Tonight’s Concert Picks: Eternal Summers at Kung Fu Necktie, Saint at PhilaMOCA, Memory Tapes at Johnny Brenda’s, XPN Welcomes Free Energy & Cold Fronts to The Depot


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Virginia’s Eternal Summers play Kung Fu Necktie tonight with Carousel and Wrong World.  The dream / power pop trio are touring behind their 2012 sophomore album Correct Behavior.  With frontwoman Nicole Yun’s sweetly confident vocals spurred on by the aggressive guitar riffs and rhythms of drummer Daniel Cundiff and bassist Jonathan Woods, Eternal Summers blend twee and punk in an infectious and often surprising way.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.  Below, watch their video for “Millions” from Correct Behavior.

February curators 8static present Saint at PhilaMOCA for this week’s Tuesday Tune-Out. Saint is the moniker of Dain Saint, Philly resident and co-founder of audio game development company Cipher Prime Studios.  Saint’s musical style echoes his day job with its chiptune production and video game soundtrack melodies.  Admission for tonight’s Tune-Out is a $5 suggested donation at the door.  More information for the all-ages music and film evening can be found on the Facebook event page here.  Below, stream “Fog of War” from Saint’s Pieces of 8. More information for the 21+ show can be found here.

Memory Tapes makes a rare live appearance at Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  The otherworldly project of New Jersey musician and producer Dayve Hawk celebrated the release of Grace / Confusion at the end of 2012, an event documented by The Key’s recurring Unlocked series.   Memory Tapes has proven to be an apt moniker for Hawk – he describes his compositions as being “representative of the time and place in my life” and “having an anthropological worth” – and from that viewpoint Grace / Confusion takes on an entirely different level of depth from other electronic / dream pop records.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Gracie and TEEN can be found here.  Download “Neighborhood Watch” here and watch the Grammy nominated video for “Yes I Know” from Player Piano below.

XPN welcomes local acts Free Energy and Cold Fronts to The Depot in York, PA tonight.  The upbeat pop / rock sound of Free Energy was captured in this year’s Love Sign LP, an album that quickly wiggled its way into the hearts of both new and old fans with feel-good, party ready tracks like record-starter “Electric Fever.”  Philly rockers Cold Fronts released their infectious Pretty American EP last spring and followed it up with “Know it All” last week, a rocking tune with great guitar layers and sing-a-long lyrics.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 18+ show with Younger Me can be found here.  Below, watch Free Energy’s video for “Electric Fever.”



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