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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Purling Hiss at Arden Gild Hall, Yo La Tengo at The Trocadero, Manchester Orchestra at Temple Performing Arts Center and more…

Purling Hiss
Purling Hiss | photo by Aaron Biscoe

Purling Hiss head down to Delaware’s Arden Gild Hall tonight with Thunderhawk and St James & The Apostles. The local rockers released Weirdon earlier this year, their second effort for Drag City.  Hiss frontman Mike Polizze spoke with The Key last week in the inaugural “Gearadelphia” feature, discussing his live gear set-up, his ambitious dream studio and the times when things go wrong on stage.  Read the full interview here and pick up tickets for tonight’s show here. Continue reading →

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David Gray previews his new Mutineers at Temple Performing Arts Center

David Gray | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
David Gray | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Last night British singer, songwriter, and composer David Gray graced the stage of the Temple University Performing Arts Center, giving fans a taste of his upcoming album Mutineers. Gray brought with him an eight-piece band equipped with strings, keys and backing vocalists, and began the sold out show with material from the new album, set to release in June. Various audience members shouted song suggestions from his back-catalog, but Gray replied “New stuff first, chill out.” Needless to say, the remainder of his set did not disappoint. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.

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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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David Gray returns to Philly for headlining show at Temple on 5/2

DGrayIts been four years since Foundling, the ninth studio album from David Gray, and the UK singer-songwriter favorite is about ready to unveil some new material. Gray just announced a short run of spring dates that brings him to Philadelphia on May 2 to perform at the Temple Performing Arts Center. He’s also said that a new album announcement will follow shortly. Tickets are on sale on March 29th, and more information can be found here. Below, hear the title track from Foundling and watch the video for “Sail Away” from White Ladder.

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Just Announced: Ray Davies to play at Temple Performing Arts Center in November

Former Kinks frontman Ray Davies is bringing his solo act to Philadelphia November 19th. Davies’ lengthy solo career was recently capped with 2010′s See My Friends, which charted to number 12 in the UK. See My Friends was a collaborative re-recording of many of Davies’ original Kinks compositions. Among the other artists featured on the record are Bruce Springsteen, Lucinda Williams, Spoon, and the late Alex Chilton. Tickets to the show are not yet available.