Tonight’s Concert Picks: Man Man at Union Transfer, Beach Fossils with Heavy Medical at Johnny Brenda’s, Penrose at Underground Arts, Erykah Badu at The Electric Factory

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389640_10150850829721277_1335692574_nLocal wild men Man Man close out a month long national tour at Union Transfer tonight.  About to release their fifth studio album this summer, the eclectic rock outfit talked to The Key’s Kate Bracaglia recently about pre-show tea drinking rituals, Instagram posts and the “natural progression” of the new album from 2011′s standout Life Fantastic.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with Murder By Death and Northern Arms can be found here.  Stream and download “Mayan Nights” from Man Man below. UPDATE: tonight’s Man Man show is sold out.

Indie shoegaze / pop outfit Beach Fossils headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  According to an interview with Village Voice, frontman Dustin Payseur wrote 75 songs for the band’s just-released LP Clash the Truth before paring that number down to the fourteen found on the tracklist.  The final version of the album floats from basement-y shoegazing punk to gauzy pop, all within the sublime confines of a beachy vibe.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with local bass / drum duo Heavy Medical can be found here.  Stream the title track from Clash the Truth below.

This week’s Unlocked feature with Penrose culminates tonight with a show at Underground Arts. The local blues / rock trio is celebrating the release of Circe, an album steeped in Greek mythology and blues traditions dealing with existential and philosophical themes.  Recorded with Bill Moriarty, Circe is the band’s second full-length, following up 2010′s Devil’s Grip.  Learn more about what went into making the record in our interview with the brothers here, then read the review here.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Levee Drivers, The Lawsuits and St. James & The Apostles can be found here.  Stream and download “Life of Mud” from the new LP below.

Erykah Badu will perform her debut album Baduizm at The Electric Factory tonight.  The soul / jazz singer-songwriter and activist was a prominent member of the Soulquarians in New York alongside Questlove, Robert Glasper and Bilal and she is credited with sparking the neo-soul genre with her first record, for which she won two Grammy Awards in 1998.  Badu’s most recent release was 2010′s New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh).  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show can be found here.  Watch the video for “On & On” from Baduizm below.

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