Tonight’s Concert Picks: Make Music Philly, Sleep at Union Transfer, Sean Hoots at Bourbon and Branch

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West Philadelphia Orchestra | photo courtesy of Penn Museum

Today is the summer solstice and Make Music Philly is taking advantage of all the extra daylight with a jammed packed schedule of performances throughout the city. A few weeks ago we highlighted five acts you should check out at the festival, including West Philadelphia Orchestra, JaE, Ai-Que and more. More information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


The 4th Annual Philly Sings Philly is coming

Created to explore the music, past and present, and the storied legacy of the City of Brotherly Love, the 4th Annual Philly Sings Philly event returns to The Fire during the month of November. Across four Tuesdays, local musicians will pay homage to their idols, adding a personal touch to their favorite songs by Philly-born artists. Each week is curated by a different local music organization. Continue reading →


Sean Hoots covers “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” by Boyz II Men for Root Down in the Shadow

Sean Hoots for Root Down in the Shadow
Sean Hoots for Root Down in the Shadow

Following up last week’s session with Ron Gallo, Root Down in the Shadow has shared their newest Cover Club session with Sean Hoots.  The local singer-songwriter doesn’t usually come to mind when thinking about Philadelphia R&B, but his soulful, acoustic version of Boyz II Men’s “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” taps in to what makes his own music so enjoyable.  Watch the video below and check out previous Cover Club sessions here.


Philly Sings Philly: Sean Hoots covers mewithoutYou; Divers cover Billy Paul’s “Me and Mrs. Jones”

phillysingsphilly Two new Philly Sings Philly cover songs have been released, recorded at Turtle Studios. The latest releases of Philly artists covering and recording songs by other Philly musicians includes Sean Hoots, covering “Aubergine” by mewithoutYou and Divers covering the classic “Me and Mrs. Jones” by Billy Paul. Stream them both below.

Starting tomorrow evening, Tuesday, November 5th and every Tuesday night throughout November, The Fire presents the Philly Sings Philly, a series of residencies featuring a who’s who of the Philly local singer-songwriter scene including Brad Hinton, Hezekiah Jones, Ali Wadsworth, Kevin Killen, Marc Silver, Andrew Lipke, Phillip D’Agostino, Mason Porter, Sean Hoots, Divers and many more. Check out the exact lineups for each show here.


Sean Hoots performs “Borderlines” for Kettle Pot Tracks (playing the Brandywine Folk Fest on 8/23)


Hat-tip to The Deli for picking up this On the Hill Series from Sean Hoots for Kettle Pot Tracks.  The local musician performed five songs at the video-session curators’ Layfayette Hill studio, all tracks Hoots says are in his current “couch repertoire.”  “Borderlines” is an emotional ride of a song that puts the lyrics out front with subtle support from an acoustic guitar.  The session is available for streaming and name-your-own-price downloading on Bandcamp here.  Catch Hoots in trio form at the Brandywine Folk Festival on August 23rd and stay tuned for record release info regarding his upcoming Raise the Dead Language Vol. 2.


The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Laura Jane Grace, Vacationer, 2nd Street Festival)

Photo By Abi Reimold |
Photo By Abi Reimold |

Vacationer drop in for a soothing Key Studio Session that includes free downloads and a video by BITBY [link]

Unlocked takes a look at Lantern‘s new Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach LP [link]

The Low Anthem, Banned Books, Denison Witmer and more tapped for this year’s 2nd Street Festival in Northern Liberties [link]

Stream and pre-order Psychic Teens‘ COME ahead of the goth-punks’ record release show at Long in the Tooth on August 9th [link]

Watch Pete Donnelly‘s new video for “Face the Bird” from his upcoming full-length of the same name [link]

Emmet Drueding and Grave Goods collaborate on “Area 51” and release the track as a free download [link]

Local bassist Phil D’Agostino has release a new solo track called “Footballs” off of his forthcoming Inlets LP [link]

Download The Downtown Club‘s “Dance” from a new compilation of local bands [link]

Enter to win tickets to see Against Me!‘s Laura Jane Grace at MilkBoy on August 10th [link]

Sean Hoots will create original music for Shakespeare in Clark Park’s production of The Tempest this month [link]

Members of Dashboard Confessional and The Narrative bring their new Twin Forks project to Folkadelphia [link]


Sean Hoots to Compose for Shakespeare in Clark Park

Sean Hoots

Sean Hoots of Philly indie roots/folk band Hoots & Hellmouth will be collaborating with the 8th annual Shakespeare in Clark Park. He’s creating original music for this year’s rendition of The Tempest, and it’s the first time the indie rocker has worked on a theater project. His last work was a two-song release by Hoots & Hellmouth titled “Repeat Myself / Off to Sea,” which you can stream on Bandcamp.

Director Adrienne Mackey says Hoots is giving music a larger role in the play and that they’re “creating moments in which the actors are suddenly possessed by the island through specific musical motifs.” The play is free, and will run from July 24th to July 28th at 7 p.m. in West Philly’s Clark Park. It takes place in the open air (so bring a blanket), and promises to be a “risk-taking” interpretation of the great playwright’s work. You can check out more information on the event here.


Lentil Fest! benefit with Kuf Knotz, Nicos Gun, Reef The Lost Cauze, Sean Hoots, The Lawsuits, and more at The Fire on May 4

seanhoots On Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th, The Fire plays host to a benefit with proceeds going to The French Bulldog Rescue Network, the Street Tails Animal Rescue (STAR), and the Children’s Craniofacial Association. Performers on Saturday, May 4th include: Kuf Knotz, Nicos Gun, and Reef The Lost Cauze. On Sunday, May 5th, the lineup includes: The Lawsuits, Spirit and Dust, North Lawrence Midnight Singers, Anjuli Josephine, Attia Taylor, and Sean Hoots. Go here for tickets and more information about the shows.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sean Hoots at Johnny Brenda’s, Deerhoof at Union Transfer

SeanPhiladelphia and WXPN’s buddy Sean Hoots will be playing at Johnny Brenda’s tonight, celebrating the propulsion of his solo career. His show tonight will spotlight solo material to be released sometime within this year, as his website says, “2013 is ours for the taking. Join me!” For those who want to listen to Mr Hoots immediately can enjoy his solo Bandcamp where has an atmospheric / soundscape album entitled Volume 1 under the name Raise The Dead! Language, or check out Hoots & Hellmouth’s Bandcamp to peruse their many releases. Tickets and information for the 21 and over show with Water Liars and Small Houses can be found here. Below, watch Sean Hoots play his song “Off to Sea I Go”.

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