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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Two Piece Fest IX at First Unitarian Church, Ben Arnold at Underground Arts, Winter Doldrums Fest at World Cafe Live and more…

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Joint Chiefs of Math | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com

The ninth annual Two Piece Fest takes place at the First Unitarian Church today. As we previously reported, the day-long event is “an exercise in mayhem and minimalism that brings the DIY scene together, one duo at a time.” This year’s line-up includes Joint Chiefs of Math, Brown Rainbow, Empty Vessels and a dozen more. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here; listen to Joint Chiefs’ “Get Rich or Try Dyin'” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Underwater Sounds at Underground Arts, Sheer Mag at Ortlieb’s, Wiki of Ratking at Ardmore Music Hall, and more…

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Underwater Sound | photo by Samuel Markey Photography

Down Under: The Underwater Sounds take on Underground Arts for the last time tonight. The Philly reggae group has been together playing shows in the area for around six years now, so do not miss this last chance to see them. Everyone who attends the show will receive a copy of Visions Of Love And Light Part II. Also performing will be The Snails and The Rosemary Fiki Band. For more info, check out the link here. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Ben Arnold

Veteran Philly singer-songwriter / rock-n-roller Ben Arnold has covered a lot of ground in the two decades he’s been making music. In the mid-90s, he was signed to Ruffhouse / Columbia and released the slacker-pop nugget Almost Speechless – which is a tiny bit ironic since the man is the total opposite of a slacker.

By the early aughties, he had grown into a more nuanced singer-songwriter and received a lot of attention from WXPN for In Case I’m Gone Tomorrow, as well as his acclaimed 4-Way Street supergroup with Jim Boggia, Scott Bricklin and Joseph Parsons. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: The Underwater Sounds share cover of Bjork’s “Joga”

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Underwater Sound | photo by Samuel Markey Photography

As we learned in the most recent High Key feature on Sonni Shine, The Underwater Sounds are calling it quits next month. For six years the reggae fusion outfit lifted spirits at over 600 shows and released several records, a run that culminates with February 5th’s farewell show / record release party for Visions of Love and Light pt. 2 at Underground Arts. For now, though, we have the premiere of “Joga,” a cover of Bjork’s song that has become a staple of The Underwater Sounds’ live show.

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Just Announced: Bob Mould is headlining Underground Arts in April

Bob Mould | Photo by Alicia J. Rose | courtesy of the artist
Bob Mould | Photo by Alicia J. Rose | courtesy of the artist

Veteran rocker Bob Mould is releasing his 12 solo album, Patch the Sky, on March 25th via Merge Records, and his spring tour in support of the album brings him to Underground Arts on April 26th. In addition to his prolific solo career, Mould is also known for fronting Sugar in the 90s and Hüsker Dü in the 80s, so the show will most likely feature a visit or two to his extensive back catalogue.  Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Petal

When Scranton’s Kiley Lotz founded Petal in 2012, she didn’t have a lot of expectations attached to it. A lot of her close friends from were musicians, playing in bands like The Menzingers and Captain We’re Sinking. Surrounded by such a fertile DIY community, a bit of inspiration seeped off, but Lotz wasn’t making music for anybody but herself.

She recorded the EP Scout with Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins of Tigers Jaw, she self-released it online and then something happened. People really dug what they heard. The EP was reissued on Run for Cover Records in 2013 and Petal began emerging on the show scene, all while Lotz pursued a parallel career in theater that had her living in New York City for a while.

These days she calls Fishtown home, and has a fantastic new set of songs to enhance the Petal catalog. Continue reading →

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Load-In to Load-Out: Babes in Toyland emerge triumphant at Underground Arts

Babes in Toyland | Photo by Chris Sikich | sikichphotography.com
Babes in Toyland | Photo by Chris Sikich | sikichphotography.com

A world without the music of Babes in Toyland is a world lacking the angst and catharsis conveyed as only they can. Originally made up of Minneapolis guitarist-vocalist Kat Bjelland and drummer Lori Barbero, along with bassists Michelle Leon and Maureen Herman (who replaced Leon in 1992), the band re-emerged this year after disbanding in 2001.

When they finally played Philly’s Underground Arts on October 22 it had been 20 years since Babes in Toyland last set foot in the city. New and old fans alike showed they still wanted the band’s punk rage. And boy, did the band deliver. Rounded out by new bassist Clara Salyer, they pummeled Philadelphia with a brilliant set. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Christian McBride as DJ Brother Mister at World Cafe Live, Angel Haze at Underground Arts, The Ocean Blue at Chameleon Club, and more

Christian McBride | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/officialchristianmcbride
Christian McBride | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/officialchristianmcbride

DJ Brother Mister is the alter-ego of renowned Philly jazz musician Christian McBride. A recipient of three Grammys, McBride is one of the most successful and widely acclaimed bassists and composers of his generation, having performed and worked with the likes of D’Angelo, James Brown, Questlove, and Paul McCartney. As DJ Brother Mister, McBride switches things up, jumping behind a turntable and spinning a variety of R&B, funk, and soul hits, all while playing along with his bass. Tonight, he’s bringing the party to World Cafe Life. You won’t want to forget your dancing shoes for this one. Tickets can be found over at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Diarrhea Planet at Underground Arts, Freeway and Friends at The Trocadero, Givers at Boot and Saddle and more

Diarrhea Planet | Photo by John Vettese
Diarrhea Planet | Photo by John Vettese

In case you couldn’t tell from their name, Diarrhea Planet, are a punk six-piece that enjoy having a good time and also don’t quite care about the rules. We covered their show at Underground Arts earlier this year, and let’s just say we were impressed. Their ’70s inspired sounds cuts through the noise and brings you something you should really see for yourself, and tonight you can, as they return to Underground Arts for a show with the playfully named Music Band and Hound. For more information on the show head to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →