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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Marian Hill at TLA, Pixies at Electric Factory

Marian Hill | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com
Marian Hill | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

Philly-founded electro duo Marian Hill returns hope with a performance at the TLA tonight. Mixing lead singer, Samantha Gongol’s jazzy stylings with Jeremy Lloyd’s cool, hypnotic beats, the group is a perfect balance of old-school swing and fresh production. Find info on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch the video for their addicting song, “Down,” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Andy Shauf at Union Transfer, Ill Fated Natives at The Fire, Harmony Woods at JJ’s Diner

Andy Shauf | photo by Geoff Fitzgerald | courtesy of the artist
Andy Shauf | photo by Geoff Fitzgerald | courtesy of the artist

Is it an album or a collection of short stories? It’s hard to say, but Andy Shauf‘s 2016 album The Party captured the imagination of listeners last year. Lyrically, each song is a vignette of a different guest at a house party, and musically it collects lush orchestrations in the vein of Jon Brion, Elliott Smith and, naturally, The Beatles. After packing the house at Boot and Saddle in the fall, Shauf headlines Union Transfer tonight. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch his appearance on NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Jesus and Mary Chain at Union Transfer, Temples at Underground Arts

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The Jesus And Mary Chain | Photo by Steve Gullick

Scottish alt-rockers The Jesus and Mary Chain headline Union Transfer tonight in support of their new Damage and Joy LP. Released in March, the record marked the duo’s first new material since 1998 and despite the nearly 20-year break, the music is still just as hooky, just as 90s. Check out “Always Sad” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mirah at Boot & Saddle, Sea Offs at The Barbary, Rhiannon Giddens at World Cafe Live

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Mirah | photo courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia-born musician Mirah returns to her hometown for a show at Boot & Saddle tonight. She brings with her a catalog of effervescent pop jems, like those found on 2014’s Changing Light – her most recent release. Watch “No Direction Home” from that LP below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sheer Mag at First Unitarian Church, Circadian Rhythms at PhilaMOCA, Jimmy Eat World at Sherman Theater

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Sheer Mag | photo by Mariel Lin | courtesy of the artist

Sheer Mag are kicking off a long summer tour tonight at the First Unitarian Church. The extensive list of dates is due to the fact that the local outfit is gearing up to release their debut LP, following a string of beloved rock ‘n’ roll EPs that have peppered their three year career. Check out lead single “Just Can’t Get Enough” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show hereNeed Your Love is out July 14th.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Joy Ike at Steel City Coffeehouse, The Lawsuits at Johnny Brenda’s, Black Crowes Tribute at Ardmore Music Hall

Joy Ike performs at World Cafe Live for NPR Music's Tiny Desk Road Show | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
Joy Ike performs at World Cafe Live for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Road Show | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Philly/Pittsburgh singer-songwriter Joy Ike heads out to Phoenixville for a show at Steel City Coffeehouse tonight. A few days ago Ike posted a newsletter update in which she announced news of a new album, her first in four years following 2013’s All or Nothing. Tickets and information for tonight’s set, which opens Lili Añel’s record release show, can be found here. Watch Ike perform “Walk” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Alex Napping at PhilaMOCA, Impressionist at The Barbary, Garry Tallent at Ardmore Music Hall

Alex Napping | via alexnapping.bandcamp.com

Dazzling Austin four-piece Alex Napping brings its spring tour to PhilaMOCA tonight. The band’s latest offering (and first full-length) Mise en Place, was released on the booming indie label Father Daughter Records last Friday. The album mixes jangling dreampop vibes in the vein of Japanese Breakfast and Real Estate with wandering structures and rhythms outside the conventional rock and roll 4/4, so it’s basically ear candy as much as brain candy. Listen to the record below, and get tickets and more information on the all ages show tonight at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bigness at The Fire, North Mississippi Allstars at World Cafe Live, Adult. at Johnny Brenda’s

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The Bigness | photo by Chris Kendig | courtesy of the artist

Philly indie rock four-piece The Bigness caught our ear last year with their debut LP Time Traveler . In the time since, they’ve hit a variety of stages around Philly and released a whimsical and enchanting video for “Beautiful Life,” which has serious Belly and Lemonheads vibes. Tonight, they headline at The Fire; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.   Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Courtney Marie Andrews at Boot & Saddle, The Record Company at Chameleon Club

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Courtney Marie Andrews | photo by Susy Sundborg | via artist’s Facebook

Courtney Marie Andrews brings her latest (and breakout) album Honest Life to Boot & Saddle tonight, a record whose first songs were written while the Seattle country musician was experiencing heartbreak and homesickness in Belgium. A collaborator of many and a longtime session player, Andrews recently teamed up with Bonnie “Prince” Billy for a duet of the classic gospel tune “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” – a track featured in this month’s Now Hear This installment. Watch “Put the Fire Out” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with The Dove & The Wolf here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: La Misa Negra at World Cafe Live, My Son Bison at Bourbon & Branch

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La Misa Negra | photo by Andrew Zhou | courtesy of the artist

Oakland Latin fusion outfit La Misa Negra wrap up an east coast tour at World Cafe Live tonight. Blending traditional cumbia and Afro-Colombian dance music with contemporary energy and flair, the octet knows how to bring the party whever they go. Watch “Misa de Medianoche” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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