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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lower Wolves at Boot & Saddle, David Gray at Scottish Rite Auditorium

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Lower Wolves | photo by Lainie DeCoursey | via Facebook

Local R.E.M. tribute band Lower Wolves headline a night of covers at Boot & Saddle. Highlighting the early days of the classic college rockers, the tribute band has said they’ll be dusting off some songs they haven’t played in a while and trying out a few they’ve never covered before. Re Du, a Husker Du tribute, opens the show. Tickets and information can be found here; watch Lower Wolves play “Sitting Still” from R.E.M.’s 1983 debut Murmur below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Diane Coffee at Boot & Saddle, Drive By Truckers at Union Transfer, Maxwell at Wells Fargo Center

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Diane Coffee | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN

After a highlight of a set at the XPoNential Music Festival this summer, Diane Coffee returns for a show at Boot & Saddle tonight. The full-band project of Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming released its sophomore effort Everybody’s a Good Dog last year, earning acclaim for its glam rock-inspired aesthetic as well as the band’s theatrical live show. Watch them perform “Everyday” live at the festival below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mal Devisa at Boot & Saddle, The Baird Sisters at Johnny Brenda’s, Ruby the Hatchet at Ortlieb’s and more…

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Mal Devisa | photo via Facebook

Massachusetts multi-instrumentalist Mal Devisa performs at Boot & Saddle tonight. Touring in support of this year’s Kiid LP, Devisa will share her strikingly poetic and intimate songs alongside headliner Vita and the Woolf and Square Peg Round Hole. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Watch Devisa do her thing with “Everybody Knows” below.

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Eliza Hardy Jones announces headlining slot at Boot & Saddle

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Eliza Hardy Jones | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

Continuing to support her solo debut Because Become, Eliza Hardy Jones has announced a headlining show at Boot & Saddle for Saturday, December 10th. We’ve been enjoying the local singer-songwriter’s talents around town for several years now – she’s played with Buried Beds and Strand of Oaks, among others – but it’s been a real treat seeing her build momentum behind this solo project between touring duties with Grace Potter.

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Philly Jazz Guide: Top picks for live jazz in October

Jason Stein | photo courtesy of the artist
Jason Stein | photo courtesy of the artist

The jazz offerings in the city this month offer the opportunity to explore the music from a number of different perspectives. For a historical one, the ICA is hosting The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now through next March. The exhibition, which opened last year at the MCA in Chicago, tells the story of the influential Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and its intersections with the visual art and culture of the era. It’s a must-see, and also features a number of performances to coincide with the show. But aside from that, this month’s standout concerts provide a number of different angles.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bird and The Bee at Underground Arts, Whaler at Boot & Saddle, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry at Union Transfer

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The Bird and The Bee | photo courtesy of the artist

California indie pop outfit The Bird and The Bee headline Underground Arts tonight. The duo of Inara George and Greg Kurstin released their fourth studio LP Recreational Love last year, following a 2010 Hall & Oates tribute album (check out “I Can’t Go For That” here). This tour features Inara sans Greg, though she’ll still be joined by her stellar backing band. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Watch “Will You Dance?” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The End of America at Johnny Brenda’s, Mercury Girls at Boot & Saddle, Haley Bonar at World Cafe Live

The End of America | photo by Sean Quilty
The End of America | photo by Sean Quilty

The time has come for The End of America to celebrate the release of their new LP at Johnny Brenda’s. We premiered the self-titled record last week, getting an early listen to the trio’s songs about hope and challenges written after some difficult experiences. Check out “Russian Fortune” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Arc Iris share two videos from their new Moon Saloon LP

Arc Iris | photo by Chattman Photography | via facebook.com/arcirismusic

Jocie Adams debuted her Arc Iris project back in 2014 after splitting with her cohorts in The Low Anthem. While that was initially surprising and disappointing for the band’s fans, Arc Iris has proven to be a wonderful addition to the avant-folk tapestry of American music. Their sophomore effort Moon Saloon is out now on Bella Union and they’ve recently shared two videos to go along with the LP.

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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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