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Tonight’s Concert Picks: DRGN King at Johnny Brenda’s, Seoul Delhi at Bourbon & Branch, Kindred The Family Soul at World Cafe Live and more…

DRGN King
DRGN King | photo by Caitlin McCann | http://caitlinmccannphoto.com/

Local indie rockers DRGN King kick-off a nearly two-month long, cross-country tour at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. They also helped to kick-off the 2015 season of Free at Noons, “skipping their day jobs” to rile up the crowd at World Cafe Live back in January. They performed songs from their recent Baltimore Crush LP (which you can learn more about here), as well as tracks taken from their 2013 debut Paragraph Nights. Listen back to the concert here and check out a live-session video for “Undertow” below. Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Field Mouse and Teen Men can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Fresh Cut Orchestra at World Cafe Live, Kishi Bashi at Union Transfer, Kool Keith at Kung Fu Necktie and more…

Fresh Cut Orchestra
Fresh Cut Orchestra | photo via Facebook

Local jazz ensemble Fresh Cut Orchestra perform at World Cafe Live tonight. The ten-piece band is celebrating the release of their debut record From the Vine, out on Ropeadope Records yesterday. LP features nine original songs that show just how tightly these musicians vibe together. They move from contemporary jazz to Latin-influenced arrangemetns and abstract hip hop beats. Listen to “Sanguine” from the record below and pick up tickets for tonight’s all-ages show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mick Jenkins at The Barbary, Lightninging at Boot & Saddle, Paper Hearts at World Cafe Live and more…

Mick Jenkins
Mick Jenkins | photo by Robert Beckham

Chicago hip hop artist Mick Jenkins is at The Barbary tonight. He released a new mixtape called The Water[s] last summer, a progressive electronic hip hop record that expertly blends gritty and sublime elements to sound like Jenkins rapping over James Blake. Listen to “Jazz” below and get more information here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells at Boot and Saddle, El Malito at Underground Arts, Beausoleil at World Cafe Live and more

Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells | via facebook.com/meddlesomebells
Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells | via facebook.com/meddlesomebells

Philadelphia-based heavy psych five-piece Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells headlines Boot and Saddle tonight in celebration of its self-titled new LP. It’s the third release from the band – whose brooding, distortion heavy sonic tapestries recall PJ Harvey as easily as Black Sabbath – and it will be available at the show on limited edition pink vinyl. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to the single “Willow Willow” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jacob Snider at World Cafe Live, Napalm Death at Union Transfer

Jacob Snider | via jacobsnider.com
Jacob Snider | via jacobsnider.com

New York City singer-songwriter Jacob Snider mixes light and breezy jazz-pop with catchy choruses and his easygoing vocals for a winning sound from the acoustic world. His debut record Carrier is due out this year, and he headlines World Cafe Live tonight. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Download a new song by Pokey LaFarge, “Something In The Water”

Pokey LaFarge | Photo courtesy of the artist
Pokey LaFarge | Photo courtesy of the artist

PokeyLaFarge just wants you to have a good, good time with his mix of country blues, Western swing, Bluegrass, and old time jazz. Since 2006, when he released his debut album, Marmalade, and over the course of seven albums LaFarge has been putting smiles on faces. Continue reading →

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A solemn but explosive set from Rosu Lup capped a solid local bill at World Cafe Live

Rosu Lup | Photo by John Vettese
Rosu Lup | Photo by John Vettese

“Life and death are opposing shores,” sang Josh Marsh to the upstairs crowd at World Cafe Live on Tuesday. “But we walk along till our feet are sore.”

Maybe it was the grey afternoon and licks of ice patching the sidewalk. Maybe it was the reminder of a ridiculously treacherous travel conditions not 36 hours before that had semis plummeting around the highway, claiming the lives of four commuters and injuring dozens more. Maybe it was my friend at the bar, moved by the headlines, talking about the preciousness of life.

In any case, the Tuesday night tour homecoming by Philly’s Rosu Lup struck a tremendous chord in that regard, imbuing tragedy with beauty in an explosive catharsis. Continue reading →

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Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker packed the house at World Cafe Live

Cracker | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Cracker | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

The middle of January in Philadelphia means its time for one of the best live one-two rock ’n’ roll punches around — Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker. World Café played host to their sold-out performances Saturday and both bands were at the top of their game. Led by David Lowery, one of the foremost crusaders for fair compensation for musicians, they cruised mainly through California settings, transporting their frigid fans to sunny musical highs. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Rosu Lup, The Chairman Dances and Caroline Reese at World Cafe Live

Rosu Lup
Rosu Lup | photo courtesy of the artist

A solid triple bill of Philly music is setting up shop upstairs at World Cafe Live tonight. The symphonic, ethereal indie-folk outfit Rosu Lup is headlining the show; the project of songwriter Jonathan Stewart released its latest single, “Hem,” last week and is gradually shaping up a followup to their 2013 EP Currents. (Download their Folkadelphia session here.) Joining them are indie rock literati The Chairman Dances, whose 2014 record The Death of Samuel Miller was a conceptual narrative following the life of a single parent from the 50s through the 90s. (Read Kate Bracaglia’s interview with the band here.) Rounding out the lineup is Caroline Reese from Reading, a countrified pop songwriter with strong hooks and an engaging voice. She released her EP The Electric Year last may and also recorded a Folkadelphia session that you can download here. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to music from each of the artists below. Continue reading →

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Listen to Rosu Lup’s new single “Hem,” see them at World Cafe Live

Rosu Lup
Rosu Lup | photo courtesy of the artist

Local indie-folk band Rosu Lup released a new single this week. The track, titled “Hem,” is hauntingly beautiful and soars with spacious, flowing instrumental sections. The unique instrumentation includes both drums and electric guitar as well as cello, viola, and trumpet. It creates a dynamic texture that is complimented perfectly by the full, intense vocals. Continue reading →