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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hamilton Leithauser at Union Transfer, Ratboys at Everybody Hits, Telepathic at Kung Fu Necktie, and more

Hamilton Leithauser at Firefly 2016 | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Hamilton Leithauser played a stunning show at Johnny Brenda’s at the beginning of the year, and now he’s moving his expansive sound into a bigger space with a headlining gig at Union Transfer. Known as the former lead vocalist of the Walkmen, Leithauser released an album with Rostam last year and a song with Angel Olsen just a few weeks ago, which you can listen to below. Courtney Marie Andrews opens tonight’s show; find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Telepathic

Philly punk trio Telepathic is lean and mean, direct and driven. Its performance for The Key Studio Sessions this week rocks out six jams econo in a little over eleven minutes — and here I thought last week’s session with Radiator Hospital was efficient! — and its forthcoming LP, Self Check Out, packs in a walloping 19 ragers with little in the way of excess. Basically, these are three humans who know exactly what they want to say, know how they want it to sound, and they waste no time getting to the point.

The band is comprised of three players — Rob Garcia on guitar and vocals, Sarah Everton on bass and vocals, Mark Rice on drums — who have moved in indie circles for a while now. Garcia and Everton co-fronted the asskicking Bleeding Rainbow, while Rice played in Jason Molina’s Magnolia Electric Co. But unlike other bands of scene vets that, oftentimes, can come across as cynically calculated in attempting to optimize industry forces in their favor moreso than making art, Telepathic is the opposite. They are art first, all the way, and to this observer, their EPs and the forthcoming LP seem to say “we’ve been down that road already. We hated it. This time, our music is for us.”

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Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Telepathic announces new record Self Checkout, shares a few tracks early

Telepathic | Photo via telepathic.bandcamp.com

Lo-fi punk outfit Telepathic are back with the announcement of their latest — 19-track album Self Checkout out Nov. 2 on Third Uncle Records. An ambitious task, the whole album clocks in at under 35 minutes — Telepathic’s energetic songs tend to be short and sweet, and the new album is evidently no exception. Five of the new tracks are available on the label’s Bandcamp right now, and you can pre-order the album there too. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bigness at Bourbon & Branch, Telepathic at Ortlieb’s, Black Horse Motel at Boot & Saddle and more…

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The Bigness | photo by Bryan Karl Lathrop Photography | http://www.bklphoto.com/

Local four-piece The Bigness are ready to bring their songs to Bourbon & Branch tonight. Led by Kristen Bigness, the indie rock outfit released its latest LP Time Traveler in the fall, a collection of songs steeped in the lineage of acts like Fleetwood Mac and The Breeders. Watch a video for “Run! Run! (Escape Anthem)” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Summer Scouts at Bourbon & Branch, Telepathic at Kung Fu Necktie

Summer Scouts
Summer Scouts | photo by Sean Tierney | courtesy of the artist

Summer Scouts bring their post rock / pop punk to Bourbon & Branch tonight in support of the American Cancer Society. The Lehigh Valley band will release their debut LP Furthest Reach this Friday, a record we’ve been itching for since hearing their first collection of EPs last summer. Watch the video for “Vessel” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Banks at The TLA, Telepathic at Kung Fu Necktie

Banks | Photo by Matthew Shaver | brightloud.com
Banks | Photo by Matthew Shaver | brightloud.com

SoCal singer and composer Banks showcases the dark side of electronic pop on her records and in her live show, which hits the TLA on South Street tonight. She broke out with a string of singles released on Soundcloud, and dropped her Goddess LP last September. Most recently, she showed up on Made In America’s Liberty Stage. For more information on tonight’s show, consult the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →