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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Shovels and Rope at Union Transfer, Slow Magic at Boot and Saddle, and OhBree at The Fire

Photo by Leslie McKellar
Photo by Leslie McKellar

There’s only one place you should be at tonight, and it’s not at home. You should be at Union Transfer, enjoying sweet music from South Carolina’s Shovels and Rope. The Americana folk duo consist of the happily married Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, who do a great job illustrating the soul of the south with their music. With songs like “Birmingham” and “The Devil Is All Around” on their new album Swimmin’ Time, this duo gives their audience a peaceful feeling of wanting to experience the simple life. Check out their song “Birmingham” below and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: S.T.S. at MilkBoy, OhBree at Kung Fu Necktie, Polyphonic Spree at Prince Music Theater

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Sugar Tongue Slim | photo via stsisgold.bandcamp.com

We were already a fan of outside-the-box Philly rapper S.T.S. (AKA Sugar Tongue Slim), and then this summer he took his artistic scope to a prolific new level – and with it, our enthusiasm was amped even further. First, there was his weekly “In The Lab” series of remixes, collaborations and other audio ephemera he’s been releasing on pretty much a weekly basis since June. His latest – “How Philly Use To Sound” – features cuts from DJ Jazzy Jeff, alongside verses from up and coming rappers Dayne Jordan and Son Little, celebrating the jazz and soul roots of the city: “this was a renaissance town / full of seekers who found / a soul song in they heart / a sort of hip to their hop / a certain je ne sais quoi / a touch of jazz in the park / a saxophone in the dark.” Slim and his collaborators paint a vivid picture here, and especially so on We Can Talk Politics and World Affairs, the incredible EP he dropped this summer that’s equally parts hard-hitting beats, high-energy rock and thought provoking rhymes unpacking a bevy of social issues from religion to racial profiling. Tonight Slim headlines MilkBoy on a stacked bill that also features Hezekiah, The Bul Bey and more. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, listen to “How Philly Use To Sound.” Continue reading →

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Listen to OhBree’s Cover of “I Am the Walrus”

OhBree | Photo by Jake Beadenkopf
OhBree | Photo by Jake Beadenkopf

OhBree, the arty Philadelphia band with a love of brass, have released possibly the most punk version of “I am the Walrus” to date. While the cover retains the same lyrics and beat, the background music has been imbued with a new sense of energy and urgency. In part, this is due to the raw delivery of the original lyrics. Listen to the cover below.

Previously, OhBree released an album of covers which include Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” and Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek”. While these covers slow down the original song, the cover of “I am The Walrus” is sped up. In April, the band released their latest album, Death by BroomstickThey also played at Milkboy with Thee Idea Men earlier this week, and headline Kung Fu Necktie on Friday night June 6th. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: OhBree at Kung Fu Necktie, The Stray Birds at World Café Live, Daley at Union Transfer and more

OhBree | Photo by Jake Beadenkopf
OhBree | Photo by Jake Beadenkopf

Yesterday, we premiered their new single “Sweater” and tonight Philly’s OhBree brings their brand of oddball pop to the Kung Fu Necktie stage. There’s much to celebrate as the band’s new LP Death by Broomstick comes out in just a few weeks on April 15th via Lillian Records. Tickets are available at the door before showtime at 8:00pm.

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PREMIERE: Get poppy-strange with Philly’s OhBree on their new single “Sweater”

OhBree | Photo by Jake Beadenkopf
OhBree | Photo by Jake Beadenkopf

Behind their facepaint and bright attire, Philly seven-piece OhBree are a crew of snappy pop songwriters. The band is about to release its second LP, Death By Broomstick, and today we’re bringing you the premiere of its song “Sweater.” It’s got a bouncy beat, a bright horn section and a slick doo-wop feel that gives way to a gruff, punk-edged refrain – “Nothing makes you better than a sweater on a cold and rainy day.”

You can hear a very evident Man Man influence in OhBree’s unconventional, everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach to arrangement, but this band also exhibits a fun and carefree retro-rock side that Philly’s leading avant-pop crew only began to hint at with last year’s single “Head On.” Get a download of “Sweater” below, and check out the track listing and album art after the jump. The album is out April 15th on Lillian Records.

OhBree headlines Kung Fu Necktie tomorrow night, Saturday March 29th; tickets are available at the door, and more information can be found here.

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Photo Recap: Catnaps, Roof Doctor, OhBree and more at Kung Fu Necktie upstairs

Last night, the new-ish upstairs show space at Kung Fu Necktie hosted a mostly local bill with punky indiepoppers Catnaps, alt-folk group Roof Doctor, quirky ensemble OhBree, lo-fi rockers Traffic Nightmare, and New York City noisemakers Incorporated Village of Ghost. Check out photos from the show in the gallery above.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes The A’s to Underground Arts, Nightlands at Kung Fu Necktie (downstairs), Catnaps at Kung Fu Necktie (upstairs), Ladyfest Philly Benefit at Kung Fu Necktie (downstairs), XPN Welcomes Garland Jeffery’s to The Sellersville Theater

XPN welcomes new wave outfit The A’s to Underground Arts tonight.  Led by charismatic front-man Richard Bush (currently of The Peace Creeps), the Philadelphia band became a fixture in the east coast club scene with their energetic power pop.  1981′s “A Woman’s Got the Power” gave the band its first hit outside of Philly and though the The A’s never broke through to a national audience, their dedicated hometown following remains intact three decades after they parted ways.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.  Watch a video of the band performing “A Woman’s Got the Power” live below.

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Get into the “Season of Giving” with Hurricane Sandy Relief Concerts in Atlantic City and at MilkBoy

Trevor Gordon Hall will play a Hurricane Sandy benefit at MilkBoy tonight

More efforts for Hurricane Sandy relief are popping up in the tri-state region this weekend, beginning with a show headlined by none other than Shakey himself. Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Trey Anastasio of Phish, and Everest have collaboratively organized a benefit show at The Borgata in Atlantic City for this evening. Proceeds from tonight’s show will be directed to the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief effort, which you can contribute to here. Anastasio, who formerly lived in Pronceton, will be performing a special acoustic set for tonight’s benefit. General admission tickets for the all-ages benefit are available at our concert calendar here; the concert starts at 8. Below, check out Anastasio’s Acoustic Barn performance of “Time Turns Elastic.”

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