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Lucy Stone performing on the Create! event lineup at Arden Theater 11/7

lucystoneFast-rising Philly local favorite Lucy Stone will showcase her exuberant modern-pop style and rich alto voice at TicketLeap’s Create! event November 7th at Arden Theater. The night is bound to be inspired, filled with TED Talk-esque discussions with some of Philly’s top notch businesses, including Scott Schroeder of South Philly Tap Room and American Sardine Bar, Thaddeus Squire of Hidden City Philadelphia, and Tom Kehoe of Yards Brewing Company. Find all tickets and details to mark your calendars here. Start getting inspired early by looking back on Lucy Stone’s August Key Studio Session here. Watch her Audiotree performance of “Analog” below.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Lucy Stone

We found out about local singer-songwriter Lucy Stone a year and a half ago, and were immediately impressed. She had just released her second EP, Would You?, and its hints of Natalie Merchant and Aimee Mann blended with a modern pop sensibility and a confident, exuberant delivery that had us hooked. Since then, she and her band – some of whom pull double-duty in Wild Rompit – have toured with Rusted Root, opened for The Dirty Projectors and Daughter, and released the excellent, contemplative “Kelly Drive” via subscription-based new music incubator FeedbackLoop. Now they’re heading into the studio to record their latest release – which we got a taste of in their Key Session via the soaring rocker “Ten Below.” Listen to and download the entire set below, find out more about Lucy in Lauren Thomas’ interview from last summer here, and keep tabs on her via Facebook.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Plow United at The Boneyard, Mock Suns at Johnny Brenda’s, Cheap Girls at North Star Bar and more

Plow United will be playing at Atlantic City venue The Boneyard tonight. After looking like they might never come back to the stage, the thrashcore pop-punk band made an unexpected return and proudly released their new album, Marching Band, last April. Can’t make it tonight? Catch Plow United tomorrow at the Mojo Main in Delaware. For more information and tickets for tonight’s show, click here. Watch a video of the band performing a cover of Siouxie and the Banshees’ “Burn-Up” from this week’s Key Studio Session below.

Plow United “Burn-Up” – WXPN Key Studio Session from WXPN FM on Vimeo.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lucy Stone at PhilaMOCA, Dokument at Underground Arts, XPN welcomes Peter Murphy at The Trocadero

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Local singer-songwriter Lucy Stone performs at PhilaMOCA tonight.  The Drexel University student has had busy year, recording and touring with Rusted Root last fall, working on her own new full-length currently and accepting accolades like The Deli’s Artist of the Month last year and and an Independent Music Awards nomination for her Would You? EP earlier this year.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Cruiser and Former Belle can be found here.  Below, watch an acoustic performance of “Out of Time.”

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Travel through time with the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (kicking off this Thursday, 3/28)

PIFAThe Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts gets underway this Thursday, March 28th and will run through April 27th.  With homebase returning to The Kimmel Center and a new theme of time travel this year, the month-long event will use performances, lectures and exihibitions to explore past moments in history including the discovery of America, the lunar landing and the fall of the Berlin Wall.  Below, check out a few musical highlights that you won’t want to miss, including a selection of free concerts happening in the Kimmel Center’s “Time Travel Plaza” (where you will also find a spiraling time machine).

Last Call at the Downbeat (4/5-4/13, Red Room at the Society Hill Playhouse):  Learn about Philadelphia’s jazz scene in the forties with this staged retrospective of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.  Watch a short video about the play from show producers Jazz Bridge below.

Prima! Rufus! Judy! (4/21, Verizon Hall): Rufus Wainwright reprises Judy Garland’s return to the stage with selections from her 1961 Carnegie Hall performance.  The evening will begin with excerpts from Wainwright’s own opera Prima Donna.  Watch Wainwright perform “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart” below.

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Get into the “Season of Giving” with Hurricane Sandy Relief Concerts in Atlantic City and at MilkBoy

Trevor Gordon Hall will play a Hurricane Sandy benefit at MilkBoy tonight

More efforts for Hurricane Sandy relief are popping up in the tri-state region this weekend, beginning with a show headlined by none other than Shakey himself. Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Trey Anastasio of Phish, and Everest have collaboratively organized a benefit show at The Borgata in Atlantic City for this evening. Proceeds from tonight’s show will be directed to the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief effort, which you can contribute to here. Anastasio, who formerly lived in Pronceton, will be performing a special acoustic set for tonight’s benefit. General admission tickets for the all-ages benefit are available at our concert calendar here; the concert starts at 8. Below, check out Anastasio’s Acoustic Barn performance of “Time Turns Elastic.”

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A night with Daughter and more at Kung Fu Necktie (photos, recap)

The London-based band Daughter is comprised of three members, all incredibly soft spoken and reserved. At Kung Fu Necktie on Monday night, lead singer Elena Tonra channeled Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel with her pageboy haircut and her bangs hanging in front of the mic. The band opened with “Run” from their new release Smother, and continued with “Landfill” from 2011′s His Young Heart EP. Tonra whispered something about a Philly cheesesteak with a nervous giggle before sliding into “Love,” , while “In the Shallows” (like many of Daughter’s songs) was heartbreaking and sobering. Continue reading →

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Watch Thee Idea Men’s BITBY video (playing CMJ Music Marathon in NYC tomorrow night, Gunner’s Run on 10/28)

Part of the Philadelphia delegation heading up to New York City this week for the CMJ Music Marathon, local rock band Thee Idea Men will be playing the TurnStyle showcase at Ella’s Lounge tomorrow night.  Following CMJ, Thee Idea Men return to Philadelphia for a show with Lucy Stone at Gunner’s Run; the hometown show is free, and more information can be found here.  Thee Idea Men recently recorded a video with Bands In the Backyard for their song “She’s Got the Walk,” which you can watch below.

Other local acts taking part in the CMJ Music Marathon include Gracie, City Rain, Ape School, The Lawsuits, Lushlife, Pissed Jeans, Dangerous PoniesDaughn Gibson and Free Energy.

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Just Announced: Lucy Stone fall tour dates (playing World Cafe Live at The Queen 9/20)

Lucy Stone and her band just announced new tour dates for the month of September, including shows supporting Rusted Root  in the Northeast, Midwest, and Canada. Stone’s tour includes a stop at World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington with Jen Creed on September 20th, as well as a TBA Philly show on September 28th. Tickets for the all-ages show at The Queen are on sale here for $10 and the show starts at 8 p.m. See Lucy Stone’s entire tour schedule and watch the band cover Young the Giant’s “My Body” below. Continue reading →

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Singer-songwriter Lucy Stone on recording, collaborating and the Philly scene (playing North Star Bar tonight)

Lucy Stone is a 20-year-old Drexel Music Industry program sophomore who has recorded with Rusted Root, opened for Dirty Projectors and played with numerous Philadelphia area bands since she was 14 years old. Now she and her band are opening for Gold Motel tonight at the North Star Bar where they will be selling a limited number of copies of their new EP, Small Treasures. We recently talked to the local songstress to get the details on how she got into playing music, what is was like cutting her teeth in the Philly music scene as a teenager, her various musical collaborations, recording the new EP, what to expect from her band’s show tonight, and what’s next for Lucy Stone. Continue reading →

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