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Band on the rise: The Candles ends tour with Norah Jones, plays Mercury on 01.21

Although Josh Lattanzi played for and toured with artist with pop inclinations like Albert Hammond Jr., the Lemonheads and Ben Kweller, his musical heart beats for wise and evocative Americana, and The Candles is the project where this passion is indulged. The band's third album, entitled 'Matter + Spirit" was released earlier in November 2016 and is receiving such good responses that it propelled the band on our Top 10 of NYC artists with buzz (you'll find it towards the top of this same page). Supporting Norah Jones on a US and European tour also helped. The NYC singer songwriter also appeared as a guest vocalist on single 'Move Along,' streaming below. Don't miss their first show home after the tour at Mercury Lounge on January 21.





Maggie Rogers takes things to the next level with trilogy of videos and tour

After being blessed by Pharrell Williams' seal of approval, which got a lot of eyes on her and ears on her track 'Alaska,' NYC's songwriter Maggie Rogers is trying to capitalize on the attention by unveiling a trilogy of videos featuring that single and two new songs. The second one of the series, 'Dog Years' (streaming below), resumes the atmospheric, electronic-pop-soul sound of 'Alaska', including the subtle African music influences. Maggie has also announced three legs of a winter/early spring tour that will take her - between January and April 2017 - from the east coast to Europe to the west coast and back, with a final date at NYC's Bowery Ballroom on April 11. We are sure the third video will drop just before the tour begins, in early January.





Dr. Something Writes the Folky Prescriptions We Need

Atmospheric in every sense of the word, Dr. Something's minimalist chamber folk pop takes on strange artistic sensibilities with aural novelty mixed with a slight cat-crazy Tumblr aesthetic. Clarinet, keys and accordian are the gold, silver and bronze winners of her instrumental outfit. Yet it's the eclectically toned pitch of Miss Dr. Something herself, Alison Dennis, that elevates its sapid qualities.

Since Dennis is well versed in all things musically weird (previously coming from the strange Dr. Something & the Pipin’ Hot Love Engines and Coney Island Cartel), the ways in which Dr. Something satiates this oft empty hole left in the market make sense. Her self described "sad bastard piano pop" could very well inspire some bummer feelings if you're in the headspace for such, but it's tracks like the indelilble "Imperfect Skull" off of 2015's Tomorrow's Just Fiction, to the hauntingly fun filled "Here Comes Count Dracula" from October of this year, that make it hard to be sad.

Having a sound unlike that of run-of-the-mill folk pop, Dr. Something holds high regard in local odd sounds, making music integral to keeping Portland weird.





New Music Video: "Painted Bones" - Sing, Bird of Prey

Sing, Bird of Prey surprised us this year with their impressive debut full-length album, Crystal Embryo (Killer Tofu/Yam Yam). The band's futture seems bright; hopefully the demise of its members in the group's creepy new video for "Painted Bones" isn't a sign of things to come. It was created by Anthony Cundro Media with asistance from Michael Angelo Delmonico.





Weekend Warrior, December 16 - 18

As we approach the end of what will be remembered as 2016 - a sea of overwhelming sentiment and saturation - we can reflect on our experience with a resounding NAH. Philly sound sculptor Michael Kuhn captured a devoted following with his work in the explosive rock duo 1994!. In recent years, he has departed in large part from “guitar music” to reemerge into the musical ethos as a harbinger of defiance, affronting musical norms through experimentation and a healthy skepticism of traditional genre boundaries. Shreds of sonic imagery sound out into the whir of Kuhn’s bewitching rhythm section, recalcitrant while bearing a unity that is tangible at a live set. A NAH show creates a space to engage in the reassuring positivity and thrill of being present, as selves and as participants in the greater communities we occupy. He’ll be celebrating the release of his new LP Michael (Ranch Records) this Saturday in Brewerytown at Yung Kandy Collective, where he'll also be supported by special guests Drums Like Machine Guns, Slums, and What NerveYung Kandy Collective, 7:30pm, $7, All Ages (Photo by Gabe Coffey) - Josh Kelly

 
More places to hide from this frigid freeze…

Johnny Brenda’s
 (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Aubreylyn, SUN Bel Heir
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT The 6th Annual Work Drugs Holiday Spectacle: Work Drugs, Mercury Girls, RFA, SUN Irreversible Entanglements (featuring Moor Mother)
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Snails, Medusa's Disco, Something Like A Monument/The Snails, SAT The Lunar Year, HoJun Yu/DJ PHSH, The Bul Bey, SUN Slowburn, South Philly Big Band, Jack and His Saint Clair Allstars
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT BEATS500, SUN NoDAPL Space Festivus Benefit: Green Meteor, Space Chumpy
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI MARAH - Philadelphia Holiday Spectacular
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT The Starting Line, Hurry
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Big Mess Cabaret: Featuring The Divine Hand Ensemble, SAT Big Mess Cabaret: Featuring The Divine Hand Ensemble
 
TLA (334 South St.) SUN Urban Celebrity Presents 6th Annual Philly Hip Hop Awards
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Three Fourteen, Local Smokes, The Ardvark Felon, SUN Josh Nussbaum, Julia Hudak, Amanda Hagenbuch
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Downstairs) The Stray Birds, SAT (Upstairs) Jeremiah Tall, August John Lutz II, SUN (Downstairs) The Peek-A-Boo Revue Holiday Spectacular
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Cerebelles, E.Joseph & the Sparrows, The One2s, SUN Dirty Purple, Jeanette Lynne
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Johnny Popcorn, Keely Sibilia, SAT Argonautic, Las Palabras, Christophonic (DJ Set)
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Lovers League, No Good Sister, SAT Matt Kelly, SUN In The Pines
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Railroad Fever, SUN Rusty Cadillac 
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Fell Into Yesterday, The Good Mess, Goodbye Sunrise, Dead Robins, Sweet Eureka, Sex With Rollercoasters
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Steve Layman, SAT Dirty Purple / Counterfeit
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Dead Fellow (Release Show), The Sly Foxes, The Primaries, Rob Tomlinson, SAT Whackbat, Route 611, Study Electricity, Flat Mary Road, Anthony Coppa
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Reef'd, SAT Beru Revue, SUN Café Ole’
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Moor Mother, HIRS, E. Grizzly (Release), Carl Kavorkian (Release), Static Brothers (Release)
 
All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Sports
 
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Downtrodder, Motherwhore, Blushed, Patches and Pins, Busy Bee Project, Matt Day, Ellen Siberian Tiger
 
The Blink (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Dead:Stop
 
 
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