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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Colin Meloy at the Keswick Theatre, XPN Welcomes Matt Nathanson to the Electric Factory, Far Out Fangtooth at Boot & Saddle and more

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Colin Meloy, lead singer of The Decemberists, brings his solo tour to the Keswick Theatre tonight.    The Portland, OR musician will be sharing new songs alongside tracks from his extensive catalog during the tour.  He’s also supporting a new cover EP called Colin Meloy Sings The Kinks, which he discussed in an interview with The Key earlier this week.  Tickets and information for the all-ages solo show can be found here.  Below, listen to Meloy covering “Sister I’m a Poet” from his previous Morrissey cover EP.

XPN welcomes Matt Nathanson to the Electric Factory tonight.  The poppy singer-songwriter is touring in support of a new album called Last of the Great Pretenders, released in July on Vanguard Records.  Tonight, Nathanson will be joined by Joshua Radin.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Below, watch the video for Last of the Great Pretenders‘ first single “Mission Bells.”

Local psychedelic rockers Far-Out Fangtooth celebrate the release of Borrowed Time tonight at Boot & Saddle.  It’s the second full-length LP for the two year old band, put out via legendary cult label Siltbreeze.  In an interview with The Key earlier this week, the band explained the root of their dark and gothy sound, in addition to detailing how Far-Out Fangtooth came together.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.  Watch their new video for “Beyond Your Bones” below.

Also Playing:

Built to Spill at Union Transfer (8:00 p.m., all ages, $22)

Pink Slip Daddy at Kung Fu Necktie (8:00 p.m., 21+, $10)

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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. The Fleeting Ends, Dr. Dog, XPoNential Music Festival)

Photo by Nicky Devine
Photo by Nicky Devine

Philly favorites Dr. Dog announce next LP B-Room, release lyric video for “The Truth” [link]

The Fleeting Ends stopped by for this week’s Key Studio Session [link]

Check out this week’s show reviews and photo recaps including The Swirlies and Fun. [link]

Get psyched for this weekend’s XPoNential Music Festival by listening to past fest performances by Dr. Dog, Dawes and more [link]

The Civil Wars‘ track “Dust to Dust” is XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week [link]

Stornoway recorded a stripped down Folkadelphia Session, performing songs from their latest Tales From Terra Firma LP [link]

Wednesday’s My Morning Download featured San Francisco band The Family Crest and their song “Love Don’t Go” [link]

Brighton Sound Sessions went down a new path with their latest recording of jazz/funk trio ill Delta’s “Dark Chocolate” [link]

A slew of Philly dates were announced this week for bands including Animal Collective, Zola Jesus, Built to Spill and more [link]

The Dead Milkmen will headline a free show at Liberty Lands Park in support of music education on August 24th [link]

Instrumental Philly outfit North End will release their Cognoscere EP next month – get a preview with single “Gabardine [link]

Download Hezekiah Jones‘ cover of Damien Jurado’s “Shannon Rhodes” [link]

 

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Built to Spill’s fall tour will bring them to Union Transfer on 11/2 and Chameleon Club on 11/3

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Built to Spill, the Boise indie rock band that’s been going strong since the 90s, just announced a fall tour which includes a stop in Philly at Union Transfer as well as The Chameleon Club this November.  Built to Spill released their latest album, There is No Enemy, way back in 2009, an incredible gem of indie rock showing that even after twenty years this group hasn’t lost its touch at all.  In preparation of this awesome concert, check out the sizzling blues-tinged “Things Fall Apart” from the groups most recent album below, and watch them perform their awesome classic track “Carry the Zero” at Union Transfer last June.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: WXPN Welcomes Arc In Round to Johnny Brenda’s; also playing Built To Spill, Free Energy and Steve Wynn

Arc In Round

WXPN and R5 Productions present Arc in Round for their Record Release Party at Johnny Brenda’s. The 21+ show begins at 9 PM, go here to purchase tickets. We asked Arc In Round’s guitarist Jeff Zeigler and keyboardist Mikele Edwards to discuss some of their favorite new and older bands; you can check it out here.

Free Energy & Grandchildren at Morgan’s Pier–21+, 5 PM, FREE

Built to Spill/Caveman at Union Transfer, 8:30 PM, all ages, go here to purchase tickets.

Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 open for The Fleshtones at North Star Bar, this 21+ show begins at 9 PM, tickets are $15

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Saturday and Sunday Concert Picks: Arc in Round, Built to Spill, Free Energy, Steve Wynn, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and Mynabirds

Arc In Round

Here’s our concert picks for Saturday and Sunday

SATURDAY:

WXPN and R5 Productions present Arc in Round for their Record Release Party at Johnny Brenda’s. The 21+ show begins at 9 PM, go here to purchase tickets.

Free Energy & Grandchildren at Morgan’s Pier–21+, 5 PM, FREE

Built to Spill/Caveman at Union Transfer, 8:30 PM, all ages, go here to purchase tickets.

Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 open for The Fleshtones at North Star Bar, this 21+ show begins at 9 PM, tickets are $15

SUNDAY:

Bonnie “Prince” Billy at the Trocadero, 7:30 PM, all ages, $20-22

The Nebraska folks in Mynabirds who just released their killer new album, Generals earlier this month, play at Johnny Brenda’s, get tickets for the 21+ show here, set begins at 9 PM.