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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.”

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Free Download: “Lucille” by John the Conqueror (playing House of Hayes on Saturday, MilkBoy on 4/4)

Photo by Jonifin Marvin
Photo by Jonifin Marvin
This new one from Philadelphia three-piece John the Conqueror is a strong blues track with soulful guitars, not to mention some lyrics that are really sad. A live version of it was recorded in the band’s Key Studio Session; you can get a free download of the album version today. If you like big acts like the Black Keys or Dr. John, check this out! The band plays this Saturday at Girard Avenue warehouse space House of Hayes, and then on April 4th at MilkBoy.

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My Morning Download: “I Just Wanna” by John The Conqueror from The Key Studio Sessions, Volume 6

Photo of John The Conqueror by John Vettese
Each Wednesday The Key offers a free download of a Key studio session from a local band recorded in the World Cafe studios at WXPN. We just released The Key Studio Sessions Volume 6 featuring music from Gracie, Reef The Lost Cauze, Ethel Cee, Kingsfoil, The Districts; 17 songs in all. You can download the entire collection here. Below, download “I Just Wanna” by John The Conqueror.

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Download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 6 (feat. Reef the Lost Cauze, Kingsfoil, Bad Braids + more)

The latest edition of our Key Studio Sessions compilations is out today – now streamable and downloadable from Soundcloud! Check out highlights from fall of 2012 with The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 6, including some hard-hitting hip-hop from Ethel Cee and Reef the Lost Cauze, expressive Americana from The Districts, bright pop-rock from Kingsfoil, dense shoegaze from Nothing and more. Special thanks to guest engineer Chris Williams and production assistants Beth Ann Downey, Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Laura Jane Brubaker, Kyle Costill, Shamus McGroggan, Marley McNamara, and Julie Miller for sharing their work.

Looking for more? Visit WXPN’s Soundcloud page to download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 1 through Vol. 5.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Angel Ocana at The Fire, Camae Defstar at MilkBoy

Brooklyn / Philadelphia singer-songwriter Angel Ocana returns home tonight for an appearance at The Fire. His thoughtful acoustic stylings hearken back to Bookends-era Simon and Garfunkel, while his warm harmonies with singer Tiffany Foster recall the more tender moments of Everything But the Girl. Ocana plays second on tonight’s lineup, which begins at 9 p.m.; more information on the show can be found here. Below, stream two new songs he released earlier this week.

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