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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Low Cut Connie at World Cafe Live at the Queen; Julia Rainer at The Fire; The Skatellites at World Cafe Live

Photo by Josh Weisgrau
Photo by Josh Weisgrau

Not many blue-collar artists made it onto the White House’s summer playlists curated by POTUS himself. In fact, only one DIY style artist, Low Cut Connie, made the cut of the two twenty-song playlists. The Philly rock band’s frontman Adam Weiner told Digital Music News that he wrote the song, “Boozophilia,” about “all these lunatics and weird-balls and gorgeous individuals who populate dank barrooms all over the USA.  People with big hearts and busted up dreams and dirty jokes and so much love.” Low Cut Connie released their third studio record, Hi Honey, in April of this year. You won’t want to miss their wild performance tonight at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington. Images and videos of the band’s performances show Weiner standing on his piano bench while he slams the keys and sings. Get tickets and more show information here. And watch Low Cut Connie’s video for “Boozophilia” below. Continue reading →

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Get on board with Gooch and the Motion’s bluesy debut

Gooch and the Motion / Photo courtesy of the artist.
Gooch and the Motion |  Photo courtesy of the artist.

There’s always roadblocks on the way to success. Resources. Location. Scheduling conflicts. Through these trials, many artists still enjoy a degree of freedom in their ability to break off and let the music do the healing.

For Ryan “Gooch” Nelson, music was the only way to recover, but the ability to play remained just out of reach.

In 2004, Gooch (who was 18 years old at the time) was injured in an accident that left him a C7 quadriplegic, unable to move at all below his neck. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Album Leaf at World Cafe Live at The Queen, Marah at MilkBoy, QQQ at The Fire and more…

Album Leaf
The Album Leaf | photo via Facebook

The Album Leaf brings a short tour to World Cafe Live at The Queen tonight. Jimmy LaValle began the electronic project in California in the late nineties, collaborating with Conor Oberst and touring Japan before signing with Sub Pop in 2004. His last record was 2010’s A Chorus of Storytellers, though he’s performing new tracks on this current run of dates. Pick up tickets for the show here and watch the video for “Always For You” below.

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Singer-Songwriter Bliss: Mary Gauthier and Allison Moorer played World Cafe Live at the Queen

Allison Moorer and Mary Gauthier | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Allison Moorer and Mary Gauthier | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

The live pairing of the singular talents of Mary Gauthier and Allison Moorer this past Saturday at World Café Live at The Queen was nothing short of sublime. Part of a small tour of the East Coast, Gauthier and Moorer traded songs and anecdotes. Only their voices and guitars separated them from the respectable upstairs audience. But their sense of lyric and melody removed this barrier, making it a most intimate and rewarding artistic affair. Continue reading →

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Every musician in the building got onstage at New Sweden’s 5th Anniversary show

New Sweden | Photo by Joe Del Tufo |
New Sweden | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

New Sweden‘s Birthday Party Concert was indeed a party. With openers Levee Drivers (who played a sensational cover of New Sweden’s “Dick Wolf”) and a high-energy, goes-to-11 set from Scantron, what followed was a New Sweden show like we’d never seen before.

Mixing brand new tracks with classics from over the last five years of their existence, and having members of other regional bands fill in or completely take over the stage, the show did feel like a celebration. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Young Chris at The TLA, The Gallerist at Bourbon and Branch, Divers at World Cafe Live at The Queen

Young Chris | photo via hiphopsince1987.com
Young Chris | photo via hiphopsince1987.com

Philly rapper Young Chris headlines the TLA tonight. Emerging on the scene 12 years ago as an affiliate of Beanie Siegel and Freeway’s State Property collective, he branched out on his own, first as part of Young Gunz and then as a solo artist. When it comes to mixtapes, this dude is prolific, releasing on average two per year since 2007 (and embarking on the ambitious 30 Days / 30 Verses project in 2009). After a couple years of dropping random freestyle clips, Chris re-emerged this spring with the Philly-centric Gunna Season mixtape, which was praised by Stereogum: “the Philly veteran…just raps. And it’s great because he’s great at it.” Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; below, watch Young Chris’ video for “I’m Alive.” Continue reading →

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Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator, and Kid Koala – AKA Deltron 3030 – playing World Cafe Live at The Queen on 7/17

Deltron 3030 | photo by Darren Samuelson
Deltron 3030 | photo by Darren Samuelson

All-star futuristic rap trio Deltron 3030 brings its tour to World Cafe Live at The Queen next week in support of its 2013 sophomore record Deltron 3030: Event II.  The LP emerged thirteen years after the supergroup’s debut and sees members Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator and Kid Koala collaborating with everyone from Damon Albarn to The Lonely Island.  Tickets and information for the July 17th show can be found here.  Watch “Do You Remember” featuring Jamie Cullum below.