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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Steve Gunn at PhilaMOCA, Kopecky Family Band at Union Transfer, and The Jawn at Bourbon and Branch

Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensh
Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensh

Brooklyn-based guitarist Steve Gunn will be playing PhilaMOCA tonight. Known for dabbling in different genres, Gunn has incorporated various styles into his eclectic sound including psychedelic, Gnawa and classical Indian music. He’s had a steady stream of new releases since his initial appearance on the scene and shows no sign of stopping, with this year alone producing three separate albums: a collboration with guitarist Mike Gangloff, Melodies for a Savage Fix; another with Mike Cooper, Cantos de Lisboa; and just this month, his solo album, Way Out Weather. Be sure not to miss this music maniac tonight! For more information, head to the XPN Concert Calendar. You can check out his NPR Tiny Desk Concert performance below. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Needle Points

I know, I know, it’s a lot to take in. The shaggy hair, the flowing technicolor robes, the dreamcatchers and medallions. Just go with it. Philly psychedelic five-piece Needle Points might come across as bizarre folks of questionable seriousness – the sort who create a paisley alter with candles and empty beercans in the center of the studio – but when it comes to their music, they rock hard and don’t mess around. Continue reading →

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El Caribefunk, Black Landlord, Needle Points are on the lineup to this Year’s 2nd Street Festival, which is going to be really really fun

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The weird red devil-looking dude who’s the mascot of the 2nd Street Festival | photo courtesy of facebook.com/2ndStreetFestival

One of Philly’s best free festivals / block parties is back for it’s sixth year, and this is looking to be the one best yet.

The 2nd Street Festival, which takes place on 2nd street between Germantown Avenue and Green Street in Northern Liberties, will be jam packed with craft vendors, tasty food and tastier beer. But most importantly, great music. The lineup has some pretty great acts including TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Needle Points, Joey Sweeney & the Long Hair Arkestra, Black Landlord, DRGN King, Weird Hot, El Caribefunk, Milton, The Hello Strangers, Mock Suns, and more. You’re excited already, aren’t you? Well then make sure you head over to NoLibs on August 3rd to join in on the fun! And remember, it’s free, so bring your friends and family and any other random people you may know.

The complete lineup can be found after the jump, along with music from some of the artists on the bill.

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Watch Needle Points’ trippy “Cocoanuts” video

Photo via facebook.com/needlepointsband
Photo via facebook.com/needlepointsband

Local psychedelic rockers, Needle Points, released a video for “Cocoanuts” off of last year’s Bom Tagangu. The band makes “street level bougie” out of jazzy guitar riffs, sweet drum beats and liberated lyrics. Earlier this year, the band did a session with the Drexel student-run station WKDU. This weekend, the band will be a part of The Barbary’s Breakout 2 in Milton, PA.

The short video for “Cocoanuts” begins with drums beating and indistinct lyrics. However, it quickly grows into a fanatic, joyful sort of chaos with the addition of a rhythmic guitar and various percussion. The images on the screen fluctuate between trippy closeups of various objects and a pretty cool dancing tiger. It’s an interesting accompaniment to the music, bringing out the more tribal elements of the Needle Points.

Watch the video below. Catch the band at Firefly next week. Get more information here.

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Hear a new Needle Points live studio session from WKDU

Needle Points | photo via facebook.com/needlepointsband
Needle Points | photo via facebook.com/needlepointsband

In a new studio session with Drexel student-run station WKDU, garage-psychedelic band Needle Points jam to out their tracks “Just Watch Me Know,” “I Drink Rainfall” and “City Walls” (and more).  After you take a listen below, be sure to check out their last album, Bom Tugangu, and purchase it on your preferred medium (vinyl or digital, here).  They don’t have any upcoming shows in Philly, however, if you happen to be attending next month’s Firefly Festival in Dover, Delaware, be sure to check them out on June 20th presented by Red Bull Sound Select.

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Watch Needle Points perform at Ortlieb’s Lounge, filmed by BITBY (playing Little Berlin on 6/1)

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One of the newest bands on the scene, Philly’s Needle Points will open for Amanda X, Weed and Cascadia at Little Berlin this Saturday.  Needle Points is a collaboration between Dave Ulrich and Danielle Kinoshita that began earlier this year, making “street level boogie” steeped in afro-beat drums, fuzzy guitar riffs and free-spirited melodies.  Tickets and information for the all-ages show presented by The Dream Oven can be found here.  Below, watch a live performance by Needle Points at Ortlieb’s Lounge filmed by Bands in the Backyard.