Tonight’s Concert Picks: Key Studio Sessions Live at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Morning River Band at Kung Fu Necktie, Ecomog at The Trocadero Balcony, Acid Mothers Temple at Johnny Brenda’s


SwedenExperience the Key Studio Sessions live tonight at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  The free event will showcase three of the Philadelphia area’s top acts: folk-rockers and two-time Tri-State Indie Award winners New Sweden, vocal powerhouse and in-demand collaborator Ali Wadsworth and local man-about-town Joey Sweeney with his new band The Long Hair Arkestra.  Admission for the show is free but space is limited; RSVP on the XPN website and get more information here.  Below, watch New Sweden perform “Mama” and download their Key Studio Session from March 2012 here.

Philly country outfit Morning River Band perform at Kung Fu Necktie upstairs tonight.  When we last heard from the no-frills Americana four-piece they were appearing on Folkadelphia to perform a few songs off of their 2011 effort Between the Ocean and the Blues.  Since that time, Jeffrey Fields and his bandmates have been holed away in Gradwell House where they worked with Steve Poponi and Matt Weber to record their upcoming record To Suzie, slated for a release on May 21st.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Quiet Hollers can be found here.  Below, stream “Drinking Blues No. 2 (Drinking in Heaven with George Jones)” from their Folkadelphia appearance.

ECOMOG will share their sharply crafted hip hop with fans at The Trocadero Balcony tonight.  Always the innovators, the Philadelphia-based trio of Entity, Tonik and Epidemic have released a number of non-traditional albums including one that was comprised entirely of Kanye West samples (2009’s 808s & ECOMOG) and another that referenced and sampled several decades of television favorites (2010’s As Seen on TV).  ECOMOG jumped into the spotlight once again earlier this month with “Who Will Survive In America?” – stream and download the track below.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Kim Jong Ill, Killer Whale and Milton can be found here.

All the way from Japan, Acid Mothers Temple headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight.   The unconventional psych band has released dozens of records and has appeared in many configurations and off-shoots over their 15+ year career with an ever-changing cast of musicians anchored by founder Kawabata Makoto.  Orbiting the styles of noise rock, ambient rock, space rock and all things freak rock Acid Mothers Temple will release In Search of Lost Divine Ark in May via Important Records.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Tjutjuna can be found here.  Below, watch the band perform “Pink Lady Lemonade” during their 2011 Johnny Brenda’s appearance.




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