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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lykke Li at Union Transfer, Catfish and the Bottlemen at MilkBoy, and Rise Against at The Tower Theater

Lykke Li | photo via facebook.com/lykkeli
Lykke Li | photo via facebook.com/lykkeli

Swedish indie pop singer Lykke Li plays Union Transfer tonight with Mapei. After emerging on the scene in the late 2000s, Lykke Li has continued to pump out evocative new material that has been incorporated into major motion films including Twilight and The Fault In Our Stars. Her latest album, I Never Learn, was released in May and was caleld”both spartan and expansive” by Pitchfork. Sharing the stage with Mapei, the Swedish-American  R&B pop singer, the show tonight is sure to draw out quite a crowd. Check out her video for “Gunshot” below and visit the XPN Concert Calendar for more information. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lantern at Johnny Brenda’s, Imelda May at Union Transfer, and Christopher Willits at First Unitarian Church Side Chapel

Lantern | Photo by John Vettese
Lantern | Photo by John Vettese

Philly blues-punk outfit Lantern will headline Johnny Brenda’s this evening. The three piece rock outfit have proven that rock and roll is most definitely not dead in Philly. With a distortion-induced sound similar to that of Dan Aurbach, the group has an ability to come out with instant hits that will stick in your head. Their most recent album, Rock n’ Roll Rorschach, received much attention locallly and nationally; Tiny Mix Tapes called their sound “a blessing of garage noir”. Check out their music video for “King Of The Jungle” below and find tickets and more information on XPN’s Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Moon Bounce puts out a surreal new track “Echo Back”

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photo via facebook.com/moonbouncephilly

You’ll hear bubble-popping and gun cocking alongside beats and vocals on the latest from Philly’s self-proclaimed “mutant pop” artist Moon Bounce, aka Corey Regensburg. He just released the other half of his upcoming single “Echo Back” via a Stereogum premiere, and it’s abstract and heady with various breakdowns that snap you into and out of the song’s bizarre atmosphere. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: RJD2 / Sugar Tongue Slim at Underground Arts, Banks at Union Transfer, Dark Blue at Boot and Saddle and (much) more

RJD2 | Photo via Philly.com
RJD2 | Photo via Philly.com

DJ and electronic dance artist RJD2 headlines the Jump Philly-curated Sound Select show tonight at Underground Arts with Sugar Tongue Slim and Marian Hill. After gaining popularity for his song “Ghostwriter” from 2002′s Deadringer, RJD2 has continued to catch people’s attention with his jazzy, throwback mixes. Many might know his song “A Beautiful Mine,” which was featured as the theme song for AMC’s hit show Mad Men. Infused with samples from big band music and jazz standards, his songs takes from the old and mixes it in a fresh, current style. The artist has most recently been working with rappers on his latest album, More Is than Isn’t, including Philly’s Sugar Tongue Slim, who will be sharing the stage tonight. STS has become one of the top hip hop artists in Philadelphia and continues to maintain his presence in the music scene here. For more information on tonight’s show, check out the XPN Concert Calendar and watch RJD2′s music video for “1976″ below. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: J Mascis brings out a crowd to World Cafe Live

J Mascis | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
J Mascis | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Former Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis brought out a packed room of enthusiastic fans as the featured artist for today’s Free At Noon concert. Mixing some of his older stuff like “Get Me,” which was sure to bring a reaction out of the bubbly crowd, he mixed in selections from this year’s Tied To A Star, including gnarly guitar solos accented with heavy distortion. Continue reading →

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The War On Drugs talk about music, performing and life in Philadelphia with Minneapolis’ The Current

The War on Drugs | Photo by Nate Ryan via thecurrent.org
The War on Drugs | Photo by Nate Ryan via thecurrent.org

Philadelphia space rock heroes The War On Drugs recently performed on air for The Current in Minneapolis and talked about their latest album, Lost In A Dream. The band has been recognized on the national level for bringing enormous energy to the stage – something that radio host, Jill O’Reilly, notes right off the bat.

The interview ensues with playful banter from frontman Adam Granduciel and spot-on performances from their album, including “An Ocean In Between the Waves” and “Eyes to the Wind”. Granduciel also takes time to elaborate on some of the qualities of Philadelphia that drew him to make the move there from Massachusetts. Continue reading →

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Young Statues release promising new single “Run The River Dry”

Young Statues | Photo via facebook.com/youngstatues
Young Statues | Photo via facebook.com/youngstatues

This week Philadelphia (via South Jersey) indie rockers Young Statues released a song off their upcoming sophomore LP, The Flatlands Are Your Friend, which follows their last EP Age Isn’t Ours released last year. “Run The River Dry” gives listeners a promising glimpse of what their new album might entail, jump-starting with heavy, hollow synths and quickly picking up with snippy drums and wandering, echoed guitar tones. Continue reading →

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A Sunny Day In Glasgow will ring in 2015 at Boot and Saddle; watch their video for “Double Dutch”

Photo via A Sunny Day in Glasgow's Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/asunnydayinglasgow)
Photo via A Sunny Day in Glasgow’s Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/asunnydayinglasgow)

Philadelphia’s experimental dream pop act A Sunny Day In Glasgow just released a new music video for “Double Dutch,” a song from their latest album Sea When Absent. The short, little-over-a-minute video fixates on Ked-laden feet dancing sporadically to the very fun track, almost as if there were jump ropes skipping beneath them. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: My Brightest Diamond at World Cafe Live, The Dandy Warhols at the TLA, and The Cave Singers at Boot and Saddle

Photo via My Brightest Diamond Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/mybrightestdiamond/)
photo via facebook.com/mybrightestdiamond

My Brightest Diamond will be performing in Philadelphia this evening at World Cafe Live. Shara Worden, the multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter behind the eccentric band, has proved her ability to think outside the box with her mix of chamber music, rock, pop and electronic elements. Worden has just released her new album this month, This Is My Hand, which Pitchfork described as a  “successful exercise in percussive, jagged art-pop that explores themes of self-acceptance, sensuality, and community”. For more information on tonight’s show, have a look at the XPN Concert Calendar and check out her music video for “Pressure” below! Continue reading →

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Listen to “Misprint,” another song from Restorations’ LP3

Restorations | Photo by Andy Johnson
Restorations | Photo by Andy Johnson

Restorations has continued to pump out new material this past month, including a music video and a new single called “Separate Songs,” all leading up to the eagerly-anticipated October release of LP3. The Philly-based punk outfit last week teased a second song from the album; this one is called “Misprint,” and it’s a winner. Continue reading →