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Shhhhh, don’t tell anyone, but Hop Along is kicking off tour with an intimate Johnny Brenda’s show on Saturday

Hop Along | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist
Hop Along | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist

It’s a good week in the world of Hop Along. The Philly indie rockers’ hotly anticipated fourth LP Bark Your Head Off, Dog is officially out this Friday, via Saddle Creek Records — you can even get an early taste of the album right now via NPR Music’s First Listen. (Brace yourself for repeat listens.)

Now, in addition to the band’s appearance in WXPN’s Free At Noon concert series on album release day, the band just announced a Saturday night throwdown at Johnny Brenda’s, the Fishtown music pub near and dear to the band’s hearts. Hop Along played a tremendous New Year’s Eve show there back in 2014, and frontwoman Frances Quinlan has taken the stage solo acoustic numerous times over the past few years. (She also just worked her last shift in the restaurant this past Saturday before heading out on a long run of touring.) Continue reading →

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Watch Natalie Prass perform “Short Court Style” on “Conan,” catch her at Johnny Brenda’s in June

Natalie Prass | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist
Natalie Prass | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist

Over the last decade, Natalie Prass has done everything from playing keys in Jenny Lewis’ touring band to releasing two EPs and a full-length under her own solo project, gliding into instant indie acclaim. Now, the folk-turned-pop singer-songwriter can add performing on national television to the list. Continue reading →

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Listen to Three Man Cannon’s new self-titled album, catch them at Johnny Brenda’s next month

Three Man Cannon | photo by | via press release

Philly’s own Three Man Cannon have been rocking for so long that by now they sound like they’ve perfected the art of rock, if such a feat is possible. After about 10 years as a band — actually a four-piece, despite their name — Three Man Cannon have just released a new self-titled LP, their third full-length. The new record takes them far from their early days as an anarcho-folk punk high school band that played the basements of Scranton, PA, but their sonic evolution is a welcome one (plus you can still catch them at a Philly basement show from time to time). Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Turn back time with The Cactus Blossoms at Johnny Brenda’s this April

The Cactus Blossoms | photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN
The Cactus Blossoms | photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

Brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum crooned their way into our hearts a couple years back at Non-COMM, and now — The Cactus Blossoms being the Southern gentleman that they are — will kindly pay Philly not one, but two return visits via Johnny Brenda’s this April.

Frequently compared to the Everly Brothers due to the uncanny likeness of their harmony-driven, vintage country rock n roll sound, Torrey and Burkham will continue supporting their 2016 debut album You’re Dreaming, which ranges from light and campy feel-good tunes such as “Stoplight Kisses” and “Clown Collector,” to more retro, relaxed tracks “Mississippi” and “Powder Blue.” Continue reading →

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Natalie Prass’ new single and music video “Short Court Style” will have you grooving

Natalie Prass | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist
Natalie Prass | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist

Virginia Beach indie pop artist Natalie Prass just announced her sophomore album The Future and the Past, the follow-up to her self-titled debut from 2015. The album is scheduled to release June 1st via ATO Records, and she just released a music video for the single, “Short Court Style.” The track is a fresh piece of pop with a memorable hook, a funky groove and the odd music video — which features some dazzling merry-go-round footage — fits somewhat perfectly with it. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Kelela, Matt Cappy, Combo Chimbita, Diet Cig and more

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Combo Chimbita | photo by Itzel Alejandra Martinez | courtesy of the artist

Even on a slow week, you’ve still got fourteen amazing concerts to choose from — that’s how you know you’re living in a great music city. From Kelela at the TLA tonight to Greg Sover at the Sellersville on Sunday, here’s what’s going on in and around Philly over the next seven days. Continue reading →

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Lucy Dacus shares new song “Night Shift,” will play Johnny Brenda’s in April

Lucy Dacus | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

If you’ve seen Lucy Dacus in the last year or two, there’s a good chance you’ve already heard “Night Shift” — the Richmond, VA singer-songwriter has been performing the song live since she wrote it in 2016. Now, the first-ever recorded version of the song appears as the first single from Dacus’ just-announced sophomore album, Historian, out next spring. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Joey Sweeney at Maas Building, AllegrA at All Night Diner, Muscle Tough at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly songwriter Joey Sweeney and his band The Neon Grease lead the lineup at Jojo’s Holiday Variety Show tonight at the Maas Building. The pay-what-you-will event benefits Rock to the Future and is also a release party for Sweeney’s new holiday EP, Smilin’ Through. The event will also feature some other musical acts, including Beat Jams, Hi Soft, Settled Arrows and the Birdsall Band, plus comedy from Doogie Horner and Jaime Fountaine. Listen to Sweeney original song “Don’t Kill Yourself This Christmas,” off the new EP, below and find more information on tonight’s show here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Daedelus at Johnny Brenda’s, Aphra DJ set at Da Vinci Art Alliance, Cam’ron at Voltage Lounge

Daedelus | photo by Shubostar | via the artist’s Facebook page

Daedelus, the prolific Los Angeles-based project of Alfred Darlington, brings his Antidote Tour to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The experimental electronic project has a few dozen releases from over the years, the most recent being this year’s Wears House. Mono/Poly and Free The Robots will also play tonight’s show, and DJ Phonographiq will be spinning tunes throughout the night. Find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →