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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Muffs at Boot & Saddle, Louie Louie at Kung Fu Necktie, Azealia Banks at The Foundry

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The Muffs | photo by Alberto Tolot

90s rockers The Muffs are on tour in support of 2014’s Whoop De Doo, their first album of new songs in a decade. The LA outfit may have been on a recording hiatus for those interim years, but their influence stayed visible; local outfit Littler just covered the band’s “Big Mouth” track (listen here), and their debut LP was re-released by Omnivore Records last summer. Welcome their new music tonight at Boot & Saddle; tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Watch “Weird Boy Next Door” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Double Decker Records anniversary fest, Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band at Johnny Brenda’s, Song Dogs at Boot & Saddle

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Spill | Photo courtesy of the artist

Allentown record store Double Decker Records is celebrating its 20th year and Lehigh Valley label Square of Opposition is celebrating its 15th year, so why not throw a giant, weekend-long fest to celebrate? Things kick off this evening at St Bernard’s in Bethlehem with Kids, Spill, Pete and Nate (of Snowing, Algernon Cadwallader and Dogs on Acid), and continue on Saturday and Sunday with sets from Mischief Brew, Marge, Pissed Jeans, Plow United, Soul Glo, Thin Lips, a surprise return from Snowing and so much more. Information for the full fest can be found here, with tonight’s pre-fest info available here. Watch Spill’s “Big Boss” video below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: City of the Sun at Boot & Saddle, The World Is at The Foundry, Rakim at Union Transfer and more…

Firefly 2016 | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
City of the Sun at Firefly 2016 | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Instrumental trio City of the Sun headline Boot & Saddle tonight. The NYC group creates expansive soundscapes with their guitars and percussion, a kind acoustic version of the xx fused with moments of Latin-style guitar playing. To the Sun and All the Cities In Between was this year’s full-length release. Watch them perform “Those Days Are Now” for Sofar Sounds below; tickets for the 21+ show with My Son Bison can be found here.

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Listen: Ryley Walker shares “The Halfwit in Me,” announces Boot & Saddle show

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Ryley Walker | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.com

Chicago musician Ryley Walker will release his third LP Golden Sings That Have Been Sung via Dead Oceans on August 19th, supported by a long run of dates that hit Boot & Saddle on October 27th. The 2015 Non-COMM alum shared album single “The Halfwit In Me” this week, and as the first glimpse of Walker’s follow-up to 2015’s Primrose Green label debut (which we named one of our favorite albums of that year), it couldn’t be more enticing.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Honey Radar at Kung Fu Necktie, Dewey Decibel at Boot & Saddle

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Honey Radar | photo courtesy of the email

Honey Radar celebrate the release of Blank Cartoon at Kung Fu Necktie tonight, the latest album in an extensive catalog of psych rock recordings. LP cut “Caterpillar” was the first sampling of the new songs, shared back in March as a follow-up to 2015’s The Cop’s Dream cassette. It’s a low-fi, classic sounding nugget of psychedelia with vocals that mirror Donovan at points. Check it out below and pick up tickets to the 21+ release show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Joseph at Tin Angel, Killiam Shakespeare at Johnny Brenda’s, Matthew Logan Vazquez at Boot & Saddle

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Joseph | photo courtesy of the artist

Oregon sister trio Joseph play the Tin Angel tonight. Family heritage runs deep in the band’s indentity; they borrow the name Joseph from their Grandfather, as well as from a town in their native state where they spent time camping as kids. The group’s debut album will be out this year on ATO; get a taste of their jaw-dropping harmonies in the video for “Honest” below and pick up tickets for tonight’s show here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Santigold at the TLA, Japanese Breakfast at World Cafe Live, The City and I at Boot & Saddle

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Santigold for WXPN| Photo by John Vettese

Santigold brings her latest LP 99¢ to the TLA tonight. The Philly native gave an outstanding performance at last year’s Made In America Festival, complete with live band and dancers. It’s safe to say that tonight’s show will be equally mesmerizing, no matter what Santi has planned. Check out “Chasing Shadows” below and pick up tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Lawsuits at The Foundry, The Thermals at Union Transfer, Cakes Da Killa at Johnny Brenda’s and more

The Lawsuits | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
The Lawsuits | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

The Lawsuits‘ clever take on Americana, country-infused rock has made them one of our favorite local bands of late. The group released their most recent EP, Tumbled, back in 2014, but have recently been gearing up for the release of their sophomore album, Moon Sun, on Randm Records. The record’s first single, “Romeo,” is Wilco-esque, a calm two of half minutes of understated beautiful music. The Lawsuits play tonight at The Foundry and are likely to feature more tracks from the forthcoming Moon Sun. Grab tickets via the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Contemplate identity and unrequited love in Mitski’s video for “Your Best American Girl”

Mitski | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
Mitski | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Mitski has just released the music video for “Your Best American Girl,” the first single off her upcoming record Puberty 2. The song tackles some complicated questions of identity, as Mitski struggles to relate to her “All-American” love interest due to her own Japanese upbringing.

As she sings in the song’s lo-fi chorus (which is reminiscent of her 2014 hit “Townie”), “Your mother wouldn’t approve of how my mother raised me / But I do, I think I do / And you’re an All-American boy / I guess I couldn’t help trying to be your best American girl.”

The video itself captures this failed relationship dynamic perfectly, as Mitski catches the eye of a young, attractive American dude and starts waving at him happily, only to find out that he already has a love interest, a hip white girl who wears a flower crown that she probably picked up at Coachella. When the new couple starts making out in front of her, Mitski finds a new partner to kiss: her hand. Continue reading →