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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pinegrove at Union Transfer, Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells at The Barbary, The Roddenberries at Ardmore Music Hall

Pinegrove
Pinegrove | photo by Andrew Piccone | courtesy of the artist

New Jersey outfit Pinegrove join Kevin Devine and Petal at Union Transfer tonight. Just off of a Tiny Desk Concert appearance, the almost-hometown show wraps up a month and a half of touring behind this year’s excellent Cardinal LP. Album cut “Then Again” was captured on the roof of PhilaMOCA in June by The Key’s Jeremy Zimmerman; watch that video below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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Load-In to Load-Out: Carroll settles into their new home with a gig at The Barbary

Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Fishtown, Friday night, November 11th. The wind’s got a sharp bite that makes it feel like fall in Philadelphia, finally. It’s record release day for Philly-via-Minneapolis indie rockers Carroll. Their sophomore LP, As Far As Gardens Go, offers listeners a glimpse into their move, recorded in remote waterside cabins and gracious friends’ living rooms, or so the liners suggest — they’re also due to appear on the Shaking Through series on December 14th. But tonight, at the Barbary, the city feels like home. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Whaler at The Barbary, Stevie Nicks at the Wells Fargo Center

whaler
Whaler | photo by Frank Apollonio | www.frankapollonio.com

Surfy pop outfit Whaler play The Barbary tonight. The Philly-based four piece made waves with a pair of singles released earlier this year, dipping their toes back in the recording game after releasing a debut LP called Natural Barriers in 2015. “Deep End” and “The Weather Lately” were recorded with Jeff Zeigler – stream them below and get more information for the 21+ show here.

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Got $2.2 mil? You can own The Barbary.

Sorority Noise | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Sorority Noise | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Fishtown hotspot The Barbary – a space known for its raging dance parties like Tigerbeats and Space Jams, as well as its all-ages punk matinees – is going up for sale.

The Inquirer‘s Michael Klein reported this afternoon that the venue owner put it on the market in response to heavy development around its neck of Frankford Avenue – not the least of which is The Fillmore, the 2500 capacity Live Nation venue that opened in October. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jane Siberry at Tin Angel, Pell at The Barbary

Jane Siberry
Jane Siberry | courtesy of the artist

Long-running Canadian singer-songwriter Jane Siberry will debut her new album Ulysses’ Purse for Philadelphia fans tonight with a headlining gig at The Tin Angel. At the same time as she teases that it may be her last proper record – following a career that’s seen her move in step with Suzanne Vega, Mary Margaret O’Hara and Kristin Hersh – she also called it the album “more universal recording, meant for a wider audience” in an interview with The Key’s K. Ross Hoffman. Tickets and more information on tonight’s show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Revisit “One More Colour” below. Continue reading →

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Superheaven is celebrating the release of Ours is Chrome at The Barbary

 

Superheaven | via facebook.com/superheavenband
Superheaven | via facebook.com/superheavenband

The sun set long ago for the Doylestown band known as Daylight.

But that didn’t mean they stopped making the battering, heavy songs that offered a throwback to the 90’s, served up on their debut record Jar. In fact, they took that sound and perfected it. That is what you will hear from Superheaven – different name, same snarling attitude. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mick Jenkins at The Barbary, Lightninging at Boot & Saddle, Paper Hearts at World Cafe Live and more…

Mick Jenkins
Mick Jenkins | photo by Robert Beckham

Chicago hip hop artist Mick Jenkins is at The Barbary tonight. He released a new mixtape called The Water[s] last summer, a progressive electronic hip hop record that expertly blends gritty and sublime elements to sound like Jenkins rapping over James Blake. Listen to “Jazz” below and get more information here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Twin Peaks at The Barbary, Spuyten Duyvil at Ardmore Music Hall, and Zeus at Ortlieb’s

Twin Peaks | via facebook.com/twinpeaksdudes
Twin Peaks | via facebook.com/twinpeaksdudes

Chi-town garage rock group Twin Peaks will be headline an all-ages The Barbary tonight The group of 20-somethings has gained recognition for their light-hearted and happy approach to classic garage rock, combining the styles the three separate singers/songwriters in their band. Twin Peaks touring in support of its August release, Wild Onion, and will be supported by Tweens, Public Access TV, and Slow Animal. Below, check out Twin Peaks’ “I Found A New Way” and get information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Joyce Manor at Union Transfer, Belgrade at The Barbary, and Busses at Boot and Saddle

Photo via facebook.com/joycemanorband
Photo via facebook.com/joycemanorband

Californian pop-punk band Joyce Manor will take the stage at Union Transfer tonight. Members Barry Johnson, Matt Ebert, Chase Knobbe, and Kurt Walcher recently released their third studio album Never Hungover Again. They refer to its as a collection of songs about how things fall apart – including the loss of friends (“In The Army Now”),  the regret of getting a tattoo (“Heart Tattoo”), and the panic of facing the unknown future (“Catalina Fight Song”). For tickets and more information check out the XPN Concert Calender. Below, listen to “Schley.” Continue reading →

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Philly needs an all-ages show space. TWOB Fest wants to make that happen.

The Hotelier | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
The Hotelier plays an all-ages show at The Fire. They headline TWOB Fest this weekend | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

DIY punk’s openness, accessibility and ability to survive (and thrive) hinges upon the existence of the right mix of venues. For the most part, Philadelphia has just that. The scene here is so nurturing that just about anyone can start a band, write a few songs, practice them and eventually, play a show. That conduciveness can almost seem passé sometimes just because we’re so acclimated to it, but the reality is that it’s just not like that in most cities. It takes a lot of hard work, some clever maneuvering, and the right mix of personalities to save a subculture from stagnation. In Philadelphia, that means a plethora of non-traditional, not-exactly-legal venues. Pennsylvania’s draconian alcohol laws, along with operating costs that are almost universally prohibitive for broke punks, mean that the vast majority of all-ages punk shows here are happening off the grid in musty basements, dirty kitchens and cavernous lofts, which makes for a uniquely wonderful, but perhaps unsustainable experience.

Daniel Anderson wants to create something sustainable. Since 2011, he and his roommate Ruben Polo have run local label Kat Kat Records, while booking shows both in their own West Philadelphia basement and at others across the city. They’ve also booked festivals of their own, beginning with Kat Kat Phest and culminating with the inaugural TWOB Fest this weekend, which will see local favorites like Kite Party, Marietta and By Surprise performing alongside out-of-town acts like Laura Stevenson, Sundials and The Hotelier to raise money for an all-ages, DIY show space in Philadelphia to hopefully open in the fall. Continue reading →