Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Work Drugs to Kung Fu Necktie, Office of Future Plans at The Fire, Night Beds with Cat Martino at Johnny Brenda’s


XPN welcomes prolific Philly smooth-fi outfit Work Drugs to Kung Fu Necktie tonight.  Operating behind a mission to create make “music specifically for dancing, boating, yachting, sexting and living,” Work Drugs have a steady streak of releasing one song each month since December of 2011 in addition to 2012’s full-length Absolute Bearing and the retrospective / rarities vinyl Delta (released last November).  Tonight’s event with Night Panther, Cruiser and DJ Young Mariah Carey kicks off a spring tour for Work Drugs, their first since 2011.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.  Below, watch the video for “Delta.”

Office of Future Plans play The Fire tonight.  The Baltimore-based band was accidentally formed after its members left their previous DC area punk bands to open for The Bomb in 2009.  Keeping the ball rolling since that night, Plans released their most recent self-titled full-length in 2011 via Dischord Records and are putting the finishing touches on a split with French indie band and showmates Daria right now.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Daria and Kepone can be found here.  Stream “Salamander” from Office of Future Plans below.

Winston Yellen’s project Night Beds headlines Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  The Nashville-via-Colorado musician released his debut LP Country Sleep through Dead Oceans last month, an album that moves effortlessly from poppy-twang (“Ramona”) to downcast, reflective tracks (“22”) with a Jim James-esque crescendo of arrangements.  Shaking Through alum Cat Martino just released her first music video ever, an artistic clip for “Yr Not Alone” (watch here via NPR).  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Indians can be found here.  Below, watch Night Beds perform “Ramona” live in Nashville’s Ocean Way Studio.

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