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Lady Alma, Jacqueline Constance, Killiam Shakespeare and more to rock a Hurricane Relief Fundraiser at Johnny Brenda’s

Lady Alma performing at Back To Basics | Photo by John Vettese

The power of music to bring people together for hope and healing in the face of utter devastation is tried and true, and following the series of hurricanes that have ravaged the south and left entire populations without power, food, shelter, or near enough resources to sustain and recover, focused help is needed just as much as hope and healing.

On October 21st, Flygirrl and Walking Bear will present The Healing at Johnny Brenda’s. This fundraising event will feature live music and spoken word performances from an incredible spectrum of local performers — from Philly neo-soul icon Lady Alma to contemporary sound-sculptor Jacqueline Constance, dynamic hop-hop duo Killiam Shakespeare and more — and 100% of the proceeds will benefit The Family Resource Center in St. Thomas, USVI through their “Adopt A Family” program. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Jesse Hale Moore at Johnny Brenda’s

Jesse Hale Moore | photo courtesy of the artist
Jesse Hale Moore | photo courtesy of the artist

Local singer-songwriter Jesse Hale Moore returns to Johnny Brenda’s tonight in support of his recent debut LP Green End. The R&B-influenced musician is known for his captivating solo sets, and the chill vibes of JB’s should provide the perfect setting to take in the magic. Dark Rooms and Strange Parts open the show. Watch “Leave You Lonely,” from Moore’s recent World Cafe session, below. Find more information on the show over at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ruby The Hatchet at Johnny Brenda’s, Brainfest at the Ukie Club, Rhett Miller at Tellus 360

Ruby the Hatchet | photo by Mike Petzinger | via facebook.com/rubythehatchet

It’s record release day for Jersey’s Ruby The Hatchet. The psych-rock outfit will be celebrating their latest LP Planetary Space Child with a headlining spot at Johnny Brenda’s, supported by Heavy Temple and Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells. The release is just what you’d expect from a name like that: expansive, psychedelic, and untamed. Stream Planetary Space Child below and snag your tickets for the 21+ show here. Continue reading →

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Abi Reimold talks faith, homeschooling, and weddings on Oh Word?! podcast

Abi Reimold | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN

Abi Reimold makes some seriously heavy and haunting music. But during a recent guest appearance on Joe Manno’s podcast, Oh Word?!, the local fuzz rock songwriter lets listeners get acquainted with their easygoing, earnest personality.

The conversation gets deep real quick as they immediately delve into topics of faith and religion while discussing Reimold’s Christian, home-schooled upbringing, along with lighter topics of  recent summertime gig playing hymns at a church.

We also learn about Reimold’s work as a wedding photographer, which is also where we learn that they’re a sap for a good love story. With Manno playing the self-addressed role of “wedding grinch,” Reimold remains a ray of sincere sunshine, gushing about a love of weddings, and the happiness that surrounds the celebration. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: West Philadelphia Orchestra at Spruce Street Harbor Park, MH the Verb’s Vibe House at South Bowl, Laser Background at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

west philadelphia orchestra
West Philadelphia Orchestra | photo courtesy of the artist

West Philadelphia Orchestra are this week’s featured headliner at Spruce Street Harbor Park’s Waterfront Sessions. The mammoth sized crew will be rocking two sets of their horn-heavy Balkan dance. Check out info for the show on the Facebook event page, and watch their Tiny Desk Concert entry below. Continue reading →

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Cults blend vintage sounds and modern synths in new “I Took Your Picture”

Cults | photo by Shawn Brackbill | via cults.bandcamp.com

Last month, atmospheric duo Cults sprung back into music consciousness by sharing news of an upcoming album titled Offering, along with the title track from the upcoming release. Now, the two have unveiled another single — titled “I Took Your Picture” — before the October 6th album date. Continue reading →

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Don’t miss Reef the Lost Cauze, The Bul Bey, and Hezekiah at Beyond the Bars benefit at JB’s

Reef the Lost Cauze | photo by Reji B. for WXPN | rejibphotography.com
Reef the Lost Cauze | photo by Reji B. for WXPN | rejibphotography.com

On August 26th, Reef the Lost Cauze, The Bul Bey, and Hezekiah will take the stage at Johnny Brenda’s for not only an amazing and epicly stacked local show, but also as a benefit for the Beyond the Bars organization.

Founded in 2015, Beyond the Bars is a nonprofit with a mission to bring musical instruments and instruction to incarcerated youth in Philadelphia. Since its inception, a press release states that the organization has guided sixty young adults in writing and recording their own music across a variety of genres, along with recently implementing a free music program for Philly youth with incarcerated loved ones. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Slaughter Beach, Dog at Johnny Brenda’s, Hoots and Hellmouth at Boot and Saddle, plus more

Slaughter Beach, Dog | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Jake Ewald’s side project Slaughter Beach, Dog has been churning out a ton of material lately. From the Motorcycle.jpg EP to a new single off his upcoming record, to his recent rocking off of socks at this week’s The Key Studio Sessions — there’s a ton of music gold to delve into. Seriously, please feast your ears upon the drawn-out, jam-fest of a performance of “104 Degrees.” It’s just too gosh dang good. And if you’re as taken with these tunes as I am, go see them live tonight at Johnny Brenda’s as well as sets from Shannen Moser and No Thank You. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Kath Bloom at Johnny Brenda’s

Kath Bloom | photo via artist’s Facebook page

Veteran singer-songwriter Kath Bloom put out new material this past spring with an album titled This Dream Of Life. Tonight she’ll be gracing us plebeians with her powerful songstress presence at Johnny Brenda’s, alongside a bill including Friendship and Most Selfless Cheerleader.  Find info on the show here, and watch the heartbreaking and touching video for Bloom’s new track “I Just Can’t Make It Without You,” below. Continue reading →

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Listen to Friendship’s steady-going, emotional new single “If You See My Beloved”

Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist
Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist

Philly indie folk outfit Friendship have just shared a new single in addition to announcing a release date for their sophomore album, Shock Out of Season, which will be out on November 3rd via Orindal Records.

“If You See My Beloved” is a five minute long track that edges along to a steady beat and a static electro atmosphere. The power of the song lies in the lyrics, however, with frontman Dan Wriggins’ conversational, stream-of-conscious words painting a picture of a deteriorating relationship through his realistic recount of a rainy day excursion. Continue reading →