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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Madalean Gauze at Boot & Saddle, Motherwhore at Ortlieb’s, Lou at PhilaMOCA and more

Madalean Gauze | Photo by John Vettese
Madalean Gauze | Photo by John Vettese

Philly singer-songwriter Madalean Gauze caught a lot of people’s attention last weekend when she delivered a kickass performance of “Gloria” in our tribute to Patti Smith’s Horses. Obviously, there’s a reason we asked her to take that lead-off spot: her debut album Sing was one that demanded attention.  A collection of eleven emotionally raw and beautifully arranged tracks came together to create one our favorite albums of the year. You can hear her play many of the songs tonight at Johnny Brenda’s with fellow local rockers Woven In, making for one hell of a lineup. For more information on the show go to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Watch Lou perform “Devil’s Doo Wop” at Sofar Philadelphia

Lou
Lou | photo via Facebook

Lou is a joint venture between New Jersey singer-songwriter Tess Emma and local rock outfit Modern Colour that caught our ear when they debuted back in March. With several months of shows and a Key Studio Session now under their belt, the group brought even more new songs to October’s semi-secret Sofar Sounds event. During their stripped-down set, Lou premiered the jangly “Devil’s Doo Wop,” which you can check out below. Learn more about Sofar Sounds here and catch Lou at Bourbon & Branch on January 31st.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Grandchildren at Johnny Brenda’s, Citizen Cope at The TLA, Lou at Bourbon & Branch and more…

Grandchildren
Grandchildren | photo via Facebook

Grandchildren release their new album Zuni at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The cinematic rockers stopped by for a Key Studio Session earlier this summer, giving us a sneak peek of some of the new songs and proving that band is still locked into the textures and sounds that made their earlier releases so captivating. Watch them perform “Walking Dead” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ release show with Spaceship Aloha and White Bike here.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Lou

Tess Emma wasn’t performing on the Philly singer-songwriter scene for too long before she realized she was more than a singer-songwriter. After her self-titled debut came out late last year, she dropped its country-folk leanings and re-convened with a group of friends from the modern rock outfit Modern Colour. Collectively, they took her music in more of an intricate and expressive dreampop / indie rock direction. The new band was dubbed Lou, and debuted in March. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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The Swollen Fox will celebrate its anninversary with The Lawsuits, Commonwealth Choir and Lou

Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

If you were lucky enough to catch The Lawsuits and Commonwealth Choir at last week’s inaugural Key Fest, you’re likely yearning for more. And if you didn’t, even more reason to catch ’em live – this time for another Philly music blog, The Swollen Fox, at their fifth anniversary show at Johnny Brenda’s on July 11. Continue reading →

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Philly Free Song Friday is bringing a free show to Bourbon & Branch next Friday

 

Paul Hocynec | via Soundcloud.com/paulhocynec
Paul Hocynec | via Soundcloud.com/paulhocynec

Paul Hocynec admitted that he was, at one point, negative about the local music scene.

“I wasn’t really the best supporter. I’d complain that nobody was at my shows, but wasn’t necessarily going out to shows and supporting other people,” Hocynec said. “I came to a bit of a weird time in my life and I realized I wanted to be part of a community more than anything else. I just wanted to be connected with other local bands.”

Starting in August, he began Philly Free Song Friday, inviting musicians to his local studio space, Woodbrook Recording, under a few conditions: they have a few hours to record whatever they want, but it must be an original song, and they have to be okay with Hocynec releasing it as a free download come Friday. Continue reading →