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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Sidekicks at Golden Tea House, Suburban Living at Bourbon & Branch, Hamilton Leithauser at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

The Sidekicks
The Sidekicks | photo via Facebook

Ohio band The Sidekicks headline a stacked bill at Golden Tea House. They’re on tour in support of Runners In the Nerved World, their new LP that was just released through Epitaph Records. The Sidekicks have nearly become honorary Philadelphians through a friendship with Hop Along, who they invited on the road for a handful of tours over the last couple of years. Listen to “Deer” from the new record below and get more info on tonight’s show with Cayetana and All Dogs here.

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Slaughter Beach and Petal will play an acoustic benefit for McMichael School tonight at Mantua Yacht Club

Photo via facebook.com/petalPA
Photo via facebook.com/petalPA

Acoustic benefit shows seem to be a recent big thing in the Philly D.I.Y. scene, as with last week’s show at the Hazel House featuring Girlpool, Sam Cook-Parrot from Radiator Hospital, and Dean Engle from Quarterbacks. This Friday, the Mantua Yacht Club is hosting its own living room acoustic benefit show, with proceeds  going to the McMichael School in West Philly.

Jake Ewald’s do-it-all solo project Slaughter Beach will be headlining the show. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: JJL at Boot & Saddle, Marilyn Manson at the Electric Factory, Cee Knowledge at The Fire and more…

JJL
JJL | photo via Facebook

Local veterans JJL hit the Boot & Saddle stage tonight. The band has been making a ferocious comeback after a fire destroyed their rehearsal space and gear last February, coming together to record a six-track EP called The Tiger. It’s an amped up, hard-hitting collection of power-rock songs that are rooted in a sentimental and music-loving place. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Listen to “The Tiger” below.

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Billy Joel will perform record-breaking concert at Citizens Bank Park this summer

Billy Joel
Billy Joel | photo via Facebook

Billy Joel will take a break from playing at Madison Square Garden to give Philadelphia fans something to cheer about on Thursday, August 13th. Joel will perform at Citizens Bank Park for the fourth time, setting a new record for the most appearances by a single artist in the ballpark’s 10-year tenure. The legendary singer / songwriter has MSG booked through November of this year, having completely sold out last year’s run of monthly concerts. Tickets for the Philadelphia date will go on sale Friday, January 30th and will be available here. Watch Joel perform “The Longest Time” with Boyz II Men at his August show in Philly below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sonnder at Bourbon and Branch, Mercury Radio Theater at Underground Arts, W.C. Lindsay at Union Transfer

Sonnder
Sonnder | photo via Facebook

Early this month, local atmospheric rockers Sonnder kicked off a monthly singles project – one new digital track a month, culminating in a full album by December. The song “Drifter,” which kicked the series off, takes a more subdued and haunting approach to their sound compared to the band’s vibrant Thief EP from 2014, but where it goes from here is a total mystery – and we’re totally into following the journey. The band plays Bourbon and Branch in Northern Liberties tonight; tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Chartel lets her light shine on new single “Make Up Your Mind To Love”

via chartelonline.com
via chartelonline.com

Back in the fall, Philly singer Chartel released an impressive debut single called “Make Up Your Mind To Love.” The song mixes a good beat with her impressive voice in a way that’s delicate but at the same time makes a huge impact on the listener’s spirit.

With lines like Come and find me / I’m not hiding, but I’m not looking either / Love is blinded / when you’re trying to make it something deeper,” Chartel shows us that she’s as talented with a pen as she is with a microphone. Continue reading →

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The Mountain Goats will bring a new album about pro wrestling and death to Union Transfer in April

The Mountain Goats | photo via mountain-goats.com
The Mountain Goats | photo via mountain-goats.com

John Darnielle has always used poetic language, whether it’s in writing lyrics for his indie folk band The Mountain Goats or in his first novel, “Wolf in White Van,” which was on the National Book Award for Fiction.

The ambitious songwriter (and recent new father) today announced the release of Beat the Champ, an upcoming Mountain Goats album about, what appears on the surface, wrestling. But deep down, of course, is lyricism outlining ideas that are “really more about death and difficult-to-navigate interior spaces than wrestling,” as Darnielle explains on the band’s website. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Rosu Lup, The Chairman Dances and Caroline Reese at World Cafe Live

Rosu Lup
Rosu Lup | photo courtesy of the artist

A solid triple bill of Philly music is setting up shop upstairs at World Cafe Live tonight. The symphonic, ethereal indie-folk outfit Rosu Lup is headlining the show; the project of songwriter Jonathan Stewart released its latest single, “Hem,” last week and is gradually shaping up a followup to their 2013 EP Currents. (Download their Folkadelphia session here.) Joining them are indie rock literati The Chairman Dances, whose 2014 record The Death of Samuel Miller was a conceptual narrative following the life of a single parent from the 50s through the 90s. (Read Kate Bracaglia’s interview with the band here.) Rounding out the lineup is Caroline Reese from Reading, a countrified pop songwriter with strong hooks and an engaging voice. She released her EP The Electric Year last may and also recorded a Folkadelphia session that you can download here. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to music from each of the artists below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Pat Donovan at North Star Bar Victorian Dining Room

Patrick Donovan

Pat Donovan | photo via soundcloud.com

Pat Donovan performs at North Star Bar’s Victorian Dining Room tonight. The recent St. Joe’s University grad released an EP last spring called Directions, marking a turning point in both his personal life and music career. When he’s not working on solo material, Donovan records with his former classmate Ernest Hospodale (E-Hos) for a hip hop / acoustic pop project. More information for tonight’s free show with Armani Lee can be found here. Listen to Directions below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Laser Background and more at PhilaMOCA, Cheerbleeders at Kung Fu Necktie

Laser Background

Blistering Ephemera Fest continues today at PhilaMOCA with Laser Background and many other acts. Curated by local promoter Nick Duval to celebrate his five years of living in Philadelphia, the festival is a day-long affair with ten bands performing. Headliner Laser Background had a busy 2014, playing shows with Mac DeMarco, Jamaican Queens, White Fence just to name a few. More information on the show can be found here. Watch Laser Background perform “Fizzy Lifting Drinks” below.

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