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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ought at Boot & Saddle, You Do You at Bourbon & Branch, Liam Finn at World Cafe Live and more

Ought | Photo courtesy of the artist
Ought | Photo courtesy of the artist

Montreal’s Ought will perform at Boot & Saddle tonight in support of their debut More Than Any Other Day LP.  A few weeks ago we featured “Habit” as XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week, a song that takes after Talking Heads and Jonathan Richman.  Stream and download the song below.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Dub Thompson and The Stammer can be found here.

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American Diamond Recordings celebrates their first show at Boot & Saddle

The Lawsuits | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
The Lawsuits | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Togetherness and unity were certainly in the air pre-Independence Day when American Diamond Recordings hosted their first showcase at Boot & Saddle. The new Philly record label comprised of five local bands celebrated their out-coming with performances from each group, including The Levee Drivers, T.J. Kong & The Atomic Bomb, Ron Gallo, The Lawsuits, and a special set by a band who went by the moniker Eight Legged Prawn. The show was also a celebration of Marley McNamara’s birthday, and most figured out that Eight Legged Prawn was actually one of the bands she manages, The Districts.

It was easy to tell that these artists performing don’t just make music together, they are family.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Modern Baseball at The Barbary, Ginger Coyle at Boot & Saddle, and Worshyper at The Fire

Modern Baseball | Photo by Allison Newbold | http://www.allynewbold.com/
Modern Baseball | Photo by Allison Newbold | http://www.allynewbold.com/

Pop-punk Philly band Modern Baseball will kick off their summer tour this afternoon at The Barbary.  Earlier this spring, the guys participated a Key Studio Session where they successfully lit up the room with their charismatic energy.  You can listen to a full album stream of their 2012 LP Sports here and watch the video for “Your Graduation” from this year’s awesome You’re Gonna Miss It All below. Get tickets for this afternoon’s show here (while they are still available!)

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Hundred Acre Woods at Tin Angel, Impressionist at Boot & Saddle, The Flatmates at Connie’s Ric Rac and more…

Photo via facebook.com/thehundredacrewoodsband
Photo via facebook.com/thehundredacrewoodsband

The Hundred Acre Woods top an all local bill at the Tin Angel with Former Belle and Steady Hands.  The West Philly folk-punk band’s frontman, Winthrop Stevens, recently trekked out to the banks of the Schuylkill River to perform a live version of “All I Love” for a new video series.  Check it out below and pick up tickets to the 21+ show here.

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Philadelphia psychedelic orchestra Impressionist releases its first single, “Everything”

photo via facebook.com/pages/Impressionist/158958187524300
photo via facebook.com/pages/Impressionist/158958187524300

“Psychedelic rock orchestra” is the simplest way to describe Philadelphia band Impressionist’s debut single, the aptly-titled “Everything.” The band’s sound is very avant garde; from a dreamy intro to intense guitar jam to dissonant saxophone solo, the single has a little bit of everything. As soon as you get used to one melody, it quickly changes to something entirely different. The track is a melting pot for music. It can’t be defined by one style, it exists in multiple realms of music, meaning the band surely lives up to its name. Check out “Everything” below and look out for the band’s self-titled debut album set for release on May 29th, as well as a its headlining show that same night at Boot & Saddle. For more information about the show, go here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Apache Relay at North Star Bar, Wolf Gang at Johnny Brenda’s, Deleted Scenes at Boot & Saddle and more

The Apache Relay | photo via facebook.com/theapacherelay
The Apache Relay | photo via facebook.com/theapacherelay

The Apache Relay arrive in Philadelphia tonight for a 9 p.m. show at The North Star Bar with The Weeks.  The band, currently on tour for their self-titled new album, took its name from Heavyweights, a 1995 movie starring Ben Stiller, and haven’t looked back since.  Their first album, American Nomad, debuted in 2011 and introduced the world to Apache’s acoustic folk sound.  Their new album takes their great folksy music to an entirely new level.  Listen to a new song entitled “Katie Queen of Tennessee” below, and get tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Magnet 21st Birthday Party with Guided By Voices at The Trocadero, Ryan Tennis at Boot & Saddle, The Ghost In You at Vinyl Revival and more…

Guided By Voices | photo courtesy of the artist
Guided By Voices | photo courtesy of the artist
To celebrate its 21st birthday, Magnet Magazine is throwing a party at The Trocadero tonight with Guided By Voices, Surfer Blood and Titus Andronicus.  The Philly-based indie music publication has been a mainstay in the music news and interview world since 1993.  Also a mainstay in their world of post punk / indie rock, Guided By Voices have been active again in recent years thanks to a few reunion albums, including Cool Planet, which was just released last week.  Take a listen to “Ticket To Hide” below, read Kate Bracaglia’s overview of 21 GBV essentials here and pick up tickets to the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Big Scary at Boot and Saddle, Joseph Arthur at Tin Angel, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s at First Unitarian Church

Big Scary | Photo by Justin Vague | justinvague.com

Melbourne, Australia alt-pop duo Big Scary bring their electronic infused, moody yet catchy sounds to Boot and Saddle tonight. With vocals reminiscent of Bon Iver, and an blend of keys, electric guitar and synthesized beats, Big Scary create melodic sounds in a swaying atmosphere that touches on both happy and sad emotions in an intricate way. Get tickets for the Boot and Saddle show here. Watch “Luck Now” below.

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Plow United brings summertime punk to Asbury Lanes and Boot and Saddle in June

Plow United | Courtesy of Isaac Turner
Plow United | Courtesy of Isaac Turner

Plow United has some pretty exciting news for east coast fans.

Earlier this week, the seminal locally-bred punks announced they’d play two shows in July, the same month they’re releasing two records. The first show will be at Asbury Lanes on July 18th, but the one we’re most excited about will be on July 19th at Boot & Saddle.

The band released its first album in 16 years, Marching Band, last March. Loaded with heavy bass lines, gritty vocals and thrashy drums, the 12-song LP saw the three-piece picking right up where its left up in the late 90s. Along with the shows, Plow announced that it would re-release its first-self-titled LP and put out a new 4-song 7″ called DELCO. Both drop on July 10th.

Join ‘em at Boot & Saddle during the dog days of summer with openers The Scandals and Chumped. The show starts at 8 p.m. and the $12 tickets can be purchased here. Below, watch their cover of “Burn Up” by Siouxie and the Banshees from their 2013 Key Studio Session.

Plow United “Burn-Up” – WXPN Key Studio Session from WXPN FM on Vimeo.

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We Are Scientists and PAWS rocked their tour kickoff at Boot & Saddle

We Are Scientists | photo by Kate McCann
We Are Scientists | photo by Kate McCann

Boot and Saddle was packed for the second night of We Are Scientists and Paws’ stop through in Philly on Wednesday, a kick-off of the band’s “Frenchin’ the Americas” Tour. Their new album, TV en Français, was released in March, and the new tunes brought a certain eagerness to the three musicians’ presence. Fans were lit and gazed at front man Keith Murray as he threw himself around the stage, chanting the familiar hooks of “After Hours” and “Chick Lit.”  Scotland-based trio Paws opened the show, shaking the room with their rousing punk songs, from their anticipated sophomore album Youth Culture Forever, due out on FatCat records in May. Check out a photo recap of the night below.

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