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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Peter, Bjorn and John at The Trocadero, Anais Mitchell at Tin Angel, Puff Daddy at Wells Fargo Center

Peter, Bjorn and John | photo courtesy of the artist

Swedish pop is arguably some of the best pop there is, as Peter, Bjorn and John has handily proven time and again. From their infectious and ubiquitous hit “Young Folks,” all the way up to the new Breaking Point LP, the long running trio are masters of their craft. Tonight they headline The Trocadero. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch the music video for “Dominos.”
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Allison Weiss at Boot and Saddle, Lee “Scratch” Perry at World Cafe Live, Matthew Sweet at Sellersville Theater

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Allison Weiss | photo courtesy of the artist

An awesome lady of L.A. indie rock, Allison Weiss released her terrific third LP New Love last October on SideOneDummy. Coming out when it did, the record was sadly overlooked in the year-end wrapups of blogoland, but Weiss has been making up for it by taking New Love and all its hooky goodness on the road for the better part of 2016. Tonight she headlines Boot and Saddle. Even better: Thin Lips open. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: River Whyless at Union Transfer

River Whyless | Photo by John Vettese / WXPN
River Whyless | Photo by John Vettese / WXPN

Asheville, North Carolina four-piece River Whyless puts a contemporary spin on Appalachian bluegrass tradition, blending indie songwriter sensibilities with fiddle, footstomps and acoustic picking. The band just released its latest LP We All the Light, and delivered a knockout set at Philadelphia Folk Festival. It plays Union Transfer tonight, opening for Blind Pilot. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. River Whyless caught up with World Cafe twice this year; watch a video from their Sense of Place: Asheville session below, and listen to their more recent performance and interview with David Dye, via NPR Music. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: K.T. Tunstall at the TLA, Ill Fated Natives at The Fire, Needle Points at Johnny Brenda’s

K.T. Tunstall | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
K.T. Tunstall | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

Scottish singer-songwriter K.T. Tunstall returns this year with her latest LP Kin, and headlines The TLA tonight in support of it. Watch the video for “Maybe It’s A Good Thing” 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: Diet Cig at The Fire, June Rich at Ardmore Music Hall, Sing, Bird of Prey at The Barbary and more

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Diet Cig | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

New York indie pop duo Diet Cig has split the difference between catchy and melancholy on a handful of self-released singles and EPs over the past couple years. The band plays The Fire tonight with Amanda X and Hemming; tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch the “Scene Sick” video below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Left & Right at Everybody Hits, Jenny Lewis at The Grand, The Album Leaf at Johnny Brenda’s and more

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Left & Right | Illustration by Jess Cavaluzzi | courtesy of the band

Philly-via-VA four-piece Left & Right will crank their amps, stomp on their overdrive pedals and celebrate the new LP The Yips tonight at Everybody Hits. The records, recorded by Parquet Courts producer Justin Pizzoferrato, digs deep into the band members’ psyches, conveying what our Julie Miller called “a feeling of helplessness in a world that seems to be spinning out of control on both personal and global scales.” Give it a listen below and get more information on tonight’s show with Friendship, Sneeze and Horsecops here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mykki Blanco at PhilaMOCA, Anika Pyle at Kung Fu Necktie, Abi Reimold at World Cafe Live at the Queen and more

Mykki Blanco | photo by Bruno Staub | courtesy of the artist
Mykki Blanco | photo by Bruno Staub | courtesy of the artist

Rapper Mykki Blanco releases her debut LP Mykki this week, and kicks off tour tonight at PhilaMOCA. The Harlem native has a background in punk and performance art, and came to rap about five years ago, challenging norms and conventions over a string of mixtapes and EPs. Below, listen to the  Zane Lowe premiere of Blanco’s “My Nene,” a blend of driving dancefloor beats, hard rhymes and emotive singing. Get tickets and more information on tonight’s all ages show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Julien Baker at Underground Arts, Bardo Pond at Johnny Brenda’s, Corinne Bailey Rae at Union Transfer

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Julien Baker | photo by Jake Cunningham | courtesy of the artist

Julien Baker makes a return visit to Philadelphia for a show at Underground Arts tonight. The Memphis native brought her acclaimed Sprained Ankle debut to town earlier this year, wowing the audience with her gut wrenching but graceful songs about personal challenges and growth. Stream “Something” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with Grayling here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Glen Hansard at The Keswick Theatre, Frances Quinlan at Johnny Brenda’s, Sleigh Bells at Union Transfer and more

Glen Hansard | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

Whether he’s fronting his Dublin rock band The Frames, acting in the indie film favorite Once or releasing his own stunning solo albums, Glen Hansard never fails to strike an emotional chord. He headlines the Keswick Theatre tonight; tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Districts at Tellus 360, Amos Lee at Academy of Music, The Skatalites at Underground Arts

The Districts | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
The Districts | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Philly favorites The Districts are shipping out to Lancaster, PA for a one-off at Tellus 360. The show is in support of Beyond the Mountains, an organization dedicated to raising money towards educational efforts in Nepal. A minimum donation of $25 will get you to the gig, which also feature music from Ton-Taun and a presentation from Beyond the Mountains. These guys consistently bring down the house, and you get to see them do it as you simultaneously support a great cause. What more could you ask for? Find more information here. Continue reading →