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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion at Havana New Hope, Eubanks Brothers at Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Kingsfoil at Chameleon Club and more

Photo via facebook.com/gingerbakers.jazzconfusion
Photo via facebook.com/gingerbakers.jazzconfusion

Lengendary drummer Ginger Baker returns with this latest project, Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion, at Havana New Hope Tonight. Recently, he released Why?, his first album in 15 years, a fusion of jazz and rock. Though the drummer recently turned 75, he’s still relentlessly touring and rocking out. Over the years, Baker has played with bands like Cream and Blind Faith as well as his own solo work.  Earlier this year, he released an Anthology “A Drummer’s Tale” album along with a picture book chronicling his career. He also did a very inspiring interview with BBC 2. Listen to a live recording of Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion below. Get more information about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mac Miller at House of Blues Atlantic City, Kingsfoil at Chameleon Club and Dopapod at the TLA

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

Pittsburgh native Mac Miller will celebrate the release of his new album Live From Space tonight (and tomorrow night) at Atlantic City’s House of Blues. The new disc features tracks from his latest album Watching Movies with the Sound Off through which Mac showed a more mature, pensive side of himself in contrast to the playboy party anthems featured on his 2011 debut Blue Slide Park and earlier mixtapes. Get tickets here and watch his video for “The Star Room” below.

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Watch Kingsfoil’s new video for “Grapevine Valentine” (playing Chameleon Club on 9/13)

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Kingsfoil‘s emotionally charged track “Grapevine Valentine” got a visual component recently.  The video for the song, which comes from the York, PA’s 2013 sophomore record A Beating Heart is a Bleeding Heart, explores the emotional complications of needing more than what you have in order to be happy.  Kingsfoil will headline the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA this Friday, September 13th.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Watch the video below and then download the Key Studio Session version.

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My Morning Download: “Grapevine Valentine” by Kingsfoil (from The Key Studio Sessions, Vol. 6)

Today we once again dig in to the The Key Studio Sessions, Volume 6 for another taste of local music. The Central PA band Kingsfoil recorded a Key Studio Session last November, 2012. One of the songs they performed, “Grapevine Valentine,” is included on the new Key Studio Sessions, Volume 6, along with 16 other performances from local bands including songs by Arctic Splash, Reef The Lost Cauze, Cold Fronts and others. You can download the entire collection here. Below, download “Grapevine Valentine” by Kingsfoil.

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Download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 6 (feat. Reef the Lost Cauze, Kingsfoil, Bad Braids + more)

The latest edition of our Key Studio Sessions compilations is out today – now streamable and downloadable from Soundcloud! Check out highlights from fall of 2012 with The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 6, including some hard-hitting hip-hop from Ethel Cee and Reef the Lost Cauze, expressive Americana from The Districts, bright pop-rock from Kingsfoil, dense shoegaze from Nothing and more. Special thanks to guest engineer Chris Williams and production assistants Beth Ann Downey, Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Laura Jane Brubaker, Kyle Costill, Shamus McGroggan, Marley McNamara, and Julie Miller for sharing their work.

Looking for more? Visit WXPN’s Soundcloud page to download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 1 through Vol. 5.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kingsfoil at Chameleon Club, By Surprise at The Barbary, Black Thought at The Blockley, Mike Doughty at The Tin Angel, Moosh and Twist at the First Unitarian Church

York County pop-rock four-piece Kingsfoil is wrapping up its 2012 with a headlining show tonight at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster. The band put out its sophomore album this year, the hooky and emotive A Beating Heart is a Bleeding Heart, and recorded a Key Studio Session with us on the eve of Hurricane Sandy. Opening the show is fellow Central Pennsylvanian Jesse Baker, whose LP Tearing Down the Walls is available as a free download here. More information on tonight’s show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; below, watch the video for Kingsfoil’s very catchy single “What Your Mother Taught You.”

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Download “Tearing Down the Walls” from Jesse Baker (opening for Kingsfoil at Chameleon Club on 12/29)

Central PA’s Jesse Baker will be kicking off Kingsfoil‘s Lancaster show at the Chameleon Club with his powerful alternative rock on Saturday, December 29th.  Baker released his debut LP Tearing Down the Walls earlier this fall, which you can download for free via NoiseTrade.  Also performing are Bells and Symphony of Sound.  Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here.  Below, stream and download Tearing Down the Walls in exchange for your email address. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Ellie Goulding, Kingsfoil and The Trouble With Sweeney

Joey Sweeney | Photo by Marie Alyse Rodriguez
Alex James, the Blur-bassist-turned-cheesemaker, once said he celebrated his 20th birthday with alcohol, his 30th with drugs and his 40th with food.  I can’t speak to how Arctic Splash‘s Joey Sweeney celebrated his 20th and 30th birthdays but I do know his 40th will be celebrated with a reunion of his bands, past and present, at Johnny Brenda’s on December 8th.  To celebrate the celebration, download “The Break Up” from Sweeney’s 1999-2004 band The Trouble With Sweeney.  Information about the show is available here.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Kingsfoil

An earnest pop-rock band from York, Pa., Kingsfoil just self-released their second full-length album, A Beating Heart Is A Bleeding Heart, and went around the U.S. on a fall tour. It was their first time on the road with new drummer Frankie Muniz, and by the time the band rolled into WXPN for a Key Studio Session on the eve of Hurricane Sandy, they were tight, locked-in and impressive. The full band – which also features guitarist / keyboardist Tristan Martin, bassist Tim Warren and singer-guitarist Jordan Davis – rocked out three snappy songs from the record that easily called to mind fellow pop-minded bands like Keane, fun. and The Fray. Wrapping the set, Davis turned in a moving solo performance of the piano ballad “Giving.” Download the set below, and look for the band to play its last gig of 2012 at The Chameleon Club in Lancaster on December 29.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kingsfoil at World Cafe Live, Loudon Wainwright III at Landis Theater, Black Landlord Halloween Extravaganza at Kung Fu Necktie, Deftones at Electric Factory

UPDATE: Dude to the Hurricane Sandy, many concerts are being canceled today and tomorrow. Keep an eye on the XPN Concert Calendar as well as our Twitter and Facebook pages for news of cancellations.

York County indie pop group Kingsfoil is playing at World Cafe Live tonight. Kingsfoil became a band to watch after the 2007 release of their EP, Bear In The Attic. Their second full-length album, A Beating Heart Is A Bleeding Heart came out in September after adding Frankie Muniz to the crew on drums. The all ages show starts at 8 pm; tickets are available here. Below, check out the video for “What Your Mother Taught You” from A Beating Heart is a Bleeding Heart.

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