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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 →