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Jersey’s Johnny Miles returns to rock on the new Everything is Contageous

The inner sleeve of Johnny Miles'
The inner sleeve of Johnny Miles’ Everything is Contageous

After a subdued turn on the 2012 album Lost Treasure Found, singer-songwriter Johnny Miles returns to the amplified, rock-out sound that first caught our ear on his latest record, Everything is Contageous. The album – available now as streaming audio on Miles’ website – was recorded in a living room on a laptop with Philly production luminary Ross Bellenoit. Continue reading →

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Today’s Concert Picks: Work Drugs, City Rain, and Cold Fronts at Johnny Brenda’s, Kite Party at Goldilocks Gallery, and Johnny Miles at FDR Park

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It’s Friday and what better way to kick off the weekend than with some good old-fashioned live music. First off, local bands Work Drugs, City Rain, and Cold Fronts are sharing a bill at Johnny Brenda’s for a night of indie vibes. The doors for the 21+ show open at 8 p.m. and the bands start at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are available for $10 in advance here. Listen to Work Drugs’ song “Pluto” in the player below.

Philly alt rock band Kite Party is playing an all ages show at Goldilocks Gallery tonight with punk band Captain We’re Sinking! and support by Luther and Cayetano. The show starts at 9 p.m. and admission is $5. Visit the event page here. Below, listen to Kite Party’s album “Baseball Season.”

Finally, if you’re looking for some free outdoor music, check out Johnny Miles and Ben Arnold playing at FDR Park tonight. The show is part of the FDR Park Summer Concert Series and also features performances by hosts Dani Mari and Reverend T.J. McGlinchey. Check out an interview the Key did with Dani Mari and Reverend T.J. McGlinchey about the FDR Park Summer Concert Series here.

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Meet the hosts of the FDR Park Summer Concert Series, Dani Mari and Reverend TJ McGlinchey

UPDATE: The show has been postponed due to the potential rain, rescheduled date TBA.

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Local singer-songwriters Dani Mari and Reverend TJ McGlinchey have teamed up to host a monthly concert series in a popular South Philly park this summer. The FDR Park Summer Series kicked off on June 8th with performances by Griz and Kevin Killen, as well as sets from the hosts. The next concert in the series is this Friday featuring Toy Soldiers and Thom McCarthy. I sat down with Dani Mari and Reverend TJ McGlinchey to chat about the FDR Park Summer Series, what they’ve been up to, their new band, Lovers League, and the pair recorded a couple of acoustic songs for us.

McGlinchey and Mari first met about seven years ago through the local open mic scene and  reconnected in 2010 when Mari was the featured artist for Hezekiah Jones‘ open mic at JD Mc Gillicuddy’s in Ardmore. Since then, the pair have collaborated on recordings and performances: McGlinchey had Mari open for his CD release show at World Cafe Live in January. Now, in addition to hosting the FDR Park Summer Series, they are getting ready to record an album for their band, Lovers League.

Mari explains how the FDR Park Summer Series came about when she met Greg Jacovini, a member of the FDR Park Board. “He mentioned that they’re looking to have more live music there. I told him I had hosted a couple of festivals on the roof of Whole Foods a couple years ago. We were talking about it back and forth and finally decided to move forward and try to put something together for the summer.” They decided to put on a show once a month in the park. Mari contacted McGlinchey to co-host the concert series with her and he brought in his connections.

“Both my brothers are audio engineers,” he explained. “So it was easy to get sound. My little brother is doing the sound for it and bringing the PA. And just hanging out in the Philly scene I got to know some of the better musicians and had some connections to use there to get some good headliners.”

When asked about the vibe they were going for, McGlinchey laughed and responded, “Not heavy metal.” Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Presents Honey Watts and Johnny Miles with special guest Rayvon Browne Saturday night at Studio 34


XPN2’s Folkadelphia presents Honey Watts and Johnny Miles with special guest Rayvon Browne tomorrow, Saturday, May 19th at Studio 34. Honey Watts is the latest project from Liz Fullerton, who fronted the trip-hop band Dutch and contributed to Jedi Mind Tricks, and showcases Fullerton’s sensual and gorgeous folk and country musical side. Hosted by Fred Knittel, Folkadelphia is broadcast on XPN2 on Sundays from 3-5 PM and Tuesdays 6-8 PM. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Johnny Miles And The Waywards get a head start on road-trip rock ’n’ roll

It might seem early in the season for road-trip rock ’n’ roll—but, given the punch and panache of Johnny Miles And The Waywards’ recent Key Studio Session, hopefully you’ll forgive our head start. The South Philly/South Jersey six-piece evokes dusty travels and self-discovery in its music, which ranges from boisterous (love Carl Cheeseman’s lead guitar lick on “Hanging On To The Hoping”) to contemplative (keyboardist Nate Gonzales rocked an admirable accordion on the breathless “Sailors”). This set of songs will take you rambling right on into the spring—and, if you feel like making a pit stop enroute to catch the Waywards live, they play Oaklyn, NJ’s Studio Lulou on April 9 with Chris Kasper and Up The Chain; on April 15 they’re at Connie’s Ric Rac in South Philly.

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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The Philly F/M Fest Weekend Preview: Saturday, 9/25/10, and Sunday, 9/26/10

There’s plenty of truth to be found this weekend in the old saying “Too much music, not enough time.” Every year when I go to SXSW, I am immediately overwhelmed by the choices and sheer number of bands that I want to see. But the secret to making it through SXSW is to not get hung up on what you’ll miss and to just focus on a show-going schedule that you can actually make work. This year’s Philly F/M Fest is a lot like that: a ton of excellent music (and movies), and no possible way to take everything in. With that, here’s our picks for the Saturday and Sunday. (Warning: obviously biased and self-promotional content below.)

Adam And Dave's Bloodline

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Saturday, September 25th
We’ve got our fingers crossed that the big show on your radar for Saturday night is The Key Launch Party at The Blockley, featuring performances by Adam & Dave’s Bloodline, Busses, New Motels, and The Sky Drops—all of which Helen Leicht highlighted as her picks of the week. It’s pretty safe to say that we’re extremely stoked about the show.

Sunday, September 26th
One show on Sunday that has a don’t-miss lineup includes the reunited Baby Flamehead, two outstanding singer-songwrtiters in Hezekiah Jones and Johnny Miles, the always-pumping-it-up Slo-Mo & Mic Wrecka, and the beautiful folk sounds of Papertrees at the Crane Arts Outdoor Stage. Starts at 4 p.m.

Looking for a trip down punk rock memory lane? You may want to check out the Grant Hart (formerly of Husker Du) with Golden Bloom (backed by Philly’s Canadian Invasion) and Robbers On High Street at World Cafe Live. Starts at 7:30 p.m., with Hart going on at 11:15 p.m.

The Panic Years (featuring Y-Rock On XPN DJ Amy Miller) will be at The Blockley at midnight and the hip-hop group Gods’Illa will be letting it flow at at Club Risque Upstairs at 11 p.m.

Click here for the complete Philly F/M schedule.