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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Skyes at North Star Bar, Denison Witmer at World Cafe Live, Little Strike at the Sundrop Music Festival and more…

Skyes
Skyes | photo via Facebook

Indie electro pop band Skyes play North Star Bar tonight. The band got its start in Philadelphia before moving to Brooklyn, where they released a debut self-titled EP in 2013. The record jumps from MGMT-esque synth pop with 90s alt singer-songwriter vocals to a blend of industrial rock and pop, keeping listeners on their toes. Check out EP opener “Secondhander” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Meet singer-songwriter Jason McCue and listen to his new EP

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Jason McCue | photo by Max Sall | via jasonmccue1.bandcamp.com

When you first listen to Jason McCue’s shy, wispy songs, you wouldn’t think he’s done his time in a rock band.

When you listen again, however, his experience definitely shines through, along with his influences. McCue’s four-track EP, EPs for Elephants, borrows from quiet strummers Elliott Smith and Jeff Buckley – especially on the tracks “Blank Ending” and “Relativity,” which paint a picture of a lonely midnight practice session by an open window. But you can also hear traces of bigger acts like Queen, Modest Mouse, and the Beatles. The first track, “Skiffle no. 2,” is full of boppy folk-based melodies and soaring harmonies. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gold Lake at North Star Bar, Six Organs of Admittance at Boot & Saddle

Gold Lake
Gold Lake | photo by Blanca del Amo

Gold Lake perform at North Star Bar tonight. The Madrid / Brooklyn based band released its debut record Years last year, a dreamy collection of indie pop songs in the vein of Local Natives with wisps of Warpaint’s elusiveness. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Watch Gold Lake perform “We Already Exist” below.

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We’re in luck: Watch Weird Hot’s new video for “Baby Lucky”

Weird Hot | via Facebook.com/pages/Weird-Hot
Weird Hot | via Facebook.com/pages/Weird-Hot

Philly funk/art-pop/new wave six-piece Weird Hot has released a video for “Baby Lucky,” a catchy clap-along track off of their self-titled album, released in December.

The video follows scratch-off lottery ticket addicts, played convincingly by the band members, who morph into an animated leprechaun, canon ball, a unicorn, etc. Continue reading →

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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 →