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Tonight’s Concert Picks: John the Conqueror at Spruce Street Harbor Park, Hey Marseilles at MilkBoy, The Felice Brothers at Ardmore Music Hall

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John the Conqueror | photo courtesy of the artist

John the Conqueror will take over Spruce Street Harbor Park for the first installment of this summer’s monthly music series, curated by The Key. The Waterfront Sessions will bring local music to the beautiful park setting next to the Delaware River all season long. John the Conqueror are a band of “blues-rock rabble rousers” that just got home from a European tour. Welcome them back at the free show tonight along with Song Dogs; more information can be found here.

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Restorations, Spaceship Aloha, John The Conqueror and more to play The Key’s Waterfront Sessions at Spruce Street Harbor and Blue Cross RiverRink

Restorations play 8Seconds for FEST 13| Photo by John Vettese
Restorations | Photo by John Vettese

After a cool winter season curating the live music at the Delaware River Waterfront’s Winterfest, we’re psyched to announce our summer lineup. The Key’s Waterfront Sessions kick off next Thursday, June 11th, with a free concert at Spruce Street Harbor Park by Americana faves Song Dogs and blues-rock rabble rousers John the Conqueror. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: A John the Conqueror rarity “Gimme Gold”

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John the Conqueror | photo courtesy of the artist

Alive Naturalsound Records is celebrating their 20th anniversary as a label with a special vinyl release called Rock & Roll Is a Beautiful Thing on Record Store Day. The compilation will feature rarities from the label’s roster of blues artists like the Black Keys, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires and local trio John the Conqueror. While the record won’t be released until April 18th, you listen to the premiere of John the Conqueror’s contribution, “Gimme Gold,” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: John the Conqueror at MilkBoy, Selwyn Birchwood at World Cafe Live, Vacationer at Bourbon and Branch

John the Conqueror | photo via facebook.com/JohntheConquerorBand
John the Conqueror | photo via facebook.com/JohntheConquerorBand

Philly blues-rock power trio John the Conqueror is back with a new lineup and a handful of new songs tonight at MilkBoy. The band released a well-received LP, The Good Life, in early 2014, and had a successful European run as well as a stint across the U.S. Late last year, founding drummer Michael Gardner parted ways with the band and new stick-man Mark Eichenberger stepped in; tonight is his debut show with the band. Bonus fun: as JTC gears up for its next record and round of touring, it is refreshing its merch catalog – meaning JTC tees will be given away for free at tonight’s show. Tickets and information can be fond at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: John the Conqueror at Milkboy, Art Garfunkel at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Black Horse Motel with Song Dogs and Spirit & Dust at Boot & Saddle and more

 

John the Conqueror | photo by Cinthya Vong
John the Conqueror | photo by Cinthya Vong

John the Conqueror celebrate the release of The Good Life at Milkboy tonight.  Formed in 2010 by Mississippi natives Pierre Moore and Mike Gardner with Philadelphian Ryan Lynn, the trio has spent its short career creating a sound that keeps the true blues of the south alive.  Working in affinities for punk and vivid narratives, John the Conqueror’s new record is a study in traditional music storytelling with an energy that is hard to match.  Tickets and information for the hometown record release show with Blayer Pointdujour & The Rockers Galore and Thee, Idea Men can be found here.  Stream and download “Waking Up to You” from The Good Life below.

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Stream John the Conqueror’s hard-hitting new record The Good Life

John the Conqueror | photo by Cinthya Vong
John the Conqueror | photo by Cinthya Vong

Local blues-rock trio John the Conqueror have unveiled their new record via CMJ.  The Good Life is a fun-loving and hard-rocking follow up to the band’s 2012 self-titled debut, out today through Alive Naturalsound Records.

A retrospective look at lead-singer Pierre Moore’s life from his Mississippi childhood to his move to Philadelphia, the album works well-crafted anecdotes through the veins of focused blues and rock instrumentation.  Seamlessly incorporating a cover of Randy Newman’s “Let’s Burn Down the Cornfield,” the subjects of the record’s ten original tracks aren’t always uplifting or directly relatable, but they are steeped in the realities of life and overcoming obstacles, and that’s what the blues are all about.

Take a listen to The Good Life here and download “Waking Up to You” off of the LP below.  John the Conqueror celebrates the release of the album at Milkboy on March 7th; tickets and information can be found here.

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New song, new album from Philly blues-rock trio John The Conqueror

John the Conqueror | photo by Cinthya Vong
John the Conqueror | photo by Cinthya Vong

Local blues-rock trio John the Conqueror debuted their new single “Waking Up To You” this morning via Rolling Stone. An raw and aggressive number with a galloping beat, the song is about a moment of realization, songwriter Pierre Moore tells the magazine: “This song isn’t about one woman. It’s about every relationship I’ve ruined because I thought sleeping around would make me happy.”

The band is about to head out on a European tour, and will celebrate the release of their new album The Good Life when they return with a show at MilkBoy on March 7th.  It’s the second full-length from the outfit, which blends the southern blues of their Jackson, Mississippi upbringing with powerful rock riffs and character.  The Good Life follows 2012′s self-titled debut, which was featured in the band’s Key Studio Session. Tickets and information for the 21+ record release show can be found here.  Download “Waking Up to You” and watch John the Conqueror perform live at the 2013 Bayprt BBQ Deep Blues Festival below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: John the Conqueror at The Legendary Dobbs, Pity Sex at The Barbary, Royal Bangs at Milkboy, and more

Photo of John The Conqueror by John Vettese
Photo of John The Conqueror by John Vettese

Philly blues rock band John the Conqueror will be heading up The Legendary Dobbs this evening, before going on a European tour and releasing a new album The Good Life on February 25th. Soulful tracks make their blues sound attractive and inviting, and they’re sure to be even louder and entertaining live. Make sure to check them out before they leave the States for a good month; it’ll be their last Philly show until March 7th at MilkBoy.

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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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Watch The Stone Foxes swagger and sway on a smoking live version of “Everybody Knows” (playing Milkboy Philly on Thursday, April 4th)

Photo by Staci DeGagne
Photo by Staci DeGagne
San Francisco’s Stone Foxes are one heckuva rock and roll band. They recently released a new album, Small Fires that’s filled with big rock riffs, bluesy bolts of swagger and excellent songs. You like the Black Crowes? Then these guys are the next new band you need to check out. They headline Milkboy Philly this Thursday evening, April 4th. Opening the show are two of our favorite local bands, John The Conqueror and the Black Stars. Go here for tickets and more information on the show. Below, watch a scorching live video if “Everybody Knows.”