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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Saintseneca at Johnny Brenda’s, Deerhoof at Union Transfer, Robyn Hitchcock at World Cafe Live and more

Saintseneca | photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Saintseneca | photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Columbus, Ohio indie-folk collective Saintseneca has had a heavy year of touring since releasing its latest LP, Dark Arc, back in the spring. Tonight, the band makes its third visit to Johnny Brenda’s in the past year. Fronted by singer and songwriter Zac Little with a rotating cast of accompanying players, the band fuses traditional sounds with a contemporary outlook; download a live version of “Happy Alone” performed on NPR’s World Cafe below, and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Minas celebrates the anniversary of a bossa nova classic at World Cafe Live

Minas | Photo via minasmusic.com
Minas | Photo via minasmusic.com

If Getz/Gilberto didn’t start the fire of the bossa nova craze in the United States, it was the fuel that turned the spark into an inferno. Fifty years ago, saxophonist Stan Getz teamed with Brazilian guitarist João Gilberto for the west coast jazzman’s fourth excursion into Brazilian music. Though he didn’t share equal billing in the title with those two headliners, perhaps the most important collaborator on the album was composer/pianist Antonio Carlos Jobim, who contributed six of the eight songs on the album. Among them were such soon-to-be classics and standards of both the jazz and bossa nova genres as “Desafinado” and “Corcovado.”

But most iconic of all was “The Girl From Ipanema,” with its affectless vocals by Astrud Gilberto, João’s wife, a perfect match for the cool jazz-meets-Brazil vibe of the song. The Philly-based Brazilian jazz quintet Minas is celebrating the song’s landmark anniversary with their own version of “The Girl From Ipanema,” the first single from their forthcoming album, Symphony in Bossa. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Little Big League at Johnny Brenda’s, Laura Stevenson at MilkBoy, Lily and Madeleine at World Cafe Live and more…

Little Big League
Little Big League | photo via Spin.com
Little Big League celebrates the release of Tropical Jinx at Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  The record marks a difficult several months for the band, and tonight’s show will be the last for a while as front-woman Michelle Zauner moves to the west coast.  The record, though, is Little Big League’s second overall and first for its new label Run For Cover Records.  The collection of cathartic personal songs explore themes of love, loss and growing-up over catchy, edgy indie rock.  Tickets and information for the 21+ release party can be found here.  Listen to the title track below.
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Rhett Miller serves up stories and rarities at World Cafe Live

Rhett Miller
Rhett Miller | photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

A sold-out crowd witnessed Rhett Miller in fine form this past Saturday at World Café. With Old 97’s and solo material at his disposal, he rattled through the lives of his many colorful characters with their grit and grime in full glory. Raucous and pure fun, it was certainly a great way to welcome November.

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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 →