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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jessica Pratt at Boot and Saddle, The Lawsuits at Pastorius Park, Blonde Redhead at Union Transfer and more

Jessica Pratt | Photo bu Colby Droscher | Courtesy of the artist
Jessica Pratt | Photo bu Colby Droscher | Courtesy of the artist

California singer-songwriter Jessica Pratt will take your breath away. Born in San Francisco, based in LA, Pratt’s minimal guitar meditations are easily comparable to Nick Drake and Karen Dalton. But even if you’re not familiar with those nuggets of 70s folk, Pratt’s music is still affecting. Her sophomore album On Your Own Love Again was released in January via Drag City Records and Pratt appears at Boot and Saddle tonight with XPN Artist to Watch Ryley Walker. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Swollen Fox will celebrate its anninversary with The Lawsuits, Commonwealth Choir and Lou

Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

If you were lucky enough to catch The Lawsuits and Commonwealth Choir at last week’s inaugural Key Fest, you’re likely yearning for more. And if you didn’t, even more reason to catch ‘em live – this time for another Philly music blog, The Swollen Fox, at their fifth anniversary show at Johnny Brenda’s on July 11. Continue reading →

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Key Fest At-A-Glance, Part Two: A folk / rock ramble with The Lawsuits, Rosu Lup and Dylan Jane

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

While Thursday night starts out Key Fest with a indie / punk bang, Friday opens it up into something more spacious with a night of expansive, Americana-tinged folk / roots / rock and roll. Continuing our series of preview rundowns for this first-ever Key-curated celebration of local music, today we’ll take a closer look at the three artists joining us for the second night at MilkBoy. Continue reading →

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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 →