Tonight’s Concert Picks: Alvvays at Boot and Saddle, Drums Like Machine Guns at Kung Fu Necktie, Johnny Marr at Union Transfer

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Alvvays | photo via facebook.com/ALVVAYS
Alvvays | photo via facebook.com/ALVVAYS

Toronto dream-pop five-piece Alvvays (pronounced “always”) returns to Philadelphia tonight for a headlining show at Boot and Saddle. The band released its self-titled debut LP on Polyvinyl records earlier this year, and its a delightful set of indie-pop anthems reminiscent of Teenage Fanclub, Black Tambourine and My Bloody Valentine. Check out the uber-catchy “Marry Me, Archie” below and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.

Philly experimental noise duo Drums Like Machine Guns will shake the walls at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Don’t let the name fool you – there aren’t any live drums in this band, but rather samplers looping in found audio, voices and synthesizer squeals into a highly-textured, somewhat distressing collage. It’s cacophonous but compelling; check out a live recording from Florida sync’d to trippy visuals below, and get information about the show here.

This year, Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr released his second solo album, Playland, and he returns to Philadelphia tonight to headline Union Transfer in support of it. Watch the video for the punchy single “Easy Money” below and get tickets and info on the show here.

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