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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chill Moody at The TLA, Little Strike at Bourbon and Branch, Cousin Brian at Boot and Saddle,

Chill Moody | Photo by Colleen Stepanian | colleenstepanian.com | via chillmoody.com
Chill Moody | Photo by Colleen Stepanian | colleenstepanian.com | via chillmoody.com

Philly hiphop favorite Chill Moody returns to the TLA stage tonight. Earlier this year, Chill released his latest album, TV Made Me Do Itfeaturing collabs with Jacqueline Constance, Boogieman Dela and more – plus a handful of skits cleverly dove up as commercial breaks. Check out “I Can’t Stay” featuring Jacqueline Constance and get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Little Strike

Born in the Middle East, schooled in Miami, inspired in East Asia and settled in Philadelphia, Tamar Dart is nothing if not well-traveled. You can hear that worldliness reflected in her electronic pop project Little Strike. After a nomadic year spent exploring and producing video work in China, Nepal and Thailand, Dart began channeling her creativity into music. The resulting Forever Always Leaving EP not only has a title that could be a mission statement of the universal wanderer, it sounds like Dart pulled rhythms and melodies from different corners of the world and fused them into something altogether new. Soweto guitar stylings, bhangra rhythms, a dubstep sense of bass versus beats. Those references may be entirely different from what Dart is going for, mind you – it’s totally my read on a very nuanced and exciting blend. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Little Strike at The Fire, Ginger Baker at Havana

Little Strike | Photo courtesy of the artist
Little Strike | Photo courtesy of the artist

Experimental Philly musician Little Strike returns from tour today and plays a sort of homecoming show tonight at The Fire. The project of singer-composer Tamar Dart has is lush and psychedelic, at times recalling Portishead and Purity Ring. Her debut EP Forever Always Leaving came out in 2014, so here’s hoping for some new music soon. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Skyes at North Star Bar, Denison Witmer at World Cafe Live, Little Strike at the Sundrop Music Festival and more…

Skyes
Skyes | photo via Facebook

Indie electro pop band Skyes play North Star Bar tonight. The band got its start in Philadelphia before moving to Brooklyn, where they released a debut self-titled EP in 2013. The record jumps from MGMT-esque synth pop with 90s alt singer-songwriter vocals to a blend of industrial rock and pop, keeping listeners on their toes. Check out EP opener “Secondhander” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Watch the music video for Little Strike’s Supergrass cover, catch her at a slew of upcoming Philly shows

Little Strike | Photo courtesy of the artist
Little Strike | Photo courtesy of the artist

Two summers back, Middle Eastern-born singer and songwriter Tamar Dart, or Little Strike, settled in Philly. Last summer, she released Forever Always Leaving, her first EP laced with electronic dream pop beats which concluded with a cover of Supergrass’ “Alright.”

Now, as spring is kicking in and we’re about to embark on her third summer here with us, she’s released a music video for that cover, a visual/auditory collage with “footage from real as well as dream life.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Nas at The Keswick, Cloud Nothings at Union Transfer, and Little Strike at Little Berlin

Photo via NAS Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Nas)
photo via facebook.com/Nas

Brooklyn-born MC Nas will be taking the stage at The Keswick tonight. After the release of his debut album Illmatic in 1994, which has been consistently referenced as one of the best hip-hop albums of all time, the famous rapper quickly emerged into the hip hop game. He continued to rise to fame after making his second album, It Was Written, which went platinum twice in one month. Nas has also reached out to work with other artists including Damien Marley, whom he collaborated on an album with and donated earnings to charity in Africa. To find more information on tonight’s show, visit the XPN Concert Calendar. Check out Nas’ video for his song “Daughters” below. Continue reading →

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Rockers BBQ promotes cultural diversity in Philly this weekend

Shinobi Ninja performs a Rockers! show at Kung Fu Necktie last summer | Photo by Geoff Hall | via facebook.com/thegoodfolksatrockers
Shinobi Ninja performs a Rockers! show at Kung Fu Necktie last summer | Photo by Geoff Hall | via facebook.com/thegoodfolksatrockers

Many events strive to be diverse. Few are as deeply committed to the cause as the people behind Rockers!.

A long-running monthly series in Philadelphia that promotes cultural diversity, the Rockers! shows are mix of genres, ethnicities, and even mediums. Spoken word events and workshops occur often—it’s not strictly music. The event series grew out of a desire to see more bands of color playing punk shows. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Betty Iron Thumbs at Kung Fu Necktie, Little Strike at Little Berlin

Photo via facebook.com/bettyironthumbs
Photo via facebook.com/bettyironthumbs

Local twang quartet Betty Iron Thumbs will play at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The band recently released its sophomore album Teeth. Far from the sophomore slump that plagues some bands, the second album is a solid, strong compilation where “no two songs sound alike,” according to the Key’s Samantha Cressman.  Earlier this year, the band released the video for “Crazy” as well as a live performance video for “Promise Land”. Betty Iron Thumbs will be joined by Wisconsin’s Winter Bear and Philly’s Ruby Buff. Listen to the title track from Teeth below. Get more details about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Listen to Little Strike’s melancholy debut Forever Always Leaving

Photo via littlestrikemusic.tumblr.com
Photo via littlestrikemusic.tumblr.com

Local electro-pop artist Little Strike recently released its first EP Forever Always Leaving. The solo project is the work of local Israeli artist, Tamar Dart, who previously made the trippy, spacey intro music for a local music competition show Alpha Artist. Dart recently played with Jonagold, Warped Forest, Original Sin and Honey Radar at A House Named Virtue. 

Compared to her previous output, the Forever Always Leaving EP is a relaxed indie / pop affair. Continue reading →