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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Legendary Divorce at Kung Fu Necktie

photo via facebook.com/legendarydivorce
photo via facebook.com/legendarydivorce

If their band name didn’t tip you off, Philly’s Legendary Divorce got together in the first place over a shared love of Nirvana. They actually were a Nirvana tribute band at a 2012 Halloween party, but had such a fun time at it that they started writing their own songs together. Brian Schmutz of The Starting Line is their bassist and Itarya Leo makes a compelling frontwoman. Their EP Make Me came out in August and they headline Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lauryn Hill at The Keswick Theatre, DRGN King at Everybody Hits, Big Terrible at MilkBoy

Lauryn Hill onstage at the Bowery Ballroom | photo by Wei Shi via consequenceofsound.net
Lauryn Hill onstage at the Bowery Ballroom | photo by Wei Shi via consequenceofsound.net

On the heels of her iconic 1998 album The Mis-Education of Lauryn Hill being inducted into Library of Congress this week, the singer / songwriter takes the stage at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside tonight. Unlike last fall’s show at the Electric Factory, which was full band and freewheeling, tonight finds Lauryn in acoustic mode, reminiscent of her Unplugged 2.0 album. Get tickets and information about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch a performance of “Turn Your Lights Down Low” from last fall below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tobias Jesso Jr at Boot and Saddle, Impressionist at Bourbon and Branch, The Cloth at Underground Arts

Tobias Jesso Jr | photo via tobiasjessojr.com
Tobias Jesso Jr | photo via tobiasjessojr.com

Buzzing Vancouver artist Tobias Jesso Jr. headlines Boot and Saddle tonight. The singer-songwriter and pianist writes smooth and sincere pop songs in the vein of Randy Newman, and was produced by members of The Black Keys and New Pornographers (and features drumming from Danielle Haim). His album Goon came out last week on True Panther Sounds. Watch the video for “How Could You Babe” below and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sheer Mag at Underground Arts, Steady Hands at The Barbary, Flight Facilities at Union Transfer

Sheer Mag, as pictured on the sleeve of their debut 7"
Sheer Mag, as pictured on the sleeve of their debut 7″

They’ve got a heck of a lot of hype behind them, what with Pitchfork jumping on their single before they even really played outside of Philly, but they’ve got seriously catchy music too. Sheer Mag released its self-titled debut 7″ last September, and tonight they headline Underground Arts. If you’ve wondered if they have more than four songs worth your attention, tonight is your chance to find out. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jazmine Sullivan at The TLA, Moon Duo at Boot and Saddle, Dom Flemons at Sellersville Theater

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jazmine Sullivan at The TLA, Moon Duo at Boot and Saddle, Dom Flemons at Sellersville Theater

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese
Philly singer Jazmine Sullivan took several years away from the spotlight, but her new Reality Show LP was well worth the wait. A lively blend of funk, soul, R&B, pop and even disco, it showcases the range of Sullivan’s influences while keeping the strength of her songs in the forefront. Tonight she and her band play a hometown show at the TLA; tickets and more info can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Snoozer at Bourbon and Branch, Moshav at World Cafe Live

photo via snoozer.bandcamp.com
photo via snewzer.bandcamp.com

Philly punk trio Snoozer headlines NoLibs club Bourbon and Branch tonight. Blending gritty fuzz-rock production with poppy hooks, the trio of Mike O’Keefe, Paul Hewes and Tom Moore has been doing its thing for two years now, most recently with the Cottage Cheese EP (which you can listen to below). Joining them on tonight’s show are Leapling and Baked; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Square Peg Round Hole at Bourbon and Branch, Darla at Franky Bradley’s, Murder by Death at Union Transfer and more

Square Peg Round Hole | Photo by Scott Scheetz | facebook.com/ScottScheetzPhotography
Square Peg Round Hole | Photo by Scott Scheetz | facebook.com/ScottScheetzPhotography

Experimental Philly trio Square Peg Round Hole headlines Bourbon and Branch in Northern Liberties tonight. With a sound based on percussion, vibraphones and electronics, the band is rhythmic and melodic, occupying a unique space between jazz and ambient post-rock. Tickets and information on their show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Church Girls at Boot and Saddle, Son Little at MilkBoy, Gang of Four at The TLA and more

Church Girls/ via facebook.com/churchgirlsmusic
Church Girls/ via facebook.com/churchgirlsmusic

A folk-rooted duo with a punk edge, Philly’s Church Girls headlines a show tonight at Boot and Saddle. Primarily the work of singers and songwriters Mariel Beaumont and Evan Anders, the five-piece band celebrated the release of its self-titled debut EP last month at MilkBoy. Tonight they’ll be joined by Sonnder, who are in the midst of their single-a-month project that will culminate in a new LP by December. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: July Talk at Boot and Saddle, Something Like A Monument at Ortlieb’s, Leon Chavis and Koray Broussard at World Cafe Live and more

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Canadian art-rockers July Talk will make a return visit to Philly tonight, headlining a show Boot and Saddle. An acclaimed band in the Toronto scene since they formed in 2012, the band released its self-titled debut LP in 2013, which is finally getting its U.S. release this March via Island Records. The meeting of co-frontpersons Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay blend the aggressive and the ethereal into catchy rock and roll, a catchy blend that cuts through particularly strongly on “Guns and Ammunition.” Check out the music video for that song below and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →