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Listen to The Dove and the Wolf’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye”

The Dove and The Wolf | photo by CJ Harvey | courtesy of the artist
The Dove and The Wolf | photo by CJ Harvey | courtesy of the artist

Cover songs often pose a tricky predicament. Do you stay as close to the original as you can? Completely transform the song into your own?  It’s very risky territory, especially when covering a song by a legend like Leonard Cohen.  But all this didn’t hinder Philly-based indie pop duo, The Dove and the Wolf, from taking the leap and covering Cohen’s “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye.”  And I’m super glad it didn’t, because Paloma Gill and Lou Hayat-Camard’s take on the sweet and simple folk tune is a beautiful gem of a cover. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Queen Jesus at Johnny Brenda’s, Red Hot Chili Peppers at Wells Fargo Center

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Queen Jesus | photo courtesy of the band

Local outfit Queen Jesus open up for Kyle Craft at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The quintet of active musicians ended 2016 with the release of their sophomore effort Tar Ranch, a low key, country-and-psych-tinged collection that’s easy to put your feet up and sip a lemonade to. Check out “Bleach Factory” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Blood Sound at Johnny Brenda’s, Songwriter Showcase at Bourbon and Branch and more

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Blood Sound | Photo via bloodsound.bandcamp.com

Dark electronic three-piece Blood Sound will be opening at Johnny Brenda’s with Black Marble and YOU. Their recent effort True Romance Magazines finds Tim Burton’s version of TRON with dreamy vocals dancing over an atmospheric keyboard, creating an enjoyable ’80s callout sound. The gig is 21+, and more information/tickets can be found here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dominic at Johnny Brenda’s, Ladybird at The Barbary, David Wax Museum at Union Transfer

Dominic | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN
Dominic | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Local guy Dominic is celebrating the release of his debut solo LP Goodnight, Doggies at Johnny Brenda’s tonight, along with fellow record-releaser Norwegian Arms and No Thank You. Though this is Dom Angelella’s first outing under his own name, you’ll no doubt recognize him from his roles in DRGN King, Lithuania, and Hop Along. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Listen to “Birthday Song” below

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Geisha Facade at Kung Fu Necktie, iNFiNiEN at Johnny Brenda’s

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Geisha Facade | photo via facebook.com/geishafacade

Dreamy local act Geisha Facade bring their debut record You Went To Space, Good Bye Dear to Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Zoe Tanner and Jordan Dupree mastered a colorfully hypnotic slowdown on lead single “Head,” calling to mind the glitzy daze of Beach House and the nostalgic drawl of Lana Del Rey but mixing in their own fun-mirror psych to shift it just a little left of center. Stream that track below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Just Announced: Waxahatchee to perform stripped down, solo set at Johnny Brenda’s

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

Local indie fave Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee has announced a solo tour along with Kevin Morby and Mary Lattimore, in which each will perform intimate, stripped down sets.  Catch Crutchfield’s beautiful solo stylings when the tour kicks off on March 15th at Johnny Brenda’s, and then jam out to the full duo later in the spring, when Waxahatchee returns to Philly to open for The New Pornographers. More info can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch “La Loose” from Ivy Tripp below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Three Man Cannon at Boot and Saddle, Kississippi at Chameleon Club, Cuddle Magic at World Cafe Live and more

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Three Man Cannon | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Lame-O Record’s annual residency at Boot and Saddle ends with a bang, leaving with a headlining set by Three Man Cannon. Their relaxed indie rock is quintessential to Lame-O’s roster, and Katie Ellen and The Afterglows as support makes this a stacked local bill not to be missed. The gig is 21+, and all proceeds will be donated to the Philly ACLU; more information and tickets can be found here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gun$ Garcia at Ortlieb’s, Chill Moody and Reef the Lost Cauze at Johnny Brenda’s, Cold Cafe at Underground Arts and more…

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Gun$ Garcia | photo via Facebook

Local DJ Gun$ Garcia headlines a free night of music at Ortlieb’s. The D.C. native honed her record-spinning skills while at art school here in Philadelphia, joining up with the Brick Bandits collective and getting tapped for sets at the Mad Decent Block Party thanks to her dance-centric style of DJing. Stream Garcia’s remix of “A Little More” by Ariana Grande below and get more information for tonight’s show here.

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Norwegian Arms and Dominic team up for joint record release show next month

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Dom Angelella and Brendan Mulvihill | Photo by Joe Del Tufo

It makes a lot of sense that the new records from Norwegian Arms and Dominic would arrive at nearly the same time. The former’s Brendan Mullvihill and the latter’s Dom Angelella have become quite the BFFs over the years, collaborating on each other’s projects in both live and studio settings. In recognition of this friendship (and also because this just makes for a total party of a billing) they’ll celebrate the releases of Girard Freeloader and Goodnight, Doggies respectively at Johnny Brenda’s on February 3rd.

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A Decade of Johnny Brenda’s: Reflections and portraits

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Ten years ago this fall, Johnny Brenda’s opened the door to their new upstairs show space, and it celebrated the anniversary back in September with a couple nights of all-local shows. During that run, several of the staff and performers were kind enough to sit down for portraits and offer their thoughts on what Johnny Brenda’s means to them and the community. Continue reading →