Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dr. Dog at Steel Stacks, Sonnder at Siren Records, Alt-J at Festival Pier and more…

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Dr. Dog at The Electric Factory | Photo by Caitlin McCann |

Yes, the Pope is coming this weekend. Many people are leaving town for a long-weekend vacation but if you’re staying put, you may be happy to know that things will be business as usual for many Philly area venues, including the ones below.

WXPN welcomes Dr. Dog to the Steel Stacks in Bethlehem tonight. The band is coming off of a four-night run of their stage show SWAMP (IS ON), an interactive collaboration with Pig Iron Theater Company for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Tonight’s show returns Dr. Dog to their traditional role as concert musicians, though you can be sure it will still be an off-the-wall and imaginative night of music. Tickets and information can be found here. Watch the band perform “Broken Heart” below.

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Alt-J warmed up the crowd at The Tower Theater


Alt-J | Photo by Rachel Barrish |

It was a bitter cold evening last night in Upper Darby, where many traveled to see the British indie rock group Alt-J on their headlining tour in support of this year’s This Is All Yours. After the global success of their debut An Awesome Wave, which won the Mercury Prize in 2012, the band start getting the rep as “The next Radiohead.” Last night, they definitely lived up to it.

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Hear a new blues-inspired Alt-J song, “Left Hand Free”

Photo by Gabriel Green
Photo by Gabriel Greene

UK rock trio Alt-J have released a second song from their forthcoming album, This Is All Yours, the bluesy “Left Hand Free.” While this sound is unlike the band’s previous releases, the song practically sweats the soul and colloquialisms of a Southern rock classic with a heavy drum beat. This is Alt-J as you haven’t heard them before; though the distinct vocals are surely Joe Newman, it’ll take a second for fans of the indie group to believe it is in fact the same fellows who recorded polished hits like “Tessellate” and “Breezeblocks” on An Awesome Wave. or even the newer ambient sounding first single from their forthcoming album, “Hunger Of The Pine.”

This new direction heard in “Left Hand Free” has us curious about the rest of the album, which is set to be released September 22nd. The group’s tour hits Philly’s Tower Theater November 14th, and you can find more information on our concert calendar here.

Listen to “Left Hand Free” below.


Alt-J release a Miley Cyrus sampled new song, “Hunger Of The Pine,” playing Tower Theatre in November

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Photo courtesy of the artist via Facebook.

Moody, experimental British rockers Alt-J are releasing a new album, This Is All Yours on September 22nd, and are playing Friday, November 14th at the Tower Theatre. The trio have released a new song, “Hunger Of The Pine,” that samples the line “I’m a female rebel,” from a Miley Cyrus song, “4 X 4.” “Hunger” starts out slowly, builds, and then holds a mid-tempo groove at an infectious, hypnotic, pulsating simmer. The use of the sample is used sparingly, but effectively, and lead singer Joe Newman sounds as beautiful as ever on the song.

Listen to both songs below.


Sir Sly get suspenseful in the music video for “Gold” (playing Boot and Saddle 10/27)

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L.A. based indie alt/rock/pop trio Sir Sly just released the official music video for “Gold,” the title track off of the band’s highly buzzed about Gold EP. The video, which is as suspenseful and anticipatory as the song itself, was fashioned together by award-winning director Ellis Bahl, who also directed Alt-J’s “Breezeblocks” vid. The “Gold” video is dark and eerie, following a suspenseful narrative that adds a whole new dynamic to the track itself, and the two compliment each other perfectly. Sir Sly are currently on tour supporting the Gold EP with a myriad of stops along the East coast, including Philly’s own Boot & Saddle this Sunday, October 27. For a full list of tour dates click here. Watch the video for “Gold” below.