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The Chris Robinson Brotherhood jams at The TLA

Chris Robinson Brotherhood | Photo by Tom Beck
Chris Robinson Brotherhood | Photo by Tom Beck

In the midst of the tragic breakup of The Black Crowes, two great things happened. The first of which is Trigger Hippy, a band who played the XPoNential Festival last Summer and consists of Crowes guitarist Jackie Greene and drummer Steve Gorman. The other is the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, which incorporates the Crowes’ lead singer as frontman / guitarist. (Technically, the Brotherhood started in 2011 as a side project, before The Black Crowes broke up).

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood took the stage Sunday night at the TLA on South Street, and put on a trippy set reminiscent of a Grateful Dead from the mid ’70s. Continue reading →

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Guster’s Evermotion tour will bring it to The TLA with Kishi Bashi in April

Photo by Joe English | via facebook.com/Gustermusic
Photo by Joe English | via facebook.com/Gustermusic

Alt rock faves Guster recently announced a spring 2015 tour with soundscaper Kishi Bashi opening on several dates, including their Philadelphia stop at the TLA in April. The tour comes after the release of their seventh studio album, Evermotion, due out January 13. The Boston four-piece took a break from their acoustic tendencies for some experimental noise rock on this album with the help of the Shins keyboardist/Black Keys bassist, Richard Swift. Evermotion was recorded at Swift’s Cottage Grove studio in January 2014, and will be released via Guster’s own label, Ocho Mule Records. In addition to the new album, the band is  celebrating 20 years together, and performs at the Theater of Living Arts on April 24 with Kishi Bashi. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN concert calendar. You can listen to a teaser of the new album below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tiani Victoria at the TLA, Tutlie at Kung Fu Necktie and Rat Fist at Space 1026

Photo via King Astro of Batcave Radio
Photo via King Astro of Batcave Radio

Philly born and bred Tiani Victoria performs at the Theater of Living Arts tonight, not long after her XPN Studio Session this past week. Her vocal skills have made her an up and coming Philly performer you should look out for; check out some video from the session below, and get ticketing info for the all ages $29 concert here.

The Key Studio Session: Tiani Victoria “Marinate” from Bob Sweeney on Vimeo.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: My Bloody Valentine at Electric Factory, Dresses at MilkBoy, Taj Mahal Trio at Grand Opera House, and more

My Bloody Valentine

Ethereal alt-rock icons My Bloody Valentine are bringing their elusive melodies and spidery vocals to Electric Factory tonight before they finish up their North American tour in New York. Dropping their anxiously anticipated third full length album mbv in February, Mark Richardson of Pitchfork gave it a 9.1 in his review saying, “mbv is an album of density with very little air or light. But it doesn’t forgo the human touches that have made this band so special.” Find tickets and details for tonight’s show here. Get ready for the show by watching their London performance of “Soon” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Swearin’ at Golden Tea House, The Interest Group at Boot & Saddle, Vikesh Kapoor at Kung Fu Necktie, and more

Swearin’ | Photo by Jesse Riggins

Swearin’ is throwing its record release show for their new album Surfing Strange. Gaining popularity in the underground scene, the punk four piece is known for shout-along lyrics, multiple vocalists, and raging guitar hooks – something you also hear on its 2012 self-titled release. With the excitement building around their new album, which received a 7.6/10 on Pitchfork, Golden Tea House is hosting Philly’s punk show of the night. Pick up Surfing Strange here and get more information on the show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Up The Chain at Ardmore Music Hall, Weird Hot at Johnny Brenda’s, August Burns Red at Union Transfer, and more…

UPTHECHAIN-roof-792x528Philly acoustic folk soul project Up The Chain is celebrating the release of their anticipated new album Seeds & Thorns with a party at Ardmore Music Hall tonight. Produced by Bill Moriarty (who has recently worked with The Lawsuits and Toy Soldiers) and inspired by some of front man’s Reed Kendall’s musical heroes, such as Neil Young, Paul Simon, and Amos Lee, the sophomore release is expected to be simply intimate with an energized Americana swing. Check out the details and tickets for tonight’s show here. Get ready for the show by listening to what the whole band has to say about the new release below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Elf Power at Boot and Saddle, Alice Russell at World Cafe Live, The Burgeoning at World Cafe Live and more…

ElfPowerIn celebration of their October 1st release of Sunlight On The Moon, fantastical psychedelic indie rock outfit Elf Power is coming to Boot and Saddle tonight. The album is the fourteenth full-length the band has released since forming in Athens, Georgia almost two decades ago. Check out the title track from the album below, and find tickets and information for tonight’s show here.

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Heart of Nowhere brings Noah and the Whale to The TLA in October

Noah-and-the-Whale-LAST-NIGHT-ON-EARTH-photos-1009x1024Noah and the Whale just announced the U.S. release of their latest album, Heart Of Nowhere. The band’s fourth release overall, it will be out September 24th on Caroline Records. In celebration, the British indie rock outfit will be touring the states this fall, including a Philly show at Theater of Living Arts on October 17th. Find more information and tickets for show here; below, check out the recent video for “Lifetime” from Heart Of Nowhere. It was created by Fourteen-Nineteen, a London-based young photographers’ collective.

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Hit the dancefloor with UK sensation Example at The TLA on October 15th

exampleExciting news for the club kids: UK dance-pop sensation Example is making his Philadelphia debut this fall with a headlining show at The TLA on October 15th. The stage monicker of one Elliot John Gleave, Example got his start as a rapper in the dubstep scene in the late aughts, but gradually branched out into pop music with more mass-appeal, beginning with his 2010 offering Won’t Go Quietly. The album was a high-energy blend of beats, loops, raps and vocal hooks, and as Example progressed on further releases – and he began performing for bigger and bigger crowds at O2 arenas and Glastonbury-esque festivals around Britain – the club-pop got toned way up and the rap got phased out. But that’s fine, since is music remains catchy, earworm-y and undeniably fun (albeit super super poppy). Last year he released his fourth album, The Evolution of Man, and is reportedly working on a new release for 2014 that he says “is inspired…by Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Faithless, Underworld”; aka everything I listened to between 1996 and 1999. This is going to be great, and tickets are on sale now via The TLA website. Below, watch the videos for “Say Nothing” from The Evolution of Man and “Kickstarts” from Won’t Go Quietly.

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XPoNential Fest: Gogol Bordello tears up the TLA for the amped-up night owls

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Shortly after the first night of XPoNential Music Festival wrapped up at Wiggins Park, a horde of people lined up South Street for the sold-out after party with rabble-rousing eclectic world rock of Gogol Bordello. Though the band has embraced its self-styled “gypsy punk” aesthetic since the 90s, their sound has considerably broadened over the years, as Anna Novikova pointed out in her review of the band’s new LP Pure Vida Conspiracy.

The set last night mixed in elements of dub / reggae, South American music, and even pop moments with the band’s punked-up Eastern European. Singer Eugene Hütz was a commanding presence at the head of the slam-dancing, stampeding, pogo-ing crowd, leading them in chants of “break the curse of aging” and emptying most of a bottle of wine on the front row in spirling, splashes of bright red. Check out photos of the show in the gallery below.