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Who’s playing this weekend? (February 1-3)

Probably the best of the weekend so far to catch a live show in Philly, so here are our recommendations…

Friday, February 1 – Buke & Gase, w/ Norwegian Arms @ Johnny Brenda’s – 9:15/$12/21+ – Tickets
Buke & Gase is a duo most well-known for the unique handmade instruments they play—which also form their recording name. Arone Dyer’s “buke” is a “a self-modified six-string former baritone ukulele;” Aron Sanchez’s “gase” is a guitar and bass hybrid. The duo combine those creative instruments with foot percussion and various pedals to create a completely unique sound that was won over many critics. Their new album, General Dome, came out earlier this week; check out the new video for “Hiccup” here.

Opening for Buke & Gase tonight will be Philly’s own Norwegian Arms. Their brilliant debut LP Wolf Like A Stray Dog came out this past December; read our feature article about the band here. Stream the album here.

Friday, February 1 – Trixie Whitley @ World Cafe Live – 7:30/$12-$20 – Tickets
Trixie Whitley is perhaps best known as the jaw-dropping lead singer for Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub, a band we’re impatiently waiting for a sophomore album from, but she is also a great solo recording artist. Her debut album, Fourth Corner, was released earlier this week on Strong Blood Records. Check out a select few songs from the album here.

Friday, February 1 – Edison @ Ortlieb’s Lounge – 8:30/FREE/21+ – Info
One of Philadelphia’s most promising young bands, Edison, formed in late 2011 and released a debut EP, Living Room, last September. Stream it here and see them for free tonight as they open for Twister Baby’s at Ortlieb’s.

DRGN KING @ PhilaMOCA – 8:00/$7-$10 – Info
Another one of Philly’s most promising bands, DRGN KING, will be celebrating the recent release of their awesome debut record, Paragraph Nights. Read a feature article I wrote about what makes songwriter Dominic Angelella and producer Ritz Reynolds, the band’s core members, work so well together. And here is a transcript of an interview with both Dom and Ritz, along with a full stream of the album.

Saturday, February 2 – Kopecky Family Band, w/ The Eastern Sea @ Milkboy – 9:30/SOLD OUT/21+ – Info
Do we really need to tell you anything else about Kopecky Family Band? Just go here and explore our previous coverage of our favorite Nashvillians. And while you’re at it, stream their debut LP Kids Raising Kids here. If you’ve got a ticket for the show tomorrow night, make sure to get there early to catch The Eastern Sea’s opening set. Here is a little bit about the Austin-based indie-rockers.

Saturday, February 2 – Shovels and Rope @ World Cafe Live – 8:00/$15 – Tickets
Get used to hearing this band’s name. This duo, Cary Ann Hearst & Michael Trent, hail from Charleston, South Carolina and released a new album called O’ Be Joyful last year to an overwhelming response. Since the release, they have opened for Jack White, appeared on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, and won praise from Paste Magazine, NPR, and plenty more. Also, two days ago, they were the musical guest on the Late Show with David Letterman. Tickets for their show tomorrow are reportedly running low, so check out some of their tunes and pick up a ticket.

Also playing this weekend: School of Seven Bells (Saturday @ Arden Gild Hall, with Nightlands), The Great Unknown (Saturday @ Johnny Brenda’s, with KC Jones, Ali Wadsworth), Sera Cahoone (Friday @ Burlap and Bean), and plenty more. Check out a full listing of upcoming concerts in the area on the XPN Concert Calendar.

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