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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Widowspeak at Boot & Saddle, Trombone Shorty at The Fillmore, The Wood Brothers at Grand Opera House, and more

Widowspeak | photo by Ebru Yildiz | via facebook.com/widowspeakband

Widowspeak bring their dreamy, 90’s inspired, self-described “cowboy grunge” to Boot & Saddle tonight. Touring behind their recent LP Expect The Best, Widowspeak are known for their nostalgic, narrative-driven tunes which will thrive in the intimate Boot & Saddle setting. Chicago indie rockers Clearance and Philly bedroom grunge outfit Sun Hat also perform. Watch Widowspeak’s video for the shoegazey “Dog” below, and find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Hear “The Dark Age” from Widowspeak’s Almanac (playing Kung Fu Necktie 1/23)

Brooklyn four-piece Widowspeak, gearing up for the release of their sophomore record Almanac later this month, are streaming their track “The Dark Age” via Soundcloud. “The Dark Age” follows up Widowspeak’s first single “The Ballad of the Golden Hour” with a definitively more somber turn from the band’s typical luminosity. Singer Molly Hamilton’s haunting vocals cry heartbreak, sweeping over flashy guitar riffs and a catchy, melodic beat. Widowspeak is playing at Kung Fu Necktie January 23rd; go here for information and tickets to the 21+ show, and listen to “The Dark Age” below.

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Widowspeak announce winter tour, playing Kung Fu Necktie on 01/23

Photo by John Stortz
Brooklyn’s Widowspeak charmed indie fans with their 2011 self-titled debut and now they’re back with the follow-up record Almanac, out January 22nd on Captured Tracks.  The glow-fi duo shared the first single from Almanac called “Ballad of the Golden Hour” earlier this month, which you can stream and download below.  Tickets for Widowspeak’s 21+ show at Kung Fu Necktie will go on sale at noon this Friday, November 23rd.  More information can be found here.  View the track-list for Almanac below as well.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Vivian Girls + Widowspeak, Ninjessa at Johnny Brenda’s

The members of Brooklyn’s Vivian Girls recently released their third album, Share The Joy, this spring. Though the record is uneven at times, the moments when the trio trades its standard lo-fi past for irony, bite, and undeniable hooks prove that it’s still worth listening to, even if some of the hype has faded. Share The Joy’s best song is easily the ’60s throwback “Take It As It Comes,” a track that is successful as a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the overuse of the retro girl-group shtick, but also as a genuinely good pop song. The song’s strengths are also Vivian Girls’, in that they’ve found a way to be both winking and catchy, sarcastic and likeable. Vivian Girls performs with Widowspeak and Ninjessa at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $12.

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My Boo Boo: New Toro y Moi, Broken Social Scene & Beach House on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Toro Y Moi | Photo by Andrew Paynter, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to (relative) normalcy tonight at 11pm on XPN. Shortly after the July edition of Making Time RADio with Dave P, listen for a full two-hour show that, let’s face it, will be anything but normal. We’ve got a few new releases to spotlight, namely Broken Social Scene‘s rousing Hug of Thunder, the return of Chaz B. as Toro y Moi on Boo Boo, and Beach House‘s career-spanning set of B-Sides and Rarities. Also in the mix, new singles from Ted Leo, Widowspeak, Frankie Rose, L.A. Witch and more! Preview some of the new tracks below…

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