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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Balkan Beat Box at TLA, Ladybird at Johnny Brenda’s, and Matthew Logan Vasquez at Boot & Saddle

Balkan Beat Box| via http://www.balkanbeatbox.com/photo
Balkan Beat Box | via balkanbeatbox.com/photo

Israel’s Balkan Beat Box continues their US tour at the TLA tonight. The long-running band encompasses Israeli rhythms and sounds with its electronica style, and is touring behind last year’s Shout It Out, its fifth album. The show is all ages, and more information / tickets can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Homophones at Ortlieb’s Lounge, Balkan Beat Box at The Blockley, Future Islands at The Depot in York

HomophonesPhiladelphia’s own The Homophones will be coming out of hiatus and bring their indie-pop influenced sound to Ortlieb’s Lounge tonight.  The groups eerie and nostalgic resemblance to legendary musical acts such as the Smiths is apparent in their October single Sweater Weather released in 2011, and their Grey Ghost EP, also released in 2011.  Since their most recent releases, the group took a short hiatus and is now beginning to write new music, as well as develop a new musical style.  Their return brings with them a new keyboardist, and as Jason Ferraro of the group says, a “strange combination of influences (Fleetwood Mac, New Order, Television, bad 90’s alternative radio, etc.)”  Any other information on their show with Swim Deep and Fantastic Imagination can be found here.  Below, download the Homophones song “Eraserhead.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: LAKE at Kung Fu Necktie + Titus Andronicus, Balkan Beat Box, American Babies

The trouble with LAKE’s previous album, Let’s Build A Roof, was that it wandered dangerously close to Jimmy Buffett territory. The tranquil tone and subtle apathy suggested something only meant to be listened to at a summer barbeque or on the beach with friends—music for a relaxed party. Fortunately, the sepia melodies and a strong rhythm gave the record depth; it’s relaxed party music you can be proud of. The new record, Giving And Receiving (released earlier this month), is similar to the previous album, but it has a little less sunlight. (Perhaps the barbeque was moved indoors due to inclement weather?) The music’s social vibe must come from the fact that LAKE is as much a tight-knit community as it is a band. Two leading members, Eli Moore and Ashley Eriksson, are married. And LAKE’s website (which refers to the members only by their first names) explains that the band originated in order to play a friend’s birthday party in their hometown of Olympia, Washington. LAKE performs with AgesandAges (today’s My Morning Download on the WXPN site) and Royal Shoals at 8 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $7. —Dave Simpson

Also playing: Titus Andronicus + Dinowalrus, Frost Watson at First Unitarian Church (8 p.m., all ages, $12); Camplight + Illinois at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $10-$12); Balkan Beat Box + Uproot Andy, Joro Boro at The Trocadero (8 p.m., all ages, $21); American Babies (record-release show) + Mason Porter, Former Belle at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $14)