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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Anjuli Josephine at The Fire for Northern Liberties Winter Music Fest, Railroad Earth at Union Transfer,The Autumn Defense at Boot and Saddle and more

Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Day four of the Northern Liberties Winter Music Festival ends with the soulful sounds of Anjuli Josephine tonight at The Fire. Shades of pop and blues color the Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter’s catalog. Check out her Key Studio Session from last year and “New Love” below. Get tickets here.

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Rosu Lup releases new folksy power ballad “Shorelines” ahead of performance at Northern Liberties Winter Music Festival

Rosu Lup | photo by Doug Seymour Music Photography
Rosu Lup | photo by Doug Seymour Music Photography

Violins, horns, handclaps, and acoustic guitar all blend perfectly in Rosu Lup’s new tune “Shorelines”. The minute-and-a-half intro sounds like something from an old TV show before progressing into what you could call a power folk ballad.

(Hear More – Folkadelphia Session: Rosu Lup Performing with an Orchestra)

The new release builds more buzz around their upcoming performance at the Northern Liberties Winter Music Festival on February 12th at The Fire where they will be joined by other local acts such as Pine Barons, Family Vacation, and Chelsea Mitchell (of Dirty Dollhouse). Get tickets here.

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Northern Liberties Winter Music Festival happening next month at The Fire

Rosu Lup | photo by Doug Seymour Music Photography
Rosu Lup | photo by Doug Seymour Music Photography

The Northern Liberties Winter Music Festival returns to The Fire on February 11th to the 16th.  With six straight days of local music showcases, the annual event will feature over 20 acts covering every genre from hip hop, folk, indie pop and more.  The event kicks off with Grizful Dead on the 11th, a tribute to the Grateful Dead from Griz and friends.  Other bands participating this year include Family Vacation, Rosu Lup, Cee Knowledge, Adrien Reju and Up the Chain.  Tickets and information will be available here.  Check out some of the bands below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Turning Violet Violet at Kung Fu Necktie, Bleeding Rainbow at Johnny Brenda’s, Mary Lattimore at Kung Fu Necktie, Philebrity Valentine’s Day special with Juston Stens at Underground Arts, plus more

Local indie group Turning Violet Violet play Kung Fu Necktie tonight.  The Key Studio Session alums carve out chamber alt-rock songs on the fringe of art-rock that seem bathed in a purple glow, though that might just be residual effects of their band name.  Either way, the songs on Turning Violet Violet’s debut full-length Double Cure are swathe-y, sweeping compositions that strike all the right feelings chords.   Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with TeamMate and Donora can be found here.  Revisit Turning Violet Violet’s Key Session here and watch their video for “Cold Bread” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Psychic Ills at Johnny Brenda’s, Bilal at World Cafe Live, XPN Welcomes Northern Liberties Music Fest with Ruby the Hatchet and more to The Fire

New York experimental rock band Psychic Ills headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  The psychedelic-infused outfit recalls the distorted and distressed, laidback sound of early Kurt Vile with lo-fi vocals and hypnotic arrangements that seem on the verge of exploding.  Psychic Ills will be releasing One Track Mind on February 19th via Sacred Bones Records, following up 2011′s Hazed Dream.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Nothing and Mike Bruno & The Black Magic Family Band can be found here.  Stream “Might Take A While” from the upcoming record below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Divers at Kung Fu Necktie, Chipocrite at PhilaMOCA for Tuesday Tune-Out, XPN Welcomes Northern Liberties Music Fest’s Van Morrison Tribute Night at The Fire

Divers open for Auctioneer at Kung Fu Necktie tonight.  The brainchild of local musicians Emily Ann Zeitlyn and Ross Bellenoit, Divers are a new quartet filled out by Tom Bendel (Buried Beds) and Todd Erk (The Weeds).  Alternating between wailing, dynamic flourishes and upbeat rock-outs, the Philly band’s still-growing discography of three tracks is an enticing preview of what’s to come.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Auctioneer and Anna Vogelzang can be found at the WXPN Concert Calendar.  Stream “Wild Things” below and right-click here to download it for free.

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Northern Liberties Winter Music Festival coming to The Fire in February

Photo of Adrien Reju by Shervin Lainez

XPN Welcomes this year’s Northern Liberties Winter Music Festival, February 14th through the 19th at The Fire in Northern Liberties. The festival begins with an evening of duets from locals including the musical pairings of Adirien Reju with Chris Kasper, Denison Witmer with Lauryn Peacock, and three other musical couplings. Additional bands playing throughout the festival include Arrah And The Ferns, Band Name, Conversations With Enemies, Ron Gallo, The Great Unknown, and more. A complete lineup schedule and ticket information is here. Below, sample some tunes from a few of the performing acts.

Arrah and the Ferns – Wake Up by Arrah and the Ferns