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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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Apache Relay at North Star Bar, Wolf Gang at Johnny Brenda’s, Deleted Scenes at Boot & Saddle and more

The Apache Relay | photo via facebook.com/theapacherelay
The Apache Relay | photo via facebook.com/theapacherelay

The Apache Relay arrive in Philadelphia tonight for a 9 p.m. show at The North Star Bar with The Weeks.  The band, currently on tour for their self-titled new album, took its name from Heavyweights, a 1995 movie starring Ben Stiller, and haven’t looked back since.  Their first album, American Nomad, debuted in 2011 and introduced the world to Apache’s acoustic folk sound.  Their new album takes their great folksy music to an entirely new level.  Listen to a new song entitled “Katie Queen of Tennessee” below, and get tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: M.I.A. at Tower Theater, Gliss at Kung Fu Necktie, Woods at Boot and Saddle, and more

Photo via facebook.com/miauk
Photo via facebook.com/miauk

Tonight, M.I.A. graces the Tower Theater stage and fans (old and new) should, as always, expect a little bit of everything from the singer-songwriter’s genre-bending music. On her latest album Matangi, it’s clear that her sound is still a hybrid of electronic, pop, hip-hop and world music. Best known for her 2007 platinum hit “Paper Planes”, M.I.A. isn’t a traditional singer or rapper; she’s crafted a style that’s somewhere in between and it’s infectious. Watch “Y.A.L.A.” below and get tickets here

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Canadian R&B starlet Jessy Lanza to play North Star Bar 5/3

Artwork courtesy of the artist
Artwork courtesy of the artist

If you’re into heavenly bedroom-pop, Jessy Lanza’s debut Pull My Hair Back is a must-hear record. Lanza’s take on minimalist R&B is hypnotic and colorful in a mellow, quietly captivating way. Taking cues from dance-inspired R&B of the early ’90s, the Canadian songstress delivers delightful midtempo jams just as well as her slower, moodier tunes. Watch “Kathy Lee” below and get tickets to her Philly debut, May 3rd at North Star Bar, here.

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Philly’s Revolution, I Love You serve up a round of electro-rock delights via The Atlantic Ocean EP

Photo via facebook.com/revolutioniloveyou
Photo via facebook.com/revolutioniloveyou

Crunchy synth work and loud guitar riffs are central to Revolution, I Love You‘s modern twist on classic rock ‘n roll, which reoccurs on their new EP The Atlantic Ocean. The band says the new EP, released this Tuesday, “is influenced as much by The Replacements, Bruce Springsteen, and Big Star as they are by the electronica and hip hop artists whose influence was so prevalent on Revolution, I Love You’s earlier recordings.” Even their quieter tracks, like the lazy drum loop-led “Shotgun”, are marked by their signature flavor. Listen below and get tickets to their EP release show at North Star Bar this Friday with theone2s here.