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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Katie Jo and The Knobs at Kung Fu Necktie

Katie Jo Knaub | via Bandcamp

Last year, Katie Jo Knaub released her haunting, western-seared album The Widowmaker. Since then, she’s shifted her solo status to the full band, Katie Jo and The Knobs, for some an added dose of twangy kickassery. Catch the band live at Kung Fu Necktie tonight, alongside The Quahogs, Matt Kelly, and Todd Fausnacht. Find more info on the show over at the XPN Concert Calendar, and stream The Widowmaker below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: AllegrA at Kung Fu Necktie and Chelsea Wolfe at TLA

 

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AllegrA | photo by Rose Savage | courtesy of the artist

Philly via Pittsburgh artist, AllegrA merges somber lo-fi bedroom pop with sunny licks and personal, charmingly quirky lyrics (i.e. the adorable “cuties”). They’ll be bringing this shining combination to Kung Fu Necktie tonight alongside Dog Tears, Mean Sider, and Susie Derkins. Bonus, not long after, prep to see them again at JJ’s Diner along with Weller and Three Man Cannon on November 4th, not to mention their album release party at Planet Phitness on November 17. Listen to the beachy dream tune “42nd St” below. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band guide with guitars on their psychedelic sonic journey

Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

I wonder how many guitar strings Chris Forsyth goes through in a year — or a month, or even a day. Because in just the forty-five minute span of today’s Free at Noon performance — or should I say, jam-fest — we lost more than a couple of brave string souls in the name of sweet, sweet music.

After the always-lovely Helen Leicht welcomed the Philly guitarist and his crew, The Solar Motel Band, on stage, hers would be the last voice the crowd would hear for the coming ten minutes. Instead, guitar gladly took its place.

Because, really, there’s no need for words when you can shred instead. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Full Bush at Kung Fu Necktie and Lilly Hiatt at Boot and Saddle

Full Bush | photo via fullbush.bandcamp.com

Philly four-piece Full Bush tore it up at last year’s First Time’s the Charm festival, and in the time since, they’ve continued kicking some serious butt in glorious punk style. Tonight they’ll be doing just that at Kung Fu Necktie alongside Geisha FacadeThe Psychodelics, and The Hell Hole Store. Find info on the show here, and listen to a live version of “Ray’s” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Verite at Boot and Saddle, Artists Against Islamophobia at Kung Fu Necktie, Brett Dennen at The Ardmore Music Hall, and more

Verite | photo by Eric Ryan Anderson | via artist’s Facebook page

I have a feeling that Brooklyn indie popster Verite is going to blow up very soon. She’s got the voice, electro beats that aren’t just homogenized recyclables, and an edgy weirdness that’s sorely lacking in mainstream pop today. And tonight she’s playing at Boot and Saddle. Don’t miss your chance to see Verite at a smaller scale space before her rise inevitably skyrockets. Tickets and info are available here; watch the video for “When You’re Gone” below. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Roger Harvey’s new track “Two Coyotes” is a yearning, intimate letter on the pains of separation

Roger Harvey | photo by Autumn Spadaro | courtesy of artist

Since Roger Harvey traversed from Pittsburgh to Philly a few years back, he’s been known in the scene for his punk tunes — touring with the likes of The Menzingers, Cayetana, and Against Me!. But today, he’s shaking that notion up with the release of a new track titled “Two Coyotes.” Sans searing guitar and driven, poppy hooks, the new track is an intimate folk-rock breed that blends together the best of the two genres, and highlights Harvey’s intricate storytelling abilities. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Grandchildren at Parks on Tap, Honeytiger at Kung Fu Necktie

Grandchildren | photo courtesy of the artist
Grandchildren | photo courtesy of the artist

It seems local indie art-pop outfit Grandchildren have been steadily releasing new material lately (which we’re more than okay with) such as their acoustic video series and the new side project of Baby & Shylow. And now you can catch them live and in person (and free!) at tonight’s Parks on Tap performance. Find info on the event here, and watch their recent acoustic rendition of new track “Okay I’m Waiting” below. Continue reading →

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Hear Honeytiger’s enticingly eerie track, “Warm Drug”

Honeytiger | photo via honeytiger.bandcamp.com

It’s Tangerine time, my good people. Not to be confused with the citrus fruit, it’s something even fresher ‘n cooler — Honeytiger‘s new EP. If you’ve been keeping up, the local rock duo has been releasing a stream of sneak peak singles over the past few weeks in anticipation of today. This included an exclusive garage rock jam sesh at The Key Studio Sessions, where they kindly performed all but one of the new tracks for us.

With the official release today, the last piece of the Tangerine puzzle has been found through ways of the new song,”Warm Drug,” which you can listen to below. This track drips ominous intrigue as it conjures up an essence of a dark-lit movie scene where the character’s walking alone through the city at night, while an atmosphere of otherworldly, electric mystique buzzes about. It’s an enticing, eerie kind of cool that slow builds into a hypnotizing jam fest. Continue reading →

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Stream Big Nothing’s wildly jam-worthy, self titled EP via Brooklyn Vegan

Big Nothing | photo courtesy of the artist
Big Nothing | photo courtesy of the artist

You were given a warm introduction to new local super-group Big Nothing last week when we premiered their power-chord heavy, helluva ride of a single, “Cincinnati.” Now you can become even more well-acquainted — become pals even — by listening to the band’s full self-titled EP. Though officially out on July 28th, the crew has shared an early streaming of the EP via Brooklyn Vegan. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Worldtown Soundsystem at Pastorius Park, Void Vision at Kung Fu Necktie

Worldtown Soundsystem | Photo by Charles Shan Cerrone | courtesy of the artist
Worldtown Soundsystem | Photo by Charles Shan Cerrone | courtesy of the artist

The Philly-based house music / international pop collective Worldtown Soundsystem comes to Pastorius Park tonight as part of the park’s summer concert series. The massive hooplah of a group will bring their world music-infused electro tracks, so be prepared to partay. Really, you’re going dance whether you like it or not. Listen to their track, “Testify,” below if you don’t believe me. Sponsored by Kismet, the Chestnut Hill Community Association and Chestnut Hill Hospital, the show is open and free to the public. Find info on the show over at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →