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Rock out with Cheerleader, The Lawsuits, Our Griffins and more at MilkBoy’s free three-day birthday party

Photo courtesy of artist.
Photo courtesy of artist.

Center city venue MilkBoy its third anniversary next month with three days of free shows. The party also marks the 20th anniversary of its parent company, MilkBoy the Studio. From August 14 to 16th, the venue will host phenomenal performances from artists like The Ataris, Cheerleader, and the Lawsuits. To help you map out your show-going, we’ve highlighted an artist (or two) for each day. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pine Barons, Vita and the Wolf at Walla Fest in Norristown, Madalean Gauze at Johnny Brenda’s, Mo Lowda at Milkboy

Pine Barons | photo by Caitlin McCann
Pine Barons | photo by Caitlin McCann

Norristown’s weekend Walla Fest is back for its fourth year with a stacked line-up of local music including Pine Barons and Vita and the Wolf. Pine Barons recently went up to Lafayette Hill’s Kettle Pot Tracks studio to record an On the Hill Session, which you can check out here.  Meanwhile, Vita and Wolf have released two singles on their Bandcamp – listen to “Mary” below.  More information for the festival, which takes place at the Centre Theater in Norristown today and tomorrow, can be found here.

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Listen to a new song from Brooklyn electro-pop group, Little Daylight

Little Daylight | Photo by John Vettese
Little Daylight | Photo by John Vettese

Little Daylight is an electro-pop group out of Brooklyn. In the past year, they have released an album called Tunnel Vision, toured with Bastille and have had singles remixed by artists like Future Islands.  They recently played two huge festivals, Governor’s Ball and Firefly, and received high praise for each performance.  Their new album, Hello Memory, is set to be released July 15th.

This week, the group posted a new song, “My Life”, to their SoundCloud page.  It’s a big song that needs to be played loudly.  Just shy of three minutes long, the catchy percussion and synthy back-beats keep us wanting more.  It’s loud, but not TOO loud.

You can bet Little Daylight’s live performance is a guaranteed good time.  Make sure you catch them when they perform at MilkBoy on September 20th.

Listen to “My Life” below:

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From Coltrane to Gucci Mane, Toronto’s BADBADNOTGOOD pushes boundaries from jazz to hip-hop and beyond

Badbadnotgood | Photo via Facebook
BADBADNOTGOOD | Photo via Facebook

Standards have always been a way for jazz artists to come together on common ground and find a collective sound. For generations, musicians have joined together in jam sessions and played “Autumn Leaves” or “My Funny Valentine” or “Caravan,” putting their own unique, modern spin on these timeless classics.

Toronto trio BADBADNOTGOOD found their sound with a much more contemporary standard – Gucci Mane’s “Lemonade.” The three members met while students in the jazz program at Toronto’s Humber College, but it was their shared love of hip-hop that brought them together as a group. “Being at jazz school, a lot of people were just into jazz because that’s obviously what they’re studying, but we bonded because we had a lot of other common interests,” says keyboardist Matthew Tavares.

Those interests have now resulted in three albums and a burgeoning career as producers with some of the very hip-hop artists whose work they admired, including collaborations with Odd Future members Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler the Creator, and Frank Ocean. Their latest CD, III (Innovative Leisure), is their first composed wholly of their own original music, foregoing the hip-hop and rock covers that distinguished their previous releases. They’ll perform some of that music – and reprise a few of those trademark covers – at MilkBoy on Saturday night.

So is BBNG a jazz trio with hip-hop leanings? A hip-hop crew with jazz roots? According to bassist Chester Hansen, “It’s a difficult question. I don’t know if we could accurately say that it’s one thing or the other. I think it’s really just a combination of all of our influences; jazz and hip-hop are definitely in there in great amounts, but it’s open to interpretation.”

“I wouldn’t really call it jazz because a lot of the songs don’t some of the elements that people consider to be jazz,” adds Tavares. “Other songs do, but maybe they’re missing other elements. It’s really a big mish-mash of stuff we like to listen to, the music we like to learn and approach and explore and be creative with.”

