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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Earl Sweatshirt at The TLA, The Orange Drop at Bourbon & Branch

Earl Sweatshirt
Earl Sweatshirt | Photo via Billboard

Earl Sweatshirt brings his new record to The TLA tonight. The rapper got an early start in the game at age 15 when Tyler the Creator found him on MySpace and brought him into Odd Future. From there Sweatshirt released a pair of solo records, following up Earl and Doris with this year’s I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside. Check out “Grief” from the new record below and pick up tickets for the show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Album Leaf at World Cafe Live at The Queen, Marah at MilkBoy, QQQ at The Fire and more…

Album Leaf
The Album Leaf | photo via Facebook

The Album Leaf brings a short tour to World Cafe Live at The Queen tonight. Jimmy LaValle began the electronic project in California in the late nineties, collaborating with Conor Oberst and touring Japan before signing with Sub Pop in 2004. His last record was 2010′s A Chorus of Storytellers, though he’s performing new tracks on this current run of dates. Pick up tickets for the show here and watch the video for “Always For You” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rainer Maria at Union Transfer, Kiska at MilkBoy, Voss at Underground Arts and more…

Rainer Maria
Rainer Maria | photo via Facebook

Wisconsin-born trio Rainer Maria bring their reunion tour to Union Transfer tonight. When this show was announced, Key editor John Vettese took a look back at his five favorite Rainer Maria moments, from a spring night in 2003 when the emo / indie band opened for Mates of State and played “Ears Ring” off of their then-new record Long Knives Drawn, to their final Philly show in 2006 when they closed with “Tinfoil” from Past Worn Searching. Listen to “Ears Ring” below and pick up tickets for the concert here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Protomartyr at Johnny Brenda’s, Monophonics at World Cafe Live, Mohican at Boot & Saddle and more…

Protomartyr
Protomartyr | photo via Facebook

Detroit’s Protomartyr perform at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The band released its sophomore record Under Color of Official Right last year, a dark blend of post-punk and shoegaze with bright guitar tones. They team up with previous Philly show friends Amanda X for the 21+ show tonight. Pick up tickets here and watch Protomartyr perform “Maidenhead” for KEXP in Seattle below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Max Garcia Conover house show in Ambler

Max Garcia Conover
Max Garcia Conover | photo by Shaw Photography

Max Garcia Conover performs a special concert in Ambler tonight. The Maine-based musician is almost constantly touring the country; tonight’s show with The Ghost of Paul Revere and Josh Savage is in the opening stretch of a two-month long roadtrip from New Hampshire to California and back. Conover has released a pair of EPs and a pair of LPs over the last few years, most recently last fall’s Ellery. His songs are subdued and emotionally potent, reminiscent of David Gray’s love-weary poeticism. Check out “I Won’t Mess You Up” below and get more information about the house show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tess Emma, Cheerleader and more at Tri-State Indie Music Awards, Koji at The Fire, Davon at Kung Fu Necktie

Tri-State Indie
Tess Emma | photo via Facebook

The 4th Annual Tri-State Indie Music Awards take over World Cafe Live tonight. Performances by local musicians like Tess Emma, Cheerleader, Satellite Hearts and more will accompany the award presentations. Check out a full list of nominated acts here and listen to Tess Emma’s latest EP below. Tickets and information for the event can be found here.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Girlpool, Blue Smiley and more

Girlpool
Girlpool | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

This week’s Key Studio Session features LA born, Philly based duo Girlpool. The drum-less, guitar / bass two-piece settled in Philadelphia last fall and immediately struck a chord with the house-show scene. For this session they performed tracks taken from the forthcoming Before the World Was Big LP, set for release this June. Check out “Ideal World” below and get the full set here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Public Service Broadcasting at World Cafe Live, Young Fathers at Boot & Saddle, Divers at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

Public Service Broadcasting
Public Service Broadcasting | photo via Facebook

London-based duo Public Service Broadcasting perform upstairs at World Cafe Live tonight. Musician J. Willgoose, Esq. and percussionist Wrigglesworth started the band with a very specific aesthetic in mind: they pair audio samples from archival recordings, propaganda and PSAs with atmospheric instrumentations to “teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future.” Their latest release, this year’s The Race for Space, was a collaborative effort with the British Film Institute to recount the competition between the U.S. and Russia to land a man on the moon. Watch the video for “Go!” below and pick up tickets for tonight’s performance here.

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