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Bold: The Districts Take Charge at Union Transfer

The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Even though I’ve seen The Districts five or six times in the past year, Saturday night was something else entirely. Anyone who’s seen them—whether it was at the Church or XPNFest or somebody’s basement or warehouse—knows that they put on one hell of a show. But where The Districts strength has previously seemed to flow from an introspective fount, the very sold-out release show for A Flourish and A Spoil on Saturday night at Union Transfer seemed powered by a limitless well of incredible proportions. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tess Emma at Milkboy, Weyes Blood at Johnny Brenda’s, The Lawsuits at Boot & Saddle

Tess Emma
Tess Emma | photo via Facebook

Local singer-songwriter Tess Emma debuts her self-titled EP and a new full band at Milkboy tonight. The record chronicles a difficult break-up with four original songs and while the overall tone is dark and heartbreaking, a cover of The Ronette’s “Be My Baby” and the undercurrents of springtime chirps and buzzings leave the listener with a sense of hope and optimism for the future. Tess will be joined on stage with her newly formed band Lou, which features members of Modern Colour to flesh out her compositions. Listen to Tess Emma below and pick up tickets to the record release show with Ginger Coyle, Family Vacation and Ellen Siberian Tiger here.

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New Video: The Lawsuits perform acoustic version of “Sweet Marcelle”

The Lawsuits | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
The Lawsuits | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Philadelphia band The Lawsuits were recently featured by Guitar World Magazine for an acoustic version of their track “Sweet Marcelle” off of their recent album, Tumbled.

The band, known for their rootsy and rocking sound, uses multiple layers of vocals and instrumentation, mixing together genres ranging from blues to rock to gospel. That’s why this most recent recording has garnered the attention it’s been receiving. Breaking away from their typical style, the band’s vocalists Brian Dale Allen Strouse and Vanessa Winters used just one guitar, one mic, and two voices to recreate a new spin on their track. Their breaking down of the track gives it a more simple and melancholy audio ambiance that tugs at the heart strings a little more than it tugs at the ear drums. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Damned at The TLA, Will Sparks at District N9ne, Philly Tapes Philly at Ortlieb’s

The Damned
The Damned | photo via www.officialdamned.com/gallery

English rockers The Damned bring their Hallow-East tour to The TLA tonight.  Formed in 1976, the influential punk rock stalwarts are credited with leading the punk crusade by releasing the genre’s first single and LP.  In 2008 The Damned released their most recent effort So, Who’s Paranoid?, a record that plays more towards the band’s 1980s gothic heyday than its 70s punk roots.  Listen to The Damned’s first single, “New Rose,” below and pick up tickets here.

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UPenn’s SPEC presents Skylar Grey and The Lawsuits at World Cafe Live

Skylar Grey | photo via skylargreymusic.com
Skylar Grey | photo via skylargreymusic.com

On Saturday, October 25th, University of Pennsylvania’s Social Planning and Events Committee is bringing singer/songwriter Skylar Grey to World Cafe Live. Grey is an accomplished composer and lyricist, having been credited with co-writing tracks like “Love The Way You Lie” by Eminem and Rihanna, “Coming Home” by Diddy Dirty Money, “Clarity” by Zedd, and “I Need A Doctor” by Dr. Dre and Eminem. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Lawsuits at Johnny Brenda’s, Fishbone at MilkBoy, North Mississippi Allstars at Weis Center

The Lawsuits | Photo courtesy of the artist
The Lawsuits | Photo courtesy of the artist

You can’t pinpoint the sound that Brian Dale Allen Strouse, Brendan Cunningham, Vanessa Winters, Josh Friedman, and Joe Bisirri create. You can hear some influences in the music they make as The Lawsuits, coming from gospel, reggae, folk and many more. This beautiful combination is probably the reason why they’re so adored in their hometown. Tonight, the band celebrates the release of its latest EP, Tumbled; check out their song “(Darla Nye) Never Love Someone” below, and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Lawsuits release a fantastically funky new single “You Aren’t The Same”

The Lawsuits | Photo courtesy of the artist
The Lawsuits | Photo courtesy of the artist

Local long-haired favorites The Lawsuits have released yet another single off of their highly anticipated upcoming release Tumbled. The funky track “You Aren’t The Same” does not disappoint, highlighting singer Vanessa Winters’ soulful and smooth voice. Over the past few weeks, the genre-switching group have released single after single (including “Sweet Marcelle”, a track as delicate and, well, sweet as its name). Continue reading →

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Listen to sentimental new song from The Lawsuits

The Lawsuits | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
The Lawsuits | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

The Lawsuits are wearing their hearts on their sleeves, everyone. New song “(Darla Nye) Never Love Someone” warns its listener (named Darla, of course) not to “love someone the way [the narrator] loves [her]” for her own sake. The tune ambles through a guitar-filled soundscape and has one of the most sonically pleasing uses of auto-tune to boot. Continue reading →

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Listen to The Lawsuits’ love ballad on “Sweet Marcelle”

The Lawsuits | photo by Caitlin McCann | caitlinmccannphoto.com
The Lawsuits | photo by Caitlin McCann | caitlinmccannphoto.com

Fresh from their phenomenal XPoNential Festival performanceThe Lawsuits just released their newest song, “Sweet Marcelle” from their forthcoming EP Tumbled out September 23rd. The EP follows the release of last year’s debut LP Cool Cool Cool and is the first album the band will put out with the new American Diamond Recordings. The new song carries the same positive rock and roll vibe from Cool Cool Cool. Continue reading →