Tonight’s Concert Picks: Toy Soldiers at Johnny Brenda’s, Marco Benevento at Blockley, Suicidal Tendencies at Electric Factory, Andrew Gray at Kennett Flash

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toysoldiers.croppedPhiladelphia’s Toy Soldiers will be bringing their roots rock-inspired music to Johnny Brenda’s tonight as a debut for the band’s documentary The Maybe Trails. The documentary, shot by Seth Klinger, follows the band as they travel across the U.S.  The film’s soundtrack was done entirely by Toy Soldiers, and as the event page on Johnny Brenda’s says, will have glimpses of songs that will be on their upcoming album.  Beginning their band as a two-piece, since then, Toy Soldiers has expanded and reduced in size to its current status as a five-piece, while at its most having ten members. They have six releases on their bandcamp as of now, more than enough to have a great time listening to their medley of blaring, heartfelt, and upbeat tunes. Tickets and information for the show with Holy Ghost Tent Revival and the showing of the documentary The Maybe Trails can be found here. Below, watch the trailer for Toy Soldiers’ documentary, as well as a HotBox Session for their song “Throw Me Down”.

Versatile pianist Marco Benevento will be playing at The Blockley tonight. Benevento utilizes an array of electric organs, pianos, and overall keys based instruments to obtain an eclectic sound. He is a member of the Benevento/Russo Duo who are responsible for a number releases, as well as member of other bands, and has various solo albums and recordings, with his most recent being TigerFace released in 2012 with The Royal Potato Family. Benevento will be accompanied by Everyone Orchestra with Steve Kimock, Matt Butler, and band members of the group Moe. at tonight’s show. Tickets and information for 21 and up show with Diamond Doves can be found here. Below, enjoy a live video of Benevento playing his song “Fireworks” at The Blockley last February.

California’s Suicidal Tendencies will be playing at the Electric Factory tonight to celebrate their brand new album 13, their ninth album. Formed in 1981, the band has been deemed a crossover thrash band, combining elements of punk, hardcore, thrash, heavy metal, and every genre that requires an individual to turn their clapping hands into horns to satiate the heaviness.  Suicidal has gone through many lineup changes, with Mike Muir the lead singer being the only permanent member. Their new album 13 marks thirteen years since the band has released a new LP. They started their Slam City Tour on April 11th that has dates all across the U.S., and will then venture to Mexico to play the Hell & Heaven Metal Fest 2013. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with Sick Of It All, Waking The Dead, and D.R.I. can be found here. Below, listen to a streaming on YouTube of Suicidal Tendencies’ new album 13.

Philadelphia native Andrew Gray will be playing Writers in the Round at Kennett Flash tonight. Gray, ex member/co-founder of Philadelphia’s folk band Hoots and Hellmouth, will be taking the stage to play some of his solo material. He has recordings of his songs available on his bandcamp as a name-your-own-price release which was streamed through XPN in August 2011. The songs are a minimal, but powerful, exemplifying Gray’s talent as a solo musician. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with Mike Cummings and Tim Celfo can be found here. Below, listen to Gray’s song “Sing Along, Sing Alone” off of his EP simply titled 3 Songs.

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