to find out what crisis the kids in New Directions are dealing with at William McKinley High School each week. (And—if His Holy Holiness is too busy watching mankind commit various atrocities against each other in His name to plop His Omnipresent Butt down on His couch and watch a little television—He can probably afford to get a DVR from Comcast.) Either way, we’re definitely looking forward to the cast of Glee performing Joan Osborne‘s 1995 hit single, which The Hooters founding member Eric Bazilian wrote for her album Relish.