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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gracie at Johnny Brenda’s, The Wooden Sky at Kung Fu Necktie, ZZ Ward at World Cafe Live

Electronic chillwave/pop project Gracie plays Johnny Brenda’s tonight with Snowmine and Lockets.  The moniker of local guy Andrew Balasia, Gracie has been sweeping us up and into its hypnotic beats since the For Summer EP dropped last year.  Earlier this year Balasia took the project in a more experiemental and haunting direction with his Treehouse EP.  For the upcoming Bleeder full-length, however, Balasia returned to the pop vein of For Summer and released the seductively anthematic “Creature Pleaser” this past summer.  The 21+ show begins at at 9:00 p.m., more information is available here. Below, stream “Creature Pleaser” and download the name-your-own-price track from Gracie’s Bandcamp.

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New tribute to Springsteen’s Nebraska features Philadelphia’s Strand of Oaks, Adam Arcuragi (out Sept. 20)

With next month comes the release of Long Distance Salvation: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska, an impressive collection of new folk and Americana artists putting their spin on the landmark 1981 album. The album is due out in digital and vinyl format on Sept. 20, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting hunger charity Project Bread. Among the artists featured are Philadelphia’s own Strand of Oaks with a haunting rendition of “Used Cars,” and sometimes-Philadelphian Adam Arcuragi with “Reason to Believe.” The set opens with a rendition of the title track by Canadian band The Wooden Sky, who played an excellent set at Philadelphia Folk Fest earlier this month. Below, listen to their take on “Nebraska,” watch a video of Oaks’ Tim Showalter covering “Used Cars” for a Hear Ya Live Session, and see the entire tracklist. Continue reading →

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Photo Recap: Saturday at Philadelphia Folk Festival with Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Philly Local Showcase and more


Saturday was a huge day at the 51st Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, kicking off with a WXPN Philly Local Showcase, continuing through a Steve Earle / Lucinda Williams collaboration and peaking with a rousing set by Little Feat. Check out a photo recap in the gallery above.

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