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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Verite at Union Transfer, Pine Barons at Kung Fu Necktie, Secret Nudist Friends at The Barbary

Verite | photo by Eric Ryan Anderson | via the artist’s Facebook page

Brooklyn-based singer, Kelsey Byrne, makes dark, indie electro-pop under the moniker, VERITE. She’s been releasing a slew of infectious singles and EP’s since 2014, with her debut album, Somewhere In Between, due out on June 23rd. Before then, you can experience VERITE’s expansive sound fill Union Transfer tonight when she opens for Betty Who. Find more info on tickets here and watch the tour video of VERITE’s awesome cover of The 1975’s, “Somebody Else,” below. Continue reading →

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Celebrate the work of Leonard Cohen in music and spoken word at the Gershman Y

Leonard Cohen | photo courtesy of the Gershman Y
Leonard Cohen | photo by Route66 | courtesy of the Gershman Y

It’s been six months since the passing of legendary songwriter Leonard Cohen, and it’s no doubt that his influence and inspiration will continue to live on through artists for years to come. To pay tribute to such an important figure, the Gershman Y is presenting An Evening of Leonard Cohen at the Y’s Levitt Auditorium on Thursday, May 18th. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bul Bey at Johnny Brenda’s, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard at Underground Arts, Beach House at Chameleon Club, and more

The Bul Bey performs at World Cafe Live for NPR Music's Tiny Desk Road Show | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
The Bul Bey performs at World Cafe Live for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Road Show | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Philly rapper The Bul Bey headlines Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Since the release of 2015’s Shaking Hands and Kissing Babies, The Bul Bey has been active in the scene and has been steadily been releasing videos of songs off the album. Be sure to catch his charismatic and lively set along with Gabriel Wolf and DJ Sylo. Get more info on the 21+ show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch the video for The Bul Bey’s song, “Welcome to My Campaign,” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sonnder at The Barbary, Line Leader at Kung Fu Nectie

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Sonnder | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Local outfit Sonnder have plans to record some new material and take a break from playing out this spring, so catch them at The Barbary tonight. The four-piece alt-rockers will be following up last year’s Entanglement LP – stream the title track below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Tough Shits at Kung Fu Necktie, Philly ReggaE Band at The Barbary

The Tough Shits
The Tough Shits | Photo by Nikki Volpicelli

Lo-fi garage dwellers The Tough Shits are a part of a fantastic Kung Fu Necktie gig featuring Greg Cartwright and Tom Lax. Their fun west coast punk sound is refreshing and welcomed here on the east coast and a perfect soundtrack for the proverbial sunset for the end of a weekend. The gig is 21+ and tickets/more information can be found here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dominic at Johnny Brenda’s, Ladybird at The Barbary, David Wax Museum at Union Transfer

Dominic | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN
Dominic | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Local guy Dominic is celebrating the release of his debut solo LP Goodnight, Doggies at Johnny Brenda’s tonight, along with fellow record-releaser Norwegian Arms and No Thank You. Though this is Dom Angelella’s first outing under his own name, you’ll no doubt recognize him from his roles in DRGN King, Lithuania, and Hop Along. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Listen to “Birthday Song” below

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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

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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 →