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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Petal at Everybody Hits, The Districts at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, A.M. Mills at Ortlieb’s, and more

Petal | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com
Petal | Photo by Ellen Miller for WXPN | ellencm.com

You may have caught Petal in stunning solo form recently at that fantastic show with Julien Baker and Half Waif, and now the Scranton-based project of Kiley Lotz returns to Philly for another solo performance — this time on a smaller-scale, at Everybody Hits, but the show is sure to be no less beautiful and even more intimate than it was on the big stage. Born Without Bones, Super American and Tombo Crush will also play the Home Outgrown Presents gig. Petal’s latest release is the Comfort EP, which includes a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Silver Springs.” Listen below and find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Jam out to RFA’s album recording of the earnest rocker “Suzie Lee”

RFA | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

There’s something about having names in song titles that lead to great tunes. From “Valerie” and “Come On, Eileen” to “Hey Jude” or “Billie Jean,” these iconic songs all address a specific person — or at least a feeling or memory personified into a specific person. Whether or not a song’s namesake is actually based off a real human is unknown, but what is known is that incorporating names into songs seems to make them incredibly more tangible and relatable, and a lot of times, just produces some really amazing tracks.

Lovable local basement rockers RFA add to this canon of name-in-title greats with their release of single, “Suzie Lee,”  which was recently premiered via Alt Citizen. We became enamored with the catchy croon when the lads previewed it live for their Out of Town Films video series, and so of course we’re psyched as heck about the official recording as well. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gabriel Garzón-Montano at The Foundry, LP at World Cafe Live, RFA at PhilaMOCA

Gabriel Garzón-Montano
Gabriel Garzón-Montano | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Garzón-Montano brings his dynamic debut LP Jardin to The Foundry tonight. The Brooklyn neo-R&B artist stopped by World Cafe to talk about the record with host Talia Schlanger recently, recounting his big break with Lenny Kravitz, the plethora of fruit and plant references in his lyrics, and his family’s musical history. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here. Watch “Crawl” below.

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Watch RFA completely shred on new track, “Down Your Street”

RFA | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

There’s something about local rockers RFA that’s just so dang infectious. From their catchy guitar riffs,to their head-bang inducing drums, to the way every single member plays with such energy and joy that you can’t help but smile and jam along, this band’s got the thing.

Closing out their stream of Out of Town Films live video releases, which included renditions of “Teenage Love Song” and “Suzie Lee,” RFA recently shared the final video in the series, in which the band performs a brand new track titled, “Down Your Street.” Mixing sunny licks with a grunge-y garage vibe, the song builds from laid back breeziness into an all-out, crunchy jam fest. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Queen of Jeans at Chameleon Club, Purples at Boot and Saddle, RFA at PiLam and more

Queen of Jeans
Queen of Jeans | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Out west, Lancaster’s Chameleon Club is blessed by a headlining set from Queen of Jeans. Their sweet, sweet 60s styled pop is a refreshing change of pace, squeezing some high-energy drumming between some throwback rhythms. The gig is all ages, and more information/tickets can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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RFA will open the 6th Annual Work Drugs Holiday Spectacle at Boot and Saddle

Work Drugs
Work Drugs | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

Work Drugs have been celebrating the holidays for six years running with their Holiday Spectacle at various venues around town, and their choice of support bands is always an impeccable selection of Philly’s finest. This year, the Spectacle happens at Boot and Saddle on December 17th, and finds Work Drugs teaming up with RFA, a rock and roll four-piece that is probably the closest thing the scene has to The Strokes right now. Tickets to the 21+ show are on sale naw, more more information click here. While you’re at it, check out the videos for “West Coast Slide” by Work Drugs and “Freaking Out” by RFA below. Continue reading →

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Philly rockers RFA head out on their first U.S. tour

RFA | photo via facebook

If you haven’t yet heard Philly rockers RFA, try to imagine the Arctic Monkeys pre-cigarettes and leather jackets.

This group of four dudes attending various colleges around Philly head out on their first ever U.S. tour starting November 3rd in Boston and ending on the 13th in Washington D.C. They released their debut EP Just Don’t Turn The Light’s On in April of 2014, and they’ve been slowly working their way up from basement shows in West and North Philly to the Foundry at the Fillmore. Their most recent EP, Something New From RFA, is a catchy alternative-rock fueled culmination of four kids starting a band in college just because. Continue reading →

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Strange Torpedo: Lucy Dacus rockets through powerful Johnny Brenda’s set

Lucy Dacus| Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Lucy Dacus| Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

She may not want to be funny anymore, but Lucy Dacus definitely has a sense of humor. Her return to Philly after a year may have seen the Richmond, Virginia rocker wearing no shoes, playing pick-less, and sporting jokes about the disco ball, but Dacus brought a night of both quiet simplicity and powerfully crushing rock and roll to Johnny Brenda’s on Tuesday night. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: RFA at World Cafe Live, Frankie Cosmos at First Unitarian Church, Pine Barons at Ortlieb’s and more…

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RFA | Photo by John Vettese

RFA celebrate the release of Something New from RFA at World Cafe Live tonight. It’s the local indie rock band’s second EP, following last year’s Freaking Out. We heard a new track called “Indigo” earlier this year, which you can check out below. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with The Honey Hounds and Whiting can be found here. Continue reading →