Tonight’s Concert Picks: Acres of Diamonds at Kung Fu Necktie

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Acres of Diamonds’ sound stems from a variety of influences – from Fleetwood Mac to Sonic Youth, the band somehow mixes and mashes different genres into a sound completely their own. Tonight, they’ll be presenting that very sound at Kung Fu Necktie along with bands Elsinore and Vivre Sa Vie. Tonight’s show starts at 8 p.m. and the $8 tickets can be purchased here.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Plow United at The Boneyard, Mock Suns at Johnny Brenda’s, Cheap Girls at North Star Bar and more

Plow United will be playing at Atlantic City venue The Boneyard tonight. After looking like they might never come back to the stage, the thrashcore pop-punk band made an unexpected return and proudly released their new album, Marching Band, last April. Can’t make it tonight? Catch Plow United tomorrow at the Mojo Main in Delaware. For more information and tickets for tonight’s show, click here. Watch a video of the band performing a cover of Siouxie and the Banshees’ “Burn-Up” from this week’s Key Studio Session below.

Plow United “Burn-Up” – WXPN Key Studio Session from WXPN FM on Vimeo.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes The Spinto Band with Buried Beds to the Arden Gild Hall, Joshua James at The Tin Angel, Acres of Diamonds at Ortlieb’s, St. James & The Apostles at Johnny Brenda’s

SpintoXPN welcomes The Spinto Band and Buried Beds to the Arden Gild Hall tonight.  Taking album-release celebrations back to their home state of Delaware, The Spinto Band will perform new favorites from this year’s Cool Cocoon LP.  The peppy-but-deep five-piece will be joined by Philadelphia favorites Buried Beds, a local five-piece indie pop outfit whose most recent release was a film/EP called Small Stories.  Tickets and information for the all-ages show in Arden, DE can be found here.  Watch The Spinto Band’s video for “What I Love” below.

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Download The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 6, our new 17-song compilation [link]

Stream the new album from The Lone Bellow, a Georgia-bred close harmony trio [link]

Stream a new EP from Philly’s Acres of Diamonds, who play PhilaMOCA next week [link]

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Stream Acres of Diamonds Animal Trust EP (playing PhilaMOCA on 1/18)

On their latest Animal Trust EP, Acres of Diamonds follow up 2010′s debut with three dark, post-punky songs recorded at Miner Street Studios.  Mixing in a healthy dose of pop catchy-ness, Animal Trust hands out some unexpected twists by-way of an organ on the Sonic Youth-esque “Sweet Believers” and occasional Kate Bush-ian theatrics on the title track.  Vocalist Sarah Davis’ Gwen Rooker’s raspy alto recalls the eeriness of Family Band singer Kim Krans at times, adding a mysterious counter-point to the fully-developed guitar and drum layers.  Acres of Diamonds will be performing at PhilaMOCA on January 18th with Univox, Pow Wow! and Lux Perpetua.  More information can be found here.  Below, stream Acres of Diamond’s Animal Trust EP.


Philly Local Phile PREMIERE: Acres of Diamonds’ “Penultimate”

“Our recording process has been somewhat glacial,” jokes Sarah Davis, the singer and keyboardist / glockenspielist for earthy, expressive Philly rock combo Acres of Diamonds. The band’s excellent self-titled EP dropped in summer of 2010, and it has been working on the followup at an extremely measured pace in the time since. But that’s completely fine; if the end result is a collection of songs as rich and inspired as today’s Philly Local Phile, AOD’s brand-new number “Penultimate,” it will be absolutely worth the wait. Stream or download the song below, and catch Acres of Diamonds in concert next weekend when it plays Milkboy Philly on Sat. Feb. 4 with Brown Recluse and recent PHL Bandcamp Hunter stars Instamatic.