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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 →

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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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