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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ensemble Novo at World Cafe Live, Ill Fated Natives at The Fire

Ensemble Novo | Photo by David Dzubinski  | via facebook.com/EnsembleNovo
Ensemble Novo | Photo by David Dzubinski | via facebook.com/EnsembleNovo

Philadelphia Brazilian jazz six-piece Ensemble Novo opens the Twin Danger show upstairs at World Cafe Live tonight. Led by saxophone player and music scribe Tom Moon, the six-piece band recorded its Blue Night LP with Jeff Hiatt at Turtle Studios, and released last year. Listen to the easygoing vibes of “Church Is Where You Are” below, and get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Ill Fated Natives

We don’t know a tremendous amount about Philly’s Ill Fated Natives – they’re very new to the Philly music scene – but we can tell you with no uncertainty that they rock, and they rock hard. The local power trio is made up of drummer “Joey Stix” Pointer, singer-guitarist O. Thompson and bassist Bets Charmelus. They first caught our ear in April with their debut single, a bluesy slow-burn called “That Don’t Mean I Don’t Love You.” Our Katrina Murray described the single as “tough love at its finest.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hound at Long in the Tooth, Method Man / Redman at The TLA, Philly Sings Philly with DRGN King at The Fire

Hound | via wearehound.bandcamp.com
Hound | via wearehound.bandcamp.com
West Philly thrash trio Hound celebrate the vinyl release of their LP Out of Time with a free show tonight at Long in the Tooth. The power trio features singer-guitarist Perry Shall (also a visual artist and show promoter, formerly of surf-punks Dry Feet), drummer Chris Wilson (of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists) and Colin McGinniss on bass; the record is out now and you can rock out to “Mortality Jam” below. Information on the free show can be found here. Continue reading →

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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 →