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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Eeries at Kung Fu Necktie, Benjamin Francis Leftwich at World Cafe Live

EeriesPhilly garage rock four-piece The Eeries are back in South Philly after a winter tour, and are part of a big lineup at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The band released its debut full-length Home Alone on cassette via Burger Records back in September, and you can get a good sense of the ramshackle rock and roll fun in its eleven tracks by listening to “Wait on You.” The Eeries perform with Hellshovel, Acid Baby Jesus, Niche, Devil at My Side and ((TACO)) tonight at Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 North Front Street. Tickets are available at the door, more information on the 21+ show can be found here.

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The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Heyward Howkins, Ali Wadsworth, Benjamin Francis Leftwich

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Photo by Ann Teliczan | MichiganSweetSpot.com
To get you psyched for their headlining gig at FDR Park last night, local electronic jam band Lotus released a live cuts sampler featuring tracks from their Spring 2012 tour.  As you can tell from this sampler, the funky fusion outfit put on an electrifying live show.

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Listen to Benjamin Francis Leftwich cover M83 and Frightened Rabbit (playing World Cafe Live in December)

Emerging UK songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich is playing a round of North American shows this fall before heading back to the studio to record the followup to his 2011 record Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm. The tour brings him to World Cafe Live in Philly on December 13, and to get fans excited, he’s just released a pair of folksy covers that you can hear below. His spare, acoustic stylings are similar enough to Frightened Rabbit, so his version of “Swim Until You Can’t See Land” comes off as a nice offering, if a bit straightforward. But applied to M83′s raging dancefloor number “Midnight City,” however, his vibe turns the song into something else entirely. Listen below, or download the songs for the price of your e-mail address at Leftwich’s website.

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