Tonight’s Concert Picks: Samantha Crain at The Fire, Des Ark at Johnny Brenda’s, The Districts at World Cafe Live, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at Chameleon Club

Photo by Harry Taylor
Photo by Harry Taylor

Whether it’s with a band, as a guest musician or simply flying solo, Samantha Crain makes great music anyway possible. The folk singer has been around for a few years and just released her third studio album, Kid Face in February.  Her music varies from haunting to sweet folk ballads and all of it is pretty good.  Tonight, she’s playing at The Fire.  Check out some of her music below and click here for ticket information.

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Jam out with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at The Chameleon Club on 7/19

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The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion have been around for more than twenty years now, creating a digable blend of rockabilly, blues punk and every branch of rock in between.  The group released their latest LP (their first in eight years) Meat + Bone last September and have been on a world tour ever since.

One stop on the recently-announced summer leg of said tour is The Chameleon Club in Lancaster on July 19th.  With such intense, electric and amplified music, this group is sure to put on a legendary show.  Below, you can watch the very bizarre video for their recent single, “Bag of Bones” and get tickets here.


Just Announced: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion coming to the Chameleon Club on 7/19

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Jon Spencer Blues Explosion will head out on tour this summer, getting in a show at Lancaster, PA’s Chameleon Club on July 19th.  The rock and roll band returned in 2012 with Meat and Bone after an eight year hiatus, during which members of the band pursued other musical interests while still releasing compilation albums and occasionally performing live together.  Tickets and information for the summer show can be found here.  The return of the Blues Explosion was marked in Philadelphia with a rousing and exceptionally loud Free at Noon performance in October; listen back to the full audio from the concert here and watch the band’s video for “Black Mold” below.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Leithgow Oktoberfest at The Fire, Drivin N Cryin at Milkboy, Dar Williams at the McCarter Theatre, Paoli Blues Festival

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion continue their Meat and Bones tour this week in Philadelphia. The new album, which came out September 17th, is the ensemble’s first original album since 2004′s Damage. Their performance tonight at Underground Arts begins at 9 and more details can be found here. The band tore it up at yesterday’s Free at Noon concert, and you can listen to that performance in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player). Below, watch the video for “Black Mold” from Meat and Bones. 

All weekend, The Fire will host Leithgow Oktoberfest sponsored by the Philadelphia Brewing Company. This year’s line-up includes The Circadian Rhythms , iNFiNiEN, TheMuffinManIsABand, Store Cats, Sunset Recorder, and Anjuli Josephine. The Oktoberfest activities will include a pumpkin carving contest and craft vendors. This event is all ages and free. More details can be found here. Below, listen to the Circadian Rhythms’ track “Sunday Nights.”

Southern rockers Drivin N Cryin are performing tonight at MilkBoy Philly. Last May the band  announced plans to release four EPs over a twelve month period, the first of them being Songs From the Laundromat in June, which was met with enormous success for the single “R.E.M”. That was followed up by this week’s EP entitled Songs About Space, Cars and The Ramones. More ticket information for the 21+ show tonight can be found here. Below, watch the video for “R.E.M.”

XPN Welcomes singer/songwriter Dar Williams to the McCarter Theatre tonight in Princeton. Williams, who has enjoyed a career spanning over two decades, is currently touring after the April release of her fourteenth album, In The Time of Gods. The show tonight starts at 8; more details can be found here. Listen to her track “I Am The One Who Will Remember Everything” below.

The Paoli Blues Fest is happening today from noon to six in the Paoli Village Shoppes. The line-up for the event includes Midnight Shift, the Randy Lippincott band, Porkroll Project, Georgie Bonds, Brooke Shive and the 45′s, and Steve Guyger and the Excellos. The event, which is rain or shine, is free and is being partially sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.


Watch the new video for “Black Mold” by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (playing Underground Arts next month)

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion are back with primal rock and roll vengeance on its new album, Meat And Bone. The manic, blues and punk informed Spencer and his guitarist Judah Bauer and drummer Russell Simins have always occupied a unique place in the record racks with their reformulation of various genres from noise-rock to Delta blues to rap and rockabilly. The new album is a high powered rock and roll welcome back since their last album in 2004. The band plays Underground Arts on Saturday, October 6th. Go here for tickets to the show and more information. Below, watch the video for “Black Mold,” with a warning to those of you who have queasy stomachs; the plot line follows two hunters who become infected by some diseased type of food they eat and it all turns (very creatively) into a Walking Dead horror-movie type vignette. Watch at your own risk.