Annachristie 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.