Tonight’s Concert Picks: Communion Philly with Catfish and the Bottlemen at Underground Arts, Roof Doctor at Kung Fu Necktie, Blondfire at Boot and Saddle

Catfish and the Bottlemen | photo by Sarajane Fotography
Catfish and the Bottlemen | photo by Sarajane Fotography

Catfish and the Bottlemen, a Welsh indie rock band, headline Communion Philly this month. Earlier this year, the group released their first single, “Kathleen and the Other Three.” The band has recently gotten the seal of approval from BBC 1’s Zane Lowe (the same Zane Lowe who first introduced the Arctic Monkeys). Communion is held the first Thursday of every month at Underground Arts and serves to bring international and local artists together. Other bands performing include Philly locals Katie Frank and the Pheromones, Tutlie and XPN’s Communion artist for June, Dirty Dollhouse. Get more information at the XPN Concert Calender. 

Local band Roof Doctor just played last week at the third Philly Tapes Philly release party. The band plays what can be best described as an eclectic mix of surf and punk. Their latest album Mobile Freedom Home came out in March. As Patricia Mandej reviewed, the album is full of “small jangly, irresistible details,” especially on tracks like “Bulldog”. Listen to the track below and get more info for the show here.

Blondfire, the brother-sister duo of Erica and Bruce Driscoll, released Young Heart earlier this year, following 2008’s My Someday. Previously known as Astaire, the band plays an airy, infections indie-pop. Blondfire came into prominence after their video for “Where the Kids Are” went viral. Watch the video, which includes a panda-invasion, below and get more info for the show here.



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