Tonight’s Concert Picks: PhillyBloco at World Cafe Live, Cuddle Magic at Rigby Mansion, Hollystock Festival in Mt. Holly, NJ

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Brazilian dance group PhillyBloco are bringing the party to World Cafe Live tonight. Recently, the 20 piece band brought its signature blend of pop and samba to the Northern Liberties’ “Saturday in the Park” concert, and played an energetic Key Studio Session with a mix of new and old sounds. The Key’s Sameer Rao dug into the roots and formation of the band in an interview last year, which you can read here. Listen to “Fest Para Um Rei Negro” below . Get more info about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Umphrey’s McGee & Sound Tribe Sector 9 coming to The Mann Center on 8/30


Prog rockers Umphrey’s McGee and Sound Tribe Sector 9 will tour together this summer, stopping at The Mann Center‘s Skyline Stage on August 30th.  Blending the jam qualities of bands like Phish and The Grateful dead with the progressive / psychedelic rock hypnotisms of Pink Floyd or King Crimson, Umphrey’s McGee are the kind of band that morph each live experience into a once in a lifetime occurrence.  They continue to tour in support of their 2011 album Death By Stereo, which featured songs from their live-setting rotation as well as new material.

Electronic rock band Sound Tribe Sector 9 will co-headline, touring behind their 2011 EP When the Dust Settles.  Though they run their own label called 1320 Records, the “livetronica” outfit focuses primarily on its live act and has closely incorporated community service into its business model.  Tickets for the show go on sale Saturday, May 4th at noon.  More information will be available here.  Below, watch Umphrey’s McGee perfom “Ocean Billy” live at Red Rocks and then check out STS9 performing “EHM.”


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Iron Maiden, Japandroids, Jeffrey Gaines, Umphrey’s McGee/G Love, and Vintage Kicks

Tonight, two legendary acts come together for one performance; Iron Maiden is playing with Alice Cooper at the Susquehanna Bank Center. Expect lots of head banging and moshing at this performance. You can purchase tickets here.

Also playing tonight:

R5 Productions presents Japandroids, who recently released their sophomore album Celebration Rockplay at Johnny Brenda’s with rapper Cadence Weapon opening. The 21+ show begins at 9 PM, this show is SOLD OUT!

Jeffrey Gaines CD Release Party at the Tin Angel. Gaines will be celebrating his recent album Live in Europe, from his 2010 tour with Joe Jackson. Tickets to the 21+ show are $22, the show begins at 10 PM.

Umphrey’s McGee plays with G. Love for a special outdoors performance at the Electric Factory at 8 PM. You can purchase tickets to the all ages show here.

Vintage Kicks play Upstairs at World Cafe Live. We just did a Key Studio session with them that you can check out here. Show at 8 PM; tickets are $7 plus processing fees.


This Week’s Contest: Win a pair of tickets to see Umphrey’s McGee at Electric Factory on Feb. 11th

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This week, we’ve got a pair of tickets for Umphrey’s McGee‘s performance at Electric Factory on Saturday, February 11th. For a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment below by 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 8th. We’ll select the winners at random that evening and notify them via email; once you’ve confirmed that you and your guest will be attending the show, your names will be added to the venue’s guest list. (Just make sure to use a valid email address when posting your comment; we promise not to sell your contact info or sign you up for anything—we just want to be able to get in touch with you if you win.)


Philly Local Philes: Work Drugs’ “Daddy Bear”

It’s the first day back to work after a long holiday, so we’re gonna need some Work Drugs. Today’s Philly Local Phile digs into “Daddy Bear,” a deep cut from their debut long-player Aurora Lies; give it a listen below. The band is making some headway outside of the city this winter, playing Glasslands in Brooklyn later this month and House of Blues in Boston in February. Its next Philadelphia show is at the Electric Factory, opening for Umphrey’s McGee on Feb. 11