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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dear Nora at Johnny Brenda’s, Public Service Broadcasting at The Foundry, The Afghan Whigs at Union Transfer

Dear Nora | photo via katydavidsonandfriends.com

Katy Davidson has been making music and touring under the name Dear Nora since 2000, and the project makes a stop at Johnny Brenda’s in support of the newly-reissued Mountain Rock LP (listen below). After a several-year hiatus, some of which Davidson spent playing as Key Losers, she recently revived Dear Nora to the thrill of her loyal fanbase (the likes of which include former Philadelphians Girlpool, whose song “Dear Nora” is a tribute to the band). Nicholas Krgovich and Hello Shark will open the 21+ show. Continue reading →

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Public Service Broadcasting brought their imaginative Space Race to Philly

Public Service Broadcasting | Photo by John Vettese
Public Service Broadcasting | Photo by John Vettese

When J. Wilgoose Esquire and Wrigglesworth of Public Service Broadcasting took to the stage at World Cafe Live last night, I wasn’t sure how their live act would translate from their recorded work. For those not familiar, the London duo plays music around samples of old documentary footage provided by the British Film Institute. This probably works very well in an alternative venue or gallery setting where everyone is watching intently but upstairs at World Cafe Live, given that many are eating meals and hanging at the bar, I didn’t know if full attention would be given to the show. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Public Service Broadcasting at World Cafe Live, Young Fathers at Boot & Saddle, Divers at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

Public Service Broadcasting
Public Service Broadcasting | photo via Facebook

London-based duo Public Service Broadcasting perform upstairs at World Cafe Live tonight. Musician J. Willgoose, Esq. and percussionist Wrigglesworth started the band with a very specific aesthetic in mind: they pair audio samples from archival recordings, propaganda and PSAs with atmospheric instrumentations to “teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future.” Their latest release, this year’s The Race for Space, was a collaborative effort with the British Film Institute to recount the competition between the U.S. and Russia to land a man on the moon. Watch the video for “Go!” below and pick up tickets for tonight’s performance here.

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