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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mick Jenkins at The Foundry, Moor Mother at The Pharmacy, Shovels and Rope at Union Transfer and more…

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Mick Jenkins | Photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com

Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins brings his debut album The Healing Component to The Foundry tonight for a Red Bull Sound Select show. We first caught wind of the up-and-comer after his The Water[s] mixtape, a showcase of Jenkins’ prog-hop take on production. Check out his collaboration with BADBADNOTGOOD below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Shovels and Rope had a rousing hootenanny at Union Transfer

Shovels and Rope | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Shovels and Rope | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

The ability of two people to rock a venue like Union Transfer from the stage all the way to the back of the balcony is certainly rare. On Wednesday night Shovels & Rope showed they can do this from their first notes to the last in a rousing hootenanny before a packed house.

Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst are husband and wife and the duo of Shovels & Rope. Switching from drums to guitar and back throughout the night, they show great versatility. Their love for music and each other shines through as well. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Shovels and Rope at Union Transfer, Slow Magic at Boot and Saddle, and OhBree at The Fire

Photo by Leslie McKellar
Photo by Leslie McKellar

There’s only one place you should be at tonight, and it’s not at home. You should be at Union Transfer, enjoying sweet music from South Carolina’s Shovels and Rope. The Americana folk duo consist of the happily married Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, who do a great job illustrating the soul of the south with their music. With songs like “Birmingham” and “The Devil Is All Around” on their new album Swimmin’ Time, this duo gives their audience a peaceful feeling of wanting to experience the simple life. Check out their song “Birmingham” below and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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My Morning Download: “Hail Hail” by Shovels & Rope

ShovelsandRope Today, we’re circling back to the debut album by Shovels and Rope, O’ Be Joyful that came out last July, 2012 for today’s download, “Hail Hail.” Since the release of the collection, the South Carolina husband and wife team of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst have been touring incessantly, winning over fans with their rootsy repertoire and captivating live shows. The band is still out on the road and will return to Philly on September 2 at Union Transfer, where they played back in March. Tickets are on sale at noon on Friday here.

Click here to download “Hail Hail.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Little Green Cars at Johnny Brenda’s, Lucero/Shovels and Rope at Union Transfer, Owen at First Unitarian Church

LittleGreenCarsIreland’s Little Green Cars arrive to Johnny Brenda’s to provide their indie/fifties influenced style tonight. The band has recently been touring to promote the release of their EP Harper Lee throughout the United States.  Coupling the release of their EP, the band has been hard at work and will be celebrating their forthcoming debut album Absolute Zero.  Set to hit stores and iTunes July 15th, the band will no doubt be playing songs off the record during their set tonight.  The album is already available for pre-order on the band’s website here.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Dan Croll and The Quelle Source can be found here.  As fans await the release of Absolute Zero, enjoy the music video for “Harper Lee”.

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