Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jain at The Foundry, Suburban Living at Johnny Brenda’s , Last Good Tooth at World Cafe Live

Jain | photo via artist’s Facebook page

French singer-songwriter JAIN takes over The Foundry tonight with her eclectic, smart pop tunes. Born in France, but relocating to the Congo as a teen, JAIN mixes elements of rumba into her music, which produces an electro-pop world music hybrid that demands dancing. Find out more on tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch the stunning video for “Makeba” below. Continue reading →


The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Steve Gunn, The Shouting Matches, Tedeschi Trucks Band

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Brooklyn-via-Philadelphia guitarist / singer-songwriter Steve Gunn was the focus of this week’s Key Studio Session in advance of his upcoming Time Off LP.  Backed by a bassist and drummer, Gunn performed three tracks off the album – stream and download “Old Strange” below and get the full set here.  He’ll be headlining Johnny Brenda’s on June 22nd.  Tickets and information can be found here.

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The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Steve Gunn Trio, W.C. Lindsay, Disclosure and more)

Father John Misty | Photo by Noah Silvestry |
Father John Misty | Photo by Noah Silvestry |

Relive the weekend’s live music with reviews and photos of The National, Father John Misty, Devendra Banhart, The Bailey Hounds and Of Monsters and Men [link]

The Steve Gunn Trio recorded a Key Studio Session while on tour with Kurt Vile [link]

War on Drugs bassist and Nightlands frontman Dave Hartley returns to The Top of The Key with a look at basketball nicknames [link]

New Jersey’s Aspiga premiered a new song called “Direction” from an upcoming 7″ split [link]

Take an in-depth look at Break It Up‘s debut self-titled LP, featured this week on Unlocked [link]

Stream the exclusive premiere of W.C. Lindsay‘s super fun Tree EP [link]

WXPN announced the daily line-up for this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival [link]

We have a Gotta Hear Song from Disclosure and a Gotta Watch Video of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell this week [link and link]

PhilaMOCA announced their second annual ERASERHOOD FOREVER celebration of David Lynch and the venue’s Callowhill neighborhood [link]

Last Good Tooth teamed up with Folkadelphia for this week’s live session [link]

Sigur Ros, Kate Nash and Neko Case announced Philly shows for the fall


Folkadelphia Session: Last Good Tooth

Last Good Tooth ain’t your mama’s (or grandmama’s) folk group. The New York State-based, Providence, Rhode Island-born band have all of the elements of a traditional tribute – often fiddle, banjo, and guitar arrangements accompanying unpretentious and interactive songs, but the overall feel of Last Good Tooth is more contemporary and inventive than that. It’s almost as if, while having a few beers, they spun their parents’ 60’s American folk revival vinyl collection and thought, “we can do this, we can totally do this,” then they kind-of did it. The result is a commingling of Appalachian style music, garage rock, and a tinge of something weirder and experimental. Their new album (and Team Love Records debut) Not Without Work And Rest is uninhibited without the baggage of recapitulating the past – it’s the folk music of today.

Last Good Tooth came to the XPN Studio on the afternoon before their concert at Johnny Brenda’s where they opened for Spirit Family Reunion (who we’ve also had into the studio) on April 2nd of this year. They also were just featured as WXPN’s My Morning Download this month and for a limited time, you can stream their album via Filter Magazine. Listen and download their Folkadelphia Session below:


My Morning Download: “What’s What I Do” by Last Good Tooth

lastgoodtooth Last Good Tooth is an acoustic quartet with a fondness for fiddles, banjos and finger picking acoustic guitars. The band plays a sort of Appalachian flavored indie-folk – a rustic, slightly off balanced acousticana that’s equal parts Violent Femmes, Holy Modal Rounders and The Band on its excellent new album, Not Without Work and Rest, on Team Love Records. The band includes Penn Sultan (guitar), Kevin Sullivan (bass), Arthur Kapp (drums), and Alex Spoto (fiddles) and is originally from Providence, Rhode Island. Formed at the Rhode Island School of Design, the members say they bonded over their love for The Black Keys and Sultan’s love of early Americana music. Below, download “What’s What I Do” from their new album.

Purchase Not Without Work and Rest here.