Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Damned at The TLA, Will Sparks at District N9ne, Philly Tapes Philly at Ortlieb’s

The Damned
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English rockers The Damned bring their Hallow-East tour to The TLA tonight.  Formed in 1976, the influential punk rock stalwarts are credited with leading the punk crusade by releasing the genre’s first single and LP.  In 2008 The Damned released their most recent effort So, Who’s Paranoid?, a record that plays more towards the band’s 1980s gothic heyday than its 70s punk roots.  Listen to The Damned’s first single, “New Rose,” below and pick up tickets here.

Australian DJ Will Sparks headlines District N9NE.  Sparks is leader in the “Melbourne sound” niche of electronic music, having several top ten original songs and remixes.  Robin Thicke’s crowd handpicked the 20-year old to switch up “Blurred Lines,” the YouTube stream of which has over 1.1 million views currently.  Tickets and information for the event can be found here.  Watch his video for “This Is What the Bounce Is” below.

This month’s Philly Tapes Philly collaboration will be released tonight with a free show at Ortlieb’s.  The cassette tape recording project features Brian Strouse of The Lawsuits and Bij Lincs of Ground Up.  The two local musicians spent a day at PTP headquarters to record two new songs, which were then put onto 50 cassette tapes that will be given out for free tonight.  More information for the show can be found here.  Watch The Lawsuits’ video for “Sweet Marcelle” below.

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