Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Polyphonic Spree at The TLA, Lantern at Johnny Brenda’s, Pretty & Nice and Break it Up at Kung Fu Necktie

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Photo Credit: Lauren Logan Photography
Photo Credit: Lauren Logan Photography

Still looking for fun this 4th of July Weekend?  The Polyphonic Spree have you covered.  This humongous group of musicians have been performing and releasing albums since 2000 with no signs of slowing down.  This August, they’ll release their fifth studio album, Yes, It’s True.  In their robes and with their upbeat music, the band puts on quite the show.  Check out their cover of Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” (featuring Jason Lytle of Grandaddy) from their Trocadero show back in December, and see them tonight at The TLA.

Maybe you’re looking for something a little more…intense?  Tonight at Johnny Brenda’s, Philly band Lantern are playing a release show for their latest LP, Rock ‘N’ Roll Rorschach.  Lantern hearken back to U.S. proto-punk, and the music that inspired it: it’s harsh, powerful and wild, always teetering on the edge of destruction, but rooted in the blues and rock and roll.  Needless to say, it’ll be a raucous good time.  Check out their song “Out of Our Heads” below and get ticket info here.

Pretty & Nice hail from Boston and they play an interesting style of rock.  At times, the group sounds soft and melodic like The Shins, but at other times, it sheds this sound for 90s pop-punk. While it sounds like a drastic change, Pretty and Nice pulls it off pretty well.  Tonight, they play Kung Fu Necktie with Philly’s Break It Up, who are playing their first show since the release of their self-titled full-length debut. Below, hear “Hibernate” from Pretty and Nice’s latest EP, Us You All We, and “Amplify Me” from Break it Up’s album.