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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Waxahatchee at Johnny Brenda’s, The Magnetic Fields at Union Transfer, Ladysmith Black Mambazo at World Cafe Live and more…

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Waxahatchee | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Waxahatchee leads a fundraiser for the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. the Philadelphia-via-Alabama musician released a pair of critically acclaimed records in Cerulean Salt and Ivy Tripp. Tonight, her solo set is preceded by Mary Lattimore and Hot Tears. Tickets and information can be found here. Watch “Dixie Cups and Jars” below.

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Celebrate and support badass music ladies at Pussy Claps Back event

Jacqueline Constance | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Anyone who knows me knows that I am passionate about two things: ice cream and badass women being awesome and making changes in the music world. So when I see events like Pussy Claps Back: Celebrating Philadelphia Femmes in the Arts, I get pretty pumped.

The killer event will take place at Johnny Brenda’s this Thursday, March 16th, with all door sales benefitting Planned Parenthood of Southeastern PA and Girls Rock Philly. Throughout the night, there will be DJ sets featuring Natasha Diggs (of Soul in the Horn,) The Akasha, Baby dot com, and Aura (of Sofistafunk.) Also performing are artists Coco Mamba, Jacqueline Constance, and Queen Jo. Continue reading →

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Fall for Jesse Hale Moore’s soulful crooning in the video for “Leave You Lonely”

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

We’ve been smitten with Jesse Hale Moore for quite some time around here. But recently, we’ve fallen completely head over heels for Moore’s passionate, smooth-as-butter R&B ballads.

After premiering his single, “Leave You Lonely” we heard him on NPR’s World Cafe: Next podcast a few weeks back.  And now, he’s released a video for “Leave You Lonely,” which provides a perfectly matched visual to the song’s emotional, sultry vibes. If you haven’t already fallen for those falsettos, this video will do the trick. Continue reading →

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Pay your respects to Phife Dawg at a Johnny Brenda’s tribute

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Phife Dawg | photo via The Source

A group of local Phife Dawg fans have curated a tribute to the late rapper and A Tribe Called Quest co-founder at Johnny Brenda’s on March 18th. It’s the second installment of Philly Loves Phife & ATCQ following his death in March of 2016, and the organizers will donate a portion of the night’s proceeds to the American Diabetes Association.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Potty Mouth at Boot & Saddle, Flaming Lips at The Fillmore, Anvil at Johnny Brenda’s

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Potty Mouth | photo by Chris Sullivan | via Facebook

Western Mass-turned-California coast punk trio Potty Mouth return to Philadelphia for a show at Boot & Saddle tonight. Since their last gig in town, the band has opened for CHVRCHES and followed up their 2015 self-titled EP with a new single called “Smash Hit.” Watch the video for that song below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with PARTYBABY here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Queen of Jeans at Chameleon Club, Purples at Boot and Saddle, RFA at PiLam and more

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Queen of Jeans | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Out west, Lancaster’s Chameleon Club is blessed by a headlining set from Queen of Jeans. Their sweet, sweet 60s styled pop is a refreshing change of pace, squeezing some high-energy drumming between some throwback rhythms. The gig is all ages, and more information/tickets can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Vessna Scheff at Bourbon and Branch, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at Johnny Brenda’s, You Blew It! at First Unitarian Church, and more

Vessna Scheff | Photo by Johnny Call via artist’s Facebook page

Vessna Scheff grace the stage tonight at Bourbon and Branch, and you can expect clear, sultry vocals atop ukulele strumming and saucy trumpet backings (courtesy of Koofreh Umoren.) Yes, this eclectic combination is a real thing, and it’s refreshingly amazing. See for yourself by watching Vessna Scheff perform “Nodding (Always On My Mind)” live below, and then head over to the XPN Concert Calendar for more info on the show. Continue reading →

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Philly Jazz Guide: Top picks for live jazz around town in March

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Wadada Leo Smith | photo courtesy of the artist

The rug-pulling near-win that La La Land suffered at last weekend’s Oscars means that a good bit of the controversy facing Damien Chazelle’s musical will die down since it now won’t be burdened with defeating the far more cinematically deserving and politically relevant Moonlight. Within the jazz community, though, the film continues to stoke an argument that has been ongoing for much of the music’s history. The debate between paying homage to tradition and forging new paths burns with the unquenchable inevitability of Centralia’s eternal flames, while Ryan Gosling’s song-and-dance jazz purity simply offers a new frame for the tug-of-war.

Not that those two approaches are mutually exclusive, of course, which renders the whole battle largely moot despite its persistence. Take this month’s Philly jazz calendar, which is full of tributes and hat-tips while also rich with boundary-stretching reinventions.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: NAH at PhilaMOCA, Nikki Lane at Underground Arts, Frontier Ruckus at Johnny Brenda’s

NAH | Photo via nahstuff.bandcamp.com/

World-renowned Philly experimental percussionist-beatmaker-rapper NAH is coming to PhilaMOCA tonight, and it is sure to be quite the experience. His ever-eclectic set-up and mix of genres, which range from electronic to hip hop to even zesty world music, all combine together so perfectly to create a show that is so intriguingly infectious. Not to mention the completely hardcore drumming that vibrates through every ounce of the room. More event info can be found here. Listen to NAH’s 2016 Complete Works below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Radio Dept. at Union Transfer, John Coltraine Tribute at Underground Arts, Pat Finnerty’s Valentine’s Day Tom Petty Tribute at Johnny Brenda’s and more

The Radio Dept. | via facebook.com/theradiodept
The Radio Dept. | via facebook.com/theradiodept

Synthpop masters The Radio Dept. are taking over Union Transfer for the night, kicking off their US headling tour with Germans. The tour celebrates the band’s first record in six years, making tonight’s spectical a long awated one for some. The gig is all ages, and more information/tickets cane be found at the XPN Concert Calender. Continue reading →