Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bats at Johnny Brenda’s, Tomahawk at Union Transfer

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batsNew Zealand indie pop cult faves The Bats play Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Going strong for over 30 years, the band is making a somewhat rare Philly appearance tonight to showcase songs from its most recent release, 2011′s Free All The Monsters, the band’s eighth LP. Opening are Philly indie troopers Royal Shoals; the 21+ begins at 8 p.m., tickets and information can be found here. Also be on the lookout for a free afterparty at R.U.B.A. featuring live appearances from Catnaps, Rugburn and DJ sets from members of Literature and A Sunny Day in Glasgow. Below, watch the music video for “Simpletons” from The Bats’ Free All the Monsters.

One of the myrid projects of fearless musical adventurer Mike Patton, Tomahawk headlines Union Transfer tonight. The band released its third album, Oddfellows, in January and it furthers the scope of the band’s heavy, groove-based rock mixed with Patton’s evocative, boundary-pushing vocals. Fellow sonic experimenters Buke & Gase open, tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch the music video for “Stone Letter” from Oddfellows.

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