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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Turning Violet Violet at Boot and Saddle, Communion Club Night featuring Tennis at Underground Arts, Dads at PhilaMOCA and more

Turning Violet Violet |  Photo via www.myspace.com/turningvioletviolet
Turning Violet Violet | Photo via www.myspace.com/turningvioletviolet

Philly pop-rock outfit Turning Violet Violet bids its final farewell tonight at Boot and Saddle. The band released its swan song single “Cherry Blossom” a few weeks ago on Bandcamp hinting that it was calling it a day; this was confirmed by drummer Brandon Gulish, who told us that this will be their last headlining show for the foreseeable future. Stream the song below and get tickets here.

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Listen to “Cherry Blossom,” a farewell single from Turning Violet Violet (playing Boot and Saddle on 11/7)

turning violet violetFresh off a Saturday night slot at the SoFAR Philly showcase, chamber-pop five-piece Turning Violet Violet are back with a new single today – which is also evidently also its swan song. “Cherry Blossom” is the first new music from the band since it released its Double Cure LP in spring of 2012, and is playful and progressive, with a fantastic violin solo at the end by Sarah Jean Pisano…but on the Bandcamp page for the track, it’s simply states “Our final single. Come get it.”

We checked in with drummer Brandon Gulish, who tells us that the band’s November 7th show at Boot and Saddle is the band’s last headlining gig for the forseeable future. “Each band member is (for at least the time being) going to be focusing energy on other projects.” While its sad to see TVV go, they’re an eclectic and talented crew, so any new music that sprouts in their wake will be undeniably solid.

Listen to “Cherry Blossom” below, and grab a free download at Bandcamp. Tickets and information on Turning Violet Violet’s November 7th show at Boot and Saddle can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Murchant at Puck, Les Professionnels with Telequanta at MilkBoy, Lockets with Turning Violet Violet at Safety Meeting, Sara Watkins with Field Report at the New Hope Winery, Chill Moody at Hard Rock Cafe

MurchantAnnachristie Sadler brings her new project Murchant to Puck Live in Doylestown tonight.  Formerly one third of local folk collaborators Sisters 3, Sadler’s musical history includes backing up Hoots & Hellmouth and Hezekiah Jones, as well as recording a handful of full-lengths with her sibling bandmates.  With Murchant, though, Sadler takes a turn from the three-part indie pop/folk harmonies of Sisters 3 and instead lends her soaring vocals to more mystical, acoustic arrangements.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Reverend TJ McGlinchey can be found here.  Watch Murchant perform in the NYC metro below.

Murchant – AnnaChristie Sadler from Luciana Botelho on Vimeo.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Turning Violet Violet at Kung Fu Necktie, Bleeding Rainbow at Johnny Brenda’s, Mary Lattimore at Kung Fu Necktie, Philebrity Valentine’s Day special with Juston Stens at Underground Arts, plus more

Local indie group Turning Violet Violet play Kung Fu Necktie tonight.  The Key Studio Session alums carve out chamber alt-rock songs on the fringe of art-rock that seem bathed in a purple glow, though that might just be residual effects of their band name.  Either way, the songs on Turning Violet Violet’s debut full-length Double Cure are swathe-y, sweeping compositions that strike all the right feelings chords.   Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with TeamMate and Donora can be found here.  Revisit Turning Violet Violet’s Key Session here and watch their video for “Cold Bread” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: HighKick at World Cafe Live, Green Jelly at Kung Fu Necktie, Turning Violet Violet at The Balcony

West Philly quartet HighKick are bringing their rockabilly sound to World Cafe Live tonight in preparation for the release of their new demo. The band’s honest lyrics and steady Americana rhythms make their 2010 album, Paints a House, a must-hear for any fan of DIY roots music, and can be streamed here. Tickets for tonight’s all-ages show are available on our concert calendar here; doors open at 7 p.m. Below, watch a video profile on HighKick from 6ABC.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Minus the Bear at Electric Factory, Mark Kozelek at First Unitarian Church Sanctuary, Chill Moody at Love Park, BITBY One Year Anniversary at Johnny Brenda’s, John Lee Hooker, Jr. at Warmdaddy’s

XPN Welcomes Seattle indie rockers Minus the Bear to the Electric Factory tonight. In August the band released its fifth studio album, Infinity Overhead,  to praise from critics who have said it has been “not so much transforming their sound as transcending it” (The Village Voice). Minus the Bear will be playing tonight with Cursive and Caspian. The all-ages show begins at 8:30 and more information about the show can be found here. Watch Minus the Bear’s new video for “Steel and Blood” below.

