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The Stray Birds celebrate Best Medicine with intimate show at World Cafe Live

The Stray Birds
The Stray Birds | photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Last Thursday, music fans flocked to World Cafe Live to witness the record release show of a very special feather — The Stray Birds. The trio out of Lancaster cracked open their just-released Best Medicine and strutted their Americana for a highly appreciative audience.

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UPenn’s SPEC presents Skylar Grey and The Lawsuits at World Cafe Live

Skylar Grey | photo via skylargreymusic.com
Skylar Grey | photo via skylargreymusic.com

On Saturday, October 25th, University of Pennsylvania’s Social Planning and Events Committee is bringing singer/songwriter Skylar Grey to World Cafe Live. Grey is an accomplished composer and lyricist, having been credited with co-writing tracks like “Love The Way You Lie” by Eminem and Rihanna, “Coming Home” by Diddy Dirty Money, “Clarity” by Zedd, and “I Need A Doctor” by Dr. Dre and Eminem. Continue reading →

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Marketa Irglova and friends perform a magical show at World Cafe Live

Marketa Irglova
Marketa Irglova | photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

This past Sunday World Café Live played host to an international call-to-the-soul in the form of Marketa Irglova and her music of the spirit, body and mind. With members ranging from the Czech Republic (Irglova herself), Iran, Israel and the U.S. and a sound driven by keyboard and harmonies, it was a calm, ruminative way to spend a fall night.

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Alita Moses gives Kimbra’s “Miracle” a lot of soul in new Ruba Club video

Alita Moses | Photo via twitter.com/amofro
Alita Moses | Photo via twitter.com/amofro

This fall, Northern Liberties’ Ruba Club launched a monthly video series to promote not only their stage and studio but also the talented musicians here in Philly. Their latest video features the lovely Alita Moses, a Philly-based jazzy vocalist trained at University of the Arts, doing a cover of Grammy Award winning singer Kimbra’s “Miracle.” If you’ve heard the original version, you know that Kimbra brought a ton of electric energy to her song. What Moses did with her version is pretty interesting: she put a timeless spin on it. Continue reading →

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The Bangles rocked the socks off a sold-out World Cafe Live

The Bangles | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
The Bangles | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

On Saturday, Oct. 4, a sold-out World Café Live audience was walking like Egyptians and basking in a hazy shade of winter with none other than the fab females of The Bangles. Rapturous joy was abound for a 23-song set that featured hit after hit.

Beginning with their glorious cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “A Hazy Shade of Winter,” there were memory-stirring songs throughout the night. The dynamic trio of guitarist Susanna Hoffs, guitarist Vicki Peterson and drummer Debbi Peterson kept the 1980s alive and reminded the crowd that they can still craft great pop. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Yelle at Union Transfer, Marketa Irglova at World Cafe Live, The Budos Band at District N9NE, and more!

Yelle | Photo via MTVIggy.com
Yelle | Photo via MTVIggy.com

Tonight, electro-pop superstar Yelle will be performing at Union Transfer. The French singer has successfully released two albums, Pop Up and Safari Disco Club, and is currently working on her third, the name of which has not been announced yet. Any fan of pop music should see the European interpretation of what has become such a staple in the American musical canon, and Yelle is a perfect ambassador. Check out  “Je Veux Te Voir” below and get information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Porter Robinson at The Tower Theater, Sonny Landerth at World Cafe Live, Chalk and the Beige Americans at The Fire and more…

Porter Robinson
Porter Robinson | photo courtesy of the artist

It’s going to be a party at 69th Street tonight when EDM poster boy Porter Robinson will be at the Tower Theater performing his debut album Worlds, which was met with mostly positive reviews from critics. As Rolling Stone states, “Although it doesn’t sound quite like EDM, Worlds manages to retain the thrilling rush of emotions that the best raves inspire.” Robinson’s music may not sound like typical electronic dance music, but there’s something about it that gives you a jolt of positive energy. With songs like “Sad Machine,” which you can check out below, Robinson manages to leave everyone feeling rejuvenated. Tickets and information for the show can be found here. Continue reading →

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Indie diety J Mascis plays an understated set at World Cafe Live

J Mascis | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
J Mascis | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

If intentionally underachieving, blasé, slacker indie rock is your thing, J Mascis is your guy. I don’t mean to say that the man Spin ranked 5th on their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time doesn’t care about his art – quite the contrary. His croaky drone of a voice is, in its own weird way, quite expressive, and the dude shreds on 6 strings like no other. But if you expect this god of the indie-est of rock to put on a mind-blowing performance (as I unknowingly did), you are in for a world of disappointment. Continue reading →

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Watch The Stray Birds’ heartwarming tale of a record store owner in their “Best Medicine” video

Photo via cmtedge.com
Photo via cmtedge.com

After meeting the owner of a used record store in upstate New York, Lancaster bluegrass folk trio The Stray Birds wrote the title track of their new album, Best Medicine. Singer Maya de Vitry’s soulful voice shares this person’s story in the verses, effortlessly connecting with bandmates Oliver Craven and Charles Muench for the harmonized refrain “Music is the best medicine I sell.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lydia Loveless at MilkBoy, J Mascis and Kneebody at World Cafe Live

Lydia Loveless | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com
Lydia Loveless | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

There are plenty of reasons why Rolling Stone names Lydia Loveless as one of it’s “10 New Artists You Need to Know” back in January. She mashes punk rock, classic country and honky-tonk together, creating a unique sound that catches a listener’s ear. Another reason could be her talent as a songwriter, writing as if she was writing in her journal. Maybe it’s her courage to be bold enough to expose all of her qualities, whether good or bad. Whatever reason appeals the most to you, Lydia Loveless is definitely an artist check out. She’s also the artist that will be rocking the house down at MilkBoy tonight with songs like “Somewhere Else,” “Head,” and “Can’t Change Me.” This is definitely a show that you won’t want to miss! Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Check out her video “Somewhere Else” below. Continue reading →