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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Johnny Marr to The Trocadero, Tom Odell and Jeremy Merssersmith at Johnny Brenda’s, Pattern is Movement Album Screening at PhilaMOCA for Tuesday Tune-Out

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XPN welcomes Johnny Marr to The Trocadero tonight.  The former Smiths guitarist is currently promoting his first solo effort The Messenger.  Following the break up of The Smiths in the late 80s, Marr has worked on recordings with The Talking Heads and J. Mascis and contributed in large part to the score of Inception.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show with ALAMAR can be found here.  Check out an interview The Key did with Marr here and watch him perform “Sun and Moon” at Coachella below.

U.K. singer-songwriter Tom Odell plays Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Now touring in support of his 2012 debut Songs from Another Love EP and an upcoming full-length called Long Way Down, Odell got his start shlepping his keyboard to open mics night after night in Brighton before being discovered by Lily Allen.  He’ll be support by Jeremy Messersmith, who recently signed to Glassnote Records in anticipation of his new album.  Tickets and information for the 21+ can be found here.  Watch Tom Odell perform “Another Love” on Later… With Jools Holland below.

PhilaMOCA‘s Tuesday Tune-Out and the Cinedelphia Film Festival have teamed up with local experimental rock project Pattern is Movement to present the duo’s “album screening party.”  Set to scenes of Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, the audience will get a full preview of Chris Ward and Andrew Thiboldeaux’s new album, as well as an inside look at the past four years of recording with a Q&A session after the screening.  Learn more about the listening party in an interview with Ward here.  The event is free – more information is available on the Facebook page here.  Watch a trailer for the event below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ari Hoenig with Loop 2.4.3. at World Cafe Live, Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA, and Liz Longley at Burlap and Bean

arihoenig Ari Hoenig and Loop 2.4.3. will help celebrate the Philly Drum Project‘s first anniversary tonight at World Cafe Live.  Working with locally and nationally known drummers, Philly Drum Project hosts monthly meet ups where percussionists can trade tips, check out gear, set up gigs and participate in workshops with the likes of Eric Slick and Chuck Treece.  Tonight’s event features a trio led by Hoenig, a Philadelphia native who has worked with many influential musicians including Pat Metheny and Wynton Marsalis.  Also on hand are Brooklyn percussion duo Loop 2.4.3., currently on tour in support of their 2012 LP American Dreamland.  Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here.  Below, watch Hoenig perform “The Way You Look Tonight” with his band.

Cinedelphia Film Festival‘s month of curating Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA continues tonight with a screening of Loud! Fast! Philly!.  With its rare footage from the early 80s through today, the film uncovers and recalls Philadelphia’s hardcore punk history through the lens of bands and fans that were (and are) integral parts of the cultural environment.  Bands featured in Loud! Fast! Philly! include The Dead Milkmen, McRad, Decontrol and more – check out a preview of the film below.  Tickets and information for the 10:30 p.m. and showing can be found here (8:00 p.m. is sold out).

Liz Longley performs at Burlap and Bean tonight. Although now living in Nashville, Tennessee, the singer/songwriter is a Philadelphia native and will be coming home to play some of her songs in anticipation of her upcoming album entitled Liz Longley, and her new single “This Is Not The End” released on April 16th available through iTunes. She has also been The Local Pick Of The Day back in October 2010 with her song “Free”. Longley will be touring steadily through April, May, and June throughout the US. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with Seth Glier can be found here. Below, watch an acoustic session with Liz Longley playing her new single “This Is Not The End” from her upcoming album Liz Longley.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Port St. Willow at Kung Fu Necktie, Divine Hand Ensemble at PhilaMOCA for Tuesday Tune Out, XPN Welcomes Mike “Slo Mo” Brenner to World Cafe Live

portstwillow_15april2011-9Portland’s Port St. Willow will be playing at the Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The band, formed by Nick Principe, has one release thus far – Even // Listen, released in November of 2010 – and has also been apart of Weathervane’s Shaking Through, where the band recorded their song named “Stay Even”. Primarily funneled through the musical talents of Principe, the sound bursts through with a heightened depth of melody. Although they have not released anything since their EP, they created quite an impact with “Stay Even” and the bright sound they created will join them on stage. Tickets and information for the 21 and up show with Our Griffins and Ben Seretan can be found here. Below, watch Port St. Willow’s recording experience with Shaking Through.

