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Lizdelize will celebrate their album release with Strawberry Runners and Snake Boy Gang at the next House Key Philly music showcase at Underground Arts

photo by Max Kulicke | flyer by Matt Poirier

After an incredibly fun inaugural gig in November, the HOUSE KEY SHOWCASE returns to Underground Arts on March 23rd for another night of spotlighting Philadelphia musicians and artists. Curated by House Cat Presents along with The Key, and sponsored by Founders Brewing, the gig will be headlined by Lizdelise, the boundary-pushing Philly rock trio fronted by songwriter and guitarist Elizabeth De Lise. They just released their third LP, Holy Matrimony, and it’s their first written and recorded as a collective. Continue reading →

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After riding through a bumpy tour, Kongos arrives at Underground Arts

Kongos | photo by Gabriela Barbieri for WXPN

Playing at Underground arts, four-brother band Kongos hit the stage after apparently having a rather difficult tour. Leading in that day with their apparently fake feud with their opening band Fitness on their social media account the band opened up joking about what has been going on. Earlier in the tour, they had a very real hit and run accident and have since been bussing it with Fitness. Continue reading →

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Watch Lovelorn make its live Philly debut at Underground Arts

Lovelorn | photo via lovelornphilly.bandcamp.com

There’s an exciting new band in town, folks. Lovelorn was born from the dissolution of long-running Philly psych-punks Creepoid, and they just played their first hometown show, opening for Dead Meadow at Underground Arts on Sunday night.

Lovelorn’s full, half-hour long set was captured on video, so those who missed the performance (or those who were there and want to experience it all over again) can watch it below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Angel Olsen at Union Transfer, Elephant Stone at Underground Arts, Sports at PhilaMOCA

Angel Olsen | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

If you caught Angel Olsen‘s mesmerizing set at XPN Fest this summer, or even if you didn’t, chances are you’ll want to snag a last-minute ticket to the singer-songwriter’s headlining show at Union Transfer tonight. Olsen’s playing two nights in Philly, but tomorrow’s show is already sold out. White Magic opens both shows. Olsen’s 2016 release My Woman was voted one of The Key’s top albums last year, and she followed it up this year with Phases, a collection of rarities and B-sides. Watch Angel Olsen’s video for “Special” below and find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Nels Cline at Ardmore Music Hall and Desoto Jones at Underground Arts

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Nels Cline | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Nels Cline may be known as Wilco’s guitarist, but on his own he’s somewhat of an experimental jazz icon. Cline will bring his jazz skills to Ardmore Music Hall tonight, performing in trio form along with drummer Gerald Cleaver and saxophonist Larry Ochs. The three musicians draw inspiration from everything from free jazz to  structured improvisation to noise punk. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Petite Sketches at The Listening Room, The Barr Brothers at Underground Arts, Marge at Planet Phitness

Petite Sketches | photo via the artist’s Facebook page

Petite Sketches, the solo project of Philadelphia’s Tim Straughter, takes small vignettes and sets them to song — as the artist puts it, the project is “a brief unfolding of fleeting musical events accompanied by short lyrical statements.” Tonight Petite Sketches plays The Listening Room in Germantown; it’s an evening of intimate solo performances that also includes Curtis Cooper and Ganou, and all proceeds support activist and political prisoner Leonard Peltier. Listen to “Matter Energy Consciousness” below and find more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hardwork Movement at Underground Arts, Circa Survive at Electric Factory, Deadfellow at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

Hardwork Movement | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

Known for their energetic performances, Philly hip-hop collective Hardwork Movement will bring the party to Underground Arts tonight; Kuf Knotz also plays. The band recently released For The People, their first recording as a full band. Hardwork Movement members Becca Imani and Dani Gershkoff recently joined The Key to perform an a cappella rendition of “Don’t Block the Sun” — listen below, and watch the full band Key Studio Sessions performance of “Walk It Off”. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Diane Coffee at Boot & Saddle, Olivia Neutron John at PhilaMOCA, The Lawsuits farewell show at Underground Arts, and more

Diane Coffee | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

XPN Fest alums Diane Coffee bring their glam-rock sound and theatrical aesthetic to Boot & Saddle tonight. The full-band project of Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming, Diane Coffee released a new 7″, Peel, a few weeks ago, and they’ve brought Canadian indie pop act Peach Pit along on this tour, too. Watch their performance of “Everyday” from the 2016 XPoNential Music Festival below, and find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →