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Tonight’s Concert Picks: TJ Kong EP release at Johnny Brenda’s, Goodnight Lights at The Fire, Cloud Cult at Prince Music Theater and more

tj kongTJ Kong and The Atomic Bomb will rock Johnny Brenda’s tonight in celebration of their latest EP KONG. The Philly-bred four-piece are a pleasant mix of garage rock and jump blues that’s far from predictable. Check out “Telephone Blues’ below and get tickets here.

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Photos: Tinariwen at the Prince Music Theater

Tinariwen | by Darragh Dandurand Friedman | darraghdf.wordpress.com
Tinariwen | by Darragh Dandurand Friedman | darraghdf.wordpress.com

Sahara Desert rockers Tinariwen brought their tour behind the new EMMAAR LP to a packed house at the Prince Music Theater on Friday night. The Mali-based band recorded the album in California, due to civil unrest in their home country, and has been bringing it around the U.S. on tour this winter. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tinariwen at Prince Music Theater, The Sound of Animals Fighting at Trocadero, Tutlie at Bourbon and Branch

Tinariwen | photo by Marie Planeille
Tinariwen | photo by Marie Planeille

Desert-bred rockers Tinariwen will bring their eclectic mix of guitar rock and African rhythms to the Prince Music Theater stage tonight. Due to civil unrest in Mali, the band recorded their latest album Emmaar far away from home in California, an experience that heavily influenced the recording process and final product. Watch “ISLEGH TAGHRAM TIFHAMAM” from the new album below and get tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band at The Abbey Bar, Liz & The Lost Boys at Ortlieb’s Lounge, and Eli Paperboy Reed at Prince Music Theater

Photo via facebook.com/bigdamnband
Photo via facebook.com/bigdamnband

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band will bring their country blues to The Abbey Bar’s stage tonight. With seven albums and one EP under their belt, they’ve got lots of material to draw from and they do so quite often, playing more than 250 shows a year. Get tickets here and watch “Devils Look Like Angels” below from 2012′s Between the Ditches.

Chamber pop group Liz & The Lost Boys will play at Ortlieb’s Lounge tonight. With jazzy vocal stylings and semi-theatrical structures their music is filled with elegant instrumentation, a vibe that’s prominent on their latest 2-track EP of “February” and “The Forest and The Farmer”. Listen below and come see the FREE show tonight at 9:00p.m.

Retro soul crooner Eli Paperboy Reed will play at Prince Music Theater tonight. As charming as The Temptations and gritty as James Brown, Reed takes old school soul music to new heights. Get tickets here and listen to his new single “Shock To The System” from his upcoming album Nights Like This (due April 29th) below.

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Philly native Stanley Clarke showcases bass virtuosity at Prince Music Theater tomorrow

Stanley Clarke | Photo courtesy of the artist
Stanley Clarke | Photo courtesy of the artist

Bassist Stanley Clarke is the rare low-end master to be equally virtuosic on acoustic and electric bass. The Philly native has worked with such legendary jazz bandleaders as Horace Silver, Art Blakey, and Dexter Gordon, while providing heavy pyrotechnics to the pioneering fusion band Return to Forever (in all of its varied incarnations) alongside his old friend, keyboardist Chick Corea.

His wide-ranging tastes and talents hardly stop there, however. Clarke has become an in-demand film score composer, with credits including Boyz n the Hood, Romeo Must Die, Soul Food, and most recently The Best Man Holiday. He’s also worked with a variety of artists from the rock world, including Jeff Beck, Ron Wood, and Police drummer Stewart Copeland, with whom he formed the band Animal Logic in the late eighties.

Clarke returns to his hometown this Saturday at the Prince Music Theater leading his trio featuring drummer Michael Mitchell and 17-year-old Georgian piano prodigy Beka Gochiashvili. For the occasion, the band will be supplemented for the first time in Philly with the Harlem Quartet. The young string ensemble specializes in music that bridges the worlds of jazz and classical, which makes them an ideal fit for Clarke’s challenging compositions.

The Stanley Clarke Trio will perform accompanied by The Harlem Quartet at the Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, Saturday January 11th at 7 p.m. Tickets and information on the all-ages show can be found here.

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Just Announced: Tinariwen will perform at the Prince Music Theater on 3/21

Tinariwen | photo by Marie Planeille
Tinariwen | photo by Marie Planeille

Malian musical group Tinariwen have announced a tour to support their upcoming LP Emmaar, set for release on February 11th.  The world tour will stop at the Prince Music Theater on March 21st, with tickets going on sale today at Noon.  More information will be available here.  Watch Tinariwen perform their song “Tassili” live below and revisit their 2011 World Cafe appearance here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Avett Brothers at Mann Center, Chromatics at Making Time, Kate Faust at MilkBoy, The Last Bison / David Wax Museum at World Cafe Live, Kat Edmonson at Prince Music Theater

avettbros File under: Great Double Bill, Part 1: The Avett Brothers are bringing their incessant banjo harmonies and pick-me-up beats to the Mann Center tonight. Still feeding off of the energy from 2012 release The Carpenter, the raw roots outfit will be celebrating another full-length release of  Magpie and the Dandelion in October. Opening the show is the always energetic Trombone Shorty. Find more information and tickets for tonight’s performance here. Watch the lyric video of new single “Another Is Waiting” below.

