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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Hotelier at Union Transfer, Wesley Stace at Pastorius Park, Lizanne Knott at Bourbon and Branch

The Hotelier | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
The Hotelier | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

We’re halfway through July and The Hotelier has had quite a year already, having just released their third studio album Goodness in May. You might have heard about it because the Massachusetts alternative band totally shreds, or maybe because their latest album cover features a bunch of nudists. Either way, The Hotelier is worth your attention and their show tonight at Union Transfer is sure to be epic. Tickets and more information can be found by heading over to the XPN Concert Calendar. Get a feel for Goodness by checking out the track “Piano Player” right here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Petal at PhilaMOCA, Lizanne Knott at World Cafe Live, Sunflower Bean at Kung Fu Necktie, and more…

Petal
Petal | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Scranton’s Petal – the emo / indie rock project of singer-songwriter-guitarist Kiley Lotz -will be performing at PhilaMOCA tonight. The band’s first album Shame was released last year on Run For Cover to wide acclaim. Also playing will be Somos, The Superweaks, and The Obsessives. More information can be found here. Continue reading →

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Listen to the Philly Local Home for the Holidays special ft. Vita and the Woolf, Cole Redding, Samantha Gongol of Marian Hill and more

The 6th Annual Philly Local Home for the Holidays show was recorded at Morning Star Studios in Montgomery County PA. It was a return visit to this studio and once again Glenn Barratt recorded the session. It’s always a wonderful day of music. A time for getting together with friends and making new friendships in the music community. I love hearing the artists warming up and working on arrangements. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lizanne Knott Philabundance benefit at World Cafe Live, The Phosphenes at The Fire, and Cuddle Magic at Boot and Saddle

Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com
Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com

Philly’s Lizanne Knott will play a show benefiting Philabundance tonight at World Cafe Live. The longtime local favorite released her last album Standing in the English Rain back in 2012. Featured in indie films, TV movies, and documentaries, Knott’s music is praised for its raw and honest quality. Watch “Miss You” below and get tickets here.

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Philly musician Lizanne Knott sings for Philabundance this Sunday

Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com
Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com

This Sunday, March 9, it’s the 6th Annual Lizanne Knott & Friends Benefit concert for Philabundance. Lizanne is a wonderful singer/songwriter and much loved supporter of the Philly Local music community.

I talked with Lizanne about her yearly concert and asked her why she started it. Here’s what she said:

I wanted to do something to give back to the community in Philadelphia. Philabundance seemed like a worthy cause, well founded.  There are a lot of people in need out there and it doesn’t stop after one show, so the idea of an annual thing appealed to me right from the start.

Lizanne is working in the studio on new music. I asked when she expects to release her next album.

I’m doing another Americana record which will be released on Proper/London end of summer, a gypsy inspired bunch of songs, new ones I’ve written along with a few covers that I’ve always wanted to record, a track of Jef lee Johnsons and a special song that I wrote for him.  Tom Hampton and Chico Huff among a couple others, will be in the studio with me, I’m psyched.

The benefit concert will be at World Café live in Philadelphia. Doors are at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m., and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. And remember to tune in to XPN every weekday during the 1:00 hour for my Philly Local Pick of the Day!

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Philly Sings In The Key of Love My Morning Download: “Sweet Thing” by Lizanne Knott with Kuf Knotz

To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, XPN mid-day host Helen Leicht has curated a collection of 14 songs recorded by local bands. This year’s collection of Philly Sings In The Key Of Love includes songs by Tom Moon, The Bailey Hounds, Dave Hause, John Flynn, Brian Seymour, Pete Donnelly and others. Lizanne Knott and Kuf Knotz have contributed a new song, “Sweet Thing,” that will be on Lizanne’s forthcoming album called Marionette coming out in April. Lizanne is performing on Valentine’s Day—next Tuesday, February 14th—at Burlap And Bean in Newtown Square. Kuf plays on Friday, February 17th at The Blockley with Inspectah Deck of Wu-Tang Clan, Writtenhouse and Abstract Verses. Below, download “Sweet Thing.” Check back tomorrow for another song from the collection which will be released on Valentine’s Day.

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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Josh Ritter to perform at benefit concert for WXPN’s Musicians On Call program this Sunday

Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter will perform a a solo acoustic set this Sunday during a WXPN Musicians On Call benefit concert. The 7th annual benefit, hosted by WXPN’s mid-day host Helen Leicht, will feature an in-the-round performance with local openers Lizanne Knott, Suzie Brown, Scot Sax and Kuf Knotz.

WXPN Musicians On Call is a non-profit initiative that brings musicians to local hospitals to perform at patients’ bedsides. Since 2004, the program has touched the lives of more than 30,000 patients and their families in healthcare facilities throughout the Philadelphia region. The program includes 135 volunteer musicians and 38 volunteer guides who have regularly participated in the program by providing weekly performances for patients at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, the Hospital Of The University Of Pennsylvania, Our Lady Of Lourdes Medical Center, and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. In addition to live music, the program also provides local hospitals with CD Pharmacies featuring a CD listening library and CD players for patients’ use. This past January, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children was added to the participating hospitals, bringing the total to six.

In addition to bedside visits, another element of the Musicians On Call program is an initiative called Project Playback. Local musician Scot Sax—who will perform on Sunday night—has been working with a group of long-term residents at the Philadelphia Veterans Medical Center to write and produce a song that will be recorded for a CD. WXPN’s Helen Leicht, who has attended some of these sessions says “What Scot is doing is very moving and emotional to watch. He’s working with folks who have dedicated their lives to our country and are missing limbs, vision, and in many cases their ability to communicate and mentally function. But when Scot starts a song, you see these patients start to react and move to the music. You can really see and feel the emotional connection and impact of how music can touch people through Project Playback.”

Click to watch the video of Amos Lee, Mutlu, and Adrian Reju talking about the Musicians On Call program

The 7th Annual Musicians On Call Benefit Concert featuring Josh Ritter, Lizanne Knott, Suzie Brown, Scot Sax, and Kuf Knotz begins at 7:30 p.m. at World Cafe Live; tickets to the all-ages show are $25. Proceeds benefit WXPN Musicians On Call.