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Still need New Year’s Eve plans? Here are eight more concerts to see.

The Lawsuits | Photo by Caitlin McCann
The Lawsuits | Photo by Caitlin McCann

It’s crunch time, procrastinators. New Year’s Eve is tonight, and you need plans. Thankfully, there are a lot of options in the world of live music. Tickets are still available for almost everything on our initial roundup of gigs – only the Nothing show at Boot and Saddle is sold out. And hey, a solid handful of concerts have been announced over the past month too! If you want to make music part of your celebration, but want to dig a little deeper than the cover band / tribute band universe, read on. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Petal at PhilaMOCA, Johnny Showcase at Underground Arts, The Not Fur Longs at Ortlieb’s and more

Photo via facebook.com/petalPA
Photo via facebook.com/petalPA

Kiley Lotz, known better by the moniker Petal, is an artist adept at both subtlty and the in-your-face indie rock which she brought in spades on 2013’s Scout EP and which she will surely continue on her upcoming LP Shame, due out on October 23. You can see her tonight at PhilaMOCA at 7:30 p.m. Head to the XPN Concert Calendar for more details. Continue reading →

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Watch unearthed footage of Johnny Showcase on a late 70s disco-dance show (maybe)

Johnny Showcase | Photo by Jeremy Quattlebaum
Johnny Showcase | Photo by Jeremy Quattlebaum

It’s one of those uncanny coincidences, you know? Long-running Philadelphia surrealo disco-funk-lounge-pop act Johnny Showcase is celebrating the release of its latest record, The Octopus, tonight at Underground Arts – and this morning, I got an email from local videographer and archivist Jeremy Quattlebaum of The Angry Mountain, who had just come across a VHS containing vintage footage of the band on late 70s television. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Johnny Showcase, Hemming and more

Johnny Showcase
Johnny Showcase | Photo by Jeremy Quattlebaum

This week’s Key Studio Session comes courtesy of Johnny Showcase. The band has a great backstory (which you can read here) and plays great music (which you can hear below). For this session, they gave us a sneak peek of their new LP The Octopus!, out October 6th. Check out “Night of the Electric Love Phoenix” below and download the full set here.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Johnny Showcase

Like many Philadelphia things absurd, wacky and theatrical, Johnny Showcase (the man / the band) got its start during Fringe Festival season. Conceived in 2009 by performance artist David Sweeny, the show was billed as “a Prince-themed odyssey” featuring Sweeny / Johnny performing alongside backing singers Rumi Kitchen (aka Michael Baker of The Spinning Leaves) and The Truth (actually two people, Adrienne Mackey and Liz Filios), as well as a band of Philly all-stars flexing their disco / funk muscle with a healthy dose of absurdist lunacy. Thing it, as jokey as it seems, the ensemble takes it completely seriously; the show went over hugely and Johnny Showcase continued forth with a regular gig at World Cafe Live upstairs, decked out in recycled 70s garb, aviator shades, gold chains, mousse, chest hair, and sick, sick musicianship. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Johnny Showcase at Underground Arts, The One2s at MilkBoy, and Buddy Guy at The Keswick Theatre

Johnny Showcase and The Mystic Ticket | Photo courtesy of the artist
Johnny Showcase and The Mystic Ticket | Photo courtesy of the artist

Discofied lounge act Johnny Showcase and his band The Mystic Ticket open for West Philadelphia Orchestra tonight at Underground Arts. Having established themselves in Philly as both musicians and performance artists, Showcase and The Mystic Ticket have a full-length LP called Love is the Message and a few EPs under their belt. When it comes to the stage, frontman Johnny keeps things energized during his sets, which feature a combination of funk and folk, and tonight will be no exception. Watch the music video for song “Sensual, Parts 1 & 2” below, and get tickets for this evening’s 21+ show here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Johnny Showcase at Boot & Saddle, Cayetana at Millworks, Christopher Davis-Shannon at Sundrop Music Fest and more…

Johnny Showcase
Johnny Showcase | photo courtesy of the artist

Johnny Showcase and his “absurdist soul” band The Mystic Ticket take over Boot & Saddle tonight. The band is prepping for the release of their new record The Octopus, which will put the steamy, colorful vibes of their live show on vinyl. Check out the title track below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Johnny Showcase at World Cafe Live, Lee Mazin at The TLA, Sister City at Kung Fu Necktie and more…

Johnny Showcase
Johnny Showcase | photo via Facebook

Johnny Showcase brings his Lefty Lucy Cabaret to World Cafe Live upstairs tonight. The absurdist funk-pop-disco eight-piece will release its new record The Octopus this spring after hosting a successful Kickstarter campaign. The LP comes three years after the groups debut Love Is the Message, which they revisited last summer for the video “Hit It From the Back.” Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Timur and the Dime Museum can be found here. Watch the band perform “The Octopus” live at Johnny Brenda’s below.

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Johnny Showcase takes to the streets of South Philly in his new video for “Hit it From the Back”

Johnny Showcase | photo courtesy of the artist
Johnny Showcase | photo courtesy of the artist
Johnny Showcase is back with a new video for “Hit it From the Back,” taken from the local group’s Love is the Message album.  The “funk, absurdist psychedelic soul” outfit sticks to the smooth soul line in this track as Showcase croons cheesy, faux-romantic lyrics. Think Ron Burgundy meets Flight of the Conchords meet Marvin Gaye and you’ve got the mood.

Filmed in South Philly in the Italian Market and outside of local food joints, the video captures Johnny Showcase and his Lefty Lucy Cabaret’s colorful personality perfectly.  Check it out below and catch the band’s final pre-album-recording show at Underground Arts tomorrow night with West Philadelphia Orchestra.  More information can be found here.