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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Johnny Showcase at Boot & Saddle, Cayetana at Millworks, Christopher Davis-Shannon at Sundrop Music Fest and more…

Johnny Showcase
Johnny Showcase | photo courtesy of the artist

Johnny Showcase and his “absurdist soul” band The Mystic Ticket take over Boot & Saddle tonight. The band is prepping for the release of their new record The Octopus, which will put the steamy, colorful vibes of their live show on vinyl. Check out the title track below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Peter Matthew Bauer at Milkboy, Cherokee Red at Ortlieb’s, Laser Background at Boot & Saddle and more…

Peter Matthew Bauer
Peter Matthew Bauer | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

Peter Matthew Bauer headlines the Communion Philly line-up at Milkboy tonight. It’s barely necessary to even mention Bauer’s former affiliation with The Walkmen as the Philadelphia musician created such a great solo presence with his debut Liberation! last year. He brought the record to XPN for a Free at Noon concert in March, which you can listen to here. Watch the video for “Philadelphia Raga” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Icky Blossoms at Milkboy, Joe Pug at Boot & Saddle, A Day Without Love at Kung Fu Necktie

Icky Blossoms
Icky Blossoms | photo via Facebook

Icky Blossoms play Milkboy tonight. The Nebraska-based band released its debut self-titled record in 2012, which will be followed by Mask next month through Saddle Creek. Single “In Folds” captures the band’s dance-focused songs that echo both club vibes of the eighties and contemporary electro-pop outfits like Friendly Fires. Listen to the track below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gold Lake at North Star Bar, Six Organs of Admittance at Boot & Saddle

Gold Lake
Gold Lake | photo by Blanca del Amo

Gold Lake perform at North Star Bar tonight. The Madrid / Brooklyn based band released its debut record Years last year, a dreamy collection of indie pop songs in the vein of Local Natives with wisps of Warpaint’s elusiveness. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Watch Gold Lake perform “We Already Exist” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Protomartyr at Johnny Brenda’s, Monophonics at World Cafe Live, Mohican at Boot & Saddle and more…

Protomartyr
Protomartyr | photo via Facebook

Detroit’s Protomartyr perform at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The band released its sophomore record Under Color of Official Right last year, a dark blend of post-punk and shoegaze with bright guitar tones. They team up with previous Philly show friends Amanda X for the 21+ show tonight. Pick up tickets here and watch Protomartyr perform “Maidenhead” for KEXP in Seattle below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Public Service Broadcasting at World Cafe Live, Young Fathers at Boot & Saddle, Divers at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

Public Service Broadcasting
Public Service Broadcasting | photo via Facebook

London-based duo Public Service Broadcasting perform upstairs at World Cafe Live tonight. Musician J. Willgoose, Esq. and percussionist Wrigglesworth started the band with a very specific aesthetic in mind: they pair audio samples from archival recordings, propaganda and PSAs with atmospheric instrumentations to “teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future.” Their latest release, this year’s The Race for Space, was a collaborative effort with the British Film Institute to recount the competition between the U.S. and Russia to land a man on the moon. Watch the video for “Go!” below and pick up tickets for tonight’s performance here.

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Up The Chain release delicate title track from their upcoming EP

 

Up The Chain | Photo courtesy of the artist
Up The Chain | Photo courtesy of the artist

“Windows Into Worlds” marks Up the Chain‘s second single as a fully-committed trio, and is also the title track off of their upcoming EP, scheduled to be released April 21.

The new song, released this week, is telling of the diverse sound from the Philly indie-rock group. It’s gentler (solely vocals and piano), compared to the rough guitar riffs on “The Hardest Stone,” the first release off of the upcoming EP. When vocalist Reed Kendall croons, “You’ve got all of me,” make no mistake– it’s a love song. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tess Henley at World Cafe Live, Kodak to Graph at Boot & Saddle, Dakha Brakha at Weis Center

Tess Henley
Tess Henley | photo via Facebook

Soul singer Tess Henley opens for David Choi at World Cafe Live. The Washington state native was chosen by producer Don Was as the winner of Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter Artist Discovery Program in 2014, though she had been active for several years before that competition. Henley released her first record Easy to Love in 2008, followed by three more efforts that led up to this year’s Wonderland EP. Tickets and information for the show can be found here. Watch Henley’s video for “Wonderland” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Avid Dancer at Chameleon Club, Steve Gunn at Boot & Saddle, Black Thought at The TLA

Avid Dancer
Avid Dancer | photo via Facebook

Avid Dancer opens for Delta Spirit at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA tonight. This is a case of the band name perfectly matching the mood of the music, as Avid Dancer’s shimmering indie pop songs are dance floor ready. The LA project of Jacob Summers released a handful of songs on last year’s I Want to See You Dance EP, including the mellow “Stop Playing With My Heart” and the retro-sounding title track. Check out the video for that song below and pick up tickets for tonight’s 18+ show here.

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From Waxahatchee to Smallpools, here are 5 Philadelphia concerts not to miss in April

Smallpools | via Facebook.com/smallpools
Smallpools | via Facebook.com/smallpools

Lots of celebrated musicians are headed to Philly in April, and a handful of shows are already selling out. If you’re bummed about not grabbing those Jose Gonzalez or Father John Misty tickets while you had the chance, head over to StubHub or catch tickets to these April shows while they’re still hot. (It goes without saying that we think Key Fest is a pretty rad three-day lineup over at MilkBoy too.) From electronic to folk, here are five Philadelphia concerts not to miss this month. Continue reading →