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The Fire announces line-up for fourth annual Sundrop Music + Arts Festival

Photo by Caitlin McCann | caitlinmccann.4ormat.com
Katie Frank | Photo by Caitlin McCann | caitlinmccann.4ormat.com

Sun Drop Music and Arts Festival has announced the line-up for the all-local event, taking place Memorial Day Weekend at The Fire.  Three days of multi-genre music will be provided by Philadelphia Cee Knowledge & Cosmic Funk Orchestra, The Get Real Gang, Shilpa Ray, Kwesi K, Katie Frank and a dozen more.  Now in its fourth year, the festival boasts ticketed 21+ shows in addition to free, all-ages outdoor sets, food vendors and craft stands.  Tickets and information can be found on the Facebook page here.  Check out some performers below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jessica Lea Mayfield at Johnny Brenda’s, Cayetana at The Fire, Chalk and the Beige Americans at Kung Fu Necktie

Jessica Lea Mayfield | via facebook.com/jessicaleamayfield

Singer / songwriter and guitarist Jessica Lea Mayfield brings her ethereal vocals and creeping, crunching guitar riffs to Johnny Brenda’s tonight in support of her recent album release Make My Head Sing…. Sometimes touching on psychedlic shoegazey rock, other times inserting her bluegrass roots (she was in a bluegrass band with her family as a young girl), Mayfield’s sound is unique and all her own. Get tickets and info on the 9:15pm show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: TJ Kong EP release at Johnny Brenda’s, Goodnight Lights at The Fire, Cloud Cult at Prince Music Theater and more

tj kongTJ Kong and The Atomic Bomb will rock Johnny Brenda’s tonight in celebration of their latest EP KONG. The Philly-bred four-piece are a pleasant mix of garage rock and jump blues that’s far from predictable. Check out “Telephone Blues’ below and get tickets here.

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Goodnight Lights throw a house party for four in their “Convinced” video

Goodnight Lights
Goodnight Lights

It’s like the crash after a long night of throwing back Lagers and oily pepperoni pizza and wondering where the rest of your friends are. In their new music video for the single “Convinced,” we see Philly modern rock crew Goodnight Lights throw a party for drummer Michael Ziegler…who, alas, doesn’t show up. Slices are consumed, awkward dances are danced, Jameson is pounded and the band, drummerless, passes out on a suburban couch. Is this a metaphor for band-life, or a jab at Ziegler for running late? We hope it’s not the latter, since Goodnight Lights has two pretty sweet shows on their concert agenda: this Friday, April 18th at The Fire with Monday Appreciation Society, and Saturday May 31st at Johnny Brenda’s with Rexedog and Joy Riding. More information on both at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Curly Castro’s latest EP spits out rhymes with heart

Photo courtesy of facebook.com/curlycastro
Photo courtesy of facebook.com/curlycastro

If you want a clear depiction of what modern hip-hop sounds like, take one listen to Curly Castro‘s EP Brody.

Castro’s got an incredible talent of espousing socially-conscious ideas while spitting out rhymes with impeccable energy. Throughout the EP, guitar samples and movie dialogue overlap powerful lyrics, making it irresistible to listen to all six head-bobbing songs.

You can catch Castro with his producer (and fellow MC in the Wrecking Crew) collective, Zilla Rocca, Saturday April 19 at The Fire. The show starts at 9 p.m. and the $10 tickets to the 21+ can be purchased here. If you want more of Castro, check out his The Key Studio Session this past September, at or his solo show a bit away on June 14 (also at The Fire).

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PREMIERE: Go indepth on hair care in the new music video for Glitter’s “Halo”

Photo via facebook.com/glitterphiladelphia
Photo via facebook.com/glitterphiladelphia

You might not think much of your daily hair care routine (or lack thereof) but Glitter does. In fact, it’s the theme of their latest video for “Halo”. Taken from their new EP Graffiti Ghosts, the track speaks of “turning around” and the Earth being “inverted upside down” with the former being played out very clearly in the clip since each individual has his/her back turned to the camera. There’s no mention of hair, but everyone is attending to their manes with either a brush, hairspray, gel, or all three. Perhaps, hair is the halo. In that case, what about the bald guy? Ponder that and grab tickets to the band’s show at The Fire on April 5th here.

Halo – Glitter – Official Video from isaac turner on Vimeo.

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Philly alt-rockers A Day Without Love deliver an introspective new EP Confessions of the Innocent Mind

Photo via facebook.com/adaywithoutlovemusic
Photo via facebook.com/adaywithoutlovemusic
Considering their name, you’d expect A Day Without Love to be a pretty dark band. But darkness is just one facet of their new release Confessions of the Innocent Mind which, in their own words, is “a side A/B single about clarity, darkness, and introspective perspectives of life”. There’s a hard rock edge and urgency to “Expose” which finds the band in full rebellion mode as they sing “remove monopoly and give us our freedom” while “Save” is a quiet number that channels existential angst. Celebrate the new release with the band at their upcoming local shows: April 1st at The Fire (tickets here) and April 17th at World Cafe Live (tickets here).

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lizanne Knott Philabundance benefit at World Cafe Live, The Phosphenes at The Fire, and Cuddle Magic at Boot and Saddle

Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com
Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com

Philly’s Lizanne Knott will play a show benefiting Philabundance tonight at World Cafe Live. The longtime local favorite released her last album Standing in the English Rain back in 2012. Featured in indie films, TV movies, and documentaries, Knott’s music is praised for its raw and honest quality. Watch “Miss You” below and get tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mike Bell & The Movies at The Fire, The Jawn at M Room, Cold Fronts at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

Mike Bell & the Movies | photo via www.facebook.com/itismovietime
Mike Bell & the Movies | photo via www.facebook.com/itismovietime

Mike Bell & The Movies play The Fire tonight.  The power pop / punk band out of Philadelphia (featuring members of Algernon Cadwallader and Dangerous Ponies) released a new record called Nothing Works a few weeks ago, following up their Stuck in a T.V. debut.  Their sound is fast-paced and fun, crossing Weezer with Elvis Costello.  Check out the LP below and get more information for tonight’s show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Young the Giant at Tower Theater, Evening River Band at The Fire, and Pill Friends at the Trocadero

Young the Giant | photo via www.facebook.com/youngthegiant
Young the Giant | photo via www.facebook.com/youngthegiant

After achieving indie-rock stardom with their 2010 debut, Young the Giant took some time to regroup before readying its follow-up Mind Over Matter which arrived last month. Tonight, they’re in town for a show at the Tower Theater in support of the new release. To channel fans’ creativity, the band recently announced a Mind Over Matter-themed poster design contest. Before drafting your sketches, grab tickets to their show here and check out “It’s About Time” below.

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