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Get ready for The Lone Bellow’s Free at Noon with their new Then Came Morning

The Lone Bellow | via Facebook.com/thelonebellow
The Lone Bellow | via Facebook.com/thelonebellow

This Tuesday, Brooklyn-based trio The Lone Bellow released their sophomore album, Then Came the Morning, showcasing their critically-acclaimed bluesy, Americana sound.

The group is no stranger to Philly, rocking a main stage slot at the 53rd annual Philadelphia Folk Festival in August.  Their anticipated show at Underground Arts is set for March 24. And they just announced a performance at XPN’s Free at Noon concert next Friday. (RSVP here.) Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sonnder at Bourbon and Branch, Mercury Radio Theater at Underground Arts, W.C. Lindsay at Union Transfer

Sonnder
Sonnder | photo via Facebook

Early this month, local atmospheric rockers Sonnder kicked off a monthly singles project – one new digital track a month, culminating in a full album by December. The song “Drifter,” which kicked the series off, takes a more subdued and haunting approach to their sound compared to the band’s vibrant Thief EP from 2014, but where it goes from here is a total mystery – and we’re totally into following the journey. The band plays Bourbon and Branch in Northern Liberties tonight; tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Vaselines with Amanda X at Johnny Brenda’s, Mic Stew and Reef the Lost Cauze at Underground Arts, Arc Iris at Tin Angel and more…

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Scottish outfit The Vaselines visit Johnny Brenda’s with Amanda X tonight. The indie pop veterans first released material in 1987 on an EP called Son of a Gun. Seven more efforts followed, culminating in last year’s V for Vaselines LP which was partially a nod by The Vaselines to the sound of the Ramones. Tourmates Amanda X kept busy last year with shows near and far while recording a new 7″. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here; watch The Vaselines’ video for “High Tide Low Tide” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chicano Batman at Underground Arts, Spaceship Aloha at Johnny Brenda’s, Meyhem at Union Transfer and more

Chicano Batman | photo courtesy of the artist
Chicano Batman | photo courtesy of the artist

Drawing on 60s and early 70s bossa, and samba, cumbia, psychedelia, and soul, Los Angeles four-piece Chicano Batman plays Underground Arts tonight. The retro-leaning Latin rockers released Cycles of Existential Rhyme last year, and will be joined by Las Cafeteras at tonight’s show. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Read The Key’s interview with Chicano Batman here, and listen to “She Lives on My Block” below. Continue reading →

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Beautiful truths with Over the Rhine at Underground Arts

Over the Rhine | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Over the Rhine | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Last Saturday’s cold and wet attitude could not prevent the warmth and beauty of Over the Rhine from overtaking Underground Arts. Husband and wife duo of Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler let their folk rock wrap the seated audience in the wealth of their 23-year musical history. With their newest holiday-themed release Blood Oranges in the Snow as a backdrop, they delivered their take on “reality” Christmas. And with some cuts from other works, including their masterful 2013 double album Meet Me at the Edge of the World, it would be tough to disappoint anyone in the rapt crowd. Though a seemingly odd venue for such a band, Underground Arts ended up being quite a fine setting for Over the Rhine’s beautiful truths. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tinmouth at Kung Fu Necktie, Tribute to Ode to Billie Joe at Underground Arts, Dirty Dollhouse at Bourbon & Branch and more…

Tinmouth
Tinmouth | photo via Facebook

Tinmouth close out their 2014 concert schedule with a show at Kung Fu Necktie tonight.  The local indie rockers were the subject of this week’s Key Studio Session, previewing tracks from their forthcoming debut LP Says.  Check out “Same Noise” below and get the full session here.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show here

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Searching for Bobbie Gentry: Tara Murtha and a team of Philly musicians explore Ode to Billie Joe

Bobbie Gentry's classic Ode To Billie Joe will be explored in a new 33 1/3 book and performed by Philly musicians this Friday at Free at Noon and Underground Arts
Bobbie Gentry’s classic Ode To Billie Joe will be explored in a new 33 1/3 book and performed by Philly musicians this Friday at Free at Noon and Underground Arts

When Tara Murtha first heard the music of Bobbie Gentry, she couldn’t believe she hadn’t found it sooner.

It was about eight years ago, back when the Philadelphia writer started dating her now-husband Jesse Lundy. She characterizes it as the point in a relationship where one partner is trying to impress the other, show off their taste a bit, and Lundy did this with a copy of Ode to Billie Joe, the 1967 debut LP by the multifaceted Mississippi-born musician who disappeared from the public eye in 1980.

After listening, Murtha was intrigued, and took to Google to learn more. The first thing she came across was a video of Gentry on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, surrounded by dancers in bright colors, making her way through an elaborate stage set designed like a Louisiana swamp. It was 1967 and she was performing her rendition of “Niki Hoeky,” a song by Jim Ford and Pat and Lolly Vegas. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Residuels at Boot & Saddle, New Sound Brass Band at Underground Arts, Chuck Prophet at World Cafe Live

Residuels
Residuels | photo via Facebook

Residuels debut their new look as a four-piece tonight at Boot & Saddle. After drummer Pat Troxell dispersed for sunnier days in Georgia with his other band Creepoid earlier this year, frontman Justin Pittney thought the group was put to rest.  But a working relationship with Iggy Pop and some choice advice inspired him to charge on with a new line-up and new album, recorded at Uniform Recording with Jeff Zeigler.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.  Listen to “Maligned” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wiggz and Wooten at The Fire, Beano at Underground Arts, The Revivalists at The TLA and more

Photo via Broad Street Music Group
Photo via Broad Street Music Group

Philly hip-hop pop duo Wiggz and Wooten headline The Fire tonight. Affiliates of the HomeGrownPhilly collective, the duo has been around for a year and a half, released a string of digital singles and collaborated with other locals like Mic Stew. Check out their single “Local Love” below and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets at PhilaMOCA, Thee Oh Sees at Underground Arts, Ben Kessler at Tin Angel

Pulp, circa early 90s
Pulp, circa early 90s
Pulp fans unite! The eagerly anticipated 2014 documentary on Jarvis Cocker and Co. – Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets – screens tonight at PhilaMOCA at 7:30 p.m. Known best stateside for their mega-hit “Common People,” the band is revered among British rock aficionados for its brilliant fusion of glam, disco and super-literate lyrics. As a storyteller, Cocker details the lives of the working classes, the artists and the generally sexually starved in vivid detail. Set around Pulp’s 2011 reunion while looking back across its career (which spans the early 80s to the late 90s), this retrospective will be a treat for die-hards and will win over new converts. Information at the PhilaMOCA web page. Continue reading →