Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cheerleader and The Ataris at MilkBoy, Sturgill Simpson at the Ardmore Music Hall, BITBY Summer Sounds Showcase at The TLA and more…

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Local haze-pop group Cheerleader join Kristopher Roe of alt-rock stalwarts The Ataris at MilkBoy tonight for the venue’s 15th anniversary.  Cheerleader released a new video for its crystalline pop single “Perfect Vision” earlier this month, a track that will be on the full-length follow-up to this year’s self-titled debut EP.  The song moves away from the pure haziness of the EP and pulls production influences from radio pop songs, making it a perfect summer anthem alternative.  Meanwhile, Kristopher Roe of The Ataris has embarked on a solo acoustic tour of the States, performing fan favorites and requests in intimate settings.  Watch Cheerleader’s video for “Perfect Vision” below and get more information about the free show here.

Sturgill Simpson follows up a performance at the Philadelphia Folk Festival yesterday with a set at the Ardmore Music Hall tonight.  The Kentucky country singer has been finding himself in the Philly area pretty frequently lately – he also played at the Communion Showcase this past April.  As John Vettese writes, Simpson “does honest American music with heartfelt depth and a touch of psychedelic orchestrations,” comparing him to Gram Parsons rather than Johnny Cash.  Tickets and information for the show at the Ardmore Music Hall can be found here.  Watch the video for “Turtles All the Way Down” below.

BITBY celebrates the season with a stocked line-up at The TLA tonight for its Summer Sounds Showcase.  The all-locals evening will feature performances by 2014 XPoNential Music Festival performers Commonwealth Choir along with Air is Human, Pine Barons, Shorty Boy Boy, Weekender and Mark Lanky.  It’ll be a sampling of the city’s newer bands, crossing genres from ambient to indie rock to psych pop and many more.  Tickets and information can be found here.

Also Playing:

Matt Nathanson at The Mann Center (7:00 p.m., AA, $25-$45)

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