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Kalob Griffin Band releases thundering video of “Dead Dog” for White Wall Sessions

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Kalob Griffin Band in WXPN Studios

Philly Americana rock collective Kalob Griffin Band have released a video performance of their song “Dead Dog” for the intimate White Wall Sessions, a music recording television program based out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota that has featured popular bluegrass sensations like Charlie Parr and Useful Jenkins. KGB joins the list with the video featuring the five-piece in a simple white room which they easily fill with their infectious sound, breaking off into various solos throughout the performance. The group will hold your attention through the song’s duration with their creative energy and spunk. Check it out below and be sure not to miss them when they play Philly on December 20th at Union Transfer. More concert information can be found here.
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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Kalob Griffin Band, Delta Spirit, Shark Tape

Kalob Griffin Band in WXPN Studios
Kalob Griffin Band in WXPN Studios

This week’s Key Studio Session highlights the Kalob Griffin Band, a local group with a strong following for its rootsy Americana.  For this session, Griffin and his band struck all angles of their sound – mournful, humorous, and sentimental.  Stream and download “Whiskey My Love” below and get the three-track set here.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Kalob Griffin Band

Yesterday, we came across a YouTube video of a Philadelphia television newscast circa 1979, profiling The Grateful Dead and their fans during a performance at The Spectrum, and there seemed to be a common refrain. This was music that made its audiences feel good. These were songs that tugged at your heartstrings, had bittersweet moments, but ultimately uplifted listeners into a positive space. I don’t bring this up to reductively infer that the Dead and this week’s Key Studio Session featured artist, Kalob Griffin Band, necessarily sound alike – though there is an undeniably 60s influence on their very “I Shall Be Released”-esque ballad “A Song For You” that closes the set. Instead, I mention it because of the effect each band has on its audience. Continue reading →

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Six locals to catch at the 2014 Philadelphia Folk Festival

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Kicking Down Doors live at the Mermaid Inn | Photo by Valentine Gorski | via facebook.com/KickingDownDoors

Every year you’re bound to catch a smattering of local music at the Philadelphia Folk Festival – from the Helen Leicht-curated WXPN Philly Local Stage (which we’ll preview tomorrow) to the Folksong Society’s Philadelphia Music Co-Op (which has given rise to Cheers Elephant and Toy Soldiers). The 2014 festival, however, is particularly strong in highlighting the music of the Southeastern and Central Pennsylvania region. Here are six local artists to make sure you catch as you’re making your way around the Folk Fest grounds this weekend. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Low Cut Connie at Johnny Brenda’s, Kalob Griffin Band at World Cafe Live, The Districts / Pine Barons at Chameleon Club, and more

Photo By: Charlotte Jacobson
Photo By: Charlotte Jacobson

Old school rock ‘n’ roll outfit Low Cut Connie is playing at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. With a tone like an upbeat “Piano Man” it’s no wonder that the honky tonk group’s whimsical tribute to Philadelphia “Boozophilia,” off of Call Me Sylvia, reached number 31 on Rolling Stone’s “50 Best Songs of 2012″ list. Just last month the band premiered their cover of Harry Nilsson’s “Jump Into the Fire” from their forthcoming tribute album via Rolling Stone. Get ready for their Philly show by listening a live performance of the new track below. Find details and tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Red Baraat at The Blockley, Minor Alps at World Cafe Live, Mazzy Star at Union Transfer

Red Baraat | Photo by Eric Ashleigh | www.showtographe.com

Brooklyn’s Red Baraat will bring its jazz and brass funk-fused Indian rhythms to The Blockley stage tonight. The eight-piece ensemble released their Shruggy Ji LP earlier this year via Sinj Records. Back in 2011, the band’s performance at globalFest made Bob Boilen of NPR’s list of favorite shows of the year. Watch their dynamic performance of “Shruggy Ji” below, listen to their XPN Fest set here and get tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kalob Griffin Band at Johnny Brenda’s, Dent May at MilkBoy, The Weeknd at Susquehanna Bank Center, and more

znNa1lSPhiladelphia based Kalob Griffin Band will be bringing their Americana rock n’ roll to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. This band is known for their energetic live shows that are fueled by their love for music and performing. With an enthralling style that utilizes banjo and piano, this band is definitely one to check out. You can listen to their latest album here, download an exclusive new song by clicking here, and expect more new music from them this fall. Tickets for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dice Raw at City Hall, Kalob Griffin Band at Penn Museum, Prefuse 73 / Spaceship Aloha at Morgan’s Pier, At Fest at the Troc

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Philly hip hop artist Dice Raw will be performing for free at City Hall tonight as part of the City Hall Presents concert series. His newest album, Jimmy’s Back, is available. The album’s is based on The New Jim Crow, a bestselling book by Michele Alexander. Along with the LP, Dice Raw is releasing a short documentary that explores mass incarceration and the prison system, especially in Philadelphia. The concert will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall courtyard. Listen to Dice Raw’s new track, “Animal,” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Up Up Down Down with Hop Along at Union Transfer, XPN Welcomes The City of Love Festival to Underground Arts, River City Extension at Fed Live, XPN Welcomes Bruce Hornsby to the Scottish Rite Auditorium, XPN Welcomes Morrissey to the House of Blues Atlantic City

South Jersey’s Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start reunite for a show at Union Transfer tonight.  Ten years ago the math rock / shoegazing-punk outfit released And Nothing is #1 – tonight, they will be playing the record from start to finish, appeasing fans who have patiently waited for the band to resurface after 2007′s Worst Band Name Ever.  Tickets and information for the all-ages show with A Great Big Pile of Leaves and Hop Along can be found here. Read yesterday’s interview with Steve Poponi of Up Up Down Down here.  Below, stream “By Surprise” from And Nothing is #1.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kanye West at Revel Ovation Hall, Rebirth Brass Band at The Blockley, Kalob Griffin Band at Chameleon Club

Photo by Kristian Dowling

Tireless entertainer Kanye West brings his bright and bold live show to Atlantic City’s Revel Ovation Hall for the final night of a three-night stand. Though West did not have a proper solo release this year, he appeared on Cruel Summer, a compilation showcasing the roster of his G.O.O.D. Music label; plus, he’s still riding high on Watch The Throne, the outstanding collaborative album he released with Jay-Z last year. More information on the show can be found here. Friday’s opening night show made some headlines when West appeared onstage in a diamond-encrusted mask, later swapping it out for a mask-and-powered-wig combo that Fuse compared to a Yeti. Check out a video below and decide for yourself.

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