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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ruby The Hatchet at Johnny Brenda’s, Brainfest at the Ukie Club, Rhett Miller at Tellus 360

Ruby the Hatchet | photo by Mike Petzinger | via facebook.com/rubythehatchet

It’s record release day for Jersey’s Ruby The Hatchet. The psych-rock outfit will be celebrating their latest LP Planetary Space Child with a headlining spot at Johnny Brenda’s, supported by Heavy Temple and Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells. The release is just what you’d expect from a name like that: expansive, psychedelic, and untamed. Stream Planetary Space Child below and snag your tickets for the 21+ show here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rhett Miller at World Cafe Live and Musicians On Call Showcase at Hard Rock Cafe

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Rhett Miller | Photo by Jason Quigley | Via Facebook.com/rhettmillermusic

Singer-songwriter and frontman for Old ’97s, Rhett Miller is rolling through World Cafe Live tonight. The alt-rock/country musician is no stranger to the scene and is sure to put on a masterful show. Grab your tickets and some more information at the WXPN Concert Calendar. You can watch the video for “Most in the Summertime” off his latest record The Traveller, below. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Johnny Showcase, Hemming and more

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Johnny Showcase | Photo by Jeremy Quattlebaum

This week’s Key Studio Session comes courtesy of Johnny Showcase. The band has a great backstory (which you can read here) and plays great music (which you can hear below). For this session, they gave us a sneak peek of their new LP The Octopus!, out October 6th. Check out “Night of the Electric Love Phoenix” below and download the full set here.

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Download “Kiss Me On The Fire Escape” by Rhett Miller

Rhett Miller | Photo by Jason Quigley | Via Facebook.com/rhettmillermusic
Rhett Miller | Photo by Jason Quigley | Via Facebook.com/rhettmillermusic

Rhett Miller is back with a new single, “Kiss Me On The Fire Escape,” from his recent album, The Traveler. He recorded the album with members of Black Prairie, and additional contributions from R.E.M’s Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey. Continue reading →

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Watch Rhett Miller’s video for the upbeat “Most in the Summertime”

 

Rhett Miller | photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Rhett Miller | photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Old 97s charismatic frontman Rhett Miller just released a music video for his song “Most in the Summertime” off new solo album The Traveller. It features Miller as the focal point while the scene around him changes from park to bar to bed and back again (look out for a cameo by Nicole Atkins, too!). The song is catchy and has that same Old 97’s energy we know and love. Continue reading →

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Listen to Rhett Miller’s summery new song, see him at XPN’s Big Night Out

Rhett Miller | Via Facebook.com/rhettmillermusic
Rhett Miller | Via Facebook.com/rhettmillermusic

Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller has over two decades of touring experience, so his latest solo album is aptly named.

The Traveler is scheduled for release on May 12 via ATO Records, with a handful of talent featured, like folk rockers Black Prairie, as well as R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey, who are all featured on the album’s first single, “Most in the Summertime,” below. A steamy, upbeat singalong, Miller croons, “My fingers found the notches on your spine/I think I love you most in the summer.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Rhett Miller at the Sellersville Theater

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Rhett Miller | photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

XPN welcomes Rhett Miller to the Sellersville Theater tonight. The Old 97’s frontman sold out his show the last time he was in Philly, putting on a true-to-form solid set of fan favorites and rarities. His latest record, The Dreamer, was released in 2012 and preceded an XPN Fest appearance. Check out a video of “Singular Girl” from that set below and pick up tickets for tonight’s concert here.

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Rhett Miller serves up stories and rarities at World Cafe Live

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Rhett Miller | photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

A sold-out crowd witnessed Rhett Miller in fine form this past Saturday at World Café. With Old 97’s and solo material at his disposal, he rattled through the lives of his many colorful characters with their grit and grime in full glory. Raucous and pure fun, it was certainly a great way to welcome November.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Akron/Family at Johnny Brenda’s, Rhett Miller at World Cafe Live, Sons of Fathers at MilkBoy, Jamaican Queens at Little Berlin

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Rhett Miller, playing tonight at World Cafe Live

Singer/songwriter Rhett Miller stops by World Cafe Live tonight. His fifth album, The Dreamer, was released last year in June. Miller is also the lead singer for the Dallas alternative country band, Old 97’s, and plays in Serial Lady Killers, which you can watch a video of the band performing “Singular Girl” at last year’s XPo Fest here. Tickets and information for the all ages show with Cliff Hillis can be found here. Below, watch Miller perform “Lost Without You” from his album The Dreamer for an American Songwriter session.

Portland’s Akron/Family plays Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The band plays a combined style of rock/folk, with added psychedelic elements. Their new album, Sub Verses, will be released April 30th through Dead Oceans. Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band, and M Geddas Gengras can be found here. Below, watch the official video for “Until the Morning” off the new record Sub Verses.

Roots rockers Sons of Fathers plays MilkBoy tonight. They were featured as a My Morning Download on April 15th with their song “Roots & Vine” off their sophomore album Burning Days. Tickets and information for 21+ show with Maitland can be found here. Below, download “Roots and Vines”

Jamaican Queens return to Philadelphia tonight for a show at Little Berlin.  The Detroit based trio has acquired a swell of grassroots support for their debut LP Wormfood, which was released in early March is available as a name-your-own-price download on their Bandcamp.  With lyrics that recount experiences with relationships, parties and urban violence, the band’s intrigue runs much deeper than the initial hook of the album’s beat-driven, synth-laden sound.  Jamaican Queens will be joined by locals Banned Books and Avery Rosewater.  More information can be found on the Facebook event page here.  Below, watch the video for “Water.”