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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tygaton at Ortlieb’s, Anderson East at World Cafe Live, David Bowie Tribute at The Fire

Tygaton
Tygaton | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philadelphia space-rock band Tygaton will be at Ortlieb’s tonight. The band blends classic rock dramatics and new-age instrumentation with hints of krautrock and psychedelia. Also at the show will be Dreambook and Woven In. The show is 21+ and costs $10. More information here. Continue reading →

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Listen to Little Green Cars’ calm-to-cathartic new one “The Song They Play Every Night”

Little Green Cars | Courtesy of the artist
Little Green Cars | Courtesy of the artist

After the release of their debut record Absolute Zero in 2013, Little Green Cars seemingly ran out of gas.

It’s been a long wait — the Dublin five-piece didn’t release any new music for nearly three years — but the group has finally gotten back in the studio and just released “The Song They Play Ever Night,” a new single from their forthcoming album Ephemera. Continue reading →

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Le1f will bring Riot Boi to Union Transfer in April

Le1f | Photo courtesy of the artist
Le1f | Photo courtesy of the artist

New York hip hop artist Le1f has announced a tour in support of last year’s debut Riot Boi with a stop at Union Transfer on April 13th. The much-anticipated LP came after Khalif Diouf released a string of popular mixtapes and EPs, giving a louder voice to his politically- and socially-minded songs that were inspired by artists like M.I.A.

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First Time’s The Charm returns to PhilaMOCA this summer; registration opens February 25th

Littler
Littler | Photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist

If you’ve ever dreamed of being in a band, here’s your chance: registration for First Time’s the Charm, a concert that features musicians who have never been in a band before or who are playing a new instrument, opens on February 25th.

The festival was held for the first time in 2013 at PhilaMOCA, and it was a resounding success — a number of bands were formed that are still active in the Philly scene, including Littler, who just released a catchy new single “Slippery.” Continue reading →

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A screening of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis with live organ accompaniment sounds like a delightful way to spend a Saturday

A scene from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis | via YouTube

This is just too cool to overlook: this month, the folks at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will screen the dystopian sci-fi silent film classic Metropolis with a live organ accompaniment.

Directed by Fritz Lang and released in 1927, the film was wildly influential in more ways than you can imagine: in the music world, eclectic pop star Janelle Monáe made thematic reference to it on her first two releases. Madonna’s “Express Yourself” video with its various factory settings were a direct homage to the film. Reverberations of Metropolis‘ groundbreaking design can be felt in the fashion as well as other moments in modern cinema, from Blade Runner to BatmanContinue reading →

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Philly punk favorites Plow United will play Philamoca in May

Plow United | Photo by Isaac Turner | courtesy of the artist
Plow United | Photo by Isaac Turner | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia Rock City, take note: regional punk faves Plow United are coming to PhilaMOCA on Saturday, May 21st.

In its late 90s heyday, the band played numerous shows around Philly and the east coast, putting out two records (Plow United and Goodnight Sellout!) before disbanding in 1998. Back by popular demand, the band (consisting of Brian McGee, Sean Rule, and Joel Tannenbaum) got back together in 2011 to play sporadic gigs and release more music here and there. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Orion Tango

From expressive contributions to King Britt’s Back to Basics house band in the 90s to work with UK singer-songwriter David Sylvian (of the new wave outfit Japan) and his duo with acclaimed poet Ursula Rucker, Philly guitarist Tim Motzer is no stranger to constant collaboration. His latest project matches him up with two very like minded musicians in an experimental power trio they call Orion Tango. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bad Bad Hats at Johnny Brenda’s, Hemming at The Fire, Baio at Coda and more…

Bad Bad Hats
Bad Bad Hats | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

World Cafe alums Bad Bad Hats play Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The indie rockers showed host David Dye around their hometown of Minneapolis, MN last year for a Sense of Place feature and recorded a session in support of their debut LP Psychic Reader. Check out a video of “Midway” recorded live for World Cafe below, revisit their full feature here and pick up tickets for tonight’s 21+ show with Hey Marseilles here.

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Check out Ra Ra Riot’s new “Foreign Lovers” lyric video before their Free At Noon this Friday

Ra Ra Riot | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist
Ra Ra Riot | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

Syracuse indie-pop band Ra Ra Riot have released a lyric video for their new single, “Foreign Lovers.”

“Foreign Lovers” is a quick two minute piece of synth pop from their up-coming 4th record, Need Your Light. The band seems to be continuing the electronic direction they took with their last LP, Beta Love, trading in their string instruments for synthesizers. Behind neon lights, Vocalist Wes Miles sings, “I got no idea what’s fair but I knew before,” an ode that speaks of both confusion and nostalgia. Continue reading →

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Legs Like Tree Trunks try to overcome paranoia on new EP Happenstance

Legs Like Tree Trunks| Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Legs Like Tree Trunks| Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Philly indie rock group Legs Like Tree Trunks have just released their new EP, Happenstance, featuring two new songs and a re-recording of an older song, “Dick Whitman.” On the title track, the band channels Pavement by creating a loose, guitar-heavy rocker overlayed with singer Matt Holden’s Malkmus inspired-vocals.

The breezy “Goop” places the countryside next to the sea, creating a thick harmonic haze that builds into something much more cathartic. “Dick Whitman” sees the band struggling with identity in ways only a certain Mad Men character could relate to (no spoilers here). Continue reading →