Local singer-songwriter Jesse Hale Moorereturns to Johnny Brenda’s tonight in support of his recent debut LP Green End. The R&B-influenced musician is known for his captivating solo sets, and the chill vibes of JB’s should provide the perfect setting to take in the magic. Dark Rooms and Strange Parts open the show. Watch “Leave You Lonely,” from Moore’s recent World Cafe session, below. Find more information on the show over at the XPN Concert Calendar.
West Philadelphia Orchestra | photo courtesy of the artist
West Philadelphia Orchestra are this week’s featured headliner at Spruce Street Harbor Park’s Waterfront Sessions. The mammoth sized crew will be rocking two sets of their horn-heavy Balkan dance. Check out info for the show on the Facebook event page, and watch their Tiny Desk Concert entry below.
MH the Verbwill be hosting the “electronic jam session” called Vibe House at South Bowl tonight, along with GR Stone, Buscrates 16-Bit Ensemble, Attic Tapes, and more for some electro covers, mash-ups, and of course, jams. Find more ...
Cults | photo by Shawn Brackbill | via cults.bandcamp.com
Last month, atmospheric duo Cults sprung back into music consciousness by sharing news of an upcoming album titled Offering, along with the title track from the upcoming release. Now, the two have unveiled another single — titled “I Took Your Picture” — before the October 6th album date.
As “Offering” took a sparkling electro route, the new track finds a happy medium between the group’s earlier, old-school vintage vibes, and the new synth-heavy, shimmering direction; with Madaline Folin’s ethereal voice acting as the consistent, genre-bridge-building glue.
Founded in 2015, Beyond the Bars is a nonprofit with a mission to bring musical instruments and instruction to incarcerated youth in Philadelphia. Since its inception, a press release states that the organization has guided sixty young adults in writing and recording their own music across ...
Slaughter Beach, Dog | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN
Jake Ewald’s side project Slaughter Beach, Dog has been churning out a ton of material lately. From the Motorcycle.jpg EP to a new single off his upcoming record, to his recent rocking off of socks at this week’s The Key Studio Sessions — there’s a ton of music gold to delve into. Seriously, please feast your ears upon the drawn-out, jam-fest of a performance of “104 Degrees.” It’s just too gosh dang good. And if you’re as taken with these tunes as I am, go see them live tonight at Johnny ...
Veteran singer-songwriter Kath Bloom put out new material this past spring with an album titled This Dream Of Life. Tonight she’ll be gracing us plebeians with her powerful songstress presence at Johnny Brenda’s, alongside a bill including Friendship and Most Selfless Cheerleader. Find info on the show here, and watch the heartbreaking and touching video for Bloom’s new track “I Just Can’t Make It Without You,” below.
Due to popular demand, Khalid‘s sold out show at the TLA has been moved to The Fillmore to allow more fans to get in to the show. His debut album American Teen was released this past March and it is on fire, charting anywhere and everywhere. Resale tickets are available here.
Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist
Philly indie folk outfit Friendship have just shared a new single in addition to announcing a release date for their sophomore album, Shock Out of Season, which will be out on November 3rd via Orindal Records.
“If You See My Beloved” is a five minute long track that edges along to a steady beat and a static electro atmosphere. The power of the song lies in the lyrics, however, with frontman Dan Wriggins’ conversational, stream-of-conscious words painting a picture of a deteriorating relationship through his realistic recount of a rainy day ...
July is already coming to a close, and the summer will rush past you if you don’t make the most of the shows coming by. It’ll be a rainy weekend, but that won’t keep the artists away and not for true fans neither. Grab a stylish poncho and head out with confidence!
Penn’s Landing is the place to be on Thursday nights – Spruce Street Harbor Park presents local artists for a free summer concert series in its awesome waterfront space, and tonight is one not to miss. Hip hop sensation Chill Moody will perform with The Bul Bey, and it is sure to be an evening of chill and breezy summer vibes. For more information, click here.
Local folky modern rock duo Mt. Joy returns to Philadelphia for a hometown show tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. The band ...
Sun Ra Arkestra at Johnny Brendas | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN
Space is The Place for the mythical Sun Ra Arkestra, but tonight so is Parks on Tap. The Twilight Music Festival welcomes the eclectic ensemble for a night of futuristic jazz, funk and soul at the free event. Founded and led by Sun Ra until his death in 1993, the group is now led by multi-instrumentalist Marshall Allen as they carry on the spirit of Ra. Watch The Arkestra’s Tiny Desk sesssion below. More information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
A few months after debuting their new EP F/V Hope, Philly folk-ish indie outfit Friendship have shared a cover of Seekonk’s track, “Woo-hoo.” Included on Burst and Bloom’s 50th anniversary compilation, the comp features covers of tracks created by the label’s artists over the years.
Friendship’s reworking of the Portland, Maine band’s song, “Woo-hoo,” slows down the sparkly, effervescent tune into an almost unrecognizable counterpart. Scattered patterns of cymbals take center stage on the cover, with Friendship trading in the original’s brighter vocals with somber, sluggish tones that underscore the song’s melancholic lyrics and throw irony to ...
The Districts | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
The Districts‘ highly-anticipated upcoming record Popular Manipulations is due August 11th, and now you can drink it too. The indie rockers have teamed up with Crime and Punishment Brewing to create the Popular Manipulations IPL, and the first keg will be tapped on Monday, July 31st at Johnny Brenda’s. The Districts themselves will be the event’s DJs, taking over the Fishtown venue to spin an all-vinyl, four-hour happy hour set – the perfect way to cap off a weekend at the XPoNential Music Festival.
Kendrick Lamar | album cover via artist’s Facebook page
It’s Kendrick Lamar, people. I think that’s all that needs to be said in persuasion of the hip-hop king’s Wells Fargo Center show tonight. Not only will Kendrick be performing his acclaimed album DAMN., he’ll also be joined by a solid lineup of Travis Scott and D.R.A.M..So be there or be square. Check out the latest video release from the album for “ELEMENT” below and get tickets and more information here.
Ages and Ages are a quirky, upbeat, positive Americana bunch from Portland. But tonight, you can catch them at ...
The official release of Katie Ellen‘s debut LP Cowgirl Blues is tomorrow, but you can hear it live a night early at the band’s record release show tonight at PhilaMOCA. The new project of Anika Pyle, former frontwoman of punk outfit Chumped, Katie Ellen is her platform for anthemic, cathartic, feminist “sparkle pop twang punk fuzz core” jams. Listen to leading single “Sad Girls Club” below and check out the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information.
Melodic indie synth-duo, Cults, have been a away for a while. To make up for it, they’ve just hit us with all of the good news. Like all of it. For a triple whammy of blessings, the Cults announced 1) a shiny new album titled Offering, 2) a fall show at Johnny Brenda’s, and 3) shared the title track single, “Offering.”
The new single is heavy on the shimmery, synth vibes — piled with layers upon layers of background 8-bit fuzz, with Madaline Folin’s pure, ethereal vocals slicing through the static psych atmosphere.
New Brunswick / Philly favorites Screaming Females have made plans to spend the bulk of the fall on the road, reportedly bringing some new songs along for the ride. The run kicks off at Johnny Brenda’s on September 28th with Street Eaters; tickets are on sale now and available here.
With hints of new material to follow up 2015’s Rose Mountain on the way, the trio contributed a home recording of previously unreleased track “I’ll Make You Sorry” to a compilation benefiting Chelsea Manning last month.
Sun Organ | via https://www.facebook.com/sunorgan/
Pair these hazy summer days with Sun Organ‘s dream pop vibes as Philly’s Tim Jordan brings his project to Johnny Brenda’s for the night. Sun Organ released a six-track EP Something Doesn’t Feel Rightin February following last September’s full length People in the Distance in the Dark, showing a change in musical direction across the two records in favor of a more meandering, warm sound. Sun Organ joins Spiral Stairs and Dark Mtns for the 21+ show. More information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
Tigers Jaw | photo by Jimmy Fontaine | courtesy of the artist
Scranton’s Tigers Jaw make their highly anticipated appearance at Union Transfer tonight. Touring in support of this year’s spin, the duo recently filmed a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music; watch that set below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show with Saintseneca and Smidley here.
Local pop act Cheerleader are playing Johnny Brenda’s tonight on the heels of releasing two new singles. The catchy, summertime jams are a quick treat to hold us over while the band takes some time in the studio ...
Ramona Cordova | photo by Inma Varandela | courtesy of the artist
Ahead of their upcoming release On Paper, indie artist Ramona Cordova will perform at LAVA Space. The venue is the perfect compliment for Ramona’s music and values, both working to create spaces that are inclusive and diverse and respectful through performance. Each of Ramona’s three records thus far have moved in different directions that reflect their growth and transformations over the past ten years: the boy who floated freely tells a story, taking the listener on a journey, quinn to new relationships is more expansive musically and ...
This weekend looks perfectly sunny and the temperature is going up again to make the outdoor shows and parties that much better! Check out our selection of shows with many options so you don’t have to look much further for an exciting weekend!
Bluesy rock singer-songwriter Garland Jeffreys graces Philly with his performance at World Cafe Live. In April, he released his 15th solo album 14 Steps To Harlemand at 73 years old still manages to put out good music. His cover of his friend Lou Reed’s “...
Miles Mosley & The West Coast Get Down | photo via artist’s Facebook
Los Angeles musician Miles Mosley brings The West Coast Get Down to World Cafe Live tonight. Known for playing upright bass as well as for his work with pop stars like Christina Aguilera and Kamasi Washington, Mosley is currently on tour to support his new Uprising LP – a collection of eclectic funk / R&B / jazz / rock songs that defy conventional music boundaries. Watch a live clip of “Abraham” below and pick up tickets for the show here.
Philly/Pittsburgh singer-songwriter Joy Ike heads out to Phoenixville for a show at Steel City Coffeehouse tonight. A few days ago Ike posted a newsletter update in which she announced news of a new album, her first in four years following 2013’s All or Nothing. Tickets and information for tonight’s set, which opens Lili Añel’s record release show, can be found here. Watch Ike perform “Walk” below.
It’s Mother’s Day Weekend! Make sure to be nice to your mothers and make choices they would approve of as you go out and enjoy yourself!
Pond from Australia are bringing to Johnny Brenda’s, and the show is sold out. The psychedelic band is selling out shows across the country. Their latest album The Weather was released last week through Marathon Artists, with tremendous reviews. Enjoy the show, ticket holders!
Alex Napping will be performing at PhilaMOCA on Thursday night. The pop quartet formed in ...