Featuring members from The Weeds, Birdie Busch’s band and Buried Beds, Divers are about as local as a group of musicians can get. Their music falls somewhere in between folk, rock and a little country and can go from ambient tones to straight up rock in a heartbeat. They’re playing at Johnny Brenda’s tonight; for more information on the 21+ show, click here. Below, watch Divers perform “Take Me Back” for Kettle Pot Tracks’ studio’s On the Hill series.
Local pop / rock outfit The Fleeting Ends have shared a video for “I’m Like That,” a track off of their new LP Our Eyes Are Peeled. The video features the band playing the laid-back and lackadaisical (and incredibly catchy) song against a lava lamp backdrop interspersed with cuts to a colorful ballet dancer. The Fleeting Ends will play a free show at The Kimmel Center tonight to help bring PIFA to an end (more information can be found here). The Philly band will also perform at the XPoNential Music Festival this summer, happening July 26-28. Tickets and more information for the festival can be found here. Watch the new video below and check out footage from The Fleeting Ends’ acoustic appearance at The Porch here.
The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts gets underway this Thursday, March 28th and will run through April 27th. With homebase returning to The Kimmel Center and a new theme of time travel this year, the month-long event will use performances, lectures and exihibitions to explore past moments in history including the discovery of America, the lunar landing and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Below, check out a few musical highlights that you won’t want to miss, including a selection of free concerts happening in the Kimmel Center’s “Time Travel Plaza” (where you will also find a spiraling time machine).
Last Call at the Downbeat (4/5-4/13, Red Room at the Society Hill Playhouse): Learn about Philadelphia’s jazz scene in the forties with this staged retrospective of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Watch a short video about the play from show producers Jazz Bridge below.
Prima! Rufus! Judy! (4/21, Verizon Hall): Rufus Wainwright reprises Judy Garland’s return to the stage with selections from her 1961 Carnegie Hall performance. The evening will begin with excerpts from Wainwright’s own opera Prima Donna. Watch Wainwright perform “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart” below.
Chester County / Philadelphia folk outfit The Hundred Acre Woods are set to release a new EP this spring and we got a sneak peek without even knowing it when they appeared on February’s Valentine’s Day four-way split for Topshelf Records. ”Base of My Heart,” their contribution to the benefit record, will be featured on the upcoming EP, which the quintet recorded up north last summer. From bass player Pat Loundas:
In August 2012 we spent a weekend at my uncle’s cabin on Lake Wallenpaupack in the Pocanos to write and demo for our next release (which should be released in May). For us, it was a chance to get out of the city and spend some time in nature.
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell have teamed up for an album called Love Has Come for You. It drops April 23rd, but tickets to see them perform at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall went on sale this morning. The show isn’t until June 27th, but the highly anticipated collaboration promises to attract a crowd. As if Steve Martin and Edie Brickell aren’t enough, several other big names make an appearance on the record including Esperanza Spalding, Nickel Creek members Sara and Sean Watkins, and producer Peter Asher. Tickets and information for the show are available here. Below, listen to a track from Steve Martin’s 2012 album Rare Bird Alert, and watch the music video for Brickell’s “Circle.”
Conor Oberst is coming to The Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall on November 18th for a special solo show with Daniel Johnston, presented by R5 Productions. Most notable for his role in Bright Eyes, Oberst finds his plate constantly full with solo projects and side projects including the recently re-banded Desaparecidos. He’s spent much of the last year touring, both with that reunited post-hardcore five-piece and as a solo act, following the release of Bright Eyes’ 2011 record The People’s Key.
This week we’ve a got a prize pack from the Bright Eyes singer loaded with a pair of tickets for the Philly show show, signed vinyl, a custom screen-printed poster and more. To enter the contest, leave a comment about your favorite Conor Oberst song. Winners will be notified by email so make sure to include your full name and an active e-mail address (your e-mail will not be public). Runner ups will also be chosen to win a pair of tickets for the Sunday night concert. Tickets and information can be found here. Check out the video for “Jejune Stars” off of the latest Bright Eyes disc below.
Just the other day, WXPN favorite Amos Lee announced that a November 5th show at Philadelphia’s Academy Of Music had been added to his upcoming U.S. tour. As The Swollen Fox mentioned, a fan pre-sale went up at 10 a.m. yesterday morning via AmosLee.com; however, all of those tickets are already sold out, according to the site. Tickets will become available to the general public through the Kimmel Center’s website this Friday at noon.
In the meantime, you can check out this video of Lee’s great cover of Neil Young’s “Are You Ready For The Country,” which he performed at this year’s Jazz Fest New Orleans.