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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Screaming Females at Johnny Brenda’s, Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band at Boot and Saddle, Jonah Delso at Bourbon and Branch

Screaming Females | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Screaming Females | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

New Brunswick, NJ rockers Screaming Females have been hitting the road pretty hard this year, which means possibly two things. Either they just really love playing (if you’ve ever seen them in concert or heard Live at the Hideout, clearly they do). Or, perhaps, they’re also getting ready to follow up 2012’s raging LP Ugly. Definitely hoping it’s the latter, especially considering the recent “Wishing Well” that is available as a tour-only 7″. Listen to the track here via RollingStone.com, check out a recent live video from their current tour with Pujol and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Philly songwriters on saying yes to Elliott Smith (tribute show tomorrow at World Cafe Live 8/21)

600full-elliott-smithI remember hearing Elliott Smith for the first time. It was the summer before my sophomore year of college. I just got through a semester long training for my school’s radio station, and having converted from my thrash punk stage to the more down-to-earth genre of indie rock only six months before, I excitedly asked my friends for suggestions to play on my upcoming show.

One handed me a mix CD of her favorites, and on there was a two-minute song that instantly tugged at my chest. A spidery whisper singing “I’m in love with the world through the eyes of a girl…” and checking the handmade lined-paper CD case, I fell in love with “Say Yes” and the haunting delicacy of Elliott Smith.

Celebrated for his quiet but powerful lyricism, Elliott Smith was a beautiful tragedy that left this world too soon. Inspired by the No Name concert series, local blog Tri State Indie has put together a tribute to the singer/songwriter held at the World Cafe Live tomorrow night. Starting the show at 8 p.m., seven artists will be featured, including Philadelphia’s Jonah Delso and September Call-Up.

Although a little skeptical of tribute shows in general, I knew this was going to be the closest I would get to actually seeing Smith live. I bought a ticket and checked out the all-local line-up. But as I listened though YouTube videos and looked at band websites, I started to wonder why each of the eclectic artists wanted to be part of such a tribute. Is it that their sound was similar to Smith’s? Or is there a deeper connection that pulled them to this performance? Continue reading →