You might know Swedish electro-pop four-piece Little Dragon from frontwoman Yukimi Nagano’s collaborations with Gorillaz (“Empire Ants” and “To Binge” from Plastic Beach…and, confession time, that’s how I was introduced). Or you might just be a fan of their own fiercely eclectic stylings, now four albums deep. Either way, we can at least agree on two truths. There aren’t many artists making music right now that sound quite like them, and the band’s headlining show at Union Transfer will be a high-energy throwdown. Little Dragon is currently touring behind its recent, Nabuma Rubberband, which came in May and shows traces of big-beat 90s dance, groove-pop and melodic sould, sometimes all at once…such as “Klapp Klapp,” which you can check out the video for below. Get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.
Whether your point of reference is current scene favorite Emperor X or lo-fi troubadour icons The Mountain Goats and Jeffrey Lewis, DC outfit Art Sorority for Girls is a treat for fans of lively, literate indie rock (or anti-folk, if you prefer). Primarily the project of songwriter Daoud Tyler-Ameen with a rotating cast of instrumentalists and studio collaborators, the one-man band hits Philly tonight for an early set at Kung Fu Necktie. Tyler-Ameen’s songs on this year’s Older Boys LP are melodically catchy and lyrically engaging: witty and reflective, loaded with details but not necessarily in a naval-gazing way. Sometimes it’s clear he’s singing for fellow musicians and creatives (“Got no idea what you’re blogging about / ’Cause even the house show scene’s sectarian”), but more often he’s singing for anybody who’s ever experienced insecurity and self-doubt (“Out of shape and uninspired / You force down salad and you just feel tired”). Listen to “Spaceship” below and get tickets and info on the show here.
A couple years back, some Philly local regulars decided to get together to pay tribute to 1960s Motown, 70s Philly soul and other vintage styles of days go by. Over time the casual hang became a regular gig and The York Street Hustle was born. Now a ten-piece, featuring Aaron Brown of Aaron and the Spell and Alison Polans of Papertrees, the band brings the party to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Tickets and information on the show can be found here. Watch their cover of Al Green’s classic “Here I Am (Come and Take Me)” below.
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