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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lauryn Hill at The Keswick Theatre, DRGN King at Everybody Hits, Big Terrible at MilkBoy

Lauryn Hill onstage at the Bowery Ballroom | photo by Wei Shi via consequenceofsound.net
Lauryn Hill onstage at the Bowery Ballroom | photo by Wei Shi via consequenceofsound.net

On the heels of her iconic 1998 album The Mis-Education of Lauryn Hill being inducted into Library of Congress this week, the singer / songwriter takes the stage at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside tonight. Unlike last fall’s show at the Electric Factory, which was full band and freewheeling, tonight finds Lauryn in acoustic mode, reminiscent of her Unplugged 2.0 album. Get tickets and information about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch a performance of “Turn Your Lights Down Low” from last fall below. Continue reading →

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Watch South Jersey’s Ju-Taun cover London Grammar’s “Strong”

Ju-Taun | Photo by Stan Golden | Via Facebook.com/jutaun
Ju-Taun | Photo by Stan Golden | Via Facebook.com/jutaun

South Jersey “band of brothers” Ju-Taun rocked SXSW in Austin last week, and their latest offering is a cover of London Grammar’s “Strong.”

British electro-pop trio London Grammar wowed Philly back in January at the Electric Factory, which marked their third time joining us in the past two years, so you may be well-acquainted with their sound.

Ju-Taun’s take on “Strong” is as ethereal as London Grammar’s, with just enough members to harmonize and bring a bluesy/folksy ambiance to the track. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Church Girls at Boot and Saddle, Son Little at MilkBoy, Gang of Four at The TLA and more

Church Girls/ via facebook.com/churchgirlsmusic
Church Girls/ via facebook.com/churchgirlsmusic

A folk-rooted duo with a punk edge, Philly’s Church Girls headlines a show tonight at Boot and Saddle. Primarily the work of singers and songwriters Mariel Beaumont and Evan Anders, the five-piece band celebrated the release of its self-titled debut EP last month at MilkBoy. Tonight they’ll be joined by Sonnder, who are in the midst of their single-a-month project that will culminate in a new LP by December. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Paul Gless Group at Ortlieb’s, JD McPherson at World Cafe Live, Up the Chain at MilkBoy and more

Paul Gless | via paulgiessmusic.com
Paul Gless | via paulgiessmusic.com

Bringing back some of the jazz history of the newly-remodeled Ortlieb’s, evocative Philly trumpet player Paul Gless plays a set tonight with his eight-piece band. His music ranges from interpretations of songs he heard growing up in a Unitarian Universalist church and emotive, introspective compositions. Outside of this group, Gless’ work has pushed the boundaries of what jazz can be, incorporating electronic textures and synthesizer sounds, and his trumpet playing has scored independent short films – including the surreal Des Images Clairesby Tailor Wilcox, where the score has a sultry Hollywood jazz vibe. Joining the Paul Gless Group tonight is Tom Moon’s Ensemble Novo. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ju-Taun at Milkboy, Heavenly Beat at Ortlieb’s, Ariel Pink at Union Transfer

Ju-Taun
Ju-Taun | photo via www.jutaun.com

South Jersey’s Ju-Taun open the show at Milkboy tonight. The roots rock trio of brothers are working on a record to follow up a pair of singles released over the last couple of years. “By the River” has a dark Southern rock vibe with bluesy guitar riffs and a sing-along chorus that would make fans of Delta Ray and Son Little feel at home. Watch the video for the single below and pick up tickets for tonight’s 21+ show with Ewert and The Two Dragons here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dogs on Acid at Boot & Saddle, Louds at Johnny Brenda’s, Jamaican Queens at Milkboy

Dogs on Acid
Dogs on Acid | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Dogs on Acid headline Boot & Saddle tonight, along with Quit and The Spirit of the Beehive. As Dogs wrote on their Facebook page, it’ll be a night of “friends in the same room doing the two things they love the most with the people they love to do it with.” The Algernon Cadwallader / Snowing spin-off is gearing up to release a new 7″ on Asian Man Records and you can hear “flushed” off of the effort below. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bernhardt Family Band at Boot & Saddle, Joe Montone of Heat Thunder with Brian D.A. Strouse of The Lawsuits at Ortlieb’s, Communion Philly at MilkBoy

Bernhardt Family Band
Jerry Bernhardt and Kate Bernhardt | Photo by Bob Sweeney

Bernhardt Family Band performs at Boot & Saddle tonight with local friend Ross Bellenoit and South Dakota / Brooklyn’s Rachel Ries. Brother and sister duo Jerry and Kate have spent time on stage with Levee Drivers, The Get Real Gang and Toy Soldiers over the years, but they’ve recently been cultivating their own harmony-rich material. We first got a taste of their perfectly-balanced collaborations with a Cover Club session of “Tomorrow Today,” originially by Ron Gallo. Check out that video below and pick up tickets for tonight’s show here.

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Listen to the new EP by Church Girls, see them Saturday at MilkBoy

Church Girls  | via Facebook.com/churchgirlsmusic
Church Girls | via Facebook.com/churchgirlsmusic

After the latest release of the gritty, adrenalin pumping single “Young Planes,” local four-piece Church Girls has just released their self-titled EP filled with a handful of indie-punk tracks. ”Hymn” proves that Mariel Beaumont can conquer soothing vocals, while “Powder Keg” epitomizes the darker, energetic sound of “Young Planes.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: John the Conqueror at MilkBoy, Selwyn Birchwood at World Cafe Live, Vacationer at Bourbon and Branch

John the Conqueror | photo via facebook.com/JohntheConquerorBand
John the Conqueror | photo via facebook.com/JohntheConquerorBand

Philly blues-rock power trio John the Conqueror is back with a new lineup and a handful of new songs tonight at MilkBoy. The band released a well-received LP, The Good Life, in early 2014, and had a successful European run as well as a stint across the U.S. Late last year, founding drummer Michael Gardner parted ways with the band and new stick-man Mark Eichenberger stepped in; tonight is his debut show with the band. Bonus fun: as JTC gears up for its next record and round of touring, it is refreshing its merch catalog – meaning JTC tees will be given away for free at tonight’s show. Tickets and information can be fond at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →