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Watch Low Cut Connie cover Tom Petty’s “Learning to Fly” before tribute show at Ardmore Music Hall

Low Cut Connie | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com
Low Cut Connie | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com

During Low Cut Connie’s recent NYC show at Irving Plaza, the charismatic rock ‘n rollers paid tribute to the late great, Tom Petty, by covering “Learning to Fly.” Trading Petty’s bouncy acoustic strums, front man Adam Weiner spun Connie’s characteristic piano flair to the iconic tune. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: No Good Sister eases us into day three with breezy country harmonies

No Good Sister | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

With the sun in the sky and a cool breeze rolling in off the Delaware, the conditions for a good festival day were optimal when Philly’s No Good Sister took the stage this morning. The countrified singer-songwriter trio of Meaghan Kyle, Jess McDowell and Maren Sharrow was backed by a group of Philly friends, including guitarist Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner, and they dug into their recently-released LP You Can Love Me for the early arrivers.  Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Worldtown Soundsystem at Johnny Brenda’s, No Good Sister at Boot & Saddle, Rockers Galore at Milkboy and more…

Worldtown Soundsystem | Photo by Charles Shan Cerrone | courtesy of the artist
Worldtown Soundsystem | Photo by Charles Shan Cerrone | courtesy of the artist

Worldtown Soundsystem celebrate their 6th anniversary at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The world music / electronic outfit will be debuting all new material, following up last year’s self-titled EP with what is sure to be an electrifying collection of beats. Tickets and information for the 21+ dance party can be found here; check out “Testify” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: No Good Sister at Bourbon & Branch, RNDM at The Foundry, The David Mayfield Parade at Boot and Saddle

No Good Sister | Photo by Rich McKie for WXPN
No Good Sister | Photo by Rich McKie for WXPN

Folk pop trio No Good Sister is playing at World Cafe Live as part of their “Country Night”. The show is FREE and Sparkle Pony will also be performing. No Good Sister was recently included in The Key’s Tiny Desk Contest collection, and you can listen to their Key Studio Session here. For more information, check out the XPN Concert Calender. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cruisr at TLA, No Good Sister at Tin Angel, Spank Rock / McRad at FringeArts and more

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Cruisr | photo by Chris Sembrot

Summery vibes will fill the TLA tonight courtesy of the indie-pop band Cruisr. The band will be joined by Cheerleader, Cold Fronts and Verite, all of whom hail from Philadelphia but play a distinctively sunny-California style that will have you holding on to summer for dear life. Click here for more information on tonight’s show. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: No Good Sister

They’ve been making the round on the local Americana circuit for the past couple years, and in that time, we’ve seen No Good Sister a few different ways. They can be the core trio of Meaghan Kyle, Jess McDowell and Maren Sharrow, singing country-pop songs and flexing their refined three-part vocal harmonies while strumming acoustic guitars. Sometimes they perform a cappella and traditional. And there’s the full-band raucous rock n’ roll version, with Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner on lap steel, Steven Ciannavei on bass and Hoagy Wing on drums. We got a taste of each in this week’s Key Studio Session, from the fierce and catchy “Sorry About the Mess” (which, per Kyle, “is from the heartbreak files of Jess McDowell”) to the more Nashville-oriented “Little Bit Crazy” (watch a video of that one below) and the divine “Tomorrow Night,” performed sans accompaniment. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Of Montreal at Union Transfer, No Good Sister at Johnny Brenda’s, Fort Lean at Ortlieb’s and more…

Of Montreal
Of Montreal | photo via Facebook

Of Montreal perform at Union Transfer tonight in support of their new Aureate Gloom LP. It’s the thirteenth studio record from the Athens, Georgia band, showing a continued focus on evolving their sound and keeping up an element of surprise. Aureate Gloom streamed on NPR Music’s First Listen ahead of its release last week and has already received praise from publications like Pitchfork and Rolling Stone. Listen to “Empyrean Abattoir” below and pick up tickets for the concert here.

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Philadelphia is blowing up NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest and it’s amazing

Levee Drivers' Tiny Desk submission | photo by Bob Sweeney
Levee Drivers’ Tiny Desk submission | photo by Bob Sweeney

For those of you who don’t know about NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, you may want to head over to their site and root through their enormous and equally impressive archive. Their 15-minute videos feature live performances from artists of all genres held in the quaint offices of NPR at All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen’s desk.

Ranging from big names like Adele and Alt-J to up-and-coming artists such as Angel Olsen and Rubblebucket, viewers are able to watch the artists perform in the intimate setting, giving the performances a stripped-down, no B.S. vibe. While these videos are ultra fun to watch (perhaps continuously, one after another…), NPR kept things interesting this winter by kicking off a contest to feature a new artist in their series.

Based entirely off of video submissions from all over the United States, an artist will be chosen to perform a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR headquarters in Washington D.C. as well as snag a slot in the big Lagunitas Couchtrippin’ showcase in Austin, Texas. Philadelphia, brimming with the amazing musical talent that it is, seems to have jumped at this opportunity. Continue reading →