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Queen of Jeans, Lily Mae and more will benefit A Woman’s Place at Siren Records’ Women’s Showcase

Queen of Jeans | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN
Queen of Jeans | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

This Sunday, January 22nd, Doylestown’s Siren Records will host a Women’s Benefit with live performances from Queen of Jeans, Lily Mae, and Julia Hudak. The event will also feature food and drink from local vendors Perfect Day Coffee, Manoff Market Gardens and Small Batch Kitchen — the proprietors of which all happen to be women as well. The event is free to the public, but that doesn’t mean you should come with an empty wallet. If you donate $5 or more, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a $100 Siren Records Gift Card and t-shirt — and all funds from the raffle will go to A Woman’s Place, an organization that combats intimate and domestic abuse. For more information, consult the Facebook event page. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Caveman at Johnny Brenda’s, Julia Hudak at Bourbon & Branch

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Caveman | photo via Facebook

NYC outfit Caveman have hit the road for a quick east coast tour, making a stop at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. It’s their final show of 2016 in support of this year’s expansive, cinematic record Otero War, the band’s third LP that fans of The War on Drugs or Dawes would easily love. Watch “Never Going Back” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Field Mouse at Johnny Brenda’s, Allen Stone at World Cafe Wilmington and Julia Hudak at Kung Fu Necktie

Field Mouse | photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN
Field Mouse | photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

If you haven’t listened to the new album Episodic put out my Brooklyn/Philly shoegazers Field Mouse, then take a trip to Johnny Brenda’s tonight to hear it in person. The dreamy indie-rock quintet did a Studio Session with The Key early on in September and blew us away with the uncharacteristically direct nature of their new album. Field Mouse will be sharing the stage at this 21+ show with fellow dream-poppers Lockets and the New Jersey fuzz-rock duo, Slow Animal. For more information go to the WXPN Concert Calendar...and while you’re at it check out Field Mouse’s video for their song “Tomorrow is Yesterday.” Continue reading →

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Cloak yourself in the eerie shadows of Julia Hudak’s new demo “Bone Feast”

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Julia Hudak | Photo by Michelle Goodwin | instagram.com/mitchshe | courtesy of the artist

The latest from Bucks County singer-songwriter Julia Hudak has all of the best pieces of her music that we love: haunting vocals, measured acoustic guitar, and ever-present soul.

The tempo remains deliberate throughout “Bone Feast,” and is carried by the ominous notes of Hudak’s acoustic guitar and the few lyrics present are formatted like free verse poetry: they paint vivid images but aren’t obvious about it, leaving much to the imagination. Lyrics like “Broke to ash, charcoal, stone / Dirt to sand, I am alive” cast an eerie metaphorical shadow that is far too intriguing to walk away from. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Field Mouse at Boot and Saddle, Erykah Badu at The Tower Theatre, Julia Hudak at Kung Fu Necktie, and more

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Field Mouse | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

We’ve been loving the new Field Mouse LP Episodic since its full stream became available before its official release this Friday. Hearing the bands rockin’ new material makes tonight’s show at Boot & Saddle an absolute must-see of the week. The band has come a long way since its debut and we’re excited to see how that evolution translates on stage. Check out songs off the new album below, and find tickets and more information about the show over on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Bucks County singer-songwriter Julia Hudak returns with the stunning “Helambu”

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Julia Hudak | Photo by Michelle Goodwin | instagram.com/mitchshe | courtesy of the artist

We first encountered Julia Hudak this winter when she turned in a remarkable performance for the Random Tea Sessions. The song, “Helambu,” was a gripping blend of measured acoustic guitar lines and Hudak’s soulful voice, which reminded us a lot of Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten. Today, Hudak unveiled the studio rendition of the song – the opening track on her debut EP, Careful of the Nettles – and we’re bowled over once again. Continue reading →