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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ben Hughes at Milkboy, Vince Staples at Union Transfer, San Fermin at World Cafe Live at the Queen

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Ben Hughes | Photo via benhughes.bandcamp.com

Ben Hughes has reached the end of his year-long 12 Albums project and he’s celebrating tonight at Milkboy. For the last eleven months the local musician, who now leads Night Windows, dug into his back catalog of solo and home recordings to dust off some songs never heard before. Listen to “I Miss You & The Weekend” from A Walk in the Life of Someone, Somewhere (which will be the centerpiece tonight) below; tickets and information for the 21+ show with Roof Doctor and Cynthia G Mason can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Diane Coffee at Kung Fu Necktie, Dave Rawlings Machine at Union Transfer and Post War Dream at MilkBoy

Shaun Fleming | Diane Coffee | Photo by Cara Robbins
Shaun Fleming | Diane Coffee | Photo by Cara Robbins

Shaun Fleming’s journey has surely been a unique one. Starting out a child voice actor for Disney, Fleming eventually joined the psych-pop trio Foxygen and just this year released the second album under his new moniker, Diane Coffee. Tonight you can catch Fleming at Kung Fu Necktie with New Jersey’s Pine Barons and Philly’s Bryant Eugene Vasquez. Click here for more details on tonight’s show. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Lone Bellow at Union Transfer, Howlish at MilkBoy, and the 215 Festival

The Lone Bellow | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
The Lone Bellow | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

The Lone Bellow have played both XPN’s Free at Noon and the 2015 XPoNential Music Festival, so to say that we here at XPN are fans may be an understatement. Their blend of folk, indie rock and gospel all with a focus on beautiful and intricate harmonization is as likeable as it is powerful and their growing popularity is not surprising in the least. Tonight they will be at Union Transfer with singer-songwriters Anderson East and Hugh Masterson beginning at 8 p.m. Head over to the XPN Concert Calendar for more details on tonight’s show. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cannibal Ox at Johnny Brenda’s, Zydeco Crossroads Weekend at World Cafe, Live John Hufford at MilkBoy and more

Cannibal Ox | courtesy of facebook.com/realcannibalox
Cannibal Ox | photo via facebook.com/realcannibalox

Cannibal Ox will be capping off their Blade of Ronin fall tour with a show in Philly tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. The Harlem hip-hop duo released their sophomore album, Blade of Ronin, this past March. This year alone, the duo has played at SXSW, toured the UK, and has toured all of North America. You won’t want to miss them tonight. Watch their music video for “Harlem Nights” and get tickets and show info at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Creepoid at The Foundry at The Fillmore, Line Leader at Kung Fu Necktie, Those People at MilkBoy and more

Creepoid | Photo by John Vettese
Creepoid | Photo by John Vettese

If you haven’t gotten a chance to see a show at the brand new Fillmore Philadelphia then why not break in the venue with tonight’s Creepoid show on the Foundry stage. The Philly psychedelic rockers will take the stage beginning at 8 p.m. alongside the alternative rock supergroup No Devotion. Click here for more details on tonight’s concert. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Darla

The more musicians there are in a band, the more unwieldy it can get. Such is conventional wisdom, anyway; I’ve often heard the leaders of sextet-and-up acts describe organizing gigs and practice sessions with the “herding cats” trope. That’s not the case with Darla, though – quite the opposite. The seven-piece has its game remarkably together, bucking the trend and making a noticeable impression on the local live music scene over the past year and change with fierce tracks and tireless gigs.

Formed in the music community surrounding Drexel University, Darla is an ultimate party band: an instantly likeable combination of funk, jazz and expansive jams. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Eddy Sids of Grandchildren at The Fire, Lucero at Union Transfer, Tall Heights at Milkboy and more

Grandchildren
Grandchildren | photo via Facebook

Eddy Sids of Philadelphia orchestral pop-band Grandchildren will be performing a rare solo set tonight at The Fire. His band released its third LP, Zuni, back in August – we got a taste of it in their appearance on The Key Studio Sessions back in the spring. Get tickets and info at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to Zuni below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Oldermost at Johnny Brenda’s, Ambrosia Parsley & Chris Maxwell at Boot and Saddle, The Sixties at MilkBoy and more

Oldermost | Photo by Matthew Shaver | www.mattshaverphoto.com
Oldermost | Photo by Matthew Shaver | www.mattshaverphoto.com

Local Americana group Oldermost continue to support 2015’s It’s Difficult To Know Anything At All with a show tonight at Johnny Brenda’s in support of California’s The Donkeys. The one-two punch of Oldermost’s easy-listening, yet ever-evolving sound with The Donkeys’ sunny, West-coast vibe will make for a relaxing and enjoyable night for all. Go to the XPN Concert Calendar to find out more about tonight’s concert. Continue reading →

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Electronic eccentricity abound in the newest track from Philly’s QQQ

QQQ Photo via Facebook
QQQ | Photo via Facebook

QQQ starts off his newest single “17 Carrier Shiff” with a collection of seemingly random ideas all petering out before they can a chance to become fully realized. This isn’t a lack of focus but more of a technique implemented by QQQ with skill and clear intention. It is after this intro that the song fully kicks into gear with a bouncing, heavily layered electronic landscape featuring quirks as out there as what sounds like an incoherent young toddler as a feature. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Sonnder

Last December, I got an unassuming email from Ryan Weidman, frontman of Philadelphia modern rock outfit Sonnder. It was my introduction to him and the band, but I immediately liked what I heard: he basically laid out plans to launch a single-a-month project for the year 2015. I try to be a goal-oriented person myself, so I dig it when I see musicians doing the same thing – see also: Ben Hughes (album a month) and That Dream Was our Life (EP a month). Once I made up my mind to keep tabs on what Sonnder was delivering, it was hard to miss. Continue reading →

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