Tonight’s Concert Picks: King Azaz at Haus of Yarga, Slaughter Beach, Dog at Boot and Saddle, Whaler at Kung Fu Necktie

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Drummer Sarah Schardt and singer-guitarist Christo Johnson met in North Carolina eight years ago, transplanted more recently to Philadelphia and are currently destroying in the punk two-piece King Azaz. Their record Spiritus Mundii was a quiet standout in 2016, filled with grungy riffs, hammering drums and minor key aggression – but there’s also a level of Fugazi / Dischord style socially charged catharsis. Tonight they’re on a pretty stacked lineup at West Philly staple Haus of Yarga, along with Thin Lips, Tombo Crush and more. Info on the show can be found at Facebook.

Over at Boot and Saddle, the Lame-O Records Rock Residency continues with Slaughter Beach, Dog — the solo project of Modern Baseball’s Jake Ewald. The band released the full-length Welcome last year, and it allowed Ewald to explore new dimensions to his songwriting — simultaneously poppier and more aggressive. The show also features Loose Tooth, who releases the excellent Big Day LP later this year, and No Thank You, who just announced their debut Jump Ship. The show is presented by JUMP Philly and is a benefit for Juntos, a nonprofit defending the human rights of the local Latinx immigrant community. More information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

Indie rock four-piece Whaler impressed us last year with their Deep End single — where they hit a sweet spot of swirling synths and jagged jangly indie rock. The band and will play live tonight at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets and more info on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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