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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 →

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Happy Reality Show release day to Jazmine Sullivan! See photos of her listening party at MilkBoy

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

“More than anything, I’m a storyteller,” Philly’s Jazmine Sullivan told the big crowd gathered around the tiny stage at MilkBoy Studio. And true to that, her listening party last Thursday very much had a Storytellers vibe to it: Sullivan seated on a barstool, listening to the album track by track, pausing in between to share background tidbits and perspective on each one. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tess Emma at Milkboy, Weyes Blood at Johnny Brenda’s, The Lawsuits at Boot & Saddle

Tess Emma
Tess Emma | photo via Facebook

Local singer-songwriter Tess Emma debuts her self-titled EP and a new full band at Milkboy tonight. The record chronicles a difficult break-up with four original songs and while the overall tone is dark and heartbreaking, a cover of The Ronette’s “Be My Baby” and the undercurrents of springtime chirps and buzzings leave the listener with a sense of hope and optimism for the future. Tess will be joined on stage with her newly formed band Lou, which features members of Modern Colour to flesh out her compositions. Listen to Tess Emma below and pick up tickets to the record release show with Ginger Coyle, Family Vacation and Ellen Siberian Tiger here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: RFA at MilkBoy, McRad at The Fire

Photo by Hannah Pautler
Photo by Hannah Pautler
Philly garage rock dudes RFA open the show for The Once Was tonight at MilkBoy. The four-piece has a Strokes-y sense of swagger and reverence for catchy, vintage rock and roll. Last summer, they placed second in World Cafe Live’s Beta Hi-Fi competition and will be recording a new EP with their winnings this January. Below, check out their Up Late in the Evening EP and get tickets and info on tonight’s show here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Quiet Life at Milkboy, Marco Benevento at Johnny Brenda’s, The Holy Mess at Boot & Saddle

Quiet Life
Quiet Life | photo by E Ryan McMackin

Portland, Oregon’s Quiet Life headline Milkboy tonight.  The folk rockers just released a deluxe edition of their 2013 LP Wild Pack, featuring previously unreleased tracks and following this year’s Housebroken Man EP.  In the coming months Quiet Life will be working with Dr. Dog’s Scott McMicken on new full-length.  As busy as they are with recordings, this is a band that lives off of the road.  They’ve toured with Hayes Carll, Dr. Dog and The Lumineers and have lived in New Jersey, Connecticut, California and now Oregon.  Listen to their new song “Big Mistake” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ show with The Bailey Hounds and Mike Quinn here.

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