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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tove Lo at Electric Factory, Ben Kessler at World Cafe Live, Kool A.D. at Chameleon Club and more

Tove Lo | via windishagency.com

Pop princess Tove Lo is taking over the Electric Factory for an electric performance (heh, get it?) with Phoebe Ryan. She basically owned the Top 40 charts in 2016 with her collabs with Flum, Nick Jonas, and Coldplay, while even charting with her own sexually-charged single “Talking Body”. The Queen of the Clouds’ gig will be all ages, and more information/tickets can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mars Parker at Underground Arts, PnB Rock at The Chameleon Club, Maceo Parker at Ardmore Music Hall and more…

Mars Parker | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Mars Parker | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

This week’s Key Studio Session featured Mars Parker, a local artist who blends soulful jazz textures with the realism of hip hop. Tonight he brings his recent Mars Museum 3 release to Underground Arts, opening for Chill Moody and Voss. Check out a Key Session performance of “Selfworth” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cayetana at First Unitarian Church, Hawk Tubley at Boot and Saddle, New Sound Brass at Ortileb’s, and more…

Cayetana | via the artist's Facebook page
Cayetana | via the artist’s Facebook page

Philadelphia indie punks Cayetana will play First Unitarian Church tonight in support of Lemuria.  Earlier this month, they dropped a teaser for their upcoming album New Kind of Normal. It’s out May 5th, but for now, check out their performance of “Hot Dad Calendar” from their recent Audiotree Live session. Find tickets and more information on the show at XPN’s Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Church Girls at Ortlieb’s, Caroline Reese at Sellersville Theater, Lee Fields and the Expressions at Union Transfer and more

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Church Girls | Photo by Chris Sikich | sikichphotography.com

Local indie rockers Church Girls make a stop at Ortlieb’s for a fantastic gig with The National Reserve and Tinnarose. Think if Franke Cosmos decided to expand her haiku-like sound with some dirtier guitars, and you end up with some lovely post-punk. The gig is 21+, and more information/tickets can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Antibalas at Ardmore Music Hall, Mercury Girls at Underground Arts, Black Landlord at Milkboy

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Antibalas | photo via Facebook

Brooklyn funk band Antibalas are working some new songs on the road this month, stopping at Ardmore Music Hall tonight with Fresh Cut Orchestra. The afrobeat musicians have plans to release a new record this spring that would follow-up 2012’s self-titled LP. Back in November they paid tribute to David Bowie with a cover of “Let’s Dance” – watch a live performance of that below and pick up tickets for tonight’s 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Norwegian Arms at Underground Arts, July Talk at Boot & Saddle

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Norwegian Arms | photo via Facebook

Norwegian Arms is back in town for the Northern Liberties Winter Festival at Underground Arts. The formerly-Philadelphia based outlet for Brendan Mullvihill released Girard Freeloader earlier this month, an electro-pop ode to friends and the street he called home for several years. Tickets for the 21+ show with Suburban Living, Sonnder, and Shots Called can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Radio Dept. at Union Transfer, John Coltraine Tribute at Underground Arts, Pat Finnerty’s Valentine’s Day Tom Petty Tribute at Johnny Brenda’s and more

The Radio Dept. | via facebook.com/theradiodept
The Radio Dept. | via facebook.com/theradiodept

Synthpop masters The Radio Dept. are taking over Union Transfer for the night, kicking off their US headling tour with Germans. The tour celebrates the band’s first record in six years, making tonight’s spectical a long awated one for some. The gig is all ages, and more information/tickets cane be found at the XPN Concert Calender. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Vernes at The Pharmacy

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The Vernes | photo by Jamison Pinkert | via Facebook

“PHL basement pop” band The Vernes play The Pharmacy down in Point Breeze tonight. They released a dreamy pair of singles earlier this year with The Curious Cat’s Eyes, the latest in a string of tracks that will hopefully continue through this year. More information for the all-ages show can be found here. The band is also donating 100% of their Bandcamp proceeds made in February to the ACLU, so get downloading.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Queen Jesus at Johnny Brenda’s, Red Hot Chili Peppers at Wells Fargo Center

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Queen Jesus | photo courtesy of the band

Local outfit Queen Jesus open up for Kyle Craft at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The quintet of active musicians ended 2016 with the release of their sophomore effort Tar Ranch, a low key, country-and-psych-tinged collection that’s easy to put your feet up and sip a lemonade to. Check out “Bleach Factory” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rick Astley at Electric Factory, Soraia at Milkboy, Erykah Badu at Boardwalk Hall and more…

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Rick Astley, circa 1987

Rick Astley rolls into town tonight for a show at the Electric Factory. The 80s popstar is touring in support of 50, his 2016 return to recording and first number-one album since the release of his 1987 debut. The Key’s Maureen Walsh previewed Astley’s visit earlier this week, highlighting a few songs she hope’s the “Never Gonna Give You Up” singer will play. Check that out here, pick up tickets here, and watch “Angels On My Side” from 50 below.

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