Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals just released their first collaborative LP in 8 years, Call It What It Is, and they just played a Free At Noon for World Cafe Live at The Queen in Delaware last week. Tonight, they take on The Fillmore for another round of slaying rock & soul. Opening the show will be Christopher Paul Stelling. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Local punk trio The Pretty Greens play North Star Bar tonight. The self-described feminist art-garage pop-punk outfit released an EP called Jealous Waves earlier this year, reaching out to melodic surf punk to create a Best-Coast-with-a-mission vibe. Watch the band play the title track to the EP live below. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.
Local countrified outfit Katie Frank & the Pheromones will be rocking out Bourbon and Branch tonight. The band, whose LP Counting Your Curses was released in March, have steadily been standing out as an artist to watch on the Philly scene, and will appear on the lineup of the Philadelphia Folk Festival later this summer. Information for tonight’s show is available on our concert calendar here, and below you can watch Frank’s smooth cover of Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock’n’Roll.”
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band will bring their country blues to The Abbey Bar’s stage tonight. With seven albums and one EP under their belt, they’ve got lots of material to draw from and they do so quite often, playing more than 250 shows a year. Get tickets here and watch “Devils Look Like Angels” below from 2012’s Between the Ditches.
Chamber pop group Liz & The Lost Boys will play at Ortlieb’s Lounge tonight. With jazzy vocal stylings and semi-theatrical structures their music is filled with elegant instrumentation, a vibe that’s prominent on their latest 2-track EP of “February” and “The Forest and The Farmer”. Listen below and come see the FREE show tonight at 9:00p.m.
Retro soul crooner Eli Paperboy Reed will play at Prince Music Theater tonight. As charming as The Temptations and gritty as James Brown, Reed takes old school soul music to new heights. Get tickets here and listen to his new single “Shock To The System” from his upcoming album Nights Like This (due April 29th) below.
Before getting back to work on a new album and kicking off a co-headlining tour with Hellogoodbye next month, Vacationer will headline this month’s Communion Club Night tonight at Underground Arts. The Philly-based pop band, who are working on their follow up to 2012’s Gone make relaxing music that echoes the sounds of summer and relaxation. Also on tonight’s bill is NYC folk-pop trio Pearl and the Beard who plan to release their third full-length this year. Check out Vacationer’s “Trip” and Pearl and the Beard’s “You” below and grab tickets here.
Chicago indie rockers Their/They’re/There will play at First Unitarian Church tonight. The band is a collaboration of Evan Weiss from Into It. Over It., Mike Kinsella from Cap’n Jazz and Matthew Frank from Loose Lips Sink Ships, and its tour comes in support of the band’s new EP Analog Weekend. Check out their new video for “New Blood” below, read more in Beth Ann Downey’s interview and get tickets here.
Singer and songwriter Res is celebrating the release of her new EP, Refried Mac, (a collection of Fleetwood Mac covers) tonight at World Cafe Live. The Philadelphia native first achieved mainstream success with her 2001 LP How I Do on which she captured listeners with her mix of indie pop, soul, and rock. Get tickets to the show here.
Although originally out of College Park, Maryland, Liz & the Lost Boys have made a new home for themselves in Philly, releasing their self-titled debut LP from their current residence last month. Liz & the Lost Boys are best described as a folk band, but their music seems to take influence from several other genres. Piano parts often seem tinged with jazzy open chords, while singer Liz Ciavolino bounces over melodies with quirky pop sensibilities and the occasional classical harp squeezes in as well. Tonight, you can catch the group at The Fire along with The North Country. Check out one of the group’s songs below click here for ticket information.
Pixies frontman Black Francis comes to The Abbey Bar tonight. When his influential college-rock band called it quits in 1993, Francis (born Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV) turned the sudden void in his life into the start a solo career that now includes a couple of 4AD releases, multiple aliases and an eventual Pixies reunion. Recently Francis struck up a collaboration with Reid Paley, which resulted in the 2011 LP Paley & Francis. In addition to Paley and Francis providing guitars and vocals, the Nashville-recorded album features Muscle Shoals studio stalwarts Spooner Oldham (piano) and David Hood (bass). Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Reid Paley can be found here. Watch a live video of the duo performing “Magic Cup” below.
Brooklyn indie kids Freelance Whales head out to Harrisburg for a show at The Abbey Bar tonight. The quintet followed up their 2009 debut with Diluvia last year. The sophomore effort sees Freelance Whales expanding their sound and their narrative with more intricate arrangements and a complex sci-fi concept running through the tracks. What hasn’t changed with the new release is the band’s accessible and appealing indie pop sound that got the buzz started in 2009. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Hundred Waters can be found here. Below, watch the video for “Spitting Image.”