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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Worldtown Soundsystem at Johnny Brenda’s, No Good Sister at Boot & Saddle, Rockers Galore at Milkboy and more…

Worldtown Soundsystem | Photo by Charles Shan Cerrone | courtesy of the artist
Worldtown Soundsystem | Photo by Charles Shan Cerrone | courtesy of the artist

Worldtown Soundsystem celebrate their 6th anniversary at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The world music / electronic outfit will be debuting all new material, following up last year’s self-titled EP with what is sure to be an electrifying collection of beats. Tickets and information for the 21+ dance party can be found here; check out “Testify” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jain at The Foundry, Suburban Living at Johnny Brenda’s , Last Good Tooth at World Cafe Live

Jain | photo via artist’s Facebook page

French singer-songwriter JAIN takes over The Foundry tonight with her eclectic, smart pop tunes. Born in France, but relocating to the Congo as a teen, JAIN mixes elements of rumba into her music, which produces an electro-pop world music hybrid that demands dancing. Find out more on tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch the stunning video for “Makeba” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jesse Hale Moore at Johnny Brenda’s, Emily Wells at Boot and Saddle, Alexi Songs at JD McGillicuddy’s and more

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Jesse Hale Moore | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

Jesse Hale Moore is ready to celebrate his debut record Green End, headlining over at Johnny Brenda’s to party with a bunch of friends including Rosali, Birdie Busch and more. We took at look at the record earlier this week, and my God is it something wonderful, so come on out to hear the future of Philly singer/songwriting. The show is 21+, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Half Waif at Everybody Hits, Kneebody at Johnny Brenda’s, John Mayer at Wells Fargo Center and more…

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Half Waif | photo by Phil Randall | via artist’s Facebook page

Nandi Rose Plunkett brings her Half Waif project to Everybody Hits tonight. Doing double duty as keyboardist in Pinegrove, Plunkett’s solo project hones in on an electronic pop that was beautifully and intimately displayed on this year’s form/a EP. Stream “Severed Logic” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show with Shannen Moser and Russel the Leaf here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bombadil at Johnny Brenda’s, Glen Phillips at World Cafe Live

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Bombadil | photo via artist’s website

Durham, NC trio Bombadil bring their new Fences LP to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The record comes after an intense time of change and regrowth for the folky pop outfit and is the first of their efforts not self-produced; instead, they welcomed veteran singer/songwriter and engineer John Vanderslice into the fold. Listen to “I Could Make You So Happy” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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

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Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra | photo courtesy of the artist

Jazz Appreciation Month got off to an early start on Monday, as Mayor Jim Kenney presented the inaugural Benny Golson Award to Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste under the gaze of portraits of his predecessors at City Hall. Overlapping with Women’s History Month, the morning event also paid tribute to local legends Trudy Pitts and Shirley Scott and living legend Monnette Sudler (whose name proved an unfortunate challenge to the administration’s speakers). The month that follows will be bookended with a buffet of festivals as it draws to a close.

The entire final week, from the 23rd to the 30th, will mark the inaugural Philadelphia Jazz Festival, spearheaded by South’s Bynum Brothers and the city’s Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy. The fest will sprawl across a number of venues, including the Bynums’ South, Warmdaddy’s and RELISH along with Chris’ Jazz Café, World Café Live and the Ardmore Music Hall, among others. The fest will bring home several favorite sons, including trumpeter Randy Brecker, organ great Joey DeFrancesco, and longtime South regulars Gerald Veasley and Orrin Evans. Other headliners include pianist ELEW, 93-year-old singer/pianist (and voice of Schoolhouse Rock) Bob Dorough, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and a tribute to the legendary jam sessions at Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Menzingers at The Fillmore, Jay Som at Boot & Saddle, Bardo Pond at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

The Menzingers | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
The Menzingers | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

NEPA faves The Menzingers bring their latest LP After the Party to The Fillmore tonight. The big-room date follows a sold-out release show that happened last month at the smaller Kung Fu Necktie, a special treat for some of the band’s die-hard fans but one that left the majority of their local supporters with a serious case of FOMO. Tickets for tonight’s all-ages show can be found here. Watch “After the Party” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bul Bey at Johnny Brenda’s, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard at Underground Arts, Beach House at Chameleon Club, and more

The Bul Bey performs at World Cafe Live for NPR Music's Tiny Desk Road Show | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
The Bul Bey performs at World Cafe Live for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Road Show | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Philly rapper The Bul Bey headlines Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Since the release of 2015’s Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies, The Bul Bey has been active in the scene and has been steadily been releasing videos of songs off the album. Be sure to catch his charismatic and lively set along with Gabriel Wolf and DJ Sylo. Get more info on the 21+ show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch the video for The Bul Bey’s song, “Welcome to My Campaign,” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hippo Campus at Union Transfer, Alice Bag at Union Transfer, and Maxwell Stern at Boot & Saddle

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Hippo Campus | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Minnesota’s Hippo Campus bless Union Transfer tonight in support of their debut full-length Landmark. The four-piece stuff indie pop and explode it to area-sized proportions, sporting anthemic hooks while saving guitar music one tune at a time. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Saba at The Trocadero, Big Thief at Johnny Brenda’s, Ladybird at Ortlieb’s and more

Saba | via sabapivot.com
Saba | via sabapivot.com

The Trocadero plays host to a loaded concert headlined by Chicago’s Saba. His big production rap nips at the heels of Chance the Rapper, relying on some classic flow to send his way into the musical wheelhouse of every hip-hop fanatic, and his Bucket List Project was one of last year’s highlights. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on our XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →