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Kneebody will rival the most random iPod shuffle at World Cafe Live

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Kneebody | Photos by Kim Fox

Millennial jazz will undoubtedly be looked back on as the era when the music opened up to its widest array of influences from both inside and outside the genre. Past movements from fusion to Latin Jazz have folded in diverse elements from across the spectrum, but the latest generation has blended together sounds with an eclecticism to rival the most random iPod shuffle.

No group of musicians embodies that spirit quite like Kneebody. Continue reading →

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Zion80 will explore Jewish music through an Afrobeat lens at World Cafe Live

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Zion80 | Photo courtesy of the artist

For the last twenty years, the bulk of iconoclastic saxophonist/composer John Zorn’s mega-prolific output has been devoted to the Masada songbook, which now consists of more than 600 pieces falling under the umbrella of his Radical Jewish Music label. A little more than a decade ago, Zorn began “Book of Angels,” the second book of the Masada oeuvre, the songs of which have been interpreted by a stunningly diverse roster of artists – everyone from jazz guitar great Pat Metheny to classical/jazz hybridist Uri Caine to off-kilter rock band Secret Chiefs 3. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Goodnight Texas at World Cafe Live, Quilly at the TLA, Gladys Knight at Sands Bethlehem

Goodnight Texas | Photo by Matthew Washburn
Goodnight Texas | Photo by Matthew Washburn

World Cafe Live is getting a treat tonight Americana folk-rock band, Goodnight Texas. No, bandmates Avi Vinocur, Patrick Dyer Wolf, Alex Nash, and Bobby Kendall are not from Texas. The name actually came from the geographical midpoint between the songwriters Avi Vincour (of San Francisco) Patrick Dyer (of North Carolina). What a clever way to create a unique name. Their music give you a nice, feel-good, chill vibe; it’s as if you want to sit on the porch with your significant other and watch the sun set. That makes World Cafe Live the perfect place tonight to go on a date. Checkout their song “Maggie’s Farm” below. Continue reading →

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Space out in Purling Hiss’s new “Forcefield of Solitude”

Image via Facebook | www.facebook.com/PurlingHiss
Image via Facebook | www.facebook.com/PurlingHiss

Purling Hiss breaks the typical mold of psych punk outfits use of heavy psychedelic influence and fuzzed-out electric guitar solos in their newest song, “Forcefield of Solitude.” The structurally loose guitar riffs are there, the same apathetic tone is delivered, but there’s an energy present you won’t hear on the band’s earlier tunes like “D.U.I” or “City Wide Special.”  Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Jukebox the Ghost gives the audience a sneak peak of its new record

Jukebox the Ghost | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Jukebox the Ghost | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Today’s Free At Noon concert presented Jukebox the Ghost, the indie-pop trio from D.C. who came in support of their new, self-titled album, out October 21st.

The boys kicked off their set with their popular tune “Somebody”, which immediately garnered the attention throughout the room. After, they gave the audience a sneak peak at some of their brand new songs from their aforementioned album, it was clear that they were excited to be there. Continue reading →

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Wave Radio, RFA take top honors at Beta Hi-Fi Philly

Wave Radio performing at Wave Radio, RFA take top prizes at Beta Hi-Fi Philly
Wave Radio | Photo by John Vettese

For the ninth year running, World Cafe Live in Philly hosted its annual Beta Hi-Fi Emerging Music Festival last week, with top honors going to cinematic indie trio Wave Radio and garage rock four-piece RFA in last night’s finals.

As I do every year, last night I sat on the judges’ panel of the final round, alongside Jennifer Logue of Rock On Philly and Christianna LaBuz of World Cafe Live at The Queen. It’s always a great way to take in a cross section of up-and-coming musicians from our region. Last night we got quite the range, from haunting Australia-born singer-songwriter Elspeth Tremblay, the funky and charismatic Nalani & Sarina, the country-infused Allie Carroll and the poppy Valerie Broussard. Continue reading →

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Agnes Obel performed a stunning set at World Cafe Live

Agnes Obel | photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Agnes Obel | photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Danish singer-songwriter and pianist Agnes Obel played a mesmerizing set at World Cafe Live on Tuesday night. Returning to the US for part of her global tour in support of her sophomore LP, Aventine (2013), Obel primarily performed songs from that record, as well as a few selections from her debut release Philharmonics (2010).

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The Early November kicked off two nights of sold-out acoustic shows at World Cafe Live

The Early November | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com
The Early November | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

The Early November embarked on a three-week intimate acoustic tour this summer and are closing out the tour in Philly with two nights at World Cafe Live. It’s a sort of a homecoming for the Hammonton, NJ pop punk icons, and frontman Ace Enders and his bandmates got an incredibly warm reception from the sold-out crowd at last night’s kick off show. In return they played a set that was career-spanning and memorable.

Last night’s show began at 8:00 sharp with a solo performance by Young Statues frontman Carmen Cirignano. He played a few old songs as well as new songs off of a record that will be released this fall. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Jimmer Podrasky performed a career spanning set upstairs

Jimmer Podrasky | photo by Cameron Pollock
Jimmer Podrasky | photo by Cameron Pollack

At a recent Free at Noon performance, Jimmer Podrasky put on an excellent showcase of unplugged music upstairs.  Formerly of the critically acclaimed rock group The Rave-Ups, Podrasky came to World Cafe Live in support of a new solo album called The Would-Be Plans, his first in nearly 25 years. Continue reading →