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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jessica Pratt at Boot and Saddle, The Lawsuits at Pastorius Park, Blonde Redhead at Union Transfer and more

Jessica Pratt | Photo bu Colby Droscher | Courtesy of the artist
Jessica Pratt | Photo bu Colby Droscher | Courtesy of the artist

California singer-songwriter Jessica Pratt will take your breath away. Born in San Francisco, based in LA, Pratt’s minimal guitar meditations are easily comparable to Nick Drake and Karen Dalton. But even if you’re not familiar with those nuggets of 70s folk, Pratt’s music is still affecting. Her sophomore album On Your Own Love Again was released in January via Drag City Records and Pratt appears at Boot and Saddle tonight with XPN Artist to Watch Ryley Walker. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Aaron and the Spell closed out Pastorius Park’s summer concert series with Philly soul

Aaron and the Spell | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Aaron and the Spell | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

This past Wednesday, Pastorius Park in Chestnut Hill hosted their final outdoor concert of the summer featuring Aaron & The Spell. With gorgeous weather as the backdrop for their twilight concert, Aaron Brown and his seven bandmates spun a soulful 90-minute set that wandered the realms of rock, R&B and folk to the delight of the hometown crowd. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: People Get Ready at Johnny Brenda’s, Aaron and the Spell at Pastorius Park, Nine Inch Nails at Susquehanna Bank Center

 

People Get Ready | photo by  Catalina Kulczar-Marin
People Get Ready | photo by Catalina Kulczar-Marin

Brooklyn’s People Get Ready bring their Physiques tour to Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  The indie super group, which features members from Yeasayer, A Sunny Day in Glasgow and Lizzie Trulie released the LP in June earning praise from NPR for its blend of rock, dance and performance art.  Watch the video for the title track below and pick up tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Belle and Sebastain and Yo La Tengo at The Mann Center, Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys at Sands Bethlehem and Many Free Concerts

First up tonight is the incredible double header of Belle and Sebastian and Yo La Tengo.  The Glasgow band Belle and Sebastian have been making beautiful indie pop since the 90s and they’re releasing an album of rarities and B-sides this August.  But before they do that, they’re going on a huge tour, including a stop at The Mann Center.  And joining them is another legendary group Yo La Tengo.  Bouncing from genre to genre and covering numerous songs along the way, Yo La Tengo have been making music their way since the 80s and just released an incredible new album, Fade, in January.  Tonight you can catch both groups at The Mann Center.


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Photos: Cheers Elephant rocked the City Hall Presents concert series

IMG_1455Philly psych-pop four-piece Cheers Elephant brought a high-energy set to the Philadelphia City Hall courtyard yesterday evening for the City Hall Presents summer concert series. Their hour-long set drew heavily on their two most recent albums – Man is Nature and Like Wind Blows Fire – and the band momentarily lapsed into an impromptu cover of AC/DC’s “Hell’s Bells” as the clock tower chimed 6 p.m. Cheers Elephant plays locally a couple more times this summer, hitting the Pastorius Park concert series on July 17th and MilkBoy on July 20th. And of course they’ll be on the lineup of the Caravan Music Festival in Belgrade Lakes, Maine, this August. Check out a gallery of images from the show below.

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The 65th Annual Pastorius Park Free Summer Concert Series returns to Chestnut Hill

Cheers Elephant at Pastorius Park, 2011
Cheers Elephant at Pastorius Park, 2011

The Chestnut Hill Community Association has released details for their annual free concert series, kicking off on June 19th with Suzie Brown and running through July 31st with John Train.  The shows will happen every Wednesday evenings and will feature top local acts in indie rock, Americana, jazz and more.  The full schedule is listed below; go here for more information.  Check out a photo recap of Cheers Elephant’s appearance at the park in 2011 here and watch Suzie Brown on NBC’s 10! Show below.

June 19 Suzie Brown
June 26 The John Byrne Band
July 03  The Dukes of Destiny
July 10  Aaron & The Spell
July 17  Cheers Elephant
July 24  Phyllis Chapell & SIORA
July 31  John Train

For more information on the Pastorius Park Free Summer Concert go here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dave Matthews Band, Fiona Apple, Hezekiah Jones, and Motion City Soundtrack


The second night of the Dave Matthews Band’s‘s residency is tonight at the Susquehanna Bank Center. After an incredible performance last night along with Brandi Carlile, tonight they do it again but with Head and the Heart opening.

Another show we have been excited about for weeks is Fiona Apple at the Tower Theater. Apple recently released her new album The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do. She plays tonight at 8 PM, you can get tickets here.

The alternative rock group, Motion City Soundtrack who just released their fifth studio album, Go, play tonight at Union Transfer along with The Henry Clay People and the Front Bottoms. Tickets the 7:30 PM show are $18-20.

Finally, WXPN Welcomes Hezekiah Jones to the Chestnut Hill Community Association’s 64th Annual Pastorius Park Free Summer Concert Series. The all ages show is free and begins at 7:30 PM.