Tonight’s Concert Picks: CHVRCHES at Union Transfer, City and Colour at The Electric Factory, Sara Lee Guthrie at World Cafe Live, Arctic Monkeys at the Mann Center

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CHVRCHESIf you haven’t picked up on it, we’re quite taken by Scottish electonic pop three-piece CHVRCHES. Building buzz and stateside traction earlier this year on the strength of the three-song Recover EP, the band just released its full length debut, The Bones of What You Believe, and it more than delivers on the promise. Imagine hard-hitting dance beats and hooky keyboard samples supporting the narrative lyrics and alluring vocals of frontwoman Lauren Mayberry. It’s a sleek and catchy combination of techno energy and catchy songwriting. The band returns to Union Transfer tonight, and the all-ages show begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN concert Calendar.

Acoustic, emo-tinged act City and Colour plays its biggest Philly show to date tonight, headlining the Electric Factory. Essentially the one-man project of acclaimed Canadian songwriter Dallas Green, the band’s fourth record The Hurry and The Harm was released earlier this year. Four the current tour, Green fleshed out Colour into a four-piece band, but we can probably still expect some solitary acoustic moments in the show as well. Tickets and information can be found here. Below, download their new song “Thirst.”

On the one hand, you might know Sara Lee Guthrie because of her famous father (that would be Woody). On the other hand, by know you probably know her well from her musical partnership with Johnny Irion. The acoustic singer-songwriter duo has performed together since 2000, and this year’s Jeff Tweedy-produced LP Wassaic Way is their fourth joint release (though each has several solo releases). Tonight they headline World Cafe Live; tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch their funny new video for “Chairman Meow.”

The ever shape-shifting brit rock four-piece Arctic Monkeys have taken another stylistic turn on their latest outing, AM, moving away from the doomy thrashy Josh Homme-helmed sound of their previous two records and towards a very Black Keys influenced groove / blues sound. Tonight they headline the skyline stage at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts; tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch the music video for “Do I Wanna Know?”

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  • juanita

    The Walkmen are opening for The Arctic Monkeys tonight. See you there.

    • John Vettese

      They are! And they’re going to be great.