Tonight’s Concert Picks: Surgeon at Kung Fu Necktie, The Killers at Susquehanna Bank Center, XPN welcomes the Philadelphia Songwriters Project to The Blockley

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Philly metal band Surgeon will release their new album tonight at Johnny Brenda’s Kung Fu Necktie (the show was moved due to a water main break).  Chemical Reign has been a long time coming for the local four-piece: we first got a sample of the new songs back in 2011 when the band stopped by for a Key Studio Session, a few years after their 2008 debut Angry Guest was released.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Swarm of Arrows, Ominous Black and Skeleton Hands can be found here.  Below, watch a live video of Surgeon performing “Greed.”

The Killers play a rescheduled date at Susquehanna Bank Center tonight.  The Las Vegas rock band continues to tour in support of its fourth studio album Battle Born, released last fall four years after their previous effort.  Since their Hot Fuss debut, The Killers have tackled a number of sounds and styles from their earliest indie / new wave impressions to the more recent arena-friendly heartland rock route while keeping colorful stories and lyrics in the spotlight.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Below, watch The Killers perform “When You Were Young” at the Royal Albert Hall in London to get a sense of their explosive live show.

XPN welcomes the Philadelphia Songwriters Project finals to The Blockley.  From an initial pool of 250 submissions, eleven local musicians and bands are in the running to win a summer tour package that includes a slot at this year’s Firefly Festival and an appearance on XPN’s Philly Local Show.  Judges for the event include XPN Midday / Local Show host Helen Leicht and The Key’s editor John Vettese.  Tickets and information for the final event can be found here.  See the list of contestants here.  Below, watch 2011 winner Ginger Coyle perform “To the Moon and Back.”