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Karmin kicked off its Pulses tour with a high-energy TLA show

Karmin | Photo by Pete Troshak | shak74.com
Karmin | Photo by Pete Troshak | shak74.com

The story of Karmin is one of the most interesting in music the last few years. Engaged pop duo Nick Noonan and Amy Heidemann started out covering hits by other artists in an attempt to show off their talents. They amassed millions of views on YouTube and fulfilled the dreams of every struggling musician by getting signed to a major label. They got backed by Questlove of the Roots here and here. They released an EP called Hello in 2012 that yielded a hit in the form of the inescapably catchy “Brokenhearted.” Everything seemed to be going their way, but then the ride got bumpy. The first full length album, Pulses, has been complete for over a year but in limbo due to disagreements between Karmin and Epic Records. The band is out on the road for their first tour as headliners despite the album not being for sale (it’s scheduled for release 5/25), and gave an impressive show at the Theatre Of Living Arts on Friday night on one of the first dates of their Pulses tour. Continue reading →

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Watch the theme song from Boston DIY band Krill (playing Hong Kong Garden on 9/4)

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Last month, Krill released their quirky pop-punk LP, Lucky Leaves.  The DIY band somehow packaged this raw sound into concise and catchy songs and they have even dared to create their own theme song.  “Theme From Krill” is a self-homage featuring the group goofing off on camera mixed with footage of the group playing live.  Basically, the video takes the odd Boston trio and puts their personalities and musical style together, showing you what the band has to offer in 3.5 minutes.  Exactly what a theme song calls for.  Check out the video below and be sure to catch them September 4th at Hong Kong Garden.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express at World Cafe Live, Melvins at Underground Arts, Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah at TLA

Chuck Prophet has been around since the 80s, making music with Green and Red before moving on to a solo successful solo career.  Prophet is known for his unique melodies and impressive songwriting prowess.  His most recent album, Temple Beautiful, which was released last year, is no exception, and proves him to be just a skilled as ever.  It’s theme is San Francisco, which has been a constant muse for Prophet.  Tonight you can catch him at our very own World Cafe Live where he will kick off his summer tour.  Click here for ticket information and check out a song from the new album below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Commonwealth Choir at North Star Bar, Ben Folds Five at Mann Center, Pete Donnelly at Ortlieb’s, Philadelphia Maneto release party at Race Street Pier

commonwealth choirTonight at North Star Bar, you can catch Doylestown rock band Commonwealth Choir.  Though the group only has one official song to it’s name, Commonwealth Choir is not a band to mess with.  The single “Rest” is incredibly catchy, featuring a sleek chorus that’ll have you listening to the song over and over again.  The group has already played several shows in Philly this summer, but this is the last for a while.  Check out their single below and click here for concert information.

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Just Anounced: Members of Belle and Sebastian will DJ their own afterparty at Dolphin Tavern

Screen shot 2013-06-25 at 12.11.16 PMAlthough Belle and Sebastian haven’t released a new album since 2010’s Belle and Sebastian Write About Love, the group is touring this summer and will make a stop at The Mann Center Wednesday July 10th with Yo La Tengo.  It’s their first Philly show since that album was released – and since they played the Electric Factory with New Pornographers in 2006 – and while their lovely orchestral folk-pop sound isn’t something you want to miss, the group has a little surprise in store.  After their performance at The Mann, members of the band will be DJing an after party at The Dolphin Tavern from 10 p.m. to 2. (Note: while it hasn’t been announced who from the band is DJing keyboardist Chris Geddes spun at the R.U.B.A. Club in Northern Liberties after their 2002 show at The Tower. – ed.) For more information about the set, click here and below you can watch “I Want The World To Stop” off their most recent album.

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Make Music Philly Spotlight: Joy Ike

joy ikeHere’s another great artist you don’t want to miss at Make Music Philly this Friday: Joy Ike.  This Pittsburgh singer-songwriter falls somewhere between Regina Spektor and Norah Jones.  In January, she released her third LP, All or Nothing, an album of love songs approached from different people perspectives, stories and attitudes.  Using everything from piano to cello to wurlitzer (and her powerful voice), Joy Ike is a gifted songwriter who crafts catchy melody after catchy melody.  On Friday, she plays the Fleisher Art Memorial at 1:00.  You don’t want to miss this afternoon show.

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Watch AlunaGeorge’s video for “You Know You Like It” (playing Made in America Festival)

AlunaGeorge+PNGAlthough they’ve only released a handful of tracks to date, “future-pop” duo AlunaGeorge are already creating a huge stir in the music world.  They’re already booking huge venues, including Philly’s Made in America Festival at the end of August.  In the meantime, AlunaGeorge just released a new video for their single, “You Know You Like It.”  The music video features the duo in an empty pool with a gang of strangely dressed dancers.  While the song is reminiscent of 90s R&B pop, it features minimal electronic instrumentation more like dupstep and modern house.  Check out the video below and look for their debut album Body Music in July.

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Watch Attia Taylor’s On The Hill session

Photo by George W. Miller III for Jump Philly

In February, Attia Taylor released her latest EP Luxurious Corners.  Filled with bubbly melodies and vocal loops on vocal loops, Taylor crafts beautiful lo-fi pop dealing with topics of love and mental illness.  Recently, she headed to Kettle Pot Tracks to record an On The Hill Session highlighting several tracks from her new album.  One song is the dark yet romantic A Capella, “Wild Forest” while the other is the lighter “BTC.”  Both showcase Taylor’s skill with the loop pedal, creating luscious harmonies and catchy melodies out of just her voice.  Check out the video for “BTC” below and check out her album here.