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Self-proclaimed “acid gospel power trio” St. James and the Apostles continue their residency (which takes place every Wednesday of this month) at Ortlieb’s tonight. The band plans to release the follow-up to 2012′s Baphomet in September. With religious undertones, the band’s garage rock sound takes the listener to church and back. Listen to “Kiss & Tell” below, hear frontman Jamie Mahon’s appearance on the Going to Hell podcast here and come out to see the band for free.
Local rockers Purling Hiss celebrate the release of Water On Mars at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The new LP is the trio’s major label debut (through Drag City) and presents the bristly lo-fi guitar rock of previous releases in a more polished, hi-fi resolution while retaining the amped up excess of feedback and noise. The Key explored Water On Mars for a March edition of Unlocked, which you can check out here. Mike Polizze’s band will be joined by his Birds of Maya bandmate Jason Killinger’s newish basement fuzz rock project Spacin’, as well as AXIS:SOVA. Tickets and information the 21+ release show can be found here. Below, watch Purling Hiss’ video for “Mercury Retrograde.”
XPN Welcomes a Holiday Concert with The Gathering featuring Rhiannon Giddens at Sellersville tonight. The string band’s enchanting harmonies weave a different set of carols to celebrate the yuletide. The Gathering, which is Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Laurelyn Dossett, Mike Compton, Joe Newberry, and Jason Sypher, started playing together in 2011 as a seasonal project of the North Carolina Symphony. Their reputation escalated and they were soon being commissioned for more performances, finding their own among the embrace of holiday tours. Tickets for tonight’s all-ages performances can be found here; below, watch the band perform “Breaking Up Christmas.”
We’ve shown Purling Hiss quite a bit of love this week, so why stop now? Especially given that the Philly-based rock trio is performing with a pair of other local acts: Watery Love and the garage-goth quartet Far-Out Fangtooth. If you haven’t given Purling Hiss’ Key Studio Session a listen yet, you can do so here. Purling Hiss performs with Watery Love and Far-Out Fangtooth at 8 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $8.
Also playing: Marnie Stern + Tera Melos, Many Arms at First Unitarian Church (8 p.m., all ages, $12); Carolina Chocolate Drops + Birdie Busch, The Great Unknown at TLA (8 p.m., $19); Free Energy + The Spinning Leaves, Hezekiah Jones, Toy Soldiers, Kuf Knotz at Drexel University’s Mandell Theater (7 p.m., $10)