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Photo Recap: Andrew Lipke and Gillian Grassie at The Tin Angel

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.

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Download a new track from Andrew Lipke called “Ascetic Blues” (playing The Tin Angel on 12/21)

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.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: El Vez at World Cafe Live, Marina & the Diamonds at Union Transfer, Ari Hest at The Tin Angel, Forest Fools at North Star bar

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.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ben Vaughn Quintet at The Tin Angel, Angel Olsen at Studio 34, The Astronauts at PhilaMOCA, Mirah at Johnny Brenda’s, The Tragically Hip at The TLA

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.

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Listen to “The Hunter” by singer-songwriter Josh Schurr (playing The Tin Angel on Nov. 29)

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.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Elizabeth And The Catapult at The Tin Angel

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)

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