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The Key Studio Sessions: Former Belle

Bruno Catrambone is most visible as lead guitarist of Philly modern rock crew Cruisr, but his longtime musical squeeze is Former Belle, the indie-folk project he’s resurrecting this winter with a new EP called Foreign Bed.

Like his back catalog, the new music is tinged with nods to Elliott Smith and I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning-era Bright Eyes. But Catrambone exhibits a newfound confidence and dynamic range in the new songs, and it was on prominent display during the band’s performance for The Key Studio Sessions. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Sun Flights at Bourbon & Branch, Former Belle at Steel City, Dogs on Acid at Ortlieb’s

The Sun Flights
The Sun Flights | Photo courtesy of the artist

Growing from a duo to a full band, The Sun Flights debut their new lineup at Bourbon & Branch tonight. We got a glimpse of the new members and a new song in the video for “Stories,” a beautiful example of their harmony-driven folk music. Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Friendship and Dylan Jane can be found here, watch “Stories” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Duane Eubanks at Chris’ Jazz Cafe, RFA at Steel City, Frog Holler at Johnny Brenda’s

Duane Eubanks | Photo by Gulnara Khamatova
Duane Eubanks | Photo by Gulnara Khamatova | via duaneeubanks.com

Philly native Duane Eubanks, the youngest of the local jazz scene’s famed Eubanks brothers, returns to Philadelphia tonight. Last year, he released Things of That Particular Nature on Sunnyside Records. Tonight, he and his quintet play two sets at Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Center City, one at 8 p.m. and one at 10. Tickets and more information can be found at the Chris’ Jazz Cafe website. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Laser Background at Johnny Brenda’s, The Silence Kit at The Pharmacy, Patty Larkin at Steel City Coffeehouse and more

Laser Background | Photo via Facebook.com/laserbackground
Laser Background | Photo via Facebook.com/laserbackground

Laser Background is a psych-pop band from right here in Philly that sound like they belong back in the ’90s toiling away in Athens, Georgia with the Elephant 6 crew (Apples In Stereo, Neutral Milk Hotel, ect.). The band fuses ’60s inspired psych-pop with some truly strange arrangements to make something all together fascinating. You can check them out tonight at Johnny Brenda’s in support of TEEN and Ava Luna. For more details on the show click here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Friendship at Everybody Hits, Deb Callahan at Steel City and more

Friendship
Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold

To celebrate the release of their debut album, You’re Going to Have to Trust MeFriendship will be playing at Everybody Hits! tonight. This show will also be kicking off the trio’s fall tour with Abi Reimold. Friendship, who recently moved to Philadelphia from Maine, released a single from their new record, called “Goneis,” back in August. Pick up your tickets here and listen to the song below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Northern Arms at Johnny Brenda’s, Halfro at The Fire, Deb Callahan Band at Steel City Coffeehouse

Northern Arms
Northern Arms | photo via facebook.com/thenorthernarms

Northern Arms join their friends in BUSSES at Johnny Brenda’s for the latter’s record release show tonight. The former is currently working on a follow-up to last year’s self-titled debut at Miner Street Recording. The local ten-piece have mastered the art of darkly cinematic songs, taking the best bits of Arcade Fire’s dramatism and pairing it with Angelo Badalementi’s suspense. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ with Tinmouth can be found here. Watch “What You’ve Got On” below.

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Watch The Naked Sun sing “Cosmic Wind,” catch them at Steel City tonight

The Naked Sun
The Naked Sun | photo via Facebook

South Philly’s The Naked Sun are facing Friday the 13th head-on by playing their first show of the year at Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville tonight. The last time we caught them live was back in December with friends DRGN King, Brian D.A. Strouse and Kalob Griffin Band at Sofar Sounds’ Christmas show. Adorned in “ugly” holiday sweaters and surrounded by twinkle lights and garland, the roots rock band filmed a live video of “Cosmic Winds” taken from their debut EP Space, Place and Time.  Check out the video below and get more information for tonight’s show with The John Hufford Band here. Stay tuned for announcements about their next release.

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Watch Brad Hinton and Katie Frank cover Tin Bird Choir for latest Cover Club episode

Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 1.24.48 PMFor their most recent installment of the Cover Club series, local music blog Root Down in the Shadow welcomed acoustic folk singer, Brad Hinton.  Hinton is no stranger when it comes to covering songs by other Philly artists.  He is the organizer for Philly Sings Philly, an event that takes place each week in November which has artists from around the Philly area cover each other.  Hinton has been covered during both Club sessions and Philly Sings Philly sessions, so it only seemed natural that he received a Club series session of his own.

In the video below, Hinton is joined by Katie Frank of The Pheromones to perform a cover of Tin Bird Choir’s “Take Me With You When You Go.”   On his own, Hinton’s vocals achieve a clean, crisp sound and the addition of Frank during the choruses adds another layer to the song that really gives it that folky-bluegrass affect.

Watch the full Cover Club video below and don’t miss Brad Hinton perform live this Saturday at Steel City Coffeehouse alongside Bethany Brooks.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark at Union Transfer, Family Vacation at Steel City Coffeehouse, JD McPherson at World Cafe Live, Reef the Lost Cause and Voss at The M Room

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark have been around since the late 70s, garnering critical acclaim as masters of new wave and earning the title “intelligent pop” from the release of their self-titled 1981 full length. Except for a small gap in the 2000s, the group has been consistently releasing material since the late 70s, including their most recent release, English Electric, which came out this summer.  Tonight, the godfathers of new wave play Union Transfer.  Click here for ticket info and check out one of their classic hits below.

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Watch Tin Bird Choir’s new video for “Sea Change” (playing Concerts Under The Stars on 7/14)

Tin Bird Choir

Local folk-outfit Tin Bird Choir have just released an official video for their track “Sea Change.” The charming tune is straight off of Tin Bird Choir’s forthcoming record, Homesteady, due out July 2nd. Like what you hear? (and see?) Then be sure to catch Tin Bird Choir on July 14th at Upper Merion Township’s Concerts Under The Stars series for Helen Leicht’s Philly Local night. Find more info here, and watch the “Sea Change” video below.