Tonight’s Concert Picks: James Blake at Union Transfer, Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live at The Queen, Coke Weed at Boot & Saddle

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Photo by Chris Sikich |
Recent Mercury prize winner James Blake returns to Philly tonight at Union Transfer. The electronica artist won the prestigious British music award for his current release, Overgrown. Tickets and information for the all ages event can be found here.

Robert Glasper recently released Black Radio 2, building on the genre bending musical blueprint he debuted on 2012′s Black Radio. Bringing together jazz, R&B, neo-soul, and hip-hop, the Robert Glasper Experiment perform at World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington for an XPN Welcomes event. Tickets and more information can be found here. Below, listen to Glasper’s collaboration with Norah Jones from Black Radio 2.

Psychedelic rockers Coke Weed made one of 2013′s most under-the-radar and likely underrated rock records, Back To Soft. The Bar Harbor, Maine quintet is fronted by Milan McAlevey and the band’s music is bathed in electric Sixties vibes with elements of Velvet Underground, Grace Slick & The Great Society, and Creedence. The band play at Boot & Saddle. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.

Also tonight:
John Vanderslice with Philly’s Market East at Johnny Brenda’s.


Do Good Festival at Hard Rock Cafe brings together Chill Moody, Market East and more to fight Philly hunger

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Photo by Ricky Codio |

The Do Good Festival will be held August 16th at the Hard Rock Cafe. Ranging from rock to indie folk to hip hop, the all–ges festival will be hosting six artists including Chill Moody, Kuf Knotz, and Market East. With advanced tickets at $10 and $15 tickets at the door, all proceeds from the festival will be donated to Philabundance to aid the organization in its emergency hunger relief services. Can’t make it to the show, but still want to help? More information on donating to the cause can be found at festival organizers DCS’s (Davis Concert Staging) website here. Find more information and tickets for the 7 p.m. festival here. Get ready for the show with Market East’s album Summer of Children and Chill Moody’s video for “Chains” below.


The Key Studio Sessions: Market East

The guys of Market East clearly have a thing for the warmer months of the year. There was “Marielle,” the rhapsody over cherry red lips and beach afternoons that opens their debut EP (check it out performed for Out of Town Films here). There are the languid, easygoing arrangements and breezy Brian Wilson-style vocal harmonies that pepper their songs. And now their is Children of Summer, their new EP and a sonic step forward for the trio of Kurt Cain-Walther (vocals), Max Perla (vocals, drums) and Vincent John (vocals, guitar). The EP gets its official release next month and celebrates on June 8th at MilkBoy with a stacked lineup; Joey Sweeney and the Long Hair Arkestra, Night Panther, Mohican and Former Belle. Last week, while the Non-COMMvention was raging at WXPN HQ, we took the Key Studio Sessions on location to Studio A in South Philly to record a few live tracks with Market East. Two of the performances you hear below are new tracks from the forthcoming EP – you’ll recognize “Evergreen” from our premiere the other week – and one is a cover that needs no introduction. Listen to the tunes below, and get the details on Market East’s album release show here.


The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Literature, Market East, Morning River Band

Photo by Abi Reimold
Photo by Abi Reimold

Recent Philly transplants Literature previewed four new tracks in this week’s Key Studio Session. With a sound made for indie dance club nights, Literature are a surf-y, high energy bunch of polished musicians with well-coiffed songs. Stream and download “Court Date” below and check out the full session here.

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PREMIERE: Watch Market East perform “Evergreen” and download the song (playing MilkBoy with a bunch of awesome people on 6/8)

EvergreenMEThe excitement is in the air for local harmony-pop group Market East‘s latest album Children of Summer, which drops May 27th. Last week we debuted the new single “To Walk With You.” Today it’s another selection from the new album called “Evergreen”; download the song below, and watch a video of the band performing it in the studio.

We’ve also got the details of the aforementioned special guests of the June 8 release show at MilkBoy, and it’s quite the lineup. Joining Market East will be Joey Sweeney and the Long Hair Arkestra, Night Panther, Mohican and Former Belle. Tickets and information can be found here, and you can check out the rather pretty show flyer after the jump.

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The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Sleepy Hollow, The National, Peter Murphy)

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Market East shared a new song called “To Walk With You” ahead of the release of Children of Summer, out May 27th [link]

The 52nd annual Philadelphia Folk Festival line-up is jam packed with sets by Richard Thompson, Toy Soldiers, Black Prairie and more [link]

Alo Brasil brought tropical sounds and rhythms to their Key Studio Session earlier this week [link]

The National debuted the first video for their upcoming LP with the song “Sea of Love” [link]

XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week featured San Francisco’s John Murry and his deeply personal song “Southern Sky” [link]

Get ready for tonight’s Peter Murphy show at The Trocadero with a video-playlist of five songs we hope he plays [link]

The Swollen Fox and WXPN have announced a show with The Districts, Goodnight, Texas and Satellite Hearts on 7/19 [link]

Sunday morning marked Keith Brand’s final Sleepy Hollow show on XPN; listen back to the full broadcast [link] and check out the song he chose to close out his 27-year run [link]

In a special Folkadelphia Session, we meet Nadia Sirota and Valgeir Sigurdsson and a mix of reinterpretations and original material [link]

Download a 44-track mixtape from 100 Years of Solid Dudes featuring samples of Elvis Costello, Bowie and more [link]

Get a glimpse inside The Breeders‘ Sunday night show at The Trocadero with a photo recap and set list [link]


Debut: listen to a new song and video from Market East; new album out on May 27, playing Milkboy with “Special Guests” on June 8

marketeast Market East have announced the released of their new album, Children Of Summer, out on May 27th. The trio of Kurt Cain-Walther, Max Perla and Vincent John have been hard at work on their new record, and you can listen to the first song from it below, and download it for a “name your price” here. Watch the band perform a studio session version of the song. Market East will have their Children of Summer record release party at Milkboy Philly on Saturday, June 8th with “Special Guests.” Go here for tickets to the show.