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Download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 5 (feat. The Spinto Band, Turning Violet Violet, Heyward Howkins + more)


The latest edition of our Key Studio Sessions compilations is out today – now streamable and downloadable from Soundcloud! Dig into the best of what we’ve been doing since May with The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 5, including some sprightly indie pop from The Spinto Band, driving country-folk from Carsie Blanton, funk jams by Swift Technique and hip-hop from Ground Up. Special thanks to guest engineer Jeff White and production assistants Fred Knittel, Madeleine Lesperance, and Dan Malloy as well as photographers Kate Bracaglia, Eric Ashleigh, David Kain, Michael Passanante, Kevin Kennedy, Rachel Barrish and Bryan Shreck for sharing their work.

Looking for more? Visit WXPN’s Soundcloud page to download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 1 through Vol. 4.

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Watch a new music video for “Cold Bread” by Turning Violet Violet (playing Kung Fu Necktie tonight)

Turning Violet Violet just released a theatrical video for their single “Cold Bread”, starring Rob Baniewicz from sketch comedy group Camp Woods and Niff Nicholls from the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. They acting out the song’s vignette of a detached married couple at the dinner table, while the band serves as a greek chorus of sorts. Check it out below, and catch the band tonight when they play Kung Fu Necktie with The Sky Drops and Birthmark (featuring Nate Kinsella from Joan of Arc). Tickets to the 21+ show are $8, and available here.

Cold Bread – Turning Violet Violet (official) from turning violet violet on Vimeo.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ryan Shaw at Mt. Airy Night Market, Turning Violet Violet at Kung Fu Necktie, and The Fractals at Underground Arts

Night Market Philly, a free, food-centric street festival, is coming to Mt. Airy tonight. The event features 50+ food trucks and restaurants, as well as a music provided by WXPN. Grammy-nominated R&B artist Ryan Shaw, singer Ginger Coyle and Americana band Reckless Amateurs will be playing live sets throughout the night. The event is scheduled to run from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. For more information visit the Night Market Philly website here.

Philly indie rock band Turning Violet Violet is playing Kung Fu Necktie tonight with Birthmark (Nate Kinsella from Joan of Arc) and The Sky Drops. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are available here for $8. Listen to Turning Violet Violet’s new album, Double Cure, in the player below and, if you like what you hear, the album is available for pay-what-you-want download on the band’s BandCamp page here. You can also download their Key Studio Session here.

Philly alt-rockers The Fractals recently joined WXPN’s Helen Leicht in the studio to perform live on her show, Leicht Lunch. Now the band are joined by local bands The Lowlands, and Modern Inventors for a show at Underground Arts tonight. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the 21+ show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are available here for $6. Listen to The Fractals’ on Leicht Lunch, download their acoustic performance of the new song “Twila Darlin’”, get an mp3 of their studio recording of “Miss Kensington,” and hear an archive of their entire appearance here.

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Watch: The Sky Drops release a new video for “Now Would Be” (playing Kung Fu Necktie in August)

Check out the new video from Wilmington gaze rockers The Sky Drops for their song, “Now Would Be” from the Clouds of People EP. The mp3 of “Now Would Be” is available for free download for a limited time on the band’s website. The Sky Drops will play a show at Kung Fu Necktie on Thursday, August 16th with locals Turning Violet Violet and Brooklyn’s experimental Birthmark (Nate Kinsella from Joan of Arc). Tickets to the 21+ show are available for $8 here. Below, watch the video for “Now Would Be” from The Sky Drops’ Clouds of People EP.

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