Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pup at Golden Tea House, Ex Hex at Boot and Saddle, 2 Chainz at Tower Theater and more

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Pup | Courtesy of the artist
Pup | Courtesy of the artist

Think of them as The Menzingers of the Great White North. Toronto four-piece Pup is on its first run through the states this spring, leading up to the April 8th release of its self-titled debut LP on Side One Dummy records. The album rips – a remarkable blend of raw Fugazi-fied punk rock aggression (check the lead single “Reservoir,” which you can get a name-your-own-price download of at their Bandcamp page) as well as pure poppy singalong hooks (the more recent “Dark Days,” which you can hear below). A previously scheduled Kung Fu Necktie gig was called off a few weeks ago, but thankfully the folks at Guild Shows stepped in and were able to squeeze Pup onto a lineup at Golden Tea House tonight with Tender Vision, Great Red Spots and Dead Tenors. Tickets for the all ages show are available at the door, more information at the Facebook event page. Below, rock out to “Dark Days.”

Ex Hex is not only the name of Mary Timony’s 2005 solo album; it’s also her latest musical project. The creative force between 90s experimental rock outfit Helium – as well as one-fourth of indie supergroup Wild Flag – returns to a raw power trio format in this outing, hinting at that cool in-between zone during the late 70s and 80s where punk rock was waning and new wave wasn’t new wave yet. Like the meeting grounds between The Nerves and Blondie, or The Cramps and The Replacements. They self describe as “music your babysitter used to listen to,” and for people in their 30s, that probably sounds about right. The band headlines Boot and Saddle tonight, and tickets and info can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch the “Hot and Cold” video (starring Ian Svenonius of Nation of Ulysses / The Make-Up).

Last time hiphop sensation 2 Chainz was in town, he packed a massive crowd of people around Logan Circle during the Made In America festival; tonight, he headlines The Tower Theater. Exploding beyond the rap world and into the mainstream with his contribution to the massive hit “Mercy” from Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music Cruel Summer compilation in 2012, 2 Chainz  followed up last fall with his sophomore outing B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, featuring guest spots from Drake, Pharrell and more. Watch the “Feds Watching” video featuring Pharrell below, and get tickets and info on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.

Also tonight…

Oldermost’s album release show at Johnny Brenda’s (8 p.m., $10, 21+)

Diego Garcia at The Tin Angel (10 p.m., $20, 21+)

Boy & Bear at MilkBoy (8:30 p.m., $15, 21+)

Warpaint at Union Transfer (8 p.m., $18, all ages)

Betty Who at Underground Arts (8 p.m., $12, 21+)

The Colourist at North Star Bar (7 p.m., $15, 21+)

Pat Metheny Unity Group at The Keswick Theater (8 p.m., $55, all ages)

(Read More – Pat Metheny Unity Group explores kinship though new project)

Verbatum Jones’ Everybody Eats at 1215 Vine (8 p.m., Free, all ages)

(Read More – Verbatum Jones Brings the Communal Joy #everybodyeats to Philly)

Spirit Family Reunion at Tellus360 (8 p.m., $15, 21+)