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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Balkan Beat Box at TLA, Ladybird at Johnny Brenda’s, and Matthew Logan Vasquez at Boot & Saddle

Balkan Beat Box| via http://www.balkanbeatbox.com/photo
Balkan Beat Box | via balkanbeatbox.com/photo

Israel’s Balkan Beat Box continues their US tour at the TLA tonight. The long-running band encompasses Israeli rhythms and sounds with its electronica style, and is touring behind last year’s Shout It Out, its fifth album. The show is all ages, and more information / tickets can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Saba at The Trocadero, Big Thief at Johnny Brenda’s, Ladybird at Ortlieb’s and more

Saba | via sabapivot.com
Saba | via sabapivot.com

The Trocadero plays host to a loaded concert headlined by Chicago’s Saba. His big production rap nips at the heels of Chance the Rapper, relying on some classic flow to send his way into the musical wheelhouse of every hip-hop fanatic, and his Bucket List Project was one of last year’s highlights. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on our XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dominic at Johnny Brenda’s, Ladybird at The Barbary, David Wax Museum at Union Transfer

Dominic | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN
Dominic | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Local guy Dominic is celebrating the release of his debut solo LP Goodnight, Doggies at Johnny Brenda’s tonight, along with fellow record-releaser Norwegian Arms and No Thank You. Though this is Dom Angelella’s first outing under his own name, you’ll no doubt recognize him from his roles in DRGN King, Lithuania, and Hop Along. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Listen to “Birthday Song” below

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Philadelphia is blowing up NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest and it’s amazing

Levee Drivers' Tiny Desk submission | photo by Bob Sweeney
Levee Drivers’ Tiny Desk submission | photo by Bob Sweeney

For those of you who don’t know about NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, you may want to head over to their site and root through their enormous and equally impressive archive. Their 15-minute videos feature live performances from artists of all genres held in the quaint offices of NPR at All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen’s desk.

Ranging from big names like Adele and Alt-J to up-and-coming artists such as Angel Olsen and Rubblebucket, viewers are able to watch the artists perform in the intimate setting, giving the performances a stripped-down, no B.S. vibe. While these videos are ultra fun to watch (perhaps continuously, one after another…), NPR kept things interesting this winter by kicking off a contest to feature a new artist in their series.

Based entirely off of video submissions from all over the United States, an artist will be chosen to perform a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR headquarters in Washington D.C. as well as snag a slot in the big Lagunitas Couchtrippin’ showcase in Austin, Texas. Philadelphia, brimming with the amazing musical talent that it is, seems to have jumped at this opportunity. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sharon Jones at Union Transfer, Northern Arms at Johnny Brenda’s, Red Fang at The Trocadero and more

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On their latest release, Give the People What They Want, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings showcases the dynamic frontwoman’s high energy and resolve more than ever. The band returns to Philadelphia tonight to play Union Transfer and for her fans, Jones’s return to the stage is a triumph, given that the singer was diagnosed with cancer just last year. Regardless, the new album is full of great tracks like “Retreat!” and “Stranger to My Happiness.” Join Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and James Hunter for a night of classic soul. Get more info here at the XPN Concert Calender.

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Ladybird honor the Jersey Corn Pickers in a new Cover Club video

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Ladybird | photo via www.rootdownintheshadow.com

Local blog Root Down in the Shadow continues its Cover Club series, this week with bluegrass trio Ladybird.  This installment was filmed at the monthly “Church of Kong” showcase at Nodding Head Brewery and features a video of the group covering “Just Get Through” by Jersey Corn Pickers.  Filming on location was a bit of a change for the series’ producers who usually invite bands into a studio, but Dan McGurk says the setting worked to Ladybird’s advantage:

Doing a Cover Club recording at a live event such as Church of Kong, doesn’t allow all the safeguards that an in studio session would allow, but with three talented ladies like those of Ladybird it’s amazing how smooth the recording went.  Re-listening to the set later, there wasn’t a pang for an edit or re-take.  Ladybird is natural when performing and capturing the live event was probably the best way to do their session.

Take a look at the video below, filmed by Michael Southerton and Paul Lorenz and edited by Bob Sweeney.  Ladybird will perform at Boot & Saddle tomorrow, May 30th.  Tickets and information can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jazz Funk & Soul at Wiggins Park, Hollenlarm at Kung Fu Necktie

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Tonight, as part of Camden’s Sunset Jazz series, there will be a free show called, “Jazz Funk & Soul” at Wiggins Park.  The show includes Jeff Lorber, Evrette Harp and Chuck Loeb (pictured).  Lorber, a Philly native and an incredibly skilled pianist, has one many awards for his jazz and is considered a founding father of the smooth-jazz genre.  Harp is a Texan saxophonist whose blues-inspired jazz has been well regarded since the beginning of the 90s.  And rounding out the night is Chuck Loeb, a jazz-guitarist with skills few can match.  Together, this is the mecca of smooth jazz in a great venue for free.  Check out some of the artists’ music below and click here for information about the concert.

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