Editor’s Pick: The A’s
 at Underground Arts

One of the most popular groups in Philadelphia during their heydey, The A’s combined the showy punk muscle of the New York Dolls with the jumpy energy of XTC.

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Posted Jan. 23, 2013 | Comments: 0

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By Eugene Holley Jr.

Editor’s Pick: Garland Jeffreys
 at World Cafe Live
 at The Queen

Since his debut in 1969, Brooklyn-born, African-American/Puerto Rican vocalist/songwriter Garland Jeffreys has been hard to define: Is he a racial protest singer who likes reggae, or a rocker who likes the darker shade of the black-born blues?

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Posted Jan. 2, 2013 | Comments: 1

Editor’s Pick: Antibalas
 at Union Transfer

The 11-piece follow in the groundwork laid by issues-minded Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. And like Kuti, Antibalas make sure their salty-sweet potpourri of big horns and bigger rhythms frequently has something to say.

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Posted Dec. 12, 2012 | Comments: 0

Editor’s Pick: Emeli Sandé at the TLA

Drawing influence from such compelling female singer-songwriters as Joni Mitchell and Lauryn Hill, Sandé’s music brings a much-needed touch of sincerity to a genre that seems to be growing increasingly shallow.

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Posted Oct. 3, 2012 | Comments: 0

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