III definitely showcases the hybrid sound that the band has forged over the last several years. Continue reading →

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Listen to New Level Shoes, the dynamic new album from Philly blues rock band Thee Idea Men

 

Thee Idea Men | photo via theeideamen.com
Thee Idea Men | photo via theeideamen.com

Thee Idea Men, a bluesy Philly indie rock band that formed in 2011, are ready to debut its second full-length, New Level Shoes, released digitally today. The 10-track album is reminiscent of The Black Keys in terms of their static and grit.  Each song is different from the next, jumping from a sinister, psychedelic rock vibe in “Shake It” and “Underplayed”  to a slower more mellow bluesy sound like in “Please” and “Addicted.” You can listen to a full stream of the album below and catch Thee Idea Men at MilkBoy on May 31st for their CD release show. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chet Faker at Union Transfer, Built to Spill at World Cafe Live at The Queen, Chad VanGaalen at Milkboy and more

Chet Faker | photo courtesy of the artist
Chet Faker | photo courtesy of the artist

Australia’s Chet Faker will perform at Union Transfer tonight following his Free at Noon performance at XPN’s Non-COMMvention.  The recent World Cafe artist released his debut LP Built On Glass in April, following up a pair of EPs and his remix of “No Diggity” by Blackstreet that originally put him on the radar.  Take a listen to his soulful, electronic World Cafe session here and download a live version of “1998″ below.  Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here.

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Watch El Malito’s ode to rump-shakin’ fun, “Llego La Hora de Mover La Cola”

el-malito-620x534Back in 2003, P. Diddy, Nelly, and Murphy Lee urged you to “Shake Ya Tailfeather” and now local rapper El Malito is conveying the same message in his new video “Llego La Hora de Mover La Cola” which translates to “the time has come to shake your butt.” In the black-and-white clip, we see an exact reflection of the this as women (and men) prance around to the song’s cheeky lyrics. At times there is a shimmering effect when El Malito appears and in one scene he dons a super shiny suit. He asked ordinary people to send in videos of themselves dancing to the song and it turned into a kind of fun flashback to early ’90s dance videos in terms of the dancing and camera work. Check it out below and get tickets to El Malito’s show at Milkboy on May 24th here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pharoahe Monch at MilkBoy, Liars at Underground Arts, Hoots and Hellmouth at Boot and Saddle

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Photo via facebook.com/pharoahemonch

Tonight, underground rap sensation Pharoahe Monch will bring his talents to the Milkboy stage as he celebrates his new album P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). The new disc, which features guest appearances by Black Thought, Talib Kweli, and more, is a continuation of the story he tells on his previous record W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) of his place in the industry as an artist and in America as a black male. Listen to lead single “Bad MF” below and get tickets here.

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Revisit Asgeir’s World Cafe session, see him at MilkBoy on June 17th

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Haunting Icelandic singer-songwriter Ásgeir Trausti Einarsson (known commonly as just Ásgeir) is playing a handful of U.S. dates this summer, including an appearance at MilkBoy on June 17th. Tickets for the 21+ show are on sale Friday May 2nd at noon via the venue’s website.

Earlier this year, the 21-year-old Ásgeir released his sophomore LP In The Silence, propelled by the popular single “King and Cross.” He also appeared on World Cafe with David Dye in March. Listen to his entire session and download a performance of “Going Home” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: M.I.A. at Tower Theater, Gliss at Kung Fu Necktie, Woods at Boot and Saddle, and more

Photo via facebook.com/miauk
Photo via facebook.com/miauk

Tonight, M.I.A. graces the Tower Theater stage and fans (old and new) should, as always, expect a little bit of everything from the singer-songwriter’s genre-bending music. On her latest album Matangi, it’s clear that her sound is still a hybrid of electronic, pop, hip-hop and world music. Best known for her 2007 platinum hit “Paper Planes”, M.I.A. isn’t a traditional singer or rapper; she’s crafted a style that’s somewhere in between and it’s infectious. Watch “Y.A.L.A.” below and get tickets here

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