Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dear Nora at Johnny Brenda’s, Public Service Broadcasting at The Foundry, The Afghan Whigs at Union Transfer

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Katy Davidson has been making music and touring under the name Dear Nora since 2000, and the project makes a stop at Johnny Brenda’s in support of the newly-reissued Mountain Rock LP (listen below). After a several-year hiatus, some of which Davidson spent playing as Key Losers, she recently revived Dear Nora to the thrill of her loyal fanbase (the likes of which include former Philadelphians Girlpool, whose song “Dear Nora” is a tribute to the band). Nicholas Krgovich and Hello Shark will open the 21+ show.

London-based Public Service Broadcasting, the brainchild of J. Willgoose, Esq., aims to educate. The recently released concept album Every Valley shows PSB exploring the rise and fall of the Welsh mining industry, shedding light on the personal stories of mine workers in the South Wales valleys, with hopes of resonating with working class experiences worldwide. This should be a visually intriguing show, as well — PSB often plays live in front of old, projected film footage, and the industrial atmosphere of The Foundry should provide a pretty cool space for the band to work with. Watch the video for “Progress,” from the new album, below.

It’s a bittersweet show at Union Transfer for The Afghan Whigs — guitarist David Rosser, who had been slated to tour with the band this fall, passed away in June after a long battle with colon cancer. Still, fans should expect a classic Whigs performance tonight, especially the new material of the band’s recent release In SpadesHar Mar Superstar opens the show. Watch the Afghan Whigs performance of “Parked Outside” from XPN’s Non-Comm 2014.

Tickets and more information on all shows can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar.



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