Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hound at Long in the Tooth, Method Man / Redman at The TLA, Philly Sings Philly with DRGN King at The Fire

Hound | via
Hound | via
West Philly thrash trio Hound celebrate the vinyl release of their LP Out of Time with a free show tonight at Long in the Tooth. The power trio features singer-guitarist Perry Shall (also a visual artist and show promoter, formerly of surf-punks Dry Feet), drummer Chris Wilson (of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists) and Colin McGinniss on bass; the record is out now and you can rock out to “Mortality Jam” below. Information on the free show can be found here. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Philly Sings Philly at The Fire, Royal Canoe at Boot and Saddle, Usher at Wells Fargo Center

Dirty Dollhouse | Photo by John Vettese
Dirty Dollhouse | Photo by John Vettese

The annual Philly Sings Philly series continues tonight at The Fire with another handful of local artists covering their Philadelphia favorites. Local blog Root Down in the Shadow curates this week’s lineup, which features Chelsea Mitchell of Dirty Dollhouse, recent Key Studio Sessions artist No Stranger, Cold Roses, Ladybird and more. Information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; listen to Dirty Dollhouse’s “Married in the Aviary” below. Continue reading →


The 4th Annual Philly Sings Philly is coming

Created to explore the music, past and present, and the storied legacy of the City of Brotherly Love, the 4th Annual Philly Sings Philly event returns to The Fire during the month of November. Across four Tuesdays, local musicians will pay homage to their idols, adding a personal touch to their favorite songs by Philly-born artists. Each week is curated by a different local music organization. Continue reading →


Watch Brad Hinton and Katie Frank cover Tin Bird Choir for latest Cover Club episode

Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 1.24.48 PMFor their most recent installment of the Cover Club series, local music blog Root Down in the Shadow welcomed acoustic folk singer, Brad Hinton.  Hinton is no stranger when it comes to covering songs by other Philly artists.  He is the organizer for Philly Sings Philly, an event that takes place each week in November which has artists from around the Philly area cover each other.  Hinton has been covered during both Club sessions and Philly Sings Philly sessions, so it only seemed natural that he received a Club series session of his own.

In the video below, Hinton is joined by Katie Frank of The Pheromones to perform a cover of Tin Bird Choir’s “Take Me With You When You Go.”   On his own, Hinton’s vocals achieve a clean, crisp sound and the addition of Frank during the choruses adds another layer to the song that really gives it that folky-bluegrass affect.

Watch the full Cover Club video below and don’t miss Brad Hinton perform live this Saturday at Steel City Coffeehouse alongside Bethany Brooks.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mono at Johnny Brenda’s, Bob Beach at World Cafe Live, Philly Sings Philly at The Fire and more…

MONO | Photo via
MONO | Photo via

Instrumental act MONO headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  The Japanese post-rock band released its sixth record, For My Parents, in 2012.  Their dramatic and atmospheric sound has drawn comparisons to musical styles on both ends of the spectrum: Sonic Youth and Sigur Ros for its otherworldliness, and classical composers for its dynamics and depth.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Majeure can be found here.  Watch a live video of MONO performing “Pure as Snow” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Polica at Union Transfer, XPN Welcomes Drive-By Truckers and Old 97’s at The TLA, Philly Sings Philly at The Fire


XPN welcomes Polica to Union Transfer tonight.  The Minneapolis achieved critical success following the release of their 2012 debut Give You the Ghost, spurred by singles “Dark Star” (which landed at #388 on last month’s 885 Greatest Songs of the New Millennium countdown) and “Wandering Star.”  On their new record called Shulamith, Polica took their synth / bass / double drumset / vocal arrangements even deeper, creating an incredibly dark and heavy environment that verges on frightening at some points (while staying instantly catchy and intriguing).  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with Marijuana Deathsquads can be found here.  Watch the video for “Warrior Lord” below.

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Philly Sings Philly: Sean Hoots covers mewithoutYou; Divers cover Billy Paul’s “Me and Mrs. Jones”

phillysingsphilly Two new Philly Sings Philly cover songs have been released, recorded at Turtle Studios. The latest releases of Philly artists covering and recording songs by other Philly musicians includes Sean Hoots, covering “Aubergine” by mewithoutYou and Divers covering the classic “Me and Mrs. Jones” by Billy Paul. Stream them both below.

Starting tomorrow evening, Tuesday, November 5th and every Tuesday night throughout November, The Fire presents the Philly Sings Philly, a series of residencies featuring a who’s who of the Philly local singer-songwriter scene including Brad Hinton, Hezekiah Jones, Ali Wadsworth, Kevin Killen, Marc Silver, Andrew Lipke, Phillip D’Agostino, Mason Porter, Sean Hoots, Divers and many more. Check out the exact lineups for each show here.


The Fire releases its “Philly Sings Philly” series schedule for November

From the folks at The Fire:

“In a celebration of community, each Tuesday in November at the Fire, the local Philadelphia music scene will perform songs of other Philadelphia artists. During this residency, the best local songwriters will cover the best local songwriters from any genre, any era.”

November 1st:
The Spinning Leaves
Scot Sax
Suzie Brown
Ron Gallo
Ryan Tennis & the Clubhouse Band
A Fistful of Sugar
Kiley Ryan

November 8th: Ladies’ Night
Ginger Coyle
Gretchen Lohse
Mia Johnson
Brittany Ann
Swinging Foxes
Lauryn Peacock
Emily Bate
Sonja Sofya

November 15th:
Johnny Miles
Marc Silver
Wallace Brothers
Brian Flanagan Band
David Sweeny Liberation Orchestra
the Thin Dimes
Ryan Williams & the Ridiculous Fantastic

November 22nd:
Andrew Lipke
Hezekiah Jones
Bob Beach
Reverend TJ McGlinchey
Dani Mari
Up the Chain
Joshua Park
Allison Polans
Bucket Brigade

November 29th:
Ben Arnold
Kuf Knotz
Cresson St. Vibration
Ross Bellenoit
Steph Hayes
Joe D’Amico Band
Dawn Hiatt
Kevin Killen
Daniel of the Moonlight


Tonight’s Concert Pick: “Philly Sings Philly” local cover series kicks off at The Fire

Andrew Lipke
Andrew Lipke performs 11/2 at The Fire

Love Andrew Lipke‘s “Mindgames,” but want to know how the rocking anthem would sound after being given the whimsical treatment by Hezekiah Jones‘ Raphael Cutrufello? Curious to hear how Suzie Brown‘s yearning vocals can completely change the tone of Ryan Tennis‘ road-weary “To The Moon?” Who eventually covers what is anybody’s guess, but one thing is for certain: the month-long, five-performance “Philly Sings Philly” series at The Fire features just about every acoustic-guitar-wielding singer-songwriter in town playing each others’ material. The series begins tonight, with performances by Andrew Lipke, Wissahickon Chicken Shack, Dawn Iulg, David James, Jessica McDowell, Scott Silipigni, and Susan Rosetti; notable names from later shows include the aforementioned Hezekiah Jones, Suzie Brown, and Ryan Tennis, as well as The Spinning Leaves, Sisters 3, Ross Bellenoit, Phil D’Agostino, and Joshua Park. Tonight’s performances begin at 8 p.m.; tickets to the show are $8.