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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Aphra at The Barbary, Louie Louie at Underground Arts, The Ok-Oks at Chameleon Club

Aphra | photo by John Groome for WXPN
Aphra | photo by John Groome for WXPN

We’re super thrilled with Sadness is a Gesture, the debut record from Philly electropop artist Aphra, which came out last week via Bay Area upstart label Inherent Sounds. There’s a limited edition clear vinyl version on the way, but tonight Aphra celebrates the moving collection of songs about heartache, addiction and finding inner strength tonight at The Barbary. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Underground Arts to host International Women’s Day benefit, featuring Louie Louie, Ivy Sole, Queen of Jeans, Harmony Woods and more…

Ivy Sole | photo courtesy of the artist
Ivy Sole | photo courtesy of the artist

This International Women’s Day — Wednesday, March 8th — Underground Arts will host a benefit concert featuring Louie Louie, Queen of Jeans, Ivy Sole, Grayling, and many more. The event will benefit the new Crossroads Women’s Center, a community based self-help space. You can find a full lineup of the fifteen, possibly sixteen (wink, wink)  bill below. Then, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more information. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Louie Louie at PhilaMOCA, Allison Crutchfield at First Unitarian Church, Free Range Folk at Johnny Brenda’s, and more…

Louie Louie | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
Louie Louie | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

Retro rockers Louie Louie will headline PhilaMOCA tonight with Dark Web and Beat Jams. Their new album Friend of a Stranger dropped today via Born Losers Records, and you can hear them play songs from it live in their recent Key Studio Session. Stream video of their performance of “After Me” below. Then, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more information on the show. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Louie Louie

How does one sing pop songs in times of despair? Let Philly’s Louie Louie be your guide. It was a rainy Wednesday in November the day the band rolled in to record its Key Studio Session. Not just any rainy Wednesday in November; it was the day after the 2016 presidential election, and there was an unsettled, uncertain stillness in the air.

To be perfectly honest, it was such a weird day that I wasn’t 100% sure that the retro rock four-piece was even going to show up as I arranged microphone stands and headphone amps around the studio. Ultimately, a knock at the door came, and upon answering, frontwoman Emily Robb seemed just as grateful to see me as I was to see the band; as she told me, they weren’t 100% sure that I would even be there. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Louie Louie return with “Do It (In Your Mind)” single from next month’s Friend of a Stranger

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Louie Louie | photo courtesy of the artist

Mod-wop quartet Louie Louie are gearing up to release their Friend of a Stranger LP next month, their debut effort with the Philly-based Born Losers label of Mike Cammarata (Residuels, Suburban Living) and Chris Radwanski (Night Panther, Suburban Living). “Do It In Your Mind” is the second track we’re hearing from the record and with it comes another punch of sugar-coated rawness.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Muffs at Boot & Saddle, Louie Louie at Kung Fu Necktie, Azealia Banks at The Foundry

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The Muffs | photo by Alberto Tolot

90s rockers The Muffs are on tour in support of 2014’s Whoop De Doo, their first album of new songs in a decade. The LA outfit may have been on a recording hiatus for those interim years, but their influence stayed visible; local outfit Littler just covered the band’s “Big Mouth” track (listen here), and their debut LP was re-released by Omnivore Records last summer. Welcome their new music tonight at Boot & Saddle; tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Watch “Weird Boy Next Door” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Soft Moon at Boot and Saddle, Louie Louie at Ortlieb’s

The Soft Moon | Photo by Dennis Shoenberg | courtesy of the artist
The Soft Moon | Photo by Dennis Shoenberg | courtesy of the artist

Bay area noir rocker Luis Vasquez, aka The Soft Moon, has been making moody, evocative music recalling Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire and early 80s Cure for a half dozen years. Last March, he released the band’s third LP, Deeper, via Captured Tracks records. Watch the frenetic music video for “Far” below and get tickets and more information on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Louie Louie at Ortlieb’s, Raury at the Fillmore, Joanna Gruesome at PhilaMOCA and more

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Louie Louie | photo by Ryan Collard

Coming off their late-summer tour of the Northeast and Midwest, Louie Louie are back in Philly for a show tonight at Ortlieb’s. The lo-fi four-piece released their pyschedelic pop debut, “Out in the Streets,” back in July along with a b-side entitled “Miles Around.” If you missed Louie Louie at Johnny Brenda’s in August, you won’t want to miss them tonight at Ortlieb’s. Get more show info at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to “Out in the Streets” below. Continue reading →