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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Circa Survive at Chameleon Club, Liz & the Lost Boys at Johnny Brenda’s and Delco Pacers at Bourbon and Branch

Circa Survive | photo via facebook.com/CircaSurvive
Circa Survive | photo via facebook.com/CircaSurvive

Circa Survive headlines the Chameleon Club in Lancaster tonight. The Bucks County punk rock favorites are currently on tour giving fans a taste of new material from the album they’ve been working on since the spring. Earlier this year, Circa released Live from the Shrine, while frontman Anthony Green released Young Legs last year. Tickets for the show can be be found here. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five, Gracie, David Poe and more

Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five | Photo by Cameron Pollack

It’s a retro Key Studio Session this week courtesy of Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five.  The local group performs jazz and blues standards with nostalgic authenticity, passing off instrumental solos between the brass and string players with Reed’s gently confident voice gliding through.  Take a listen to “Basin Street Blues” below and get the full set here.

Philly born, Brooklyn based project Gracie released a new single called “Spilt Milk.”  It’s the first recording with a new live band for frontman Andrew Balasia, who blended his signature pop synths with the depth of live instrumentation on this eighties-influenced track.  Stream and download it below.

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Joshua Stamper prepares to leave his jazzy, experimental mark at album release show

Courtesy of joshuastamper.wordpress.com
Courtesy of joshuastamper.wordpress.com

On April 5, the walls of Johnny Brenda’s will ricochet with intricate instrumentation and the classical stylings of three Philly artists: Joshua Stamper, Rosu Lup and Liz & the Lost Boys.

Joshua Stamper has been in the composing game for two decades now and his newest album, the skin, the sea, the sound, out April 1, is a reflection of his long-standing work in the business. With his last album released nearly three years ago, Stamper’s been counting down the days to his latest endeavor all over social media by releasing preview videos and singles. His latest teaser was a minute-long album trailer that’s as experimental and smooth at Stamper’s sound. The avant-garde video shows moving rectangles and men wandering in a dark room is scored by a rebellious oboe that slows and speeds, allowing the softer notes of a flute to join in.

Celebrating along with Stamper will be indie-folkers Rosu Lup, who just released their newest album Shorelines this past February. Bearing similar sounds to J. Tillman aka Father John Misty, the band’s folky harmonies and Americana-rock guitar riffs will fit perfectly as an opener to Stamper’s classical sound. The third opener, Liz & the Lost Boys, is like a little combination of both bands with jazzy / experimental instrumentation and lead singer Liz Ciavolino’s perfect diction and harp playing. The show will start at 8 p.m. and tickets can be purchased here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Liz and the Lost Boys at The Fire, Black Prarie and Spirit Family Reunion at The Abbey Bar

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Although originally out of College Park, Maryland, Liz & the Lost Boys have made a new home for themselves in Philly, releasing their self-titled debut LP from their current residence last month.  Liz & the Lost Boys are best described as a folk band, but their music seems to take influence from several other genres.  Piano parts often seem tinged with jazzy open chords, while singer Liz Ciavolino bounces over melodies with quirky pop sensibilities and the occasional classical harp squeezes in as well.  Tonight, you can catch the group at The Fire along with The North Country.  Check out one of the group’s songs below click here for ticket information.

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