Tonight’s Concert Picks: S.T.S. at MilkBoy, OhBree at Kung Fu Necktie, Polyphonic Spree at Prince Music Theater

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Sugar Tongue Slim | photo via stsisgold.bandcamp.com

We were already a fan of outside-the-box Philly rapper S.T.S. (AKA Sugar Tongue Slim), and then this summer he took his artistic scope to a prolific new level – and with it, our enthusiasm was amped even further. First, there was his weekly “In The Lab” series of remixes, collaborations and other audio ephemera he’s been releasing on pretty much a weekly basis since June. His latest – “How Philly Use To Sound” – features cuts from DJ Jazzy Jeff, alongside verses from up and coming rappers Dayne Jordan and Son Little, celebrating the jazz and soul roots of the city: “this was a renaissance town / full of seekers who found / a soul song in they heart / a sort of hip to their hop / a certain je ne sais quoi / a touch of jazz in the park / a saxophone in the dark.” Slim and his collaborators paint a vivid picture here, and especially so on We Can Talk Politics and World Affairs, the incredible EP he dropped this summer that’s equally parts hard-hitting beats, high-energy rock and thought provoking rhymes unpacking a bevy of social issues from religion to racial profiling. Tonight Slim headlines MilkBoy on a stacked bill that also features Hezekiah, The Bul Bey and more. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, listen to “How Philly Use To Sound.”

Poppy and irreverent art-rock troupe OhBree headlines Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The seven-piece band released its latest LP, Death by Broomstick, earlier this spring, and when we premiered its single “Sweater,” I noted that there was a clear Man Man influence in the band’s everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach, but there’s also a pop sensibility that hearkens all the way back to, well, The Beatles – and true enough, OhBree covered “I Am The Walrus” this year too. Get tickets and information on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar and listen to that Beatles cover below.

Speaking of big and bright psychedelic pop, tonight Dallas mainstays The Polyphonic Spree brings its summer tour to the Prince Music Theater. The band’s fourth album (excluding its holiday collections) is called Yes, It’s True, and it was released last summer. Watch the music video for “You Don’t Know Me” below and find tickets and info on tonight’s show here.

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