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Mermaid Rescue Week: Five days of funk against domestic violence

Jim Stephens' Full Tilt Boogie Band is one of the organizing forces behind Mermaid Music Week | via facebook.com/JSFullTiltBoogi
Jim Stephens’ Full Tilt Boogie Band is one of the organizing forces behind Mermaid Rescue Week | via facebook.com/JSFullTiltBoogie

The First Annual Mermaid Rescue Week will be five days of music for the support and advocacy of domestic violence and rape survivors. Created by Jim Stephens’ Full Tilt Boogie Band, the music and arts event will donate proceeds to two organizations: Women Against Abuse and Woman Organized Against Rape.

The mini-festival will take place June 15th to June 19th with a slew of Philly hip hop, jazz, and R&B artists. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Snoozer at Bourbon and Branch, Moshav at World Cafe Live

photo via snoozer.bandcamp.com
photo via snewzer.bandcamp.com

Philly punk trio Snoozer headlines NoLibs club Bourbon and Branch tonight. Blending gritty fuzz-rock production with poppy hooks, the trio of Mike O’Keefe, Paul Hewes and Tom Moore has been doing its thing for two years now, most recently with the Cottage Cheese EP (which you can listen to below). Joining them on tonight’s show are Leapling and Baked; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Self Defense Family at Boot & Saddle, MPrynt at The TLA, David Ford at World Cafe Live and more…

Self Defense Family
Self Defense Family | photo via Run For Cover Records

Self Defense Family headline Boot & Saddle tonight. The band is an international collective of musicians with roots in Philadelphia, London, Los Angeles and Albany. They released an LP in 2013 called Try Me, landing somewhere between the heavy punk of Pissed Jeans and the enlightened punk of Sonic Youth with occasional surprises of indie rock (specifically “Mistress Appears at a Funeral”). The band followed-up that effort with two 7″ splits this year, one with Touche Amore and another with Creative Adult (also playing tonight). Watch their video for “Tithe Pig” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Milton at Bourbon and Branch, Dan Wilson at World Cafe Live, Bondage and Discipline at Boot and Saddle and more

Milton | Photo by John Vettese
Milton | Photo by John Vettese

It’s a night showcasing the new sound of Philly soul tomorrow at Bourbon and Branch with a performance by Milton, who just a year ago released an impressive, eclectic record called Simple Pleasures. Jacqueline Conatance opens the show, and we’re hoping she does her knockout Sylvan Esso cover. Tickets and more information can be found here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: July Talk at Boot and Saddle, Something Like A Monument at Ortlieb’s, Leon Chavis and Koray Broussard at World Cafe Live and more

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Canadian art-rockers July Talk will make a return visit to Philly tonight, headlining a show Boot and Saddle. An acclaimed band in the Toronto scene since they formed in 2012, the band released its self-titled debut LP in 2013, which is finally getting its U.S. release this March via Island Records. The meeting of co-frontpersons Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay blend the aggressive and the ethereal into catchy rock and roll, a catchy blend that cuts through particularly strongly on “Guns and Ammunition.” Check out the music video for that song below and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Paul Gless Group at Ortlieb’s, JD McPherson at World Cafe Live, Up the Chain at MilkBoy and more

Paul Gless | via paulgiessmusic.com
Paul Gless | via paulgiessmusic.com

Bringing back some of the jazz history of the newly-remodeled Ortlieb’s, evocative Philly trumpet player Paul Gless plays a set tonight with his eight-piece band. His music ranges from interpretations of songs he heard growing up in a Unitarian Universalist church and emotive, introspective compositions. Outside of this group, Gless’ work has pushed the boundaries of what jazz can be, incorporating electronic textures and synthesizer sounds, and his trumpet playing has scored independent short films – including the surreal Des Images Clairesby Tailor Wilcox, where the score has a sultry Hollywood jazz vibe. Joining the Paul Gless Group tonight is Tom Moon’s Ensemble Novo. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bird Watcher at Johnny Brenda’s, Le Fits at Kung Fu Necktie, Bettye Lavette at World Cafe Live

Bird Watcher

Bird Watcher | photo via Facebook

Local indie rock / folk group Bird Watcher headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Founded by the duo of Jesse Soifer and Julian Booker (the latter also the host of Sleepy Hollow on Sunday mornings), Bird Watcher is now a full band and will be performing new songs taken from an upcoming full-length. Watch their video for “All You Suburban Mothers, I Depart Thee!” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with Dylan Jane and Ortolan here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Farah Siraj at World Cafe Live, Superheaven at Voltage Lounge, PRhyme at Underground Arts and more

Farah Siraj | Photo by Ann Blake | www.annblakephotography.com
Farah Siraj | Photo by Ann Blake | www.annblakephotography.com

Farah Siraj grew up in Amman, Jordan, and though her music is rooted in the traditional sounds of her home country, she takes an expansive approach to songwriting. Incorporating bits of jazz, flamenco and folk, Siraj breaks down traditional barriers, and also uses her songs as a means for humanitarian advocacy. Tonight she headlines World Cafe Live; tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →