Tonight’s Concert Picks: Meshell Ndegeocello at World Cafe Live, Luray at Burlap and Bean, Jason Isbell at Union Transfer and more

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The ever soulful jazz/ R&B singer/instrumentalist Meshell Ndegeocello will perform a tribute to Nina Simone at World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington tonight. Backed by a full band, Ndegeocello will incorporate her unique jazz and gospel flair into Simone’s large repertoire of classic tunes, breathing new life into the iconic music written by or associated with Simone. Ndegeocello’s 2012 tribute album Pour Une Âme Souveraine (For a Sovereign Soul): A Dedication to Nina Simone features covers of “Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” among countless other classics, and the tribute performance this evening is not to be missed. Read The Key’s interview with Ndegeocello here. Find tickets and more info on the performance here.

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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Our Griffins, Made in America Festival, Kate Faust)


Our Griffins‘ Michael Boyd LP is the focus of this week’s Unlocked series [link]

XPN Morning Show host Michaela Majoun highlights the best Fall arts events with her 30 Days of Philly Arts daily feature [link]

Watch Younger Me‘s warpy summer video for “Swimming Pool” [link]

This year’s 215 Festival is set for Oct. 17-20, with a preview night to be held at Port Richmond Books on Sep. 13 [link]

Christopher Paul Stelling stopped by for a Folkadelphia Session [link]

Get to know Ohio’s The Sidekicks, summer tourmates of Hop Along and masters of punk disguise [link]

Revisit this week’s Key Studio Session with musical chameleon Kate Faust [link]

Fitz and the Tantrums announce new Philly show at the Electric Factory on 11/1 [link]

New England’s Magic Man premiered a new song called “Every Day” off of their upcoming You Are Here EP [link]

Get a full recap of Labor Day Weekend’s Made in America Festival with videos, photos and reviews [link]

Listen to XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week, “The It-Switch” by Johnny Marr [link]

Get a free download of Luray‘s “The Wilder” off of the singer-songwriter’s debut LP [link]


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Night Beds with The Great Unknown at Johnny Brenda’s, Luray at the Tin Angel


Winston Yellin brings his emotionally haunted project Night Beds to Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  The Nashville-via-Colorado country roots musician released his debut Country Sleep LP on Dead Oceans this year, following a handful of early EPs recorded during a few unsteady years spent on the road.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show with The Great Unknown can be found here.  Watch the video for Night Beds’ “Ramona” below.

Luray performs at the Tin Angel tonight.  Featured in yesterday’s My Morning Download, the Washington D.C. project of singer-songwriter and banjo player Shannon Carey is celebrating the release of its debut The Wilder.  Stream and download the atmospheric, earthy title track below; tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with My Son Bison, Pine Grooves and Honey Church can be found here.


My Morning Download: “The Wilder” by Luray (playing The Tin Angel tomorrow 9/4)

1-fullLuray is the project of Washington, D.C. singer, songwriter and banjo player Shannon Carey – sister to Sean Carey, whom you might know from Bon Iver. Possibly drawing its name from a town in the Shenandoah Valley famed for its geological attractions, Luray is very earthy and organic in sound, with spacious keyboard soundscapes and electronic pop undercurrents blending with warm vocals and acoustic instrumentation. Produced by Carey’s brother, and recorded with her husband Gabriel Wisniewski on guitar and her other brother Colin on drums, Luray’s debut The Wilder, self-released last week, recalls The Innocence Mission’s Glow, Sarah McLachlan’s Solace, and Bon Iver’s Blood Bank with maybe a touch of Grizzly Bear. The band performs in Philadelphia tomorrow night at The Tin Angel; tickets are available here. For today’s My Morning Download, we bring you the introspective title track; hear it below, and stream two other tracks from the album via Bandcamp.