FIle under: Great Double Bill, Part 2: Cutting deep with breathless vocals and futuristic downbeats, Chromatics are headlining the 14th installment of Making Time tonight at Voyeur in the Gayborhood. Joining the stage will be fellow Portland freestyle outfit Glass Candy. Check out more information and tickets for tonight’s show here.

File under: Great Double Bill, Part 3: The Last Bison will share the stage tonight with David Wax Museum at World Cafe Live. With their overtone Americana roots and crossbreed of aesthetics each band is on the quick rise with their captivating sound. Find tickets and details for tonight’s show here. Download The Last Bison’s cover of M83′s “Midnight City” below.

Recent Key Studio guest Kate Faust is at the MilkBoy Philly tonight. Stylistically reinventing herself several times over the years, Faust has seamlessly broken into her own signature project with the emotive and playful Crucial Companion EP. Check out and download her Key Studio Session tracks here. Find more information and tickets for tonight’s show here.

Charming singer/songwriter Kat Edmonson is taking the stage tonight at Prince Music Theater. Bound to continue her dazzling performance from this year’s XPonential Festival, this is one show that will soothe your woes after a long day of life. Find tickets and details for tonight’s show here.

Also Tonight:

The Dead Milkmen come to The Note - 8 p.m., all ages show, tickets and info here.

WXPN welcomes Poco to the Carlisle Theater – 7:30 p.m., all ages show, tickets and info here.

North Mississippi Allstars play at Union Transfer – 10:30 p.m., all ages, tickets and info here.

 

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With Laura Marling, a sold-out theater still feels intimate (photos, review, setlist)

Laura Marling | Photo by John Vettese
Laura Marling | Photo by John Vettese

“That was a really long opening song,” Laura Marling told the sold-out crowd at the newly-renovated Prince Music Theater. It was actually more like four songs – a medley of the opening suite of her new album, Once I was an Eagle, which stretches to about fifteen minutes even with Marling performing solo, minus the percussive and instrumental flourishes on the record. She laughed and thanked the audience for being so attentive – as if they were going to talk over top of her. Marling had the crowd at her August 30th performance pretty much enraptured during her hour-and-fifteen minute set last night, and the English singer-songwriter has an uncanny way of making a packed theater feel as intimate as a living room show.

Though Marling is an intense performer in many ways – gritting her teeth, looking out at the crowd with an intense stare, singing expressively about lust and betrayal and self-reliance – when she is not singing, she is warm and funny, joking about her guitars acting up on her and self-effacingly cracking on the tedium of acting as both performer and technician.

“This is the point the set where I normally switch guitars,” she said. “But this guitar is behaving very well. And I feel comfortable tuning it in front of you.”

Though the set was largely focused on Eagle, Marling visited her 2010 outing I Speak Because I Can for a three-song stretch mid-way through (“Alpha Shallows” was great), performed “Sophia” from 2011′s A Creature I Don’t Know, test drove two new ones (“Bleed Me Dry” has been performed on radio sessions, another listed only as “Rambo” seems very brand new) and played her take on The Allman Brothers Band’s “Whipping Post.” The husky blues of the original was remade Marling’s minimal acoustic style, but she didn’t seem pleased with the results. “I think I’m too English to pull that one off,” she said. Not true; it sounded great.

Philly folk-inspired trio The Gallerist opened the night with a well-recieved half-hour set drawing from their 2011 EP A Falling Waltz as well as material from the record they told the crowd they’ll be recording this fall. Catch them playing two shows on October 5th at One Shot Cafe (with The Sun Flights) and The Fire (with The Levee Drivers). Below, see a gallery of photos from the concert, and after the jump, check out Marling’s setlist and a video of “I Speak Because I Can.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Districts at North Star Bar, Commonwealth Choir at The Fire, The Sun Flights and Maitland at Melodies Cafe

Photo by Eric Ashleigh
Photo by Eric Ashleigh

The Districts return home for a show at North Star Bar tonight.  The Lancaster outfit spent the time since their knock-out XPoNential Music Fest appearance touring from Detroit down to New Orleans, even stopping in Rock Island, IL to record a Daytrotter Session.  Tonight the young roots rock band will play alongside Rosu Lup, Coronado and Pine Barons – tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.  Watch The Districts’ recent Out of Town Films video below.

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Just Announced: XPN Welcomes Kat Edmonson to the Prince Music Theater

tx3p_kat12662013PressJazz-tinged singer-songwriter Kat Edmonson brings her fall tour to Philly for an XPN Welcomes show at the Prince Music Theater on September 14th. She is on tour in support of her sophomore record, Way Down Low, which was released back in April. Tickets for the show are on sale Friday at Noon here. Below, watch Edmonson’s Tiny Desk Concert from last year, and be sure to see her perform at this year’s XPoNential Music Festival on Friday, July 26.

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