XPN welcomes California band Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO) to The Blockley tonight. SIgned to Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records, ALO create a laidback, jammy brand of surf rock / pop that has bound them to other Johnson-fan favorites Donavon Frankenreiter, Matt Costa and G. Love. In 2012 ALO released their seventh studio album Sounds Like This. Tickets and information for tonight’s 18+ show with Ryan Montbleau Band can be found here. Watch an acoustic performance of “Storms & Hurricanes” from the new album below.
Denison Witmer celebrates his album release at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The self-titled record is Witmer’s ninth and most personal effort since the start of his career fifteen years ago. Recorded at his Brooklyn studio The Honey Jar (co-run by Philly native Devin Greenwood), the Lancaster-born musician called in friends Sufjan Stevens and Greenwood for creative collaboration, though the stories told on the album’s ten tracks are purely Witmer’s. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Soporus can be found here. Below, stream and download “Asa,” a song named for Witmer’s young son.
New Sweden head down to Phoenixville for a show at Steel City Coffeehouse. The Wilmington five-piece enthralled a Saturday morning audience at the 2011 Noncommvention with their rootsy, robust folk rock and they’ve been climbing the proverbial ladder ever since. With two Tri-State Indie awards on the shelf and a buzzy appearance at SXSW earlier this year, the local band hasn’t slowed down one bit after the release of their debut LP The Mountain. Tickets and information for tonight’s show with The Turnips can be found here. Watch New Sweden perform “Frying Pan” below.
The Hooters and Good Old War play a hometown show at The Electric Factory tonight. An institution in the Philadelphia musical cannon, The Hooters got their start in the 80s with hits like “All You Zombies” and “And We Danced.” In recent years, members of the band have sparked their own projects, with drummer David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket and vocalist / keyboardist Rob Hyman’s Elm Street Studios in Conshohocken. Good Old War, a trio that is becoming a local institution in their own right, returns to the stage in support of 2012′s Come Back As Rain while working on material for a new album. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here. Below, watch The Hooters’ video for “And We Danced” followed by Good Old War’s “Amazing Eyes.”
Local pop / rock band Fooling April will celebrate the release of their new album Nothing Left to Prove with a free show in NYC next week, and they’re kicking off the milestone event by offering some free downloads from the record. Nothing Left to Prove is Fooling April’s fourth full-length since 2004, following up 2009′s Three. The four-piece will bring the fun back home on May 31st for a show at Steel City Coffeehouse. Tickets and information can be found here. Listen to “Leading You Wrong” below and download all three songs on Fooling April’s Bandcamp page here.
Dark Americana band Wovenhand headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Frontman David Eugene Edwards began the alternative folk / punk project in Colorado when his previous band, 16 Horsepower, was on hiatus. The quartet has since released six studio albums, with the most recent offering being 2012′s The Laughing Stalk. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Wrekmeister Harmonies can be found here. Stream the title track to The Laughing Stalk below.
The “First Lady of Country Music,” Loretta Lynn, will be gracing the stage at Keswick Theatre this evening. The Appalachian songstress’s last album, 2004′s Van Lear Rose, is one of more than sixty studio records Lynn has released since her first #1 hit in 1967, “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin (With Lovin’ On Your Mind).” Tickets for tonight’s all-ages performance can be found here. Below, check out Lynn’s performance of “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
Low Cut Connie will be performing tonight at Johnny Brenda’s promoting the September release of their sophomore album, Call Me Sylvia. The band’s rollicking party music is carried by poppy melodies and sharp lyrics that make any bar scene the best party in town. The 21+ show starts at 9:30; more information can be found on our concert calendar here. Check out the band’s new video for “Boozophilia” below.
Modern Inventors, preparing for the release of their debut album Trains and Aeroplanes, played a mix of old and new songs at the final BBS session of the season. Omnipresent New York concert archivists NYCTaper were on the scene with their professional recording equipment, which means you can now download Modern Inventors’ entire session for free here. View the setlist below and stream the live version of the rock band’s new single “Hello”; they a have a few dates coming up including a show with Suzie Brown and Scot Sax at Steel City Coffeehouse on December 7th and a headlining gig at Johnny Brenda’s on December 28th. Tickets and information can be found here.
British singer-songwriter Matthew Hegarty began recording and performing as Matthew and the Atlas in 2010 with a full five-piece band, releasing a couple of EPs and touring the U.K. and the U.S. with Mumford & Sons before scaling back to an intimate one-man show late last year. Currently on tour with John Fullbright, Matthew and the Atlas will be stopping by Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville on Sunday, October 21st. For tickets and more information, click here. Download three tracks in exchange for your email address here, and watch the animated video for “Within the Rose” below.