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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Church Girls at MilkBoy, The Shondes at PhilaMOCA, Kaki King at World Cafe Live and more

Church Girls
Church Girls | photo by wrznasty.tumblr.com/

Philly indie outfit Church Girls - the rotating-cast lineup led by Mariel Beaumont and Evan Anders – are celebrating the release of their new self-titled EP tonight at MilkBoy. The band writes personal, honest and direct rock songs – a bit singer-songwriter but with a cutting punk edge. Below, listen to “Young Planes” and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Marshall Crenshaw at The Sellersville Theater, Citizen at Electric Factory, The Retinas at North Star Bar and more

Marshall Crenshaw | Photo by Lisa Tanner
Marshall Crenshaw | Photo by Lisa Tanner

Power pop favorite Marshall Crenshaw and his band The Bottle Rockets take the stage at The Sellersville Theater tonight. Sprouting up in the early 80s amid iconic pub rockers Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson, Crenshaw had a hit with his 1982 self-titled album and it’s single “Someday, Someday” but continued releasing records consistently across the 80s and 90s and into the aughts. His most recent offerings were two EPs in 2014, Red Wine and Move Now, and his show tonight will likely be a delightful mix of old and new. Get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar and watch a vintage performance of “Someday, Someday” on Letterman below. Continue reading →

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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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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lia Ices at Boot and Saddle, Philebrity Awards at Johnny Brenda’s, Chris Zurich at 2nd State Lounge

Lia Ices | photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Lia Ices | photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Experimental pop singer-songwriter Lia Ices takes to the stage at Boot and Saddle tonight. Her third LP, Ices, was released last year and signified a sonic shift for the New England bred, SoCal based artist – a move away from haunting piano compositions and toward alluring electronic jams. It was highlighted on NPR Music at several points throughout the year, including a First Listen showcase and a session on World Cafe with David Dye. Watch a video of “Higher” recorded during the Cafe session below, and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. 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 Picks: John the Conqueror at MilkBoy, Selwyn Birchwood at World Cafe Live, Vacationer at Bourbon and Branch

John the Conqueror | photo via facebook.com/JohntheConquerorBand
John the Conqueror | photo via facebook.com/JohntheConquerorBand

Philly blues-rock power trio John the Conqueror is back with a new lineup and a handful of new songs tonight at MilkBoy. The band released a well-received LP, The Good Life, in early 2014, and had a successful European run as well as a stint across the U.S. Late last year, founding drummer Michael Gardner parted ways with the band and new stick-man Mark Eichenberger stepped in; tonight is his debut show with the band. Bonus fun: as JTC gears up for its next record and round of touring, it is refreshing its merch catalog – meaning JTC tees will be given away for free at tonight’s show. Tickets and information can be fond at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: No Stranger at Kung Fu Necktie, Sam Smith at Liacouras Center

No Stranger | Photo by John Vettese
No Stranger | Photo by John Vettese

Jonathan Cooney’s solo songwriting project No Stranger headlines Kung Fu Necktie tonight. A mix of contemplative acoustic guitar, ethereal electric guitar and introspective lyrics, No Stranger recalls Jonah Matranga’s Onelinedrawing and The Weakerthans in its emotive reflections on life, faith and humanity. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Alec Stewart at Bourbon and Branch

Alec Stewart | via alecstewart.bandcamp.com
Alec Stewart | via alecstewart.bandcamp.com

Haunting Philadelphia singer-songwriter Alec Stewart plays Bourbon and Branch tonight. Rooted in the blues, Stewart’s recordings take a deconstructionist approach, bathed in roomtone and a rumbling amplifier, free of the instrumental wankery and overglossed production of mainstream blues. Think of it like Songs: Ohia, or old Phosphorescant, but definitely think about catching it live. Stewart shares the bill tonight with Anna May and James Hearne, more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Thief Steal Me a Peach at Kung Fu Necktie

Photo by Kirra Kimbrell | via facebook.com/tsmap

Speaking of the appropriateness of titles, Thief, Steal Me a Peach took its name from a 1993 7″ by emo icons Sunny Day Real Estate, and you can totally hear it. The Philadelphia band released its Anxious Math EP just about two years ago, so we’re due for some new material. Tonight they play Kung Fu Necktie; tickets and more information can be found here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Jazz June at Boot and Saddle, Seoul Delhi at Dobbs, Music For the Arts benefit at Ardmore Music Hall and more

The Jazz June | Photo by Michael O'Shea | michaelosheaphoto.com | via facebook.com/thejazzjune
The Jazz June | Photo by Michael O’Shea | michaelosheaphoto.com | via facebook.com/thejazzjune

Pennsylvania emo pioneers The Jazz June has their initial run from 1996 till 2004, then for the most part took the next decade off. They popped up here and there, playing a benefit for a friend who had been diagnosed with cancer in 2006, appearing on WPRB in 2007, and ultimately reforming to make After the Earthquake, released last year on Topshelf Records. Today the band plays two sets at Boot and Saddle: an early all-ages show featuring the awesome Jersey four-piece Prawn, and a late 21+ show featuring Field Mouse. Tickets and info for both can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →