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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wiggz and Wooten at The Fire, Beano at Underground Arts, The Revivalists at The TLA and more

Photo via Broad Street Music Group
Photo via Broad Street Music Group

Philly hip-hop pop duo Wiggz and Wooten headline The Fire tonight. Affiliates of the HomeGrownPhilly collective, the duo has been around for a year and a half, released a string of digital singles and collaborated with other locals like Mic Stew. Check out their single “Local Love” below and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Philly Sings Philly at The Fire, Royal Canoe at Boot and Saddle, Usher at Wells Fargo Center

Dirty Dollhouse | Photo by John Vettese
Dirty Dollhouse | Photo by John Vettese

The annual Philly Sings Philly series continues tonight at The Fire with another handful of local artists covering their Philadelphia favorites. Local blog Root Down in the Shadow curates this week’s lineup, which features Chelsea Mitchell of Dirty Dollhouse, recent Key Studio Sessions artist No Stranger, Cold Roses, Ladybird and more. Information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; listen to Dirty Dollhouse’s “Married in the Aviary” below. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: No Stranger

I first caught Jonathan Cooney onstage in the basement of the First Unitarian Church in the spring, performing a set as No Stranger at one of music / education nonprofit The Quarterly’s fundraising showcases. It seemed, in a peculiar way, like I’d been transported to a Church show some ten or fifteen years earlier. Cooney’s style – intricate, acrobatic guitar playing with soaring and emotive vocals – is firmly rooted in the emo / acoustic era of the early thousands, stuff like Jonah Matranga, The Weakerthans, Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes and so on. It’s bittersweet, sensitive, contemplative and totally engaging. Continue reading →

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Meet eclectic Philly rock five-piece Seoul Delhi

Seoul Delhi
Seoul Delhi | photo via facebook.com/Seouldelhi

Bouncing between alternative and classic rock, even frequently incorporating jazz influences, Philly-area five-piece Seoul Delhi makes an impressive introduction with its debut Everything Must Go. The group consists of Ashley Ferrante on percussion, CoCo Brewer on vocals and keyboard, Tucker Hill on vocals, keyboard, and guitar, Chris Rudisill on guitar and Jessie Wexler on bass. Much of the stylistic influence and diversity, however, stems from the pen of the group’s premiere songwriter, Hill, though he’s quick to tell us ”

a big part of our sound now comes from the whole band arranging something together that I’ve written on my own.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Porter Robinson at The Tower Theater, Sonny Landerth at World Cafe Live, Chalk and the Beige Americans at The Fire and more…

Porter Robinson
Porter Robinson | photo courtesy of the artist

It’s going to be a party at 69th Street tonight when EDM poster boy Porter Robinson will be at the Tower Theater performing his debut album Worlds, which was met with mostly positive reviews from critics. As Rolling Stone states, “Although it doesn’t sound quite like EDM, Worlds manages to retain the thrilling rush of emotions that the best raves inspire.” Robinson’s music may not sound like typical electronic dance music, but there’s something about it that gives you a jolt of positive energy. With songs like “Sad Machine,” which you can check out below, Robinson manages to leave everyone feeling rejuvenated. Tickets and information for the show can be found here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Shovels and Rope at Union Transfer, Slow Magic at Boot and Saddle, and OhBree at The Fire

Photo by Leslie McKellar
Photo by Leslie McKellar

There’s only one place you should be at tonight, and it’s not at home. You should be at Union Transfer, enjoying sweet music from South Carolina’s Shovels and Rope. The Americana folk duo consist of the happily married Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, who do a great job illustrating the soul of the south with their music. With songs like “Birmingham” and “The Devil Is All Around” on their new album Swimmin’ Time, this duo gives their audience a peaceful feeling of wanting to experience the simple life. Check out their song “Birmingham” below and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Lancaster’s Douglas Thomas goes elegantly inward on “Amphibious”

Douglas Thomas | Photo via facebook.com/douglasthomasmusic
Douglas Thomas | Photo via facebook.com/douglasthomasmusic

A sparse, gentle piano, and cautious voice are how we are introduced to Douglas Thomas on his new track, “Amphibious”.  Budding from the musical groundwork is a lush string section that transitions from playful to driving and back again. When Thomas sings, “It’s a little bit lonely to be everywhere,” you can hear the uncertainty in his gossamer tone. By the chorus the previously restrained instrumentals fully bloom, finding Thomas struggling with his own identity, pleading for understanding. The song lands softly, like a falling feather, waiting for the next gust of wind to take it away.

This is the first single from Douglas Thomas’ second album Gone To Seed, which is currently slated for a September 30th release date. Continue reading →

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The Hotelier / Foxing co headlining tour brings the heat to The Fire

Foxing | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Foxing | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

A co-headlining tour featuring Saint Louis’ Foxing and Worcester, Massachusetts’ The Hotelier brought an incredible lineup of bands to The Fire Sunday night. Two popular regional acts played alongside the touring artists, both of whom boast well-received new releases, making for a night of punk so exciting that it was sold out well in advance.

First at bat was local favorites Little Big League. The band flawlessly mixed hooky riffs with a powerful vocal performance from frontwoman Michelle Zauner. Their set was impressive and it came as no surprise when they announced they were the newest member of the Run For Cover Records family the next morning. Continue reading →

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5 Shows to See in August: Langhorne Slim & The Law, Bleachers, The Hotelier, Temples, and Kishi Bashi

langhorne
Photo via https://www.facebook.com/langhorneslim

It feels like we just talking about beginning-of-the-summer shows, and somehow it is almost August.  It’s still summer though!  So make sure you take advantage of the outdoor weather as much as possible at these 5 awesome shows throughout August. Continue reading →

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Modern Baseball played a surprise set at The Fire with Weatherbox, Dikembe and Hightide Hotel

Modern Baseball arrives at The Fire | Photo by Allison Newbold |  allynewbold.com
Modern Baseball arrives at The Fire | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

On Wednesday July 16th, The Fire hosted one of the best emo rock shows of the summer. Hailing from San Diego, California, Weatherbox headlined the sold-out show in support of their new record, Flies in All Directions, released this year via Triple Crown Records. On tour with Weatherbox is Dikembe, from Gainesville, on tour in support of their new record, Mediumship, released this month via Tiny Engines.

The surprise local support for this show was Philly favorites Modern Baseball, who was only announced a day before the show, and Hightide Hotel. This sold out show was easily one of the best line ups of the summer and was a truly incredible night full of stage dives, crowd surfing, sing alongs, and sweat.