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Mermaid Rescue Week: Five days of funk against domestic violence

Jim Stephens' Full Tilt Boogie Band is one of the organizing forces behind Mermaid Music Week | via facebook.com/JSFullTiltBoogi
Jim Stephens’ Full Tilt Boogie Band is one of the organizing forces behind Mermaid Rescue Week | via facebook.com/JSFullTiltBoogie

The First Annual Mermaid Rescue Week will be five days of music for the support and advocacy of domestic violence and rape survivors. Created by Jim Stephens’ Full Tilt Boogie Band, the music and arts event will donate proceeds to two organizations: Women Against Abuse and Woman Organized Against Rape.

The mini-festival will take place June 15th to June 19th with a slew of Philly hip hop, jazz, and R&B artists. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chill Moody at The TLA, Laser Background at Johnny Brenda’s, QQQ at North Star Bar and more…

Chill Moody
Chill Moody | Photo courtesy of the artist

Chill Moody celebrates his 30th birthday with a headlining slot at The TLA tonight. We’re less than three months into 2015 but the local hip hop artist has wasted no time in getting work done this year. He’s released the first chapter of his new personal documentary Progression, taking fans into his every day life of rehearsals, meetings, dealing with setbacks and letting loose. He also sat down with All Def Digital and Grammy U to talk about his musical life and his adopted role of Philadelphia Ambassador. Check out that interview below and pick up tickets for the celebration here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Marshall Crenshaw at The Sellersville Theater, Citizen at Electric Factory, The Retinas at North Star Bar and more

Marshall Crenshaw | Photo by Lisa Tanner
Marshall Crenshaw | Photo by Lisa Tanner

Power pop favorite Marshall Crenshaw and his band The Bottle Rockets take the stage at The Sellersville Theater tonight. Sprouting up in the early 80s amid iconic pub rockers Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson, Crenshaw had a hit with his 1982 self-titled album and it’s single “Someday, Someday” but continued releasing records consistently across the 80s and 90s and into the aughts. His most recent offerings were two EPs in 2014, Red Wine and Move Now, and his show tonight will likely be a delightful mix of old and new. Get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar and watch a vintage performance of “Someday, Someday” on Letterman below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Pat Donovan at North Star Bar Victorian Dining Room

Patrick Donovan

Pat Donovan | photo via soundcloud.com

Pat Donovan performs at North Star Bar’s Victorian Dining Room tonight. The recent St. Joe’s University grad released an EP last spring called Directions, marking a turning point in both his personal life and music career. When he’s not working on solo material, Donovan records with his former classmate Ernest Hospodale (E-Hos) for a hip hop / acoustic pop project. More information for tonight’s free show with Armani Lee can be found here. Listen to Directions below.

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The Electronic New Year: 4 EDM shows to get excited about in 2015

Giraffage | Photo by John Vettese
Giraffage opening for Porter Robinson at the Tower Theater | Photo by John Vettese

Electronic Music has come a long way in the last few decades, changing and creating new subgenres constantly, to the extent that artists and fans alike have adopted a “what’s next?” attitude to the genre. While no one knows for sure what style will sweep the EDM world next, here are a few shows coming to Philadelphia in early 2015 to get your year rolling. Continue reading →

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Bridging fairy tales and hip-hop with MC Frontalot at the North Star this Friday

MC Frontalot | Photo by Ben Trivett
MC Frontalot | Photo by Ben Trivett

Back in 1985, when all the other kids were at recess playing kickball, 11-year-old Damian Hess was hanging out by himself in the school library obsessing over books of fairy tales. That interest stuck with Hess over the next three decades, and at 40, now known as nerdcore hip-hop pioneer MC Frontalot, he’s offering his own take on ten classic stories on his sixth album, Question Bedtime (Level Up). He’ll bring songs from the album and the rest of his catalogue to North Star Bar on Friday. Continue reading →

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Wilbur release “cool kid”, an ode to a well-loved local bartender

Wilbur | Photo by Dan Lidon | Courtesy of the artist
Wilbur | Photo by Dan Lidon | Courtesy of the artist

Local faves Wilbur have been quite busy these past couple months. The comedy-rock quartet collaborated with Satellite Hearts for Philly Tapes Philly’s July installment, played a free show at this year’s MusikFest, and just finished upcoming EP bueno para ti, which is scheduled to be released next month.

As of yesterday morning, Wilbur has made the first single, “cool kid”, available for your listening pleasure. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Pretty Greens at North Star Bar, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at Chameleon Club, The Warhawks at Kung Fu Necktie and more…

The Pretty Greens
The Pretty Greens | photo by Jason Blake | http://www.jason-blake.com

Local punk trio The Pretty Greens play North Star Bar tonight.  The self-described feminist art-garage pop-punk outfit released an EP called Jealous Waves earlier this year, reaching out to melodic surf punk to create a Best-Coast-with-a-mission vibe.  Watch the band play the title track to the EP live below.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Southwork at Johnny Brenda’s, The Sixties at North Star Bar, Mo Lowda and the Humble at MilkBoy and more…

Southwork
Southwork | photo via www.imposemagazine.com

Local indie rockers Southwork will play Johnny Brenda’s tonight, celebrating the release of its latest record Wear Your Heart Out.  The record was recorded in a South Philly row home on a reel-to-reel tape machine owned by frontman Mike Vivas’ cousins.  The recordings are raw and heartfelt, just fuzzy enough to sound like a warp-y dream.  Take a listen to “Tell You a Story” below and pick up tickets for the show with Tutlie and Purples here. Continue reading →