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Tonight’s Concert Picks: La Luz at MilkBoy, 2nd Street Festival in Northern Liberties, Matisyahu at Mann Center

Photo via facebook.com/laluzusa
Photo via facebook.com/laluzusa

Seattle Surf rock / doo wop quartet La Luz headlines MilkBoy tonight. The band formed in 2012 with Shana Cleaveland on guitar (who’s also a part of the Curious Monkeys), Marian Li Pino on drums, Alice Sandahl on keyboard and Lena Simon on Bass. Two years ago, it released a spectacularly catchy album Dump Face. Last year, they followed it up with another more rock-oriented album, It’s Alive. Listen to the sultry pop ballad “Call me in the Day” below. Get more details about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Rail Park Benefit at Union Transfer, Erin McKeown Anti-Holiday Spectacular at Ardmore Music Hall, Lupe Fiasco at The Trocadero and more

Photo by Joe Del Tufo
Photo by Joe Del Tufo

Tonight, Union Transfer hosts a star-studded fundraiser concert for The Rail Park – a proposed public green space built along the rail tracks of the abandoned reading viaduct. The concert, which looks to raise money for the first phase of the project, will feature performances by Birdie Busch, Sharon Van Etten, Spank Rock and more. It also includes what is rumored to be The Walkmen‘s final performance…at least for a long time. All of the event’s proceeds will benefit Friends of the Rail Park; get tickets here.

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Just Announced: Matisyahu brings his Festival of Light to The Blockley on 12/4

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Penn Hillel presents Matisyahu‘s Hanukkah celebration at The Blockley on December 4th.  The seventh annual Festival of Light will feature the Grammy nominated rapper as he performs songs from his full catalog, including “King of Crowns” and “Sunshine.” Tickets and information can be found here.  Watch the video for “Sunshine” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Matisyahu to The Grand Opera House, Snowden at Johnny Brenda’s

matisyahuXPN welcomes reggae-pop superstar Matisyahu to The Grand Opera House tonight.  Breaking on to the scene in 2005 with the hit “King Without a Crown,” Matisyahu has become known for his positive approach to hip hop and pop music, blending Judaism’s traditional hazzan vocal style with beatboxing and scat singing.  2012 saw the release of his fourth studio album Spark Seeker.  Tickets and information for tonight’s special acoustic performance with Levi Robin in Wilmington, DE can be found here.  Below, watch the video for “Sunshine” off of Spark Seeker.

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Contest: Win a pair of tickets to see Matisyahu at The Electric Factory on 12/12/12

Reggae-pop rapper Matisyahu is stopping by The Electric Factory on 12/12/12 in support of his latest chart-topping album Spark SeekerThe “King Without a Crown” artist may have a new haircut but his songs are as compelling as always on the new release.  We have a pair of tickets to his “Festival of Light” show at Electric Factory and a copy of Spark Seeker up for grabs – leave a comment below to enter the contest.  The winner will be notified by email so make sure to include your full name and an active e-mail address (your e-mail will not be public).  Tickets to the show with The Danny Zamir Band are available here.  Below, watch Matisyahu perform “Happy Hannukah” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  You can purchase the song here; all proceeds will be donated to the Jewish Federations of North America and the Robin Hood Foundation through the end of Hanukkah, December 16th.

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Listen to a new song, “Happy Hanukkah,” from Matisyahu (playing Electric Factory on December 12th)

Matisyahu has just released a new song, “Happy Hanukkah.” The reggae rapper is donating all the proceeds to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Donations will be given through the Jewish Federations of North America and the Robin Hood Foundation through the end of Hanukkah, December 16th. You can purchase the song here. Matis is back in town to celebrate the holidays at the Electric Factory on Wednesday, December 12th. Go here to our new concert calendar, powered by The Swollen Fox for more information and tickets to the show. Below, listen to “Happy Hanukkah.”

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Just Announced: Matisyahu playing the Electric Factory in December

Alternative reggae-pop sensation Matisyahu has announced a Philadelphia stop on his fall tour. Matiyahu’s fourth full-length album, Spark Seeker, which was released in July, is currently #1 on the Billboard Reggae Album charts. Matisyahu will be playing at the Electric Factory on December 12. Tickets will be available starting Friday, October 12 at noon. Below, watch the video for “Sunshine” from Spark Seeker.

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Celebrate The Last Night Of Hanukkah With Matisyahu

What better way is there to spend the last night of Hanukkah than with one who knows how to spin a mean dreidel and rock the party - Matisyahu. Tomorrow night Matis brings his Festival Of Light tour to Philly, performing at the TLA. If you don’t know Matisyahu I should say here that he’s an Orthodox Jew who raps (and throws down some serious reggae and hip-hop), but you don’t necessarily need to be Jewish to appreciate his inclusive sense of spirituality he gets grooving on the dance floor.

Matis has a new song, “Miracle” and a pretty cool video for it. During the holiday season one can’t help but notice the incredible amount of Christmas music there is and how few Hanukkah songs exist. In fact, the other day someone said to me that they didn’t know of any other Hanukkah songs other than the one by Adam Sandler. In a recent essay Matis wrote for NPR Music Matisyahu offered this explanation.

The real reason Jews don’t have more Hanukkah music is that historically, American Jewish singer-songwriters were too busy making Christmas music. “White Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Silver Bells” and “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)” were all written by Jews. Both Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand have their own Christmas albums. The No. 1 best-selling Christmas album of all time is from Kenneth Bruce Gorelick, the Jewish smooth-jazz legend Kenny G. American Jews have always produced a lot of holiday music, just not Hanukkah music.

Jewish musicians might feel more inclined to make Hanukkah music if they knew that someone would actually want to listen to it. Until the holiday music market shows it can support Hanukkah songs, it’s highly unlikely that we will ever hear Jewish holiday music at the mall, or the gas station, or the DMV, or on every radio station that Santa currently rules.

Check out Matis’s video for “Miracle” right below.

Matisyahu’s Festival Of Light is tomorrow evening, Wednesday December 8th at The TLA Theatre of Living Arts 334 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Showtime is 8PM. Tickets are $42.00