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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Duane Eubanks at Chris’ Jazz Cafe, RFA at Steel City, Frog Holler at Johnny Brenda’s

Duane Eubanks | Photo by Gulnara Khamatova
Duane Eubanks | Photo by Gulnara Khamatova | via duaneeubanks.com

Philly native Duane Eubanks, the youngest of the local jazz scene’s famed Eubanks brothers, returns to Philadelphia tonight. Last year, he released Things of That Particular Nature on Sunnyside Records. Tonight, he and his quintet play two sets at Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Center City, one at 8 p.m. and one at 10. Tickets and more information can be found at the Chris’ Jazz Cafe website. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Madalean Gauze at Boot & Saddle, Motherwhore at Ortlieb’s, Lou at PhilaMOCA and more

Madalean Gauze | Photo by John Vettese
Madalean Gauze | Photo by John Vettese

Philly singer-songwriter Madalean Gauze caught a lot of people’s attention last weekend when she delivered a kickass performance of “Gloria” in our tribute to Patti Smith’s Horses. Obviously, there’s a reason we asked her to take that lead-off spot: her debut album Sing was one that demanded attention.  A collection of eleven emotionally raw and beautifully arranged tracks came together to create one our favorite albums of the year. You can hear her play many of the songs tonight at Johnny Brenda’s with fellow local rockers Woven In, making for one hell of a lineup. For more information on the show go to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Work Drugs’ Holiday Spectacle brings Johnny Brenda’s a little closer

Work Drugs | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller | koalafoto.com
Work Drugs | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller | koalafoto.com

Kississippi, Kate Faust and Work Drugs brought a crowded Johnny Brenda’s a little closer to the holidays last Saturday night, for the latter’s Fifth Annual Holiday Spectacle. The three homegrown bands offered pop music ranging from buoyant Beach Boys-y vocals to electronic beats to somber bare-bones electro-folk. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Big Thief at Boot & Saddle, Jacob Snider at World Cafe Live and Impressionist at Johnny Brenda’s

Photo by Michael Buishas via facebook.com/adriannelenkermusic
Photo by Michael Buishas via facebook.com/adriannelenkermusic

Brooklyn’s Big Thief, once the solo outlet for Adrianne Lenker and now a full-fledged band, are on the verge of finishing their first full length and poised to make a splash as they continue to develop their delicate yet powerful sound. Tonight you can catch them at Boot & Saddle as part of the Weathervane Music Residency alongside indie pop quartet Zuli. For more information on the show click here. Continue reading →

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Listen to Kate Faust team up with Aphra for an upbeat cover of Radiohead’s “All I Need”

Kate Faust and leBeet | photo via facebook.com/iamkatefaust
Kate Faust and leBeet | photo via facebook.com/iamkatefaust

Kate Faust has teamed up with fellow soulful, electro-inspired vocalist Aphra for a unique cover of Radiohead’s “All I Need” from their 2007 release In Rainbows. Faust, who sat down with The Key earlier this month, picked a great collaborator in Aphra, as both artists share a captivating voice and clever use of electronic arrangements. The two make a natural pair, and at times their styles fuse so seamlessly it’s nearly impossible to tell their voices apart. Continue reading →

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Listen to two new tracks from Philly four-piece Church Girls and catch them at Johnny Brenda’s in February

Church Girls | Photo by  Charlie Wrzesniewski | wrznasty.tumblr.com | courtesy of the artist
Church Girls | Photo by Charlie Wrzesniewski | wrznasty.tumblr.com | courtesy of the artist

Despite their name, Philly four-piece Church Girls have at best an ambiguous relationship with church. On “Hymn,” the calming acoustic opener from the group’s folk-rock debut EP, lead singer Mariel Beaumount repeats as if she’s in a trance, “Devil take me home.” Not exactly what you’d expect from a self-professed “church girl.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Car Seat Headrest at Johnny Brenda’s, Darwin Deez at Boot and Saddle, Deerhunter at Union Transfer and more

Car Seat Headrest | Photo by Julia Leiby | http://julia-leiby.squarespace.com/
Car Seat Headrest | Photo by Julia Leiby | http://julia-leiby.squarespace.com/

We here at XPN are really into the new Car Seat Headset record — his first for Matador Records — and the man behind the music, Will Toledo of Seattle reminds a lot of our own Alex G. who, like Toledo, made a name himself by releasing an insane amount of self-released work (11 for Toledo and 13 for Alex G.) They also are now both fresh off big label debuts, and you can catch Toledo play songs from intricate, interesting and overall awesome new album, Teens of Style tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. For more information on the show click here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Photon Band at Johnny Brenda’s, Dan Bern at Tin Angel, Ross Bellenoit at Bourbon & Branch and more…

photon band
Photon Band | photo by Mary Garito

Local indie rockers Photon Band have come out of hibernation for a rare live appearance at Johnny Brenda’s. Art DiFuria started the band after attending Temple in the 80s, releasing cult favorite All Young In the Soul in 1998. This year’s Songs of Rapture and Hatred marked DiFuria’s return to the project, and he’ll be joined by bassist Jeff Tanner and drummer Patrick Berkery for this special show. Tickets and information can be found here; check out “Solitaire (Win or Lose)” below.

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10 concerts you don’t want to miss in December

The Arcs | Photo credit: Richard Swift
The Arcs | Photo by Richard Swift | via facebook.com/TheArcsMusic

December may the busiest month of the year so we apologize ahead of time for adding to the already packed schedule. We suggest you maybe skip that 12th family party or perhaps wait for that blockbuster movie to come on demand and instead make time for these ten shows that you are just not going to want to miss. Tickets and information on all of these shows can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →