Tonight’s Concert Picks: John the Conqueror at MilkBoy, Selwyn Birchwood at World Cafe Live, Vacationer at Bourbon and Branch

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John the Conqueror | photo via facebook.com/JohntheConquerorBand
John the Conqueror | photo via facebook.com/JohntheConquerorBand

Philly blues-rock power trio John the Conqueror is back with a new lineup and a handful of new songs tonight at MilkBoy. The band released a well-received LP, The Good Life, in early 2014, and had a successful European run as well as a stint across the U.S. Late last year, founding drummer Michael Gardner parted ways with the band and new stick-man Mark Eichenberger stepped in; tonight is his debut show with the band. Bonus fun: as JTC gears up for its next record and round of touring, it is refreshing its merch catalog – meaning JTC tees will be given away for free at tonight’s show. Tickets and information can be fond at the XPN Concert Calendar.

Speaking of bluesy guitar-driven rock, Selwyn Brichwood headlines World Cafe Live tonight. Last year, the Tampa-born musician released his third LP Don’t Call No Ambulance, which was met with critical acclaim in the blues world (not to mention the NPR Music realm). Tickets and information on the show can be found here. Below, download “The River Turned Red” performed live on World Cafe.

Considering that Greg Altman from Philly electronic alt-rock five-piece Vacationer manages new NoLibs haunt Bourbon and Branch, it makes sense that the band has turned the room into a home of sorts. They’ve hosted a few after-parties and DJ nights at the spot, and tonight they play a free show there. Let their summer pop warm you up starting at 9. More info can be found here.

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