With its confessional, introspective lyrics and powerhouse vocal front, Ireland’s Little Green Cars made a big impression this year with their debut LP Absolute Zero. Its rousing, urgent arrangements call to mind Arcade Fire – but with instrumentation that falls in line with the folk revival. Tonight the band returns to Johnny Brenda’s for its second headlining set at the venue this year; opening the show is Philly roots-overdrive trio Tin Horses. Tickets and more information on the 21+ show can be found here. Below, watch Little Green Cars’ video for “The John Wayne.”
The experimental project Atoms For Peace blends the talents of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, and uber-producer Nigel Godrich. Their LP Amok was released in February, and handily recalls late-era Radiohead in its haunting tones – but with perhaps the rhythmic textures (and graphic design sensibilities) of Yorke’s 2006 solo outing The Eraser. The band kicks off its U.S. tour tonight at The Liacouras Center at Temple University; tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, check out the video for “Ingenue.”
Singer / songwriter / musical workhorse Josh Rouse released his tenth album this year; The Happiness Waltz, released in March on Yep Roc Records, and it’s been hailed as a heartwarming, candid study of domestic life. Rouse headlines The Tin Angel tonight; tickets and more information on the 21+ show can be found here. Watch the video for “Julie (Come Out of the Rain)” below.