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Free at Noon Flashback: Marah kicks off Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival

Marah
Marah | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

 

This week’s Free at Noon concert was a special one: Today is the start of Lancaster’s Roots & Blues Festival, and what better way to kick it off than rocking out with Marah. Local Montgomery County brothers David and Serge Bielanko fronted the six-piece band with high energy and ready to take over the day. Well-known for their intense stage performances, Marah did not disappoint.

The Philadelphia locals traveled out to Lancaster, packing in the downstairs back room of Tellus360. The room was crowded from the stage outwards to each wood-paneled wall. As excited fans danced and stomped their feet, the band brought a little bit of Philly to central PA and played their well-known folk rock tunes like “Point Breeze” and “Walt Whitman Bridge” off of their 2000 album Kids in Philly. Marah recently reissued the album and celebrated the 15th anniversary, making it available on vinyl for the first time ever. They kicked off the anniversary tour back in October 2015 which started out in their hometown at Underground Arts. Continue reading →

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Watch Ton-Taun perform “Lucky Guy” and “Strangers” live, see them at Lancaster’s Taste of XPoNential

Ton-Taun | Photo via Facebook.com/tontaun
Ton-Taun | Photo via Facebook.com/tontaun

Lancaster six piece Ton-Taun are getting set to perform at Tellus360 in Lancaster this Saturday as part of Taste of Xponential, but not without giving new listeners a taste of their live sound. The experimental indie rock band recently linked up with Lancaster Online as part of their 411 Series to play a few songs and sit down for a Q & A. You can check out the whole piece here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Halfro at RiverRink, Myrrias at Johnny Brenda’s, Second Sky at Tellus360

Halfro | Photo via www.facebook.com/HalfroMusic
Halfro | Photo via www.facebook.com/HalfroMusic

Philly hip-hop group Halfro are putting on a free show at the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest tonight with The Bul Bey, as part of The Key’s Waterfront Sessions. Halfro are coming off their latest album release Squalor, while The Bul Bey’s 2014 single “Where I’m From” was a lead-in to this year’s awesome LP Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies. He was also in for a Key Studio Session recently. The show, presented by us here at The Key, is free (did we mention that already?), and all ages, so you have no excuse not to be at the RiverRink tonight for this performance. Check out the XPN Concert Calendar for more info. Continue reading →

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Get a Taste of XPNFest with Kopecky and Lost Bayou Ramblers at Lancaster’s Tellus 360

Kopecky | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com
Kopecky | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com

If you won’t be in the Philly area during XPNFest, there is another opportunity to see some of the performers. Tellus 360 is hosting a “Taste of XPNFest” show on Saturday, July 25th, featuring Kopecky and The Lost Bayou Ramblers, so those of you near Lancaster can join in on the fun. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Midge Ure at Tellus360

Midge Ure
Midge Ure | photo via Facebook

Midge Ure brings a solo acoustic tour to Tellus360 in Lancaster tonight. The former Ultravox frontman and Thin Lizzy guitarist released his seventh solo record Fragile last year, reaching back to his roots in 80s pop sonically while staying in the moment lyrically. Ure discussed the tour and his musical history with The Washington Times last week; check out that interview here and watch him perform “Vienna” live on The Late Late Show below. Tickets and information can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Courtney Barnett at Union Transfer, Something Like A Monument at Kung Fu Necktie, These Wild Plains at Tellus360

Courtney Barnett | Photo via facebook.com/courtneybarnettmusic
Courtney Barnett | Photo via facebook.com/courtneybarnettmusic

It’s been a whirlwind couple of years for Courtney Barnett, who went from a Melbourne musician with a couple of EPs to the toast of the indie singer-songwriter scene. Propelled by her wit and lyrical charm, perhaps best exhibited on the infectious “Avant Gardener” – the first single from her 2013 release A Sea of Split Peas – Barnett headlines Union Transfer for the second time tonight, and according to her recent interview with The Key’s Kate Bracaglia, will show off a few new songs from the album she’s releasing next year. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch a video of “Avant Gardener” performed live in the studio for World Cafe. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Nickel Creek at Tower Theater, Matt Pond PA at Underground Arts, Nels Cline at Johnny Brenda’s

Photo by Brantley Gutierrez

Acoustic folk trio Nickel Creek are riding high on the success of their new album A Dotted Line, which arrived last month and coincided with their 25th anniversary as a band. Tonight they bring the excitement to the Tower Theater stage. Mostly folk but at times leaning toward bluegrass, their music, which rests on the band’s intricate musicianship and harmonies, has a raw quality that’s soulful at heart. Watch them perform “Rest Of My Life” live on Soundcheck below and get tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Weekender / Delco Pacers at Ortlieb’s , Oldermost at Boot and Saddle, Vacationer at Underground Arts and more

Philly Tapes Philly collaboration with Weekender and Delco Pacers | Photo by Wendy McCardle | wendymccardle.com
Philly Tapes Philly collaboration with Weekender and Delco Pacers | Photo by Wendy McCardle | wendymccardle.com

Local pop bands Weekender and Delco Pacers will hit the Ortlieb’s stage tonight in celebration of their collaborative mixtape, Philly Tapes Philly Volume 2. The first 50 people to the show will receive a free copy of the limited edition cassette. More details here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Red Baraat at Underground Arts, Arc Iris and Nicole Atkins at Johnny Brenda’s, Hezekiah at MilkBoy and more

Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko
Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko

The rigorous rhythms and party atmosphere of Red Baraat stole the show at last summer’s XPoNential Music Festival, and they’ll return to town tonight for their Festival of Colors show at Underground Arts. Part of the band’s mission is celebrating bhangra music and introducing it to new audiences, and the motivation behind the Festival comes from a similar place. With featured openers Mandeep Sethi and Falu, Red Baraat wants to shine a spotlight on less-heard / less-seen South Asian artists in general. Read more in Shaun Brady’s writeup on the Festival, and get tickets and information at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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