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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Palma Violets at Johnny Brenda’s, Hound at Boot and Saddle, Sonnder at Union Transfer

Palma Violets | photo via facebook.com/PalmaViolets
Palma Violets | photo via facebook.com/PalmaViolets
Rowdy Brit rockets Palma Violets return to Philly tonight with a new album in tow. Danger in the Club is raw, yet anthemic, and should translate well to the band’s trademark high-energy live show. Check out the title track below and get information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Apache Relay at Johnny Brenda’s, Acid Mothers Temple at Boot and Saddle

The Apache Relay | Photo by John Vettese
The Apache Relay | Photo by John Vettese

Nashville country-soul six-piece The Apache Relay returns to Philly tonight to headline Johnny Brenda’s. The band, which built some buzz following a 2013 tour with Mumford and Sons, released its self-titled third LP last April, which drew comparisons to The Head and the Heart and Delta Spirit. Joining them on the bill are Great Peacock and Philly psych outfit Circadian Rhythms; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Action Bronson at The TLA, Kiska at Boot and Saddle

Action Bronson | Photo by Mark Schaffer
Action Bronson | Photo by Mark Schaffer

He may have just this year released his major label full-length debut, but Queens MC Action Bronson has become a household name for people in the know since debuting in 2008. Tonight, he brings his new LP Mr. Wonderful to the TLA; it’s a fast-paced mix of irreverent rhymes and pointed delivery. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Donn T at Johnny Brenda’s, Dark Blue at Boot and Saddle

Donn T | via Donn T's Facebook
Donn T | via Donn T’s Facebook

Dynamic Philly soul singer Donn T is celebrating the release of her second album, Flight of The Donn T, tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. A collaborator of Marsha Ambrosius, Zap Mama and John Legend – and, yes, sister to a drummer named Ahmir Thompson, but let’s not make too big a deal out of that – she made a splash in 2010 with her album Kaleidoscopic, and last year founded her own D Tone Victorious label to release Flight. The album is vibrant and engaging, at turns recalling Erykah Badu and Sade, and tonight she celebrates it at the latest Re-Set party, curated by local fave Res and also featuring Kate Faust. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Kiska

When Owen Staszewski isn’t pounding the drums in Ruby The Hatchet, he’s at the mic for another band of heavy rocking Philadelphians – Kiska. The new four-piece is actually relatively seasoned; it formed from the ashes, as the expression goes, of Philly modern rock outfit Desoto Jones. That long-running band had been experiencing shifts in lineup as well as sonic directions, and last year came to the conclusion that it had become a different band altogether. Rounded out by Owen’s brother Adam Staszewski on guitar, alongside bassist Ean Kyler and drummer Adam Francois, Kiska was born, and set to work recording its debut LP. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Retinas at MilkBoy, Trans Am at Boot and Saddle, Suzanne Vega at Levoy Theater

The Retinas | photo courtesy of the artist
The Retinas | photo courtesy of the artist

A rock four-piece made up of childhood friends, The Retinas busted onto the Philly scene last year with their debut LP Hello…My Name Is The Retinas. Like a slew of similar-minded Philly up-and-comers, the band has a fuzzy lo-fi garage rock sound a la Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes, and this winter released the new single “Take Me By the Hand,” which you can check out below. They play MilkBoy tonight opening for Lee Baines III and The Glory Fires; tickets and more information on the show can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Joy Ike at Burlap and Bean, Fursaxa at The First Banana, The Suffers at Boot and Saddle

Joy Ike | via joyike.bandcamp.com
Joy Ike | via joyike.bandcamp.com

Pittsburgh singer-songwriter Joy Ike comes to Burlap and Bean in Newtown Square tonight. In 2013, she released her third LP, All or Nothing – a collection of whimsical arrangements, pop melodies and personal lyricism that caught the ear of her local radio station WYEP as well as NPR’s All Songs Considered. Listen to “All or Nothing” below and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Up The Chain releases its first new single as a fully-commited trio

Up The Chain |  Photo by Caitlin McCann | via Facebook.com/UptheChain
Up The Chain | Photo by Caitlin McCann | via Facebook.com/UptheChain

Up The Chain used to encompass frontman Reed Kendall and various musicians enlisted for live performances. Now, a fully committed trio has been formed, and the first release from the group, a track titled “The Hardest Stone” – which you might remember the band playing during its Key Studio Session last year. The song is crisp display of Kirby Sybert on drums and Noah Skaroff on bass, mixing fittingly with Kendall’s smooth vocals and guitar riffs. You can listen to the track via Baeble Music. Continue reading →