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Watch Low Cut Connie cover Tom Petty’s “Learning to Fly” before tribute show at Ardmore Music Hall

Low Cut Connie | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com
Low Cut Connie | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com

During Low Cut Connie’s recent NYC show at Irving Plaza, the charismatic rock ‘n rollers paid tribute to the late great, Tom Petty, by covering “Learning to Fly.” Trading Petty’s bouncy acoustic strums, front man Adam Weiner spun Connie’s characteristic piano flair to the iconic tune. Continue reading →

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Celebrate the Parkway’s birthday with 100 Years in Philly Music

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Ross Bellenoit | photo by Brett Wilshe

With a new year comes a new reason to celebrate — 2018 is the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s 100th birthday, and they’re kicking off a full year of celebration a little bit early. This Friday, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will host the first Parkway 100 event — a free concert featuring an ensemble of local jazz and folk musicians led by multi-talented Philadelphia songwriter, guitarist and producer Ross Bellenoit. Continue reading →

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Ross Bellenoit covers Radiohead’s “Lucky” for Future Corpses project

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Ross Bellenoit | photo by Brett Wilshe

Ross Bellenoit continues to kick out the jams with his Future Corpses project, a year-long experiment in releasing monthly covers. We heard some unusual takes on Clapton’s “Lay Down Sally,” Iron & Wine’s “Innocent Bones,” and Genesis’ “It’s Gonna Get Better,” and now the local musician gives us an atmospheric take on “Lucky” by Radiohead.
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Ross Bellenoit puts his spin on “Innocent Bones” by Iron & Wine for Future Corpses

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Ross Bellenoit | photo by Brett Wilshe

We’re just three months into 2017 and already Ross Bellenoit has reimagined classic songs by Eric Clapton, Genesis, and now Iron & Wine. The recordings are part of a year-long project he’s calling Future Corpses, releasing a series of genre-melding covers month by month on his Bandcamp. This time around the local singer/songwriter takes the hushed, organic original cut of “Innocent Bones” that appeared on Sam Beam’s 2007 The Shepherd’s Dog LP and spins it into electrified euphoria.

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Ross Bellenoit reimagines Clapton’s “Lay Down Sally” for his Future Corpses project

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Ross Bellenoit | photo by Lisa Schaefer | courtesy of the artist

Track number two is in from Ross Bellenoit‘s year-long covers project that he’s calling Future Corpses. Following on the heels of a “joyful” version of “It’s Gonna Get Better” by Genesis, this spin on Eric Clapton’s 1977 track “Lay Down Sally” turns the bouncing country blues tune on its head. Mellowed out and rearranged, the song is suddenly a sunlight-dappled piece of funky psych transported from a dusty road to a grassy field.

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FDR Park Music Jam brings Ginger Coyle, Ryan Tennis and more to South Philly this weekend

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Ginger Coyle | photo by J. Polenta

If the mainstream-leaning Made In America festival isn’t really your speed, maybe you’ll find something to dig down at the FDR Park Music Jam. Presented by Parks on Tap and Philadelphia Songwriters Project, the last-minute Labor Day Weekend festival will bring some of the city’s best musicians together for a free event in South Philly. Ease out of summer by sipping a beer and relaxing on a hammock while a slew of local favorites (including Ryan Tennis, Ginger Coyle, Ross Bellenoit and Andrea Nardello) perform during the two-day, all-ages festival.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: MH the Verb at Milkboy, Ty Segall at The Trocadero, James Hunter Six at Sellersville

MH The Verb | Photo courtesy of the artist
MH The Verb | Photo courtesy of the artist

Local DJ / producer / MC MH the Verb brings his live band to MilkBoy tonight. Verb’s performance is a multi-media experience, pulling together influences from many genres and time periods to create a fusion of art. The band spent 2015 working on a documentary series of their live shows in support of 2014’s The Balloon Guide. Check out “Blistered” below and get tickets and more information for the 21+ show at the WXPN Concert Calendar.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Photon Band at Johnny Brenda’s, Dan Bern at Tin Angel, Ross Bellenoit at Bourbon & Branch and more…

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Photon Band | photo by Mary Garito

Local indie rockers Photon Band have come out of hibernation for a rare live appearance at Johnny Brenda’s. Art DiFuria started the band after attending Temple in the 80s, releasing cult favorite All Young In the Soul in 1998. This year’s Songs of Rapture and Hatred marked DiFuria’s return to the project, and he’ll be joined by bassist Jeff Tanner and drummer Patrick Berkery for this special show. Tickets and information can be found here; check out “Solitaire (Win or Lose)” below.

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