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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Black Kids at Boot & Saddle, Andre Altrez at The Barbary, Mild High Club at Johnny Brenda’s

Black Kids | photo via the artist’s Facebook page

Florida indie pop outfit Black Kids released their long-awaited (seriously, it’s their first full-length in nine years) second LP Rookie last month, and tonight their tour makes a stop at Boot & Saddle with support from Surf Rock Is Dead. The genre-bending new album is full of catchy tunes that more than make up for the long hiatus, and given their unpredictable history, Black Kids’ appearance in town is definitely worth catching. Stream Rookie standout “Obligatory Drugs” below and find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound at Morgan’s Pier (Free!), West Philly Orchestra at Penn Museum, Black Kids/Kids at Johnny Brenda’s, Rickie Lee Jones at WCL Wilmington

JC Brooks and the Uptown SoundIndie soul-funk outfit JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound are playing a free show at Morgan’s Pier tonight. The band is touring in support of their new record, Howl, which was released this May on Bloodshot Records. JC Brooks has a strong, classic soul voice that his band backs with a part funk, part indie rock, part post-punk sound. Check out their recent single, “Rouse Yourself;” the silly music video features Aubrey Plaza and Jake Johnson. Find more information on the 21 plus show here.

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Remember the Black Kids? They’re back and ready to teach your boyfriend how to dance at Johnny Brenda’s in August

blackids Remember Black Kids? No? Then how about their should-have-been-a-hit song, “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You”, that came out in 2007 (20 years ago in internet time)? Well, if you counted yourself as a fan, you’ll be happy to know the band is back and playing a show at Johnny Brenda’s on Wednesday, August 21. According to the band’s Facebook, they are “working on new music and hope to release album deux ASAP.” Continue reading →