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Faces of Philadelphia (Musicians) portrait series opens at Brewerytown Beats tonight

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Portrait of Raj Haldar by Anna Mraz | photo via Philebrity

Local artist Anna Mraz is celebrating the diverse spirit of the Philly music scene with her Faces of Philadelphia (Musicians) exhibit, opening tonight at Brewerytown Beats. We want to give several hat tips to Philebrity, who spotted the First Friday event and gave us a sneak peak into the watercolor-on-plexiglass portraits that will be lining the walls of the Brewerytown record store.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bilal at Johnny Brenda’s, Lushlife at Boot and Saddle, Lotus at The Mann Center and more

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Bilal | Photo by Kawai Matthews

Soul / funk / rock artist and Philadelphia native Bilal headlines a show at Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown tonight. In the past, he has worked with big names like Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, and Kimbra just to name a few. His last solo release was In Another Life, released last year. Opening up for Bilal will be the fellow Philadelphian Ursula Rucker. She is a poet, activist, and recording artist who has been performing for over seventeen years. This show featuring some of Philly’s finest is not to be missed. Tickets and more information about the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Check out the video for “Money Over Love” below. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Lotus return with new LP, share single “Move Too Fast”

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Lotus | photo by Tobin Voggesser | courtesy of the artist

Electronic songwriters / producers Lotus have long been known as vibescape pioneers, pushing the boundaries of instrumental compositions since their days in Indiana. Now based in Philly and Denver, the quintet is rewriting those boundaries with a new record called Eat the Light, out next week. “Move Too Fast” is the second single from the LP.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Harrowgrove at Bourbon and Branch, Escort at Underground Arts, Shark Tape at Boot & Saddle and more…

 

Harrowgrove | photo courtesy of the artist
Harrowgrove | photo courtesy of the artist

Harrowgrove is the project of alternative R&B artist C.J. Davis and was one of John Vettese’s Top 5 music discoveries of 2015. Originally a guitar-based band, Davis slowly transformed Harrowgrove into music with intense soundscapes and trap influences with his release last September, Holy Broken Free Spirit. Davis will be bringing the music of Harrowgrove to Bourbon and Branch tonight with Starwood, Kim Jong Ill, and Revolution, I Love You. The show is $10 at the door and is 21+. Information can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Creepoid at Boot and Saddle, The Tressels at The Trophy Tavern, Lotus at the Electric Factory

Creepoid plays The Atlantic for FEST 13 | Photo by John Vettese
Creepoid plays The Atlantic for FEST 13 | Photo by John Vettese

A combination of the holidays and their “on tour forever” mantra bring psych four-piece Creepoid home to Philly this weekend for a headlining gig at Boot and Saddle. The band released its self-titled second LP on No Idea Records in March, and in late spring moved to its new home of Savannah, Georgia. It’s been in heavy touring mode since then, though, hitting the road with Against Me!, playing FEST in Gainesville and getting set to go out on an extended run with A Place to Bury Strangers in February. The new record took a more aggressive, punked-up turn, which creates an interesting contrast with the band’s drifting, dream-like early material. Tickets and information on the show tonight – which also features Key faves Amanda X – can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Listen to Lotus revive rock for the Gilded Age

Lotus | photo courtesy of the artist
Lotus | photo courtesy of the artist

Through their extensive discography, Philly jam band Lotus have hit almost every possible genre (and created some unique sounds along the way). They recently released their newest album, Gilded Age. The album is a followup to last year’s hip-hop based Monks, which had a decidedly futuristic feel to it. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Death Cab for Cutie at Revel Ovation Hall, Shilpa Ray at The Fire and Lotus at Jam on the River

Photo by Danny Clinch
Photo by Danny Clinch

Modern rock faves Death Cab for Cutie play a headlining show tonight at Revel Ovation Hall in Atlantic City. The band hasn’t released a new album since its 2011 album, Codes and Keys, although in October 2013 it re-released a remastered version of its 2002 classic Transatlanticism. Without a new album, fans of Death Cab can expect a show full of fan favorites. Tickets and info can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; listen to the band’s single “I Will Follow You into the Dark” from its fifth album below.

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Jam on the River announces Memorial Day Weekend line-up with Lotus, Grimace Federation and more

 

Lotus | photo courtesy of the artist
Lotus | photo courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia’s riverside music festival Jam on the River returns to Penn’s Landing on May 25th, with a stacked line-up of electronic, rock and jam bands.  Headlined by Lotus, the Memorial Day Weekend event will include sets by GRiZ, Papadosio, Conspirator, Zoogma and locals Grimace Federation.   Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 21st at Noon and will be available here.  Check out videos of the performers below.

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Lotus, Gov’t Mule and more added to Scranton’s Peach Music Festival (happening 8/15-8/18)

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The Allman Brothers have expanded the eclectic line-up for their Peach Music Festival with the addition of local post-rockers Lotus, jam band royalty Gov’t Mule. surfer-songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter.  Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Floodwood, Greensky Bluegrass, Dopapod, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Tauk, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Cabinet, MIZ and Bill Evan’s Soulgrass round out the list of new acts.  Go here to check out the full line-up and watch Lotus play “Age of Inexperience” live at Red Rocks below.  Tickets and information for the August 15-18 festival at the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain can be found here.

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The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Heyward Howkins, Ali Wadsworth, Benjamin Francis Leftwich

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Photo by Ann Teliczan | MichiganSweetSpot.com
To get you psyched for their headlining gig at FDR Park last night, local electronic jam band Lotus released a live cuts sampler featuring tracks from their Spring 2012 tour.  As you can tell from this sampler, the funky fusion outfit put on an electrifying live show.

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