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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lunacy at Kung Fu Necktie, Pete Donnelly Trio at Boot & Saddle

Lunacy | photo courtesy of the artist
Lunacy | photo courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia’s Nick Kulp first got our attention leading the spectral punk band Far Out Fangtooth, and briefly joined the ranks of Creepoid before launching his newest project about a year and a half ago. Lunacy resides in the delicate-yet-unsettling zone of atmospheric synthesizer beauty and a distant dissonany menace; think of it as having one leg in industrial, one leg in ambient. The band’s DISPOSITION EP just came out yesterday on Mental Healing tapes — grab yourself a copy over at Bandcamp — and just released a music video for “Conjure,” which you can watch below. It mixes graceful theatrical clips with occult imagery in a surreal haze. Lunacy plays a release party tonight at Kung Fu Necktie upstairs; get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Aleana at Breedlove Poetry Night, Coping Skills at Lava Space, Vince Tampio at World Cafe Live

Aleana | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Aleana | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Singer and songwriter Aleana checks in with the good folks at Pecola Breedlove and The Freedom Party tonight at APoetArtGallery on West Girard Avenue. After releasing her XXI EP a couple years back, Aleana re-emerged this past year with an alluring single called “S.O.S.,” as well as gigs singing backup in Mars Parker’s band and opening for Hardwork Movement at Underground Arts. Get tickets and more information on tonight’s apperance at Breedlove Poetry Night here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Orion Tango at Ortlieb’s, Riverside Rhythm and Rhyme at Roxbury Performing Arts Center

Orion Tango
Orion Tango | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

Local experimental power trio Orion Tango bring their ambient instrumentals to Ortlieb’s tonight, playing along with Graffiti Wisdom, Taylor Kelly and Progressive Overload. The band features Philly musicians Tim Motzer on guitar, Jeremy Carlstedt on drums, and Barry Meehan on bass; they released their second album The Apple of No this summer. Revisit Orion Tango’s Key Studio Session below and find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar.   Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Shamir at the First Unitarian Church, Work Drugs at Boot & Saddle, Leif Vollebekk at World Cafe Live, and many, many more

Shamir | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Recent Philly-via-Vegas transplant Shamir closes out a busy year of touring with a hometown show at the Church tonight, following the release of their new album Revelations last month. Shamir’s vibrant and introspective pop songs touch on everything from queer identity to being a millennial, all with a blunt and witty honesty. Read The Key’s interview with Shamir here, watch the video for “90’s Kids” below and find more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Joey Sweeney at Maas Building, AllegrA at All Night Diner, Muscle Tough at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly songwriter Joey Sweeney and his band The Neon Grease lead the lineup at Jojo’s Holiday Variety Show tonight at the Maas Building. The pay-what-you-will event benefits Rock to the Future and is also a release party for Sweeney’s new holiday EP, Smilin’ Through. The event will also feature some other musical acts, including Beat Jams, Hi Soft, Settled Arrows and the Birdsall Band, plus comedy from Doogie Horner and Jaime Fountaine. Listen to Sweeney original song “Don’t Kill Yourself This Christmas,” off the new EP, below and find more information on tonight’s show here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Aimee Mann and Ted Leo at Colonial Theater, Darlingside at Musikfest Cafe, Jon McLaughlin at Ardmore Music Hall

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo Christmas Show | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

Singer-songwriter vets, collaborators in The Both and good buds Aimee Mann and Ted Leo bring their fall tour to the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville tonight. Unlike their holiday extravaganza that hit Union Transfer a few years back, this show is simply two exemplary songwriters with new music under their belts; Mann released her latest record Mental Illness in the spring, while Leo dropped the excellent LP The Hanged Man in the fall. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Daedelus at Johnny Brenda’s, Aphra DJ set at Da Vinci Art Alliance, Cam’ron at Voltage Lounge

Daedelus | photo by Shubostar | via the artist’s Facebook page

Daedelus, the prolific Los Angeles-based project of Alfred Darlington, brings his Antidote Tour to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The experimental electronic project has a few dozen releases from over the years, the most recent being this year’s Wears House. Mono/Poly and Free The Robots will also play tonight’s show, and DJ Phonographiq will be spinning tunes throughout the night. Find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Angel Olsen at Union Transfer, Elephant Stone at Underground Arts, Sports at PhilaMOCA

Angel Olsen | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

If you caught Angel Olsen‘s mesmerizing set at XPN Fest this summer, or even if you didn’t, chances are you’ll want to snag a last-minute ticket to the singer-songwriter’s headlining show at Union Transfer tonight. Olsen’s playing two nights in Philly, but tomorrow’s show is already sold out. White Magic opens both shows. Olsen’s 2016 release My Woman was voted one of The Key’s top albums last year, and she followed it up this year with Phases, a collection of rarities and B-sides. Watch Angel Olsen’s video for “Special” below and find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: John Doe at Boot and Saddle

John Doe
John Doe | Photo by Jim Herrington | courtesy of the artist

John Doe may have the most anonymous of names, but his music is something not to be ignored. Known as a member of the formative punk band X, Doe is currently out on the road celebrating his most recent album album The Westerner and will make a stop at Boot & Saddle tonight for an intimate solo show. Doe’s taken on a variety of roles throughout his extensive career, which includes over 50 film and television appearances in addition to his 10 solo albums, the latest of which is described as “psychedelic soul music from the Arizona desert.” Stephen Maglio of The World Takes opens tonight’s show. Find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Nels Cline at Ardmore Music Hall and Desoto Jones at Underground Arts

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Nels Cline | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Nels Cline may be known as Wilco’s guitarist, but on his own he’s somewhat of an experimental jazz icon. Cline will bring his jazz skills to Ardmore Music Hall tonight, performing in trio form along with drummer Gerald Cleaver and saxophonist Larry Ochs. The three musicians draw inspiration from everything from free jazz to  structured improvisation to noise punk. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →