Tonight’s Concert Picks: Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang at Kung Fu Necktie, Tony Trischka at the Psalm Salon, Norwegian Arms at Johnny Brenda’s, Low Cut Connie at North Star Bar, and Black Horse Motel with New Sweden at Milkboy Philly


Celebrate the-maybe-last-night on Earth with Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang tonight at Kung Fu Necktie! In case all of this apocalyptic nonsense turns out not to be true, though, get pumped for Stens and his crew’s upcoming Key Session in 2013. The NJ nostalgia-rock group, fronted by Juston “Turbo” Stens formerly of Dr. Dog, released their album, Trash or Treasure, last March (pick it up on their Bandcamp page here). Tonight’s 21+ show starts at 7:30; go here for tickets and information. Below, watch Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang’s cover of Paul McCartney’s “Let Me Roll It.”

Acclaimed banjo player Tony Trischka will be performing at The Psalm Salon tonight. Trischka, whose career has included stints in Skyline and Breakfast Special, as well as flourishing solo releases, is perhaps best known for his involvement with several NPR shows like A Prairie Home Companion and From Our Front Porch. His 2008 album Territory won the Best Americana Album category for the Independent Music Awards, one of dozens of achievements Trischka has accumulated over his career. Grab tickets to tonight’s all-ages show here, and watch Trischka’s collaborative performance at RockyGrass 2011 with Mike Marshall, Bryan Sutton, Darol Anger and Missy Raines.

Rising local folk duo Norwegian Arms returns to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The pair, Eric Slick and Brendan Mulvihill, have caught our attention as one of this year’s best emerging acts; read our review of their upcoming full-length, Wolf Like A Stray Dog, which you can stream in its entirety here. Their psych experimentation brings to life the motif of personal growth with refreshing energy on the album. Tickets for tonight’s 21+ are available on our calendar here; check out their video for “Easy a Lover Goes West” from Choice/Cuts below.

Back in Philly celebrating the September release of their phenomenal sophomore record Call Me Sylvia, Low Cut Connie are performing tonight at North Star Bar. The band’s jagged retro rock sound and lively “bar band” reputation have proven them to be a guaranteed good time; check out their XPN2 session here and pick up tickets to tonight’s show here. Below, watch Low Cut Connie’s video for the first single from Call Me Sylvia, “Scoliosis in Secaucus.”

Philly five-piece folk group Black Horse Motel and Wilmington’s New Sweden are playing as part of the line-up at Milkboy Philly tonight. Black Horse Motel is currently in the process of recording their debut full-length, but you can hear their warm Americana harmonies on their recent four-track EP (available on their Bandcamp page here). New Sweden, whose spirited folk sound has earned them a second nomination for the Tri-State Indie’s Best Delaware Indie Band of the Year award, is working on their second album, but their first album and EP can be downloaded here. Tickets for tonight’s 21+ show are available here; doors open at 8:30. Below, watch New Sweden’s performance of “A Poor Man’s Song” at World Cafe Live Wilmington from last St. Patrick’s Day.



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