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.
This 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.
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
Continuing their month of Tuesday Tune-Outs, 8static presents Cheap Dinosaurs tonight at PhilaMOCA. The local chiptune / rock band will perform a set of their “wall of sound” productions before screening the 1982 independent sci-fi film Liquid Sky. Like their Tuesday Tune-Out predecessor Chipocrite, Cheap Dinosaurs recently performed at Mag Fest in NYC where they participated in a showcase of chiptune music makers. Admission for tonight’s all-ages event is a suggested $5 donation at the door; more information can be found here. Watch a live video of Cheap Dinosaurs performing at PhilaMOCA from April 2011 below.
Divers open for Auctioneer at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The brainchild of local musicians Emily Ann Zeitlyn and Ross Bellenoit, Divers are a new quartet filled out by Tom Bendel (Buried Beds) and Todd Erk (The Weeds). Alternating between wailing, dynamic flourishes and upbeat rock-outs, the Philly band’s still-growing discography of three tracks is an enticing preview of what’s to come. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Auctioneer and Anna Vogelzang can be found at the WXPN Concert Calendar. Stream “Wild Things” below and right-click here to download it for free.
For The Key’s final Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA tonight, Hop Along frontwoman Frances Quinlan will perform a rare solo set of brand-new songs. Her local pop / punk band released the impressive and intricate Get Disowned in 2012, pairing pop hooks with punk arrangements and Quinlan’s honest vocals. Following the set, Quinlan will screen a 1950s Fellini film that gave an early Hop Along song its name. Admission is a suggested $5 donation for this all-ages show. For more information, visit the Facebook event page here. Below, stream “Tibetan Pop Stars” from Get Disowned.
Local emcee Zilla Rocca will take the stage at PhilaMOCA for The Key’s second Tuesday Tune-Out tonight. Getting his start as one-half of rap duo 5 O’Clock Shadowboxers, Rocca welded his passion for film noir with his passion for hip hop to create his own “noir-hop” solo material. On each of his releases, from last year’s Party Like Villains to the collaborative Wu-Tang Pulp effort, Rocca samples clips from and makes references to film noir and pulp fiction from the ’40s and ’50s. Rocca will follow-up tonight’s Tune-Out set with a screening of a 2005 dark comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. For more information and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event page. Watch Zilla Rocca’s video for “Full Spectrum” below.