XPN welcomes indie/folk rock up and comers Hey Marseilles and The Apache Relay to Milkboy tonight. The Seattle-based seven piece Hey Marseilles released their second full length album Lines We Trace back in March, and have been gaining popularity for their pop folk songs and heart melting lyrics. Think Mumford and Sons or The Lumineers, but with a more authentic feel. Their single “Heart Beats” is a great example of the band’s ability to go from a verse with soft singing and guitar to a chorus with pounding drums. The Apache Relay is a suitable opener, with folk music that is driven by guitar and catchy vocals, they could be compared to River City Extension. You can find tickets for the show here.
Philadelphia’s own feel-good summer pop band, Cruiser, will be performing at Boot and Saddle this evening. Cruiser was started by Andy States as a solo project in 2012, but has evolved into a full four piece band with States as the frontman. States released a six song EP in 2012, but they recently released “Kidnap Me,” which is the first song written by the band as a whole. This song is catchy on almost every level, and the chill guitar and vocal melodies have helped it shoot it up to 70,000 listens on Soundcloud. Watch out for these Philly locals to continue to make a splash, You can find tickets for tonight’s show with Chad Valley here.
Aimee Mann will be stopping by the Whittaker Center tonight to play a mix of pop and folk rock that she has come to master over the years. With her newest album Charmer released a little over a year ago, her set should be full of old favorites and new hits. With gripping lyrics that deal a lot with relationships and some synth pop lines like the one in “Charmer,” Aimee continues to be a big name in the the singer/songwriter scene. You can find tickets to Aimee’s show here.
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