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Guest VJ Eric Bresler previews Cinedelphia’s Tuesday Tune-Out lineup (begins tonight at PhilaMOCA)

Eric Bresler EraserheadWhen Eric Bresler took his post as director of programming at Philly performing arts space PhilaMOCA, he tried to think about creative ways the venue – which operates in a very do-it-yourself fashion – could raise money to sustain its unusual and unique programming. It doesn’t require memberships. It doesn’t charge more than $10 for most events. Bresler ultimately came up with the idea of the Tuesday Tune-Out, a film and music showcase and fundraiser – which, if you haven’t gathered from our monthly features on it, we’re massive fans of.

This month, the MOCA hosts its inaugural Cinedelphia film festival – we’ll tell you more about that in an indepth interview with Bresler tomorrow – and it lined up a hefty five weeks of Tune-Out programming. After nearly a year of featuring events at his venue, we’re thrilled to welcome Bresler to this space to talk about the music and movies in store. All events are at PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th Street), start at 7:30pm and are $5.

From Eric:

I always enjoy finding out about the personal interests of musicians that I like – the movies they watch, the places they hang out – so I thought it would be fun to invite a single musician or band every week who would perform and then screen a film of their choosing that somehow influenced their sound or approach towards making music.  Despite the crowds that PhilaMOCA events get, the city at large is still unaware of the space so I came up with the idea of rotating monthly curators as a means of introducing new segments of Philly’s populace to PhilaMOCA.  So the audience for, say, 8static is very different than the audience for BITBY or Folkadelphia, thus by the end of the month there are several bands that have played the space for the first time that have brought out their own crowds who may be visiting the space for the first time.  We’re really proud of the TTO series and seriously appreciate every guest curator and performer that has come out to support it. Continue reading →

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Download a demo of “Flimsy” from Heyward Howkins (playing Old City Coffee on 3/21 and PhilaMOCA on 3/26)

HeywardI like this new iPhone demo thing Heyward Howkins has been doing.  It started back in December with a late-night recording of “Be Frank Furness” posted to the local singer-songwriter’s Soundcloud, and now we get another sneak peek of his upcoming LP with “Flimsy.”  Howkins tells us the song is “about Seattle dispensaries, nomads and the rest of the us” and will be on Cut & Corral, his 2013 full-length that follows last year’s The Hale & Hearty debut.  Howkins will perform at Old City Coffee for Heyward & JoJo: Alone & Together Again with high school buddy / former bandmate Joey Sweeney on March 21st.  He will also play March 26th’s Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA for Philadelphia Area Music Showcase with Auctioneer (information here).  Stream and download the iPhone demo of “Flimsy” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Charlie Musselwhite to The Sellersville Theater, Amanda X with Point Breeze at PhilaMOCA for Tuesday Tune-Out, Modern Baseball at The Barbary

Photo by Danny Clinch
Photo by Danny Clinch

XPN welcomes legendary blues musician Charlie Musselwhite to The Sellersville Theater tonight.  Over his almost 50-year career, Musselwhite has released over 20 records in addition to collaborating on efforts by Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits and others.  Following the success of his 1966 debut, the 2010 Blues of Fame inductee moved to San Francisco where he and his unique blues-harp playing stood out against the counterculture backdrop. Most recently, Musselwhite collaborated with Ben Harper for 2012′s Get Up!Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with Deb Callahan can be found here.  Below, watch Musselwhite perform “Blues Why Do You Worry Me?” live.

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Guest VJ Nikki Volpicelli previews Philadelphia Area Music Showcase’s Tuesday Tune-Out (kicks off tonight at PhilaMOCA)

NikkiThis month heralds either PhilaMOCA‘s final Tuesday Tune-Out of the winter or the first of the spring, and the lineup that local writer Nikki Volpicelli pulled together has a similar season-melding element to it.

You’ve seen Nikki’s byline here on The Key somewhat regularly; she also an editor for JUMP Philly, and runs her own music blog, Philadelphia Area Music Showcase, which is curating this month at the ‘MOCA. I’m pleased to welcome Nikki to this space (as an interviewee, rather than an interviewer) to tell us what’s in store. All events are at PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th Street), start at 7:30pm and are $5.

From Nikki:

Coming into the whole Tuesday Tune-Out, I had two goals. One, I wanted to make sure I highlighted bands that weren’t playing out as much, but should – bands that people should know about and be able to hear. And two, I wanted to make sure every single night was compact. If you’re going, you’re going because you like this specific sound, and you’re not going to be let down by either of these bands. Continue reading →