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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Talib Kweli at The Foundry, Petal at Everybody Hits, Levee Drivers at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

Talib Kweli| Photo by Joe del Tufo | Moonloop Photography

Rapper Talib Kweli headlines at The Foundry tonight. He’s fresh off the April release of The Seven, a collab EP with Styles P, of which you can hear the single “Last Ones” below. Vikter Duplaix will also perform. For more information on the all ages show, visit the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Rock out with Levee Drivers and their cat in the new “There You Go” vid, see them headline JB’s on Friday

Levee Drivers | photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of the artist
Levee Drivers | photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of the artist

Local howlers Levee Drivers have shared a new Bob Sweeney-directed video for their one of their older tracks “There You Go.” The band recently recorded their first full length album down in Water Valley, Mississippi, but currently have a GoFundMe page to help assemble the final costs it’ll take to master and release it. The collection also benefits the Moyer Foundation, which aims to provide comfort, hope and healing to children and families affected by grief and addiction.

The visual accompaniment blinks with retro film filters, just as the song itself bounces between violently wild tempos. It appears as all one shot, gliding around a cluttered apartment from one band member to the next. Give it a look down below and see if you can spot their cat hanging out amid the fray. Continue reading →

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Still need New Year’s Eve plans? Here are eight more concerts to see.

The Lawsuits | Photo by Caitlin McCann
The Lawsuits | Photo by Caitlin McCann

It’s crunch time, procrastinators. New Year’s Eve is tonight, and you need plans. Thankfully, there are a lot of options in the world of live music. Tickets are still available for almost everything on our initial roundup of gigs – only the Nothing show at Boot and Saddle is sold out. And hey, a solid handful of concerts have been announced over the past month too! If you want to make music part of your celebration, but want to dig a little deeper than the cover band / tribute band universe, read on. Continue reading →

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Levee Drivers, DRGN King among performers at Kensington Kinetic Sculpture and Arts Festival

Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby | photo via  facebook.com/TrentonAveArtsFest
Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby | photo via facebook.com/TrentonAveArtsFest

The annual Kensington Kinetic Sculpture and Arts Festival is right around the corner and with it comes an exciting array of music and art as well. Along with the festivities of the parade, the Kensington Community Development Corporation and East Kensington Neighbors Association have rounded up exciting performances from Philly musicians to be the backdrop of  the evening.   Continue reading →

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Song of Innocence: Watch Lovers League’s new video for “Hide and Seek”

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Lovers League | Photo By Lisa Chosed

With their second album due out on May 12th, the single “Hide and Seek” off Lovers League’s album 2 could be some of their most beautiful work yet.  Gentle and pure, with a child-like spirit at heart, the band puts together a mellow and melodically pleasing song and appropriate video cut from old Little Rascals footage that draws listeners in closer. Continue reading →

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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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WXPN welcomes Matt Pond and more to the RiverCity Festival

Matt Pond
Matt Pond | Photo by Michelle Montgomery

Local favorite singer-songwriter Matt Pond – a former Philadelphian based in New York – will headline the seventh annual RiverCity Festival taking place at Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown on Saturday, October 11th.  The free festival, situated along the river off of Delaware Avenue, is stocked with a stellar line-up of local bands, vendors and a 5k run.

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TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Diane Birch and more to play at September’s Communion Philly showcase

TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb | photo via www.facebook.com/tjkongandtheatomicbomb
TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb | photo via www.facebook.com/tjkongandtheatomicbomb

A stellar lineup has been announced for September’s Communion Philly with bluesy folk punk band TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, singer-songwriter Diane BirchCrash (of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros), former Toy Soldiers frontman Ron Gallo and local roots-rock band Levee Drivers. Continue reading →

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American Diamond Recordings celebrates their first show at Boot & Saddle

The Lawsuits | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
The Lawsuits | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Togetherness and unity were certainly in the air pre-Independence Day when American Diamond Recordings hosted their first showcase at Boot & Saddle. The new Philly record label comprised of five local bands celebrated their out-coming with performances from each group, including The Levee Drivers, T.J. Kong & The Atomic Bomb, Ron Gallo, The Lawsuits, and a special set by a band who went by the moniker Eight Legged Prawn. The show was also a celebration of Marley McNamara’s birthday, and most figured out that Eight Legged Prawn was actually one of the bands she manages, The Districts.

It was easy to tell that these artists performing don’t just make music together, they are family.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Thievery Corporation at the Tower Theater, Shlohmo at Johnny Brenda’s, Art Star Craft Bazaar and more

Thievery Corporation | Photo via facebook.com/thieverycorporation
Thievery Corporation | iPhoto via facebook.com/thieverycorporation

DC-born downbeat electronic duo Thievery Corporation is closing in on two decades of activity, and the scope of their influence is massive. Without the collaboration of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, there would be no Air, no Four Tet and no Pretty Lights. Their ninth album, Saudade, was released in the fall, and the band headlines the Tower Theater tonight with guests Polica and Break Science. Get tickets and more info at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, listen to “Depth of My Soul” from their recent album, Saudade.

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