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You Do You, Darla, Abi Reimold and more will play the Clark Park Fall Festival

Darla
Darla | photo by Evan Chapman

The annual Clark Park Fall Festival hits West Philly on Saturday, September 19th, and in addition to the usual assortment of crafters and food vendors, it brings together a day-long lineup of local music to support education nonprofit Rock to the Future. Tapped for the show are funky favorites You Do You and Black Landlord, jazzy-prog hitmakers Darla, singer-songwriters Rosemary FiKi, Nik Greeley and Abi Reimold, and much more. Music runs from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and more information can be found here. Below, check out music from some of the artists and check out the set times. Continue reading →

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Listen to You Do You’s fun, cover-filled live set from Ardmore Music Hall

via soundcloud.com/udoumusic
via soundcloud.com/udoumusic

The funky fun Philly group You Do You just released a recording live set from May 29th at Ardmore Music Hall via Soundcloud for your listening pleasure. Included are some new originals like “The YDY Theme Song” and “Don’t Stop My Groove”, as well as a few (pretty amazing) covers of Michael Jackson, Peter Gabriel and more. The set is lively and has YDY’s signature blend of genres, from funk to country to pop. The band is hitting the studio this fall, so look forward to some new material (including songs from their Ardmore performance) soon! Listen to the set below. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. You Do You, Field Report, Damien Rice and more

You Do You
You Do You | Photo by Carina Giamerese

You Do You had a big week, celebrating the release of their new I Got Time EP on Tuesday and premiering their Key Studio Session on Wednesday.  The latter features a track off of the new record, as well as an unreleased number and a few older jams.  Listen to “Island Rat” below and get the full set here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: DakhaBrakha at Arden Gild Hall, You Do You at Bourbon and Branch, Ground Up at Union Transfer and more

DakhaBrakha | Photo via facebook.com/DakhaBrakha
DakhaBrakha | Photo via facebook.com/DakhaBrakha

After a well-received showing at this summer’s Philadelphia Folk Festival, Ukrainian four-piece DakhaBrakha returns to the area tonight for a headlining gig at Arden Gild Hall. The band calls their sound “ethno-chaos,” but what that really means is they’re a melting pot that transcends easy descriptions. You’ll hear a little bit of Eastern European folk music with sounds from India, Africa, Russia, the Middle East and Australia in the mix tonight. To get an idea what that sounds like, check out their Take Away Show below and pick up tickets and more information here. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: You Do You

As I was saying yesterday, funky Philly five-piece You Do You are true party rockers. I don’t necessarily mean that in the LMFAO sense, but it’s not too far off, in that these eclectic music heads from Pennsport take a wide assortment of sounds and styles – from disco to jam rock – mix them in the proverbial blender set to puree and cut the results with a healthy dose of Sly Fox. Continue reading →

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Happy EP release day to You Do You! Hear their Key Session on WXPN tonight

You Do You | via facebook.com/YouDoYouMusic
You Do You | via facebook.com/YouDoYouMusic

It’s probably an exercise in futility to pin down Philly five-piece You Do You to a single genre. Unless, of course, we can call “PARTY” a genre. Fitting somewhere in the interzone between Parliament, Chic, The B-52s, Lady GaGa and the more upbeat moments of Phish, the Philly five piece can be anything from disco to pop to jammed-out funk. Band leader Katie Feeney’s vocals are powerful and soulful; drummer Aaron Boczkowski rocks a fierce dancefloor rhythm. The other players – Drew Parker on guitar, Crills Wilson on keys, Alex Baranowski on bass – keep the energy high, trading solos, adding texture and harmonizing. And it all comes together with brilliant energy on the new I Got Time EP, available today via Bandcamp. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ought at Boot & Saddle, You Do You at Bourbon & Branch, Liam Finn at World Cafe Live and more

Ought | Photo courtesy of the artist
Ought | Photo courtesy of the artist

Montreal’s Ought will perform at Boot & Saddle tonight in support of their debut More Than Any Other Day LP.  A few weeks ago we featured “Habit” as XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week, a song that takes after Talking Heads and Jonathan Richman.  Stream and download the song below.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Dub Thompson and The Stammer can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Edison at Kung Fu Necktie, You Do You at Boot & Saddle and Lily Mae at Tin Angel

Michael James Murray of Edison | Photo by Colin Kerrigan

Philadelphia psych-pop outfit Edison is back with a new line-up and some new material to showcase. The band’s last EP, Living Room, released early last year, is comprised of six songs that evoke so much emotion through soothing, ambient soundscapes reminiscent of Robert Francis and S. Carey (of Bon Iver). Check them out tonight at Kung Fu Necktie. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the door.

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You Do You derive some acoustic bliss from disco gem “Lil Birdie” in Random Tea Session

Photo by Tony Unander via facebook.com/youdoyoumusic
Photo by Tony Unander via facebook.com/youdoyoumusic

According to their Bandcamp page, Philly pop five-piece You Do You began “Lil Birdie” as a slow blues song – which is very different from how the song turned out on the band’s 2014 EP The Sweet Sounds of the Funky Sounds.

YDY’s performance kicks off the new season of Random Tea Session videos, and the band restores the uptempo disco track to its previous form. In this version of the song, singer/songwriter Katie Feeney’s vocal performance is raw, untouched, and straight from the gut as she nails each melisma. Marvel at this acoustic rendition or dance to the original below.

Catch You Do You live at their upcoming local shows: April 15th at Jose Pistolas (FREE) and April 27th at Boot and Saddle (tickets here).