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Watch Low Cut Connie cover Tom Petty’s “Learning to Fly” before tribute show at Ardmore Music Hall

Low Cut Connie | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com
Low Cut Connie | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com

During Low Cut Connie’s recent NYC show at Irving Plaza, the charismatic rock ‘n rollers paid tribute to the late great, Tom Petty, by covering “Learning to Fly.” Trading Petty’s bouncy acoustic strums, front man Adam Weiner spun Connie’s characteristic piano flair to the iconic tune. Continue reading →

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Nik Greeley & The Operators share new video for “Stars”

Nik Greeley | photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of the artist
Nik Greeley | photo by Karl McWerther | courtesy of the artist

Nik Greeley is a man of many vibes. The local musician got his start with modern rockers Black Stars a few years ago, but it’s his current funky soul/rock project with The Operators where he’s really found his stride. The outfit released a debut EP called Town Gypsy in the spring of 2015 (check out a Key Studio Session highlighting those tracks here) and now they’re back with a video for a brand new single called “Stars.”

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Celebrate five years of MilkBoy with Fishbone, The Weeks, and more

Fishbone | photo courtesy of the artist
Fishbone | photo courtesy of the artist

MilkBoy in center city has been hosting great shows for five years, and it’s time celebrate such an impressive milestone. On August 11th through the 13th, MilkBoy will host a three night anniversary party, and they’re holding nothing back in the process.

Big time out-of-town acts like reggae legends Fishbone and Mississippi rockers The Weeks will headline on August 12th and August 13th, respectively. Plus, it wouldn’t be a MilkBoy party without some of the finest local acts in Philly — so Nik Greeley and The Operators, Ceramic Animal, Foxtrot & The Getdown, Hardwork Movement, Carmalized, and The Last Generation On Film will all be joining the shindig. More acts are expected to be announced as the celebration draws closer. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Foxing at Union Transfer, Le Butcherettes at Underground Arts, Up The Chain at Johnny Brenda’s, and more…

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

St. Louis emo five piece Foxing are back at Union Transfer tonight after tearing it apart back in December. The band is touring to support their 2015 album, Dealer. Opening the show will be Tancred, Lymbic Systym, and ADJY. More information can be found here. Continue reading →

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Nerd out about everything music with Nik Greeley on the 25 O’Clock Podcast

Nik Greeley | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollack.500px.com
Nik Greeley | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollack.500px.com

If there was any doubt that he’s a massive music aficionado, the first few minutes of Nik Greeley‘s appearance on the 25 O’ Clock Podcast handily squelch them. The guy nerds out about everything from The Rolling Stones to Radiohead’s Kid A (which he first heard as a South Jersey 10-year-old kid) with host Daniel Drago, enthusing about the music he loves and how it helped shape him as an artist.

Along the way, he talks about his admiration for dedicated local promoters like the R5 Productions crew and the Ardmore Music Hall folks, discusses his fondness for the jam rock scene both local (Out of the Beardspace) and national (Phish), and tells an awesome story about meeting George Clinton. He also performs a new / unreleased acoustic number called “Maybe There’s A Reason” that has Sam Cooke vibes in spades. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Nik Greeley

We’ve had our eyes on Philadelphia’s Nik Greeley for a little while now, and it’s always been clear that he is one driven and charismatic dude. His old band Black Stars gave him a solid start – the four-piece fused classic and modern rock, showing a heavy reverence for two of his favorites, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Rolling Stones. Even though that group’s recorded output never quite managed to equal the polish and precision of its live show, it got Greeley established in navigating the Philadelphia music scene.  Continue reading →

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Listen to Nik Greeley mash up The Stones and Lou Reed on the air with WXPN’s Dan Reed

Nik Greeley | Photo by Megan Lynch
Nik Greeley | Photo by Megan Lynch | meganlynchart.squarespace.com

Black Stars frontman Nik Greeley just released his first solo EP, Town Gypsy, and earlier this week stopped by WXPN to chat about it on the air with Dan Reed. 

“It’s a little more on a personal side,” he said of the new music. “Black Stars was more about having fun, letting loose. I wanted to prove myself as a songwriter and not just a wild frontman.”

Greeley was on the air for Reed’s Copy That segment, where he played a mashup of The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and Lou Reed’s “Walk On the Wild Side” with Andrew Warren on guitar and Jason O’Mara on sax. Continue reading →