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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Slingshot Dakota at First Unitarian Church, The Burgeoning at The Fire, DIIV at Boot & Saddle and more

Photo by Kate McCann | KateMcCannPhotography.com
Photo by Kate McCann | KateMcCannPhotography.com

Slingshot Dakota’s newest album, Dark Hearts, is about exactly what fans would expect based off the record’s name. Though the lyrics are heavy, the two-piece band makes sure the sound is not. Slingshot Dakota, made up of Carly Commando and Tom Patterson, dance up the lyrics of loss and moving forward with twinkly percussion and playful keyboard chords. Hang out with the Bethlehem, Pa. natives along with Iron Chic, Timeshares, Martin and Crybaby tonight at First Unitarian Church. The show starts at 6 p.m. and the $10 tickets can be purchased here.

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Ron Gallo performs new solo tracks for an On the Hill session with Kettle Pot Tracks

Ron Gallo | photo by Robert J Opalka of Elk Rock Photography
Ron Gallo | photo by Robert J Opalka of Elk Rock Photography

Toy Soldiers frontman Ron Gallo has stepped out on his own, reportedly working on a solo LP with Reed Kendall of Up The Chain producing and, more recently, recording an On the Hill session for Lafayette Hill-based Kettle Pot Tracks.  The bluesy Americana singer / songwriter will performed songs from that work-in-progress for the stripped down outing, along with a selection from his band’s recent debut full-length The Maybe Boys.  Two of the session tracks take the form of a video, including “If You Ever Come Back,” on which Gallo displays an impressive talent for mouth trumpeting.  Stream the full session here and watch the videos for “If You Ever Come Back” and “Fine Diners and Finer Whiners” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ryan Hemsworth at Dolphin Tavern, Ron Gallo at Boot and Saddle, Bronze Radio Return at World Cafe Live

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Photo by Sean Berrigan

Canadian mix-master/ producer and sampling wizard Ryan Hemsworth will perform his undeniably catchy pop influenced sets at Dolphin Tavern tonight. Hemsworth has reworked tracks from a slew of artists ranging from Cat Power to Lana Del Rey to Lorde and more. Hemsworth manages to incorporate hip hop, pop, electro and other genres to create a style that’s both simple yet completely dance-worthy, drawing comparisons to Clams Casino and other prolific producers. Listen to Hemsworth rework Lorde below. Find tickets and info for the show here.

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Download Root Down in the Shadow’s new #CoverClub compilation

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Local music blog Root Down in the Shadow started a new series last year called #CoverClub, inviting Philadelphia musicians into the studio to record a song by a fellow local band.  To cap off the inaugural installments of the video series, the blog has compiled a selection of #CoverClub tracks for a free download.  The #CoverClub Nomad Recording Studio 1.0 comp features The Rivals covering Birdie Busch, Aaron Brown covering Allison Polans, Ron Gallo covering The Lawsuits and The Fleeting Ends covering Ween.  Take a listen below and grab the download via SoundClound.

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Watch Ron Gallo’s moving cover of The Lawsuits’ “Anybody’s Girl” (playing Boot and Saddle 1/30)

Photo via www.facebook.com/rongallomusic
Photo via facebook.com/rongallomusic

Local musician Ron Gallo (of Toy Soldiers) recently recorded his own acoustic rendition of The Lawsuits’s “Anybody’s Girl” for Root Down In The Shadow’s Cover Club series. While the original is swinging and upbeat, Gallo’s unique vocal tone is emotional and just tears at your heart strings. To top it off, he relates it to a certain heartbreaking film from 2004: “If the original is the kiss scene in The Notebook where they run at each other on the dock, then this is the scene where he builds the house”. Stream both versions of “Anybody’s Girl” below. Get tickets to Ron Gallo’s show at Boot and Saddle on January 30th here and lighten your mood with its hilarious promo video.

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Stream / download Ron Gallo’s new concert album Live at Ortlieb’s; watch its companion BITBY video

RonIf you’ve following Philly music at all for the past several years, chances are you’ve bumped into Ron Gallo once or twice. He’s the frontman behind roots-Americana troupe Toy Soldiers – who are playing a documentary release show (!) at Johnny Brenda’s on April 19th, and who are releasing their fine new LP The Maybe Boys…someday. He also runs the weekly Ron Gallo revue at Fergie’s Pub in Center City on Wednesday nights, and pretty much plays music for most of the time he’s awake on any given day.

Gallo just today released a live EP to tide folks over while the new Toy Soldiers EP wraps up. It’s a recording of a set he played at Ortlieb’s Lounge on March 28th, opening for Pegi Young. It features some old Soldiers songs, some songs that I’m not sure if they’re new Soldiers or Gallo solo songs, and one Harry Nilsson cover. Stream it in the player below, download it over at Bandcamp, and check out a companion Bands in the Backyard video from the show after the jump.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Thom McCarthy and Ron Gallo at PhilaMOCA for Tuesday Tune-Out, Dispatch at The Tower Theater, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at First Unitarian Church

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This month’s Tuesday Tune-Out series at PhilaMOCA is curated by The Swollen Fox’s Kevin Kennedy, so you know each night will feature some stellar local acts (read an interview with Kennedy previewing the series here).  Tonight’s event is a doubleheader with Thom McCarthy and Toy Soldiers’ Ron Gallo each playing a set, followed by a screening of a film that “may not be directed by (and starring) a legendary silent-film era comedic star.” The event is open to all ages; doors are at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. with the movie screening beginning at 9:00 p.m.  Tickets are $5 at the door.  Below, watch Thom McCarthy perform his song “Tiempo” at PhilaMOCA from May 2011.

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