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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Stef Chura

Stef Chura | Photo by Makena Duffy for XPN

Joining us in the studio for this Indie Rock Hit Parade live session is an artist who is a mainstay of the Detroit music scene. Stef Chura began gigging around Michigan about a decade ago, and turned the tragic death of a friend into motivation to take her music into the studio. The resulting album, 2017’s Messes, caught the attention of celebrated label Saddle Creek, who signed Chura and reissued her debut the following year. Matching her relentless touring schedule, Chura quickly teamed up with Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo to write and record her next album, which materialized earlier this year. Midnight contains some of Chura’s most potent material yet, and she brought her full touring band (guitarist Clara Salyer, bassist Chad Stocker and drummer Ryan Clancy) to our studio to rip through a trio of new songs.

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Stef Chura’s sophomore record Midnight is commanding and unapologetic

Stef Chura | via facebook.com/stefchuraband

Solo rocker Stef Chura originally hails from Detroit, where she began writing songs based on her life experiences, having conversations through music that she didn’t want to have otherwise. Her first official release was Messes, an album from 2017 that proved Chura could hold her own in the alternative music scene. She’s now released sophomore LP Midnight via Saddle Creek Records, which infuses her alt garage-pop with industrial rock. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Jupiter & Okwess, Stef Chura, Nothing, Soul Glo and more

Soul Glo | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Soul Glo | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Can we collectively agree to retire the aughties hipster cliche “Rocktober”? Not because the tenth month of the year is no longer jam-packed with live music — it absolutely is, moreso than ever, as any casual glance at the calendar will tell you — but because there are many more offerings at your disposal this month than mere rock.

This week alone, there is Nigerian-tinged R&B, homegrown hip-hop, jazzy folk, folky punk, and so much more. Here are 27 concerts you can see in Philadelphia in the next seven days, with a whopping eight options on Saturday night. Heck, even Monday has four shows you can choose from — Monday! GTTG, Philly.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Stef Chura at Boot & Saddle, Femina-X at Kung Fu Necktie, Allah-Las at Union Transfer

Stef Chura | photo via stefchura.bandcamp.com

Though Stef Chura just recently released her debut studio album, Messes, with Urinal-Cake Records, Chura has been creating fun, ironic gritty-twang music as an active member of the underground Detroit DIY scene for some time now. Be sure to catch her tonight when she stops by Boot and Saddle. Find more concert info here, and watch the colorfully morbid video for “Spotted Gold” below. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Purling Hiss, Nuevofest, Aimee Mann and more

Tedeschi Trucks Band | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

The lazy holiday weekend is behind us, and it’s back to business here in the Philly music scene.  This week we’re fortunate to have a huge variety as ever, from midwestern garage rock to living room jazz, soul on the waterfront and folk/blues in Fairmount Park. Here are 20 concerts to see in the next seven days, all around Philly.
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