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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mates of State at Johnny Brenda’s, Dropkick Murphys at Underground Arts

Rekindle your love for indiepop duo Mates of State tonight as they return to Philly for a second performance supporting 2011′s Mountaintops. The band kicked off a tour promoting the album in February at Union Transfer and are back tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. The couple, Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner, started performing together as part of the band Vosotros but decided to break off as a duo in 1997 and got married in 2001. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found at our concert calendar here; doors open at 8. Below, check out the video for “Palomino” from Mountaintops below.

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Hear a new Motion City Soundtrack song, “Severance” (playing TLA on 11/4)

Last week Billboard premiered Motion City Soundtrack’s new track “Severance,” which will be on the group’s two-track 7″ vinyl, scheduled for release November 6th. This limited-edition 7″ is part of the group’s Making Moves 7″ series in partnership with Drexel University’s Mad Dragon Records; the series has already featured artists like Brick + Mortar and The Skies Revolt. Motion City Soundtrack will be playing at Theatre of the Living Arts next Sunday, November 4th with I Was Totally Destroying It, Jukebox the Ghost and Now, Now. Tickets for that show are available here. You can stream “Severance” here.