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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gene Shay Tribute with Janis Ian and more at First Unitarian Church, Future Punx at Boot & Saddle, Honeyblood at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

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Tom Paxton and Janis Ian | photo via www.janisian.com

This afternoon at the First Unitarian Church friends and fans celebrate the 80th birthday and recent retirement of Gene Shay. David Dye hosts performances by Tom Paxton, Janis Ian, John Flynn and more while proceeds from the event benefit the Sing Out! foundation for the preservation and support of folk music. Read more about Gene Shay’s decades behind the Folk Show mic here and get more information about the concert here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bird Watcher at Johnny Brenda’s, Le Fits at Kung Fu Necktie, Bettye Lavette at World Cafe Live

Bird Watcher

Bird Watcher | photo via Facebook

Local indie rock / folk group Bird Watcher headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Founded by the duo of Jesse Soifer and Julian Booker (the latter also the host of Sleepy Hollow on Sunday mornings), Bird Watcher is now a full band and will be performing new songs taken from an upcoming full-length. Watch their video for “All You Suburban Mothers, I Depart Thee!” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with Dylan Jane and Ortolan here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Zydeco Party Gras at 7165 Lounge, Upperfields at Johnny Brenda’s, Chris Robinson Brotherhood at The TLA

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Curley Taylor | photo by David Simpson

The weekend’s Mardi Gras celebrations continue tonight with Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble at 7165 Lounge in Germantown. The band helped to kick-off XPN’s Zydeco Crossroads project earlier this year at the Kimmel Center, introducing Philadelphia to the high energy dance music of Southwest Louisiana. Listen back to that performance below and get more information about tonight’s show on the Zydeco Crossroads website here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Brielle at Winterfest, Illinois at Johnny Brenda’s, PhillyBloco at Ardmore Music Hall

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Brielle | Photo by Reji B. | rejibphotography.com

North Philly’s Brielle performs at the final edition of The Key’s Fireside Sessions at Winterfest tonight. The North Philly singer-songwriter just recorded a Key Studio Session with a full band, giving full-treatment to songs from her recent effort The Rough Break-Up. A horn section, keys and jazzy arrangements give the R&B / hip hop songs a feeling of sonic exploration while her lyrics are emotionally exploratory. Listen to “Wait, Stop. GO!” below and get more information about the free show  with Paper Hearts here.

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Watch Upperfields perform “Untethered Bells” for SoFAR Philly

 

Shaun Gould of Upperfields | Photo via Facebook.com/upperfields3
Shaun Gould of Upperfields | Photo via Facebook.com/upperfields3

Ottsville, Pa.’s Upperfields encompasses a laid-back, psych-folk sound that shines through in the new video for “Untethered Bells,” the final track from their latest, earthy EP, titled Waterways.

The four-piece performed “Untethered Bells” (catch the official EP version here) for SoFAR Philly, and the moody yet soothing track is reminiscent of tunes from bands like Fleet Foxes or The Shins. But overall, Upperfields has a sound that’s all their own. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: DRGN King at Johnny Brenda’s, Seoul Delhi at Bourbon & Branch, Kindred The Family Soul at World Cafe Live and more…

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DRGN King | photo by Caitlin McCann | http://caitlinmccannphoto.com/

Local indie rockers DRGN King kick-off a nearly two-month long, cross-country tour at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. They also helped to kick-off the 2015 season of Free at Noons, “skipping their day jobs” to rile up the crowd at World Cafe Live back in January. They performed songs from their recent Baltimore Crush LP (which you can learn more about here), as well as tracks taken from their 2013 debut Paragraph Nights. Listen back to the concert here and check out a live-session video for “Undertow” below. Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Field Mouse and Teen Men can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Northern Arms at Johnny Brenda’s, Halfro at The Fire, Deb Callahan Band at Steel City Coffeehouse

Northern Arms
Northern Arms | photo via facebook.com/thenorthernarms

Northern Arms join their friends in BUSSES at Johnny Brenda’s for the latter’s record release show tonight. The former is currently working on a follow-up to last year’s self-titled debut at Miner Street Recording. The local ten-piece have mastered the art of darkly cinematic songs, taking the best bits of Arcade Fire’s dramatism and pairing it with Angelo Badalementi’s suspense. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ with Tinmouth can be found here. Watch “What You’ve Got On” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dogs on Acid at Boot & Saddle, Louds at Johnny Brenda’s, Jamaican Queens at Milkboy

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Dogs on Acid | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Dogs on Acid headline Boot & Saddle tonight, along with Quit and The Spirit of the Beehive. As Dogs wrote on their Facebook page, it’ll be a night of “friends in the same room doing the two things they love the most with the people they love to do it with.” The Algernon Cadwallader / Snowing spin-off is gearing up to release a new 7″ on Asian Man Records and you can hear “flushed” off of the effort below. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bardo Pond at Underground Arts, His Name is Alive at Johnny Brenda’s, Into It. Over It. at The First Unitarian Sanctuary and more

Bardo Pond | Photo by Katie Tapman
Bardo Pond | Photo by Katie Tapman
Philly psych rock favorites Bardo Pond will play their first show of 2015 tonight at Underground Arts. The band’s ninth album, Peace on Venus, was released in 2015 to critical acclaim, and the band performed songs from it on the Key Studio Sessions this week – along with two brand new songs. Listen to the set here and get more info on the show at the XPN concert calendar.
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