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Port Arthur share new Daytrotter Session

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Port Arthur | photo by Ian Watson | courtesy of the artist

While touring in support of their debut LP Everything’s Incredible last summer, Port Arthur stopped by Rock Island, IL to record a session at the Daytrotter studios. The local folk rock brass outfit performed three tracks from the record along with the newer “Frozin,” showing their strength as a live band. Check out the jangling “You Once Were Mine” below and listen to the full session here. Port Arthur play Bourbon & Branch on February 28th with Laney Jones and the Spirits and Hanging Hills; more information can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Port Arthur at Bourbon and Branch, Telekinesis at Johnny Brenda’s, Kylesa at Underground Arts and more

Drawing by Ted Michalowski via facebook.com
Drawing by Ted Michalowski via facebook.com

Folk and jazz have rarely been as seamlessly melded together as in the work of Port Arthur. The Philadelphia seven-piece band slide in and out of styles using a variety of instruments to bring their unique folk sound to the masses. You can hear them tonight at Bourbon and Branch alongside The Wild Reeds. For details on tonight’s concert click here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gene Ween does Billy Joel at Underground Arts, Port Arthur at Bourbon and Branch, Fine Motor at Boot and Saddle and more

via facebook.com/UndergroundArtsPhilly
via facebook.com/UndergroundArtsPhilly

This spring, Aaron Freeman resurrected his Gene Ween moniker for a series of tribute shows to piano man Billy Joel. He kicked it off in Woodstock, played Brooklyn Bowl last night and brings the show to Underground Arts tonight. According to a report on Jambase, the setlist reads like a Billy Joel greatest hits box set, and the Gener’s approach seems to on point and sincere – even on the softer, sensitive moments like “She’s Always A Woman,” that would be easy to skewer with irony. Nope, he’s clearly a devotee, meaning tonight’s show has great potential for a massive singalong love fest. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Listen to Port Arthur’s spirited new “Fire” from an LP about life’s big experiences

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Port Arthur | photo courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia’s Port Arthur grabbed our attention last year with their unique take on brass folk rock and now the group plan to digitally release their debut full-length album, Everything’s Incredible. It’s an album that will focus on some of life’s big experiences, according to multi-instrumentalists: Luke Shefski: “lost love, spiritual discovery and newfound responsibility.” Continue reading →

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Julie Miller’s Top 5 ICYMI Philly records

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Abi Reimold | photo via www.facebook.com/AbiReimold

Year-End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2014 awesome. In this installment, The Key’s editorial assistant Julie Miller shares five local records you might have missed the first time around.

Philadelphia dominated music this year. The War on Drugs and Strand of Oaks grew exponentially with records that topped almost every year-end list published so far; Modern Baseball led a crew of Philly bands down to Florida for a FEST takeover; and Cayetana’s Nervous Like Me debut sits at the top of our own best-of list, beating out national acts St. Vincent, Ryan Adams and the previously mentioned Drugs and Oaks (among others).

But sitting behind this list of ever-growing big names from Philadelphia is a vibrant and dense scene of musicians, bands, artists, performers…. pretty much every style of music you can think of has strong representation here in Philly. So to celebrate just a small portion of what the rest of Philly did this year, I’ve compiled five records by local musicians you might have missed in the glow of the big names. Go ahead and give these albums a second (or first!) listen.

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