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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Run the Jewels at The TLA, TJ Kong Murdershow at Underground Arts, Dum Dum Girls at Union Transfer

Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels | photo via www.facebook.com/therealrunthejewels

Hip Hop superduo Run the Jewels will be at The TLA tonight.  The partnership between Brooklyn’s El-P and Atlanta’s Killer Mike resulted in a self-titled record in 2013, which XPN’s Bruce Warren touted as “the year’s best hip hop collaboration.”  Just last week they leaked RTJ2, giving it out to fans for free on their Facebook page.  Get the album here and listen to “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry” below.  Tickets and information can be found here.

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Halloween Weekend: a spooky poster guide for cover sets, tribute shows and more

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Bands and venues all over the city are dusting off the cobwebs and getting into the Halloween spirit for cover sets, tribute sets and all-out, mischief-inducing fun.  Below (and above) you’ll find a round-up of flyers for some of the weekend’s best holiday offerings, which include appearances by “The Rolling Stones,” “The Cure” and “Hall & Oates.”  Click the posters for more information on each show and for a full line-up of weekend concerts visit the XPN Concert Calendar here.

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

The Damned
The Damned | photo via www.officialdamned.com/gallery

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.

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Purling Hiss share “weird and obscure” playlist with Entertainment Weekly

Purling Hiss
Purling Hiss | photo by Aaron Biscoe

Local fuzz rockers Purling Hiss dropped their new record Weirdon last month and celebrated by curating an 8-track playlist for Entertainment Weekly.  Describing the songs as having “a gritty lo fi/VHS aesthetic,” frontman Mike Polizze dipped into some of the bands and musicians he might credit with shaping the Purling Hiss motif.  Weirdon follows the band’s 2013 label debut Water on Mars and was released through Drag City.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Angus and Julia Stone at Union Transfer, David Bazan at the First Unitarian Church, Todd Rundgren at the Keswick Theater

Angus and Julia Stone
Angus and Julia Stone | photo courtesy of the artists

Australian brother-sister act Angus and Julia Stone make an appearance at Union Transfer tonight.  The duo teamed up again for this year’s self-titled LP, following a handful of solo efforts that were released after 2010′s critically acclaimed Down the Way.  While primarily an acoustic folk project, the Stones approach their songs from a blues angle.  Watch their video for “A Heartbreak” below and pick up tickets here.

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Get a sneak peek of Philly Tapes Philly vol 7 with Brian Strouse and Bij Lincs

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Philly Tapes Philly vol 7 | photo by Wendy McCardle | www.wendymccardle.com

Philly Tapes Philly vol 7 is here with a Mischief Night edition of their monthly tape release party at Ortlieb’s.  The crew has been working with Brian Dale Allen Strouse of The Lawsuits and Bij Lincs of Ground Up for a one-on-one collaboration, a process that results in a cassette tape of two totally original songs that will be given away to the first fifty people through the door on Thursday night.

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Listen to Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band’s “The Ballad of Freer Hollow”

Christ Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band
Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band | photo by Constance Mensh

Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band are currently out on the road in support of Intensity Ghost, an LP set for release tomorrow via No Quarter.  The record is the first from Forsyth and his all-star band, assembled a year ago to allow the live playing of 2013′s Solar Motel solo effort from the Philadelphia guitarist.  In addition to August’s “I Ain’t Waiting,” we now have “The Ballad of Freer Hollow” to prime us for the full-length.

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BC Camplight shares soulful first track from How To Die In The North

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BC Camplight | photo via www.bellaunion.com

Get ready to dim the lights and switch on the disco ball – BC Camplight has shared the first track off of his long-anticipated next record How To Die In the North.  ”Just Because I Love You” is pristine soul-pop song that is sonically warm and comforting while lyrically hitting at a not-too-comforting truth.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Young Statues, Minus the Bear and more…

Young Statues
Young Statues | photo by Shervin Lainez

The Key’s special feature Unlocked made a return this week with locals Young Statues and their new record The Flatlands are Your Friend.  You can get the full scoop on the Jersey natives’ record with an full interview, review and the premiere of an in-studio documentary here.  Download “Got the Knife” for free here, courtesy of Run For Cover Records.

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