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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Creepoid at Johnny Brenda’s, Ground Up at Underground Arts, Olds Sleeper at Re:Create Arts Initiative and more

Creepoid plays The Atlantic for FEST 13 | Photo by John Vettese
Creepoid plays The Atlantic for FEST 13 | Photo by John Vettese

Psychedelic Philly doomsayers Creepoid celebrate the release of their new LP Cemetery Highrise Slum tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. The album is heavy and expansive, the strongest distillation to date of the hard-touring band’s live energy. Tickets and more information on the show can be foudn at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Heartless Bastards at the TLA, Graham Parker at The Sellersville Theater, Black Milk at Johnny Brenda’s and more

Heartless Bastards | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
Heartless Bastards | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

Restless Ones, the fifth album from Cincinnati roots faves Heartless Bastards, just came out yesterday, and it’s a rager. Lead single “Gates of Dawn” gives a great idea of the energy in store tonight when the band hits the TLA tonight with Craig Finn of The Hold Steady opening the show. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Drenge at Johnny’s Brendas, Best Coast at Union Transfer

Drenge | Photo by Samuel Lewis
Drenge | Photo by Samuel Lewis

U.K. up-and-comers Drenge will headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight in support of their sophomore release, Undertow. The grunge rock band started as a duo of brothers playing guitar and drums, but they have since incorporated a bass player to create a new dynamic. Tonight’s show will be their second-to-last in the U.S. before they head off to play the European festival circuit. Watch their video for song “Running Wild” below and get tickets for their 21+ show with Made Violent here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Burgeoning at Bourbon & Branch, Little May at Johnny Brenda’s

Burgeoning
The Burgeoning | Photo by Brant Fuller

The Burgeoning open up at Bourbon & Branch tonight. The local quartet stopped by for a Key Studio Session recently, treating us to “Lighthouse” from their debut Love Alchemy, Life Algorithm EP, a cover of “Message in a Bottle” by The Police and a pair of new tracks that will appear on their forthcoming effort. Check out “Cave Man” below and get more information about tonight’s 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Last Emperor at The Fire, Ross Bellenoit at Johnny Brenda’s, Wayne Music Fest ft. PhillyBloco and more…

Last Emperor
The Last Emperor | photo via Facebook

Philadelphia-born rapper The Last Emperor performs at The Fire tonight. Now based in New York, Jamal Gray released his debut LP Music, Magic, Myth in 2003 on his own label. Since then he’s appeared at festivals in Denmark, London and Norway. Details for the 21+ show can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cruisr at Johnny Brenda’s, Olivia Chaney at The Tin Angel, Baker Man at The Fire and more

Cruisr | Photo by John Vettese
Cruisr | Photo by John Vettese

Philly summertime jammers Cruisr are having a pretty good year between their recent Go For It single, their upcoming Wells Fargo Center show (!) opening for Imagine Dragons, and tonight’s hometown headlining slot at Johnny Brenda’s. Party on with the guys, as well as the equally-awesome Tutlie and Suburban Living, beginnning at 9 p.m. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Holly Herndon at Johnny Brenda’s, Hutch and Kathy at Boot & Saddle

Holly Herndon
Holly Herndon | photo by Suzy Poling

San Francisco musician Holly Herndon performs at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The experimental songwriter is touring behind her sophomore LP Platform, a collection of sounds and textures influenced by the warehouse techno scene of Berlin where Herndon grew up. It a dark, sparkling and glitchy LP. Watch the video for “Interference” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with Marshall Allen and Chris Powell here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cheerbleeders at The Fire, Dreamers at Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia Songwriters Project Finals at Ardmore Music Hall

Cheerbleeders
Cheerbleeders | photo via Facebook

Cheerbleeders play The Fire tonight. The punk band has been making a name for itself by doing things their own way, leading with rocking music and backing it up with some seriously confident attitude. The band got together at Connie’s Ric Rac in South Philly and is now gearing up to release their second effort, following up last year’s demo. Check out the band performing live below and get more information about tonight’s 21+ show here.

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Philly Music 101: How to book a show at a Philly venue

Photo by John Vettese
The Bul Bey rocking the house in West Philly | Photo by John Vettese

Philly Music 101 is our regular series guiding you through the wonderful world of the Philadelphia music scene: all of its passionate, loving participants, from artists to venues to studios and more.

Life as an independent artist in Philadelphia can be rough, especially when it comes to booking shows. When you approach a venue, what exactly are they looking for? Will your music appeal to them or turn them off? Where does social media presence lie on the spectrum? What will get your band a coveted spot on their calendar? Where is the damn instruction manual for booking a show?

We hear it from Philly artists all the time – they want to play out more often, but they haven’t had any luck getting promoters’ attention. Well, The Key is here for you! In an effort to provide some transparency in the live music world, we decided to hit up talent buyers for a handful of venues throughout Philadelphia to get an idea of what they expect, why they expect it, what will wow them and some general pointers on how to book a show. Continue reading →

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Watch Pattern is Movement record their final song in a church for Shaking Through

Pattern Is Movement | Photos by Peter English | via weathervanemusic.com

It’s no secret that Philadelphia experimental rock duo Pattern is Movement is calling it quits. But before they announced their break-up, they promised to go out with a bang – and part of that bang was recording a song for Philadelphia non-profit Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through series. Continue reading →