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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Strand of Oaks at Union Transfer, Valerie June at The Trocadero, Creepoid at Underground Arts, and more

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Strand of Oaks | photo by Joe del Tufo | www.moonloopphoto.com

After taking over our airwaves for our Free at Noon concert, Strand of Oaks heads to Union Transfer for a headliner with Twin Limb. These Philly rockers just released their full-length banger Hard Love, so head out for some manic, high energy tunes. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Liz Longley at Ardmore Music Hall and Baio at Johnny Brenda’s

Liz Longley | courtesy of the artist
Liz Longley | courtesy of the artist

Singer/songwriter Liz Longley is currently on tour in support of her new album, Weightless, and tonight, she’ll make a stop at Ardmore Music Hall with Max Jury. Weightless is Longley’s sophomore effort, and it continuing to mature as a songwriter as she explores new, pop rock territory. Listen to lead single “Swing” below, and find tickets and more information on the 21+ gig here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mayer Hawthorne at Union Transfer, Liz Longley at Chameleon Club

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Mayer Hawthorne

It’s about to get real funky at Union Transfer tonight as we welcome singer / producer / multi-instrumentalist Mayer Hawthorne to the stage. His fourth studio album, Man About Town, is an impressive display, not just for its downright groovin’ tracks and old school vibes, but because Hawthorne wrote every single song and played nearly every instrument in the process. Head over to the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information on the show and check out the animated music video for “Robot Love” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Potty Mouth at Everybody Hits, Liz Longley at Burlap & Bean, Patty Griffin at The Grand Opera House and more…

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Potty Mouth | Photo by Megan Kelly

Northampton, MA trio Potty Mouth play Everybody Hits tonight with Stove, Mannequin Pussy and Blowdryer. Their self-titled EP was released last August, putting forth a collection of indie pop / seventies punk influenced songs like “Cherry Picking” below. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: High on Fire at TLA, Liz Longley at Haddon Lake Park, Social Distortion at Festival Pier, and more

High on Fire | Photo by Jimmy Hubbard, via artist's Facebook
High on Fire | Photo by Jimmy Hubbard, via artist’s Facebook

Heavy metal titans High on Fire take on The TLA tonight. The band released their seventh full-length, Luminiferous, in June via E1 Music, and have proven themselves time and again to be one of heavy metal’s most consistently impressive bands. Pallbearer, Venomous Maximus, and Lucifer open the show. Get tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to album opener “The Black Plot” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lemuria at Boot and Saddle, HighKick at World Cafe Live, Liz Longley at Ardmore Music Hall and more

Lemuria | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
Lemuria | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Buffalo-bred indie pop trio Lemuria return to Philly tonight for a headlining gig at Boot and Saddle. The band has been touring pretty hard in support of its 2013 outing The Distance is So Big, released on Bridge 9 records, so they’re likely due for a follow-up in 2015. Maybe they’ll introduce some new songs in their set tonight. In the meantime, listen to “Oahu, Hawaii” below and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Liz Longley preps for new album, returns to Philadelphia next month

Liz Longley | Photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist
Liz Longley | Photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

Liz Longley will return to her native Philadelphia next month for a pair of shows in support of her upcoming self-titled release.  I spoke with Liz recently about her new record, her move to Nashville and her experience working with the musicians on the album.  You can see her perform at Tellus 360 in Lancaster on August 29th and at Burlap and Bean on September 4th.

Helen Leicht: You grew up in the Philadelphia area – where are you from?

Liz Longley: I’m originally from West Chester, PA but grew up in Downingtown, PA.

HL: And you are now living in Nashville. Why did you decide to move and how long have you been living there?

LL: In 2011, I moved from my college town of Boston to Nashville, TN. While I’m far from home, I feel part of an incredible music community. The focus on the craft of songwriting here is inspiring and the caliber of musicians here is unbelievable. There’s nothing like it.

HL: Tell me about the making of your new album and who you worked with on this new music?

LL: The upcoming album, Liz Longley, is a collection of songs I have written about experiences I’ve had over the past couple of years.  Good and bad! The exceptions are “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” a cover of one of my favorite Queen songs, and “This Is Not the End” which I cowrote with three great songwriters for the season 6 finale of Army Wives.
I’m extremely lucky to have a supportive and enthusiastic fan base who funded the making of this record through Kickstarter. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Brazos at Boot & Saddle, Liz Longley at Burlap and Bean

Brazos | photo by Claire Lucido
Brazos | photo by Claire Lucido

Austin’s Brazos headline Boot & Saddle tonight.  The pop trio released Saltwater on Dead Oceans earlier this year, showcasing frontman Martin Crane’s knack for sugary, upbeat songwriting that is instantly welcoming and comfortable.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.  Watch the video for “How the Ranks Was Won” below.

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