A.A. Bondy and Kevin Killen Bring the Cool to Tin Angel 7/15

Featured Image by Fred Rockwood via Flickr

Tin Angel isn’t necessarily the most talked-about venue in Philadelphia. For one, it’s in Old City, which usually means parking is a nightmare. For another, it’s a relatively small room, so showgoers looking for a bombastic stage show won’t find it at the Tin Angel. But none of that really matters, because the Philadelphia spot does provide something that the city is otherwise a bit light on–a curated and quiet room to sit, listen to, and appreciate good live music in an “unplugged” setting.

It’s a great recipe for this Wednesday’s show with songwriters Kevin Killen and A.A. Bondy. Killen, a Philadelphia musician, often plays as a sideman for many of the area’s favorite groups, whether it’s his blazing guitar work with Katie Frank & the Pheromones or his rumbling drums with good-time roots rockers Mason Porter. Yet, as he prepares to release his first full-length album Under the Radar this year, a listening room is just the venue where fans and future fans alike can get to know his solo work. In the quiet atmosphere of the Tin Angel, Killen’s percussive guitar and the unique rasp of his vocals will be given a chance to dig into listener’s ears and stay there awhile.

For Bondy, who may be better known for his work with 90s rock band Verbena, a listening room like the Tin Angel provides an environment in which to drive home his musical shift towards a more traditional folk sound. Amongst the dimly-lit tables, Bondy’s drawling guitar and carefully faded voice will sit comfortably, filling the space without crowding it.

Music fans who want to experience the Tin Angel–and Killen and Bondy–for themselves can buy tickets online or at the door for tonight’s show. Doors open at 7:30PM, music starts at 8, and the Tin Angel is easily accessible via SEPTA bus routes 21, 42, or the 2nd Street stop on the Market-Frankford Line. All Tin Angel shows are 21+.

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