Tonight’s Concert Picks: Crooked Fingers at Johnny Brenda’s, Quarry Street Hymnal at World Cafe Live, Slingshot Dakota with Saintseneca at The Barbary, The Lemonheads with Birdie Busch at the Capitol Theater

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Nomadic rock outfit Crooked Fingers comes to Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Led by Eric Bachmann, Crooked Fingers is the sometimes-solo, sometimes-full-band project of the former Archers of Loaf lead singer.  Currently touring in support of his 2011 album Breaks in the Armor, Bachmann spent recent months with his former bandmates for an Archers of Loaf reunion tour coinciding with the re-release of the 1990s band’s discography.  Tonight’s show will feature Bachmann and a full band alongside John Vanderslice.  Tickets for the 21+ show are $15 here, doors are at 8:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 9:15 p.m.  Below, watch a rooftop video for “Your Apocalypse” off of Breaks in the Armor.


Crooked Fingers: “Your Apocalypse”

Quarry Street Hymnal celebrates the release of Volume I upstairs at World Cafe Live tonight.  The project of ubiquitous Philadelphia collaborator Bethany Brooks, Quarry Street Hymnal is a vehicle for setting the texts of hymns to new compositions.  Brooks, who has worked with local roots bands including Wissahickon Chicken Shack, The Great Unknown and the Joe D’Amico Band, puts on her chamber musician cap for Volume I, which was recorded at Turtle Studios by Jeff Hiatt.  Vesper, Wissahickon Chicken Shack, and a number of Brooks’ collaborators will join her on stage.  Tickets are $7 for the 8:00 p.m. show.  More information can be found here.  Watch a video of Quarry Street Hymnal performing “I Thirst, Thou Wounded Lamb of God” below.

Bethlehem, PA’s indie punk duo Slingshot Dakota will take the stage at The Barbary tonight with Saintseneca.  Slingshot Dakota are gearing up for the release of their new record called Dark Hearts, coming out on November 6th through Topshelf Records.  Meanwhile, Saintseneca released a live EP earlier this month, which you can check out on their Bandcamp page.  Also lending some tunes to the evening are The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Glocca Morra (celebrating the release of their An Obscure Moon 10″) and Emperor X.  Tickets are $8 here; doors will open at 6:30 p.m.  More information about the event can be found here.  Below, watch a video for “Disaster” off of Slingshot Dakota’s upcoming album.

XPN Welcomes The Lemonheads with special guest Birdie Busch to the Capitol Theater in York, PA.  Despite the copious amount of line-up changes over the last two-and-a-half decades and a hiatus in late 1990s, the hard-rocking punk band has managed to avoid drifting into obscurity thanks to founding member Evan Dando’s dedication to the project and a devoted following of fans from the early days in Boston.  To the delight of fans both old and new, Fire Records recently announced they will be re-releasing The Lemonheads’ first three albums and there’s a new album in the works with Ryan Adams in the producer’s chair.  Tickets for tonight’s 8:00 p.m. show with Birdie Busch are $21 here.  Watch the video for “Mallo Cup” from 1988′s Lick below.

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