Tonight’s Concert Picks: Toy Soldiers & Hezekiah Jones at the Queen, Lushlife at Milkboy Philly, Alec Gross at Abington Art Center, The Growlers/Mountjoy at Johnny Brenda’s

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Philadelphian roots rockers Toy Soldiers and folk collective Hezekiah Jones were both recently featured during the Pastorius Park Summer Concert series. Tonight they come together at World Cafe Live at the Queen for a performance of rockin’ tunes and Americana classics. Also playing will be The Fleeting Ends (who we missed at XPO Fest) and Jordan Hull. This all ages show starts at 8 PM, tickets are $13 in advanced and $16 day of show.

South Philly native Lushlife will bring his beat-making swagger with him to Milkboy Philly tonight. Having made a stellar name for himself over the past year, Lushlife blends experimental production and live rapping together into one nuanced sound. Also performing is funky psychedelic duo THEESATISFACTION and indie electronic artist Mast. This show is 21+, doors open at 8 PM. Go here for tickets.

Bucks County native Alec Gross has been making a name for himself in the New York City singer-songwriter scene, but he returns to the region tonight for a show at the Abington Arts Center. The lushly-arranged songs on his album Strip the Lanterns are both introspective and anthemic, recalling Josh Ritter and Bruce Springsteen – you can grab a download of his single “If You Don’t Mind (Baby Go Ahead)” below. The Abington Art Center is located at 515 Meetinghouse Road in Jenkintown. Admission to the all ages show is $5 and music begins at 7 p.m.

A band from California who calls themselves The Growlers will be playing tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. The group experiments with different sounds ranging from psychedelic to classic rock to hip hop. Also playing will be Philadelphia psych rock boys, Mountjoy who just released their Naked Lake EP. To purchase tickets to this 21+ show go here. Doors open at 8PM.

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