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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Macy Gray at World Cafe Live, Delco Pacers at MilkBoy, Astronauts Really Fly at The Blockley, and more

Photo by Jan Prunk
Photo by Jan Prunk

Ohio bred R&B artist and actress Macy Gray brings her unique vocals and whimsical musical sense to World Cafe Live tonight for the 14th anniversary of her 1999 release On How Life Is. Gray has released six album in the years since then, most recently appearing in 2012 with a full-album cover of Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book. Find tickets for tonight’s show here. Watch her Jay Leno performance of Stevie’s “Tuesday Heartbreak.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Paws at The Barbary, Alkaline Trio at The Electric Factory, Hayden / Doug Paisley at Boot and Saddle and more

PAWS | Photo via www.facebook.com/wehavepaws
PAWS | Photo by Kasper Volgelzang

Glasgow-based pop-rock trio Paws will play The Barbary tonight on their third US tour this year. The trek comes amidst the band’s recording of their follow-up to last year’s Cokefloat!; its lo-fi sound is enhanced by their catchy melodies and introspective lyrics. Watch “Sore Tummy” below and get tickets here.

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Astronauts Really Fly to play first headlining show at The Blockley this Thursday

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Philly hip-hop group Astronauts Really Fly will play its first headlining show for a hometown crowd at The Blockley on Thursday. Fans of the local hip-hop scene will be treated to a full band performance from ARF, who released their self-titled EP earlier this year which showcased their mix of gritty rhymes and poppy hooks backed by crisp production. Dedicated to improving the lives of their Philly brethren, Astronauts Really Fly will support families in need as Thanksgiving approaches by collecting and distributing non-perishable goods. Get more details on the show here.

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Long Miles to close out 2013 at The Blockley on 12/28

Long Miles | Photo via www.longmiles.com
Long Miles | Photo via www.longmiles.com

Philly jam band Long Miles will deliver one last round of their reggae-tinged pop grooves to close out the year before a hometown crowd on December 28th at The Blockley. The band released its debut album, Shades, last year. Reminiscent of G. Love & Special Sauce and Sublime, their sound is free-flowing, carefree, and appeals to anyone who wants to have a good time. Pregame for Thanksgiving with the band at The Field House on November 27th and get tickets to their December show here. Watch their video for “Cool Breeze” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Joey Sweeney and the Long Hair Arkestra at Johnny Brenda’s, Teen Men at Kennet Flash, The World is A Beautiful Place at Chameleon Club and more

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Photo by David Kain | Bitby.tv
Longtime local favorite Joey Sweeney will celebrate Long Hair, his new album which comes out October 29th, at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Sweeney has conquered the worlds of music and journalism having fronted many bands (including The Trouble with Sweeney) and written for Philadelphia Weekly and the Philadelphia Inquirer. His latest pop-rock effort is an album that surely compliments his track record in the industry. Check out Sweeney and his band’s first live show, which was recorded for our Key Studio Sessions, here and watch a trailer for the album below. Tickets are available here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Buried Beds at Johnny Brenda’s, Dan Kassel at World Cafe Live, Bakery Boys at The Blockley, Mac DeMarco at MilkBoy

buriedbeds_1Chamber-pop outfit Buried Beds plays at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Check out the sly orchestral group’s recently released, lightly embellished single, “Stars,” below. It comes from their latest album, In Spirit, which will be released next month. Find more information and tickets for tonight’s 21+ show here.

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The Made In Philly Festival provides an all-local answer to Made in America at The Blockley August 30th

aktivepics-14-of-201Noticing that no Philadelphia artists were featured on this year’s Made In America lineup, promoter Earl Chandler collaborated with DJ Aktive to throw their own festival. Made In Philly features 17 up-and-coming hip-hop, R&B and pop names including Bones, Jade Alston, Chase Allen, and Frenchie. It goes down at The Blockley on August 30; that’s the night before Made in America kicks off, so you’ll be able to take in the best of both worlds. Find tickets and more information about the festival’s lineup here. Watch Bones’ video for “You Wear It Well” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Daughn Gibson at Johnny Brenda’s, Kilo Kish at the Blockley, Do Good Fest at Hard Rock Café, The Mighty Paradocs at PhilaMOCA

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WXPN’s Artist To Watch Daughn Gibson is bringing his experimental tunes to Johnny Brenda’s Tonight. His second album, Me Moan, was recently released on Sub Pop Records and fuses dark country with electronic beats and orchestral instruments to create a haunting, unique sound. Opening the show are Hiss Golden Messenger and Man On. Gibson was on World Cafe with David Dye this past week; listen to the session here. Check out Gibson’s music video for “Kissin’ on the Blacktop” below, and find tickets here.

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Check out who’s playing the Red Bull Sound Select show at the Blockley 8/16

Red Bull SoundSelect

Red Bull is hosting a show at the Blockley on August 16 as part of its Sound Select concert series, which aims to bring together and “break” new music. Headlining the show is experimental, alternative hip-hop driven artist Kilo Kish. She dropped her record, K+, earlier this year – you can stream it below through SoundCloud. Curated by Veteran Freshman, the show also include performances by local singer-songwriter/hip-hop artist Joie, and Philly quirky psych-rockers Nico’s Gun. Also on the bill is Mic Stewart, who just recently released the music video for “Let it Bump,” his track with Chill Moody and DJ Damage. Tickets for the show can be bought at the door – $3 before 10 p.m, and $10 after.

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An energized Shuggie Otis impresses at The Blockley (photos, review, setlist)

Shuggie Otis | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Shuggie Otis | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Shuggie Otis brought his blazing guitar work and sleek R&B flavor to a packed Blockley last night. Weaving through 13 songs, Otis and his seven member backing band the Shuggie Otis Rite had the crowd under their spell for the nearly two hour set. Adorned with a fedora, scarf, and coat, the 59 year-young Otis showed off his guitar skills on his six-string Gibson, while the horns, percussion, bass, and keyboard of the Rite added the rich textures needed to bring such Otis classics as “Strawberry Letter 23”and “Inspiration Information” to life. Philly mainstay Mutlu also performed an opening set; see photos of both in the gallery below.

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