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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Purling Hiss at Spruce Street Harbor, Sarah McLachlan at the Mann, Yikes the Zero at Kung Fu Necktie

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Philly fuzz rockers Purling Hiss will play a free show tonight at the Spruce Street Harbor as a fundraiser for Vox Populi Gallery.   A re-issue of their 2011 record, Dizzy Polizzy, was recently released and we can expect their new record, Drag City, on September 23rd.  Click here for more info about the pop-up show tonight. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ex Hex at Johnny Brenda’s, Sun Kil Moon at Union Transfer, Bronze Radio Return at Haddon Lake Park

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Ex Hex is the new project from Mary Timony (formerly of Helium and Wild Flag).  Their newest single “Don’t Wanna Lose” is explosive from the outset; it is loud, in your face and full of girl power.  Listen below and see their show tonight at Johnny Brenda’s along with Hospitality and local fuzz-pop outfit Hurry.  This show is 21+. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Veruca Salt at TLA, Michael Franti and Spearhead at Mann Center, Conjunto Chapptoin y Sus Estrellas at World Cafe Live

Photo Credit: Gary Kordan
Photo by Gary Kordan

Chicago alt-rocke four-piece Veruca Salt will be at TLA tonight.  The band reunited after a fifteen year (too) long hiatus, and have been touring all around the U.S.  About a month ago, they released a new single titled “It’s Holy,” which you can hear below. Find tickets for the all ages show here. Doors open at 7pm.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Trails and Ways at Boot and Saddle, Neutral Milk Hotel at Mann Center, OOIOO at Johnny Brenda’s

Photo via facebook.com/TRAILSANDWAYS
Photo via facebook.com/TRAILSANDWAYS

Oakland quartet Trails and Ways are causing quite a stir. Two years ago, the band released their debut EP Trilingual, which had multilingual lyrics, political themes and an eclectic blend of 90s shoegaze and modern beats. For example, “Border Crosser” is in support of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. When they’re not making great, politically active music, the band also does dope covers, like their trilingual take on Frank Ocean’s “Lost”. Watch their video for “Tereza” below. The band will make its Philly debut tonight with another talented band, PHOX. Get more details at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Queens of the Stone Age at the Mann Center, The Clientele at Boot and Saddle, Turks Head Festival at Everhart Park

Photo via facebook.com/QTSA
Photo via facebook.com/QOTSA

Desert rock legends Queens of the Stone Age return to play the Skyline Stage at the Mann Center tonight. Last year, the veteran rockers played a fantastic show at Made in America. The group just released their latest LP …Like Clockwork. Bassist Josh Homme recently appeared in an episode of Portlandia. The band also released an action-filled, drunken adventure for “Smooth Sailing”. Watch the video below. Get more information about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. 

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: BeauSoleil at Ardmore Music Hall, Har Mar Superstar at Boot & Saddle and Queen + Adam Lambert at Wells Fargo

BeauSoleil/ via facebook.com/BeauSoleilCajunBand
BeauSoleil/ via facebook.com/BeauSoleilCajunBand

Cajun band BeauSoleil will bring the music of Louisiana to Philly tonight at the Ardmore Music Hall. Since forming in 1975, the band has tweaked its Cajun sound over the years, incorporating elements of jazz, rock n’ roll, swamp and blues to its music. Check out the XPN Concert Calendar for more information and tickets.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Owls and Hop Along at Union Transfer, The GTVs at Ardmore Music Hall

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Owls | photo via facebook.com/owlsbandchicago

Indie four-piece Owls are hitting Union Transfer tonight in support of their long-awaited second album, Two. The band, who gained popularity in the early aughts with the release of their eponymous debut album, overcame two different break-ups, but the group’s reunion in 2012 brought forth a full-scale rework of the band’s best qualities. With no disregard to the musicianship that won fans over from the band’s first album, Two brings out an easier listening component but asks for a more dedicated listener lyrically. The band’s growth is sure to bring delight to old fans and new listeners alike, and with a dynamite opener like Philly’s Hop Along this’ll be a show you’ll hear friends raving about the rest of the week. Find ticket information here and check out “I’m Surprised…” from Two.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Katie Frank & the Pheromones at Bourbon and Branch, Alo Brasil at World Cafe Live, Rose Windows at Milkboy

Katie Frank and the Pheromones | Photo by Allie Wofarth
Katie Frank and the Pheromones | Photo by Allie Wofarth

Local countrified outfit Katie Frank & the Pheromones will be rocking out Bourbon and Branch tonight. The band, whose LP Counting Your Curses was released in March, have steadily been standing out as an artist to watch on the Philly scene, and will appear on the lineup of the Philadelphia Folk Festival later this summer. Information for tonight’s show is available on our concert calendar here, and below you can watch Frank’s smooth cover of Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock’n'Roll.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hamilton Leithauser at Prince Music Theater, Nightmares on Wax at Union Transfer, Brand New at Mann Center and more

Photo by Cameron Pollack
Photo by Cameron Pollack

Former lead singer of the Walkmen Hamilton Leithauser has set out on his solo career with the Jule release his debut album, Black Hours. With music reminiscent of the 1950s jazzy pop, Leithauser is expanding his sound, and brings his band to the Prince Music Theater tonight. Check out the XPN Concert Calendar for more information and listen to the single, “Alexandra,” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: 4th of July Jam on the Parkway

Questlove and The Roots  | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com
Questlove and The Roots | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com

For the 4th, the city of Philadelphia will host a giant free concert located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  At 7pm there will be live performances from The Roots, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Granda and more! The evening closes with Fireworks over the Art Museum.  Find full information here.

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