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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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The War on Drugs at Tower Theatre, Torche at Underground Arts, Lite at Boot & Saddle and more…

The War on Drugs
The War on Drugs | photo via Facebook

The War on Drugs make a hometown appearance tonight at the Tower Theatre to kick off a spring tour. The local-turned-national band continues to play in support of last year’s Lost In the Dream, a record that landed at the top of many year-end lists. It took 2011′s Slave Ambient and expanded on the introspective, layered dream rock in a cinematic and transcendent way. Follow along with the band’s banner year here and watch them perform “Red Eyes” live in Barcelona below. Tickets and information for tonight’s all ages show can be found here.

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Take His Side: Will Butler at Boot & Saddle

Will Butler | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Will Butler | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

“You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. You are now entering… The Twilight Zone.” And that’s kinda what stepping into Boot & Saddle to see Will Butler on Friday night felt like: an entirely other dimension.

Imagine a parallel life in which everyone’s favorite indie darlings never came to be. Maybe Win Butler was never born, or maybe he and Regine Chassange just worked out all their angst in therapy instead of starting Arcade Fire, but either way, the biggest little band in the world doesn’t exist here. No “Wake Up” becoming the anthem of a generation, no “Suburbs” or precious “Who the fuck is Arcade Fire?” moments when that same won the Grammy in 2011—nothing. Well, nothing except for some punk named Will Butler just making music and playing rock ‘n’ roll shows, just for the hell of it. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Self Defense Family at Boot & Saddle, MPrynt at The TLA, David Ford at World Cafe Live and more…

Self Defense Family
Self Defense Family | photo via Run For Cover Records

Self Defense Family headline Boot & Saddle tonight. The band is an international collective of musicians with roots in Philadelphia, London, Los Angeles and Albany. They released an LP in 2013 called Try Me, landing somewhere between the heavy punk of Pissed Jeans and the enlightened punk of Sonic Youth with occasional surprises of indie rock (specifically “Mistress Appears at a Funeral”). The band followed-up that effort with two 7″ splits this year, one with Touche Amore and another with Creative Adult (also playing tonight). Watch their video for “Tithe Pig” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Juliana Hatfield at Boot & Saddle, Justin Townes Earle at Sellersville Theater, Mitski at Union Transfer

Juliana Hatfield
Juliana Hatfield Three | photo by Johnny Anguish

The Juliana Hatfield Three headline the first of two nights at Boot & Saddle tonight. Returning to the original line-up from the early nineties, the band released its first record in over two decades with this year’s Whatever, My Love. The current tour, though, is billed as a celebration of the 21st anniversary of Become What You Are and has the group performing their seminal debut in its entirety. Pick up tickets for tonight’s 21+ show here (tomorrow night is already sold-out) and watch their video for the classic “Spin the Bottle” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gene Shay Tribute with Janis Ian and more at First Unitarian Church, Future Punx at Boot & Saddle, Honeyblood at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

Janis Ian
Tom Paxton and Janis Ian | photo via www.janisian.com

This afternoon at the First Unitarian Church friends and fans celebrate the 80th birthday and recent retirement of Gene Shay. David Dye hosts performances by Tom Paxton, Janis Ian, John Flynn and more while proceeds from the event benefit the Sing Out! foundation for the preservation and support of folk music. Read more about Gene Shay’s decades behind the Folk Show mic here and get more information about the concert here.

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Listen to The Juliana Hatfield 3′s first album in two decades

Juliana Hatfield Three | Photo by Johnny Anguish
Juliana Hatfield Three | Photo by Johnny Anguish

Nearly two decades after their hit 1993 album Become What You Are, The Juliana Hatfield 3 have reunited and released Whatever, My Love, through Connecticut label American Laundromat Records. Though Hatfield herself has released an outstanding string of solo work over the years, some of her biggest hits (“My Sister,” “Spin The Bottle”) are from that album with The Three. And as we heard in the album – released last Tuesday and streaming on the American Laundromat website – it sounds like the trio hasn’t missed a beat. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mick Jenkins at The Barbary, Lightninging at Boot & Saddle, Paper Hearts at World Cafe Live and more…

Mick Jenkins
Mick Jenkins | photo by Robert Beckham

Chicago hip hop artist Mick Jenkins is at The Barbary tonight. He released a new mixtape called The Water[s] last summer, a progressive electronic hip hop record that expertly blends gritty and sublime elements to sound like Jenkins rapping over James Blake. Listen to “Jazz” below and get more information here.

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Listen to No Death, the new EP by experimental pop outfit A Sunny Day in Glasgow

A Sunny Day in Glasgow | via asunnydayinglasgow.bandcamp.com
A Sunny Day in Glasgow | via asunnydayinglasgow.bandcamp.com

Experimental pop outfit A Sunny Day in Glasgow spreads its members across three different cities in two hemispheres (including Philly). Last year they released their critically acclaimed Sea When Absent, and just followed it up with a new EP called No Death. Opening with a racing synthesizer sound, the EP transforms into fuzz pop mixed with a touch of ambient. Continue reading →