Tonight’s Concert Picks: Trails and Ways at Boot and Saddle, Neutral Milk Hotel at Mann Center, OOIOO at Johnny Brenda’s

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Oakland quartet Trails and Ways are causing quite a stir. Two years ago, the band released their debut EP Trilingual, which had multilingual lyrics, political themes and an eclectic blend of 90s shoegaze and modern beats. For example, “Border Crosser” is in support of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. When they’re not making great, politically active music, the band also does dope covers, like their trilingual take on Frank Ocean’s “Lost”. Watch their video for “Tereza” below. The band will make its Philly debut tonight with another talented band, PHOX. Get more details at the XPN Concert Calendar.

Indie legends Neutral Milk Hotel return to Philadelphia this Monday as a part of their extended tour. Earlier this month, Jeff Mangum did a great interview about his involvement with Merge Records and making music in general. As a part of the interview through Google Play, you can also grab a free download of “Song Against Sex” from On Avery Island. Listen to their iconic “On An Aeroplane Over the Sea” below. Get more details about the show here.

Japanese experimental collective OOIOO will be playing at Johnny Brenda’s. OOIOO is led by the drummer from Boredoms, Yoshimi P-We, along with guitarist Kayan, bassist Aya and drummer Ai. In fact, Yoshimi was the inspiration behind the Flaming Lip’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. The music is nearly impossible to describe, other than it’s a truly energizing sensation. There are chants, hums, and wild instrumentation which all blend to make an interesting, unexpected cacophony.  The group just released its newest album Gamel, inspired by the Javanese style of gamelan. In comparison to their previous albums, their most recent was recorded mostly live and captures more of the group’s dynamic live presence. Watch a live rendition of the spaced out chant “Don Ah” below. Get more details about the show here.

OOIOO – Don Ah from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

Also playing:

City Rain at Kung Fu Necktie (8:00 pm, $5, 21+)



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