Tonight we’ve got an incredible double header at Morgan’s Pier. Indie punk stalwarts Ted Leo and the Pharmacists will play with newcomer Waxahatchee for the low price of free (though you must be over 21 for the event). Ted Leo and the Pharmacists released their incredible sixth studio album The Brutalist Bricks back in 2010 and it’s just as catchy as ever, featuring a musical combination of punk, rock pop and dub. Waxahatchee, the solo project of Kate Crutchfield joins the band to bring an acoustic punk element to the event. Her second album, Cerulean Salt, was released in March to critical acclaim and continued in her off-kilter folk-rock stylings from the past. It’s a combo you really don’t want to miss. Click here for more information and check out some songs from the bands below.
We’d be lying if we said that we didn’t have tonight’s The Swellers, Everyone Everywhere, Bright And Early, and Still Rings True show at The Barbary circled on our calendar as our pick for today. Unfortunately, R5 Productions tweeted the bad news last night: “Tomorrow’s show with THE SWELLERS has been canceled. They apparently can not get out. Now you can all watch The Eagles game.” So, what else is on the calendar? Philadelphia-based “punk-drenched chamber-folk” collective Paper Masques—which will go into the studio early next year to record its second album—performs with former Philly residents Homesick Elephant and NJ natives Attic Dancers at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $10); meanwhile, over at The Fire, Grey Sky Turn performs with Something Black, Tim Malley, and Chris Munden (9 p.m., 21+, 7 p.m.)
Oakland Latin fusion outfit La Misa Negra wrap up an east coast tour at World Cafe Live tonight. Blending traditional cumbia and Afro-Colombian dance music with contemporary energy and flair, the octet knows how to bring the party whever they go. Watch “Misa de Medianoche” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.
Lo-fi garage dwellers The Tough Shits are a part of a fantastic Kung Fu Necktie gig featuring Greg Cartwright and Tom Lax. Their fun west coast punk sound is refreshing and welcomed here on the east coast and a perfect soundtrack for the proverbial sunset for the end of a weekend. The gig is 21+ and tickets/more information can be found here. Continue reading →
Chase Allen released his debut album Far From Home last year, and it very much reflected where he was at with his life. The Philly-born rapper had just relocated to Los Angeles, feeling inspired and motivated after reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X — so he was indeed far from home, deep in thought, and he channeled those feelings into a collection of songs reflecting on place and identity. Continue reading →