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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Birdie Busch at Philadelphia City Institute, Grayscale at Ortlieb’s

Birdie Busch | via twitter.com/birdadoo
Birdie Busch | via twitter.com/birdadoo

Birdie Busch has kept a bit on the quiet side since relocating uptown from West Philly (where she lived for almost a decade) to Germantown. But she emerges every now and again, like a slot opening for Israel Nash at Johnny Brenda’s earlier this year, and tonight’s free show at the Philadelphia City Institute – the Rittenhouse Square branch of the Free Library. Last we heard from Bird, she was enjoying the trees up in the northwest, getting involved in some pretty right-on neighborhood activism and beginning to write her next album – which she told her email list was going to have a Nick Drake vibe to it. We are like 1,000,000,000% okay with that. Tonight’s free show starts at 6:30 p.m. at 1905 Locust Street, more information can be found hereContinue reading →

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Philly darkwave trio Blood Sound will celebrate new LP at Ortlieb’s on Friday

Blood Sound | Photo via bloodsound.bandcamp.com
Blood Sound | Photo via bloodsound.bandcamp.com

Philly darkwave three piece Blood Sound have just released their latest LP and are gearing up for the album release party this Friday. The record, Too Much Sun and Not Enough Gloom at the Beach, is the band’s second album this year. They’ve been hard at work putting out plenty of new material and now they’re getting ready to put it on display with a couple shows coming up this month. Continue reading →

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Listen to “Love is Blind,” the latest single from Purples

Purples | Photo via Facebook
Purples | Photo via Facebook

We present to you another impressive single from indie rock outfit Purples. ”Love is Blind” weaves through harmonies and softly melodic guitar as singer Peter MoDavis croons “Wake from your sleeping / In the town that you always knew.” It’s a great addition to a hot summer day soundtrack when you just want to kick back, relax, and ponder the struggles of being in love. Listen below, and catch Purples at Ortlieb’s next Wednesday, July 22nd. More information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Holychild at Ortlieb’s, Langhorne Slim at Chameleon Club, Jaill at Kung Fu Necktie

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Holychild | photo via Facebook

LA’s Holychild play Ortlieb’s tonight. The duo released its debut EP last year after their single “Happy With Me” blew up the Hype Machine Popular Charts. A signing with Glassnote Records followed and produced this year’s full-length The Shape of Brat Pop to Come, a nod to the band’s self-assigned genre. Check out the video for “Money All Around” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ show here.

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The Key Studio Sessions: The Bul Bey

The Bul Bey is, hands down, one of our favorite rappers in the city right now. He’s sharply observational, witty, catchy and charismatic. His single “Where I’m From” caught our ear when it dropped last year and provided local listeners a slice-of-life lesson about embracing and showing love for your hometown – even when it can it can be kind of a rough town. In the time since, Bey teamed up with Illvibe Media to drop his full-length Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies - a dual reference to a Murs lyric as well as a practice among politicians acting smooth and savvy on the campaign trail. Appropriately, he’s been hitting the live music scene hard in the time since then, which is where we find him during this week’s Key Studio Session. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bad Plus at World Cafe Live, Rhye at Union Transfer, Birdstriking at Ortlieb’s and more…

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The Bad Plus | photo courtesy of the artist

Minnesota jazz trio The Bad Plus perform at World Cafe Live. The group is touring in support of its new collaboration with sax player Joshua Redman, a record that balances traditional jazz playing with funky explorations. Listen to Tom Moon review the album for NPR’s All Things Considered here and check out “Dirty Blonde” below. Tickets and information for the show can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ben Kessler at Tin Angel, Shannen Moser at Ortlieb’s, Active Child at World Cafe Live and more…

Ben Kessler
Ben Kessler | photo by Howard Pitkow | via https://www.facebook.com/benkesslermusic

Local singer-songwriter Ben Kessler performs at Tin Angel tonight. Though he’s still in high school, Kessler has already released a handful of EPs, sold out a show in Chicago and won the Philadelphia Songwriters Project competition last year. He’ll be performing some new, unreleased songs tonight in addition to fan favorites from last year’s So It Goes. Listen to “These Days” below and pick up tickets to the show here.

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The Snails are going to cover The Jam’s In the City in its entirety

The Snails Credit: The Snails Facebook page
The Snails | photo via facebook.com/thesnailspa2

On June 17, Philly reggae / rock outfit The Snails will temporarily be known as The Jam. They’re covering the legendary English rock band’s debut album In the City.

The band thinks it is a record designed to reach punk fans who need a lesson on the genre’s roots. Lead vocalist and guitarist Todd Fausnacht calls it “underrated.”

“Anyone who listens to punk rock needs to understand how the music got where it is,” he says. “Someone didn’t just say, ‘Oh, let’s play punk’… We dig deep when it comes to the music we listen to. Although some folks would salute the Sex Pistols as the best punk band from the 70′s, I guarantee they will rethink their decision after hearing In the City.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Peter Matthew Bauer at Milkboy, Cherokee Red at Ortlieb’s, Laser Background at Boot & Saddle and more…

Peter Matthew Bauer
Peter Matthew Bauer | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

Peter Matthew Bauer headlines the Communion Philly line-up at Milkboy tonight. It’s barely necessary to even mention Bauer’s former affiliation with The Walkmen as the Philadelphia musician created such a great solo presence with his debut Liberation! last year. He brought the record to XPN for a Free at Noon concert in March, which you can listen to here. Watch the video for “Philadelphia Raga” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: RFA at MilkBoy, Hurray for the Riff Raff at World Cafe Live, Abi Reimold at Ortlieb’s

RFA | photo via rfaband1.bandcamp.com
RFA | photo via rfaband1.bandcamp.com

Local boys RFA just finished their freshman year of college and are still riding high on their Freaking Out EP, released back in January. The band plays snappy and hooky rock and roll a la The Strokes and The Stones, and tonight opens for Pine Barons and Clear Plastic Masks at MilkBoy. Tickets and more information can be found here. Continue reading →