York County pop-rock four-piece Kingsfoil is wrapping up its 2012 with a headlining show tonight at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster. The band put out its sophomore album this year, the hooky and emotive A Beating Heart is a Bleeding Heart, and recorded a Key Studio Session with us on the eve of Hurricane Sandy. Opening the show is fellow Central Pennsylvanian Jesse Baker, whose LP Tearing Down the Walls is available as a free download here. More information on tonight’s show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; below, watch the video for Kingsfoil’s very catchy single “What Your Mother Taught You.”
With 2012 wrapping to a close, there aren’t many more questions that have to be answered this year. One that you should definitely think about, though, is which concert you will be attending on New Year’s Eve. The two-night stand at Johnny Brenda’s from Philly’s The War on Drugs is sold out as of this morning, but we’ve got a round-up of what else is going on. So now all you have to worry about is how many friends will be begging to tag along! Continue reading →
It’s still the season of giving and what could be better than giving back with the gift of music? Tonight the Tin Angel is hosting a showcase to benefit the Hurricane Sandy victims of Union Beach. The line-up features a myriad of local performers like Foxhound, The Doublewides, Suzie Brown, Joey Sweeney as well as other surprise acts. Performances tonight kick off at 8; tickets for the 21+ show can be found on our concert calendar here. Below, watch a video of Foxhound performing at Studio 34 recently.
As a precursor to the holiday weekend (and a sly tip-of-the-hat to the apocalypse buzz), Philly singer-songwriter Andrew Lipke – whose 2011 LP The Plague was a cycle of songs set in the endtimes – played The Tin Angel on Friday, December 21. He was joined by singer-songwriter-harpist Gillian Grassie. Each artist played a set, then the two dueted on a medley of seasonal selections, including “Last Christmas” and “Feliz Navidad.” Check out photos of the performance in the gallery above.
Following up his Siddiqah EP from May, local singer-songwriter Andrew Lipke has shared a new song with us called “Ascetic Blues.” The track comes as a preview of Lipke’s next full-length Songs from Siddhartha (with an expected release in the spring) and showcases Lipke’s knack for creating orchestral rock pieces that still feel intimate. “Ascetic Blues” is available as a free download on Lipke’s Soundcloud and Bandcamp through the end of the year. He’ll be performing at The Tin Angel this Friday, December 21st for the Winter Solstice Concert with Gillian Grassie; tickets and information are available here. Stream the new song below.
El Vez (The Mexican Elvis) is celebrating the yuletide season with a show at World Cafe Live tonight. Billed as El Vez Mexmas!, the Latin singer will perform holiday favorites with a Mexican twist alongside his stage companions The Elvettes, sprinkling in some cabaret-style entertainment and exciting costume changes. Tickets and more information for the all-ages show can be found here. Watch a back-stage promo video for Mexmas here, and watch a video from El Vez’s Christmas revue below.
South Jersey-bred rocker, producer and XPN host Ben Vaughn takes to the stage of The Tin Angel tonight. The venue is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month, and XPN Welcomes Ben and his quintet to rattle the walls a bit with some timeless garage rock tunes. The 21+ show begins at 8 p.m., tickets and more information can be found here. Below, watch a video of the Ben Vaughn Quintet playing “My First Band” at Maxwell’s in Hoboken last year.
Back in June, contemplative Philly singer-songwriter Josh Schurr released his album Halfway, a mix of expansive piano compositions very reminiscent of Tori Amos and back-to-basics acoustic ballads in the vein of David Gray. Next month, he plays The Tin Angel alongside Darlingside and Heather Maloney on Thursday, November 29. Below, listen to the soft and serene number “The Hunter” from Halfway.
Elizabeth Ziman knows the exact culture her music appeals to because she has always been a part of it. Born and raised in the artistically relevant Greenwich Village, Ziman became accustomed to a free-spirited, musical lifestyle at a very young age. The Elizabeth And The Catapult frontwoman began studying classical piano as a child and eventually attended the Berklee College of Music for classical music. Nowadays her personal project, Elizabeth And The Catapult, veers far from her classical training and towards her folksy, New York roots. This homegrown, classically influenced blend can be heard on both of her full-length albums, especially her most recent, The Other Side Of Zero. It consists of indie pop that is bound together by eclectic instrumentation and strong piano leads, which are often performed with free-flowing hair and a floppy fedora. Elizabeth And The Catapult performs with Sonya Kitchell and Christina Courtin at 8 p.m. at the Tin Angel; tickets to the 21+ show are $10. —Caitlyn Grabenstein
Also Playing: XPN Welcomes JC Brooks And The Uptown Sound + Blayer Pointdujour And The Rockers Galore, New Motels at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m., 21+, $10–$12); The Heat Run + The End Of America at Milkboy Philly (10 p.m., 21+, $8–$10); The Slackers + The Pietasters, The Snails at Union Transfer (8:30 p.m., all ages, $15); The Maine at First Unitarian Church (7 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT)