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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hardwork Movement at Johnny Brenda’s, Sorority Noise at First Unitarian Church, Daughter at The Electric Factory and more

Hardwork Movement
Hardwork Movement | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philadelphia hip-hop collective Hardwork Movement is playing a record release show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The group’s music boasts intricate jazz-tinged instrumental arrangements and a fierce pride of their deep roots in The City of Brotherly Love. 2016 was a fantastic year for the nine-member group: earlier this year they released their debut LP Good Problems, and a few months later they signed to Chill Moody’s #nicethingsMUSIC imprint. Come help Hardwork Movement celebrate and get a taste of their mixtape Draft Night at their last show of 2016 in Fishtown. Brooklyn-bred Tacuma Bradley’s Unity Band and Philadelphia singer-songwriter Julia Rainer are also on tonight’s bill. Check out the WXPN Concert Calendar for more information on this 21+ show, and check out Hardwork Movement’s performance of “City Bars” during a session with Philadelphia-collective Out of Town Films. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hardwork Movement at Boot and Saddle, The Bigness and Liz De Lise at Ortlieb’s, Diet Cig at The Chameleon Club

Hardwork Movement
Hardwork Movement | Photo by Zack Garlitos | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia born alternative hip-hop group Hardwork Movement is sure to draw a crowd tonight at South Philly’s Boot and Saddle. The group promotes the importance of togetherness and striving for uniqueness. Hardwork Movement draws increasingly larger crowds each show they play, from venues like Kung Fu Necktie to Spruce Street Harbor Park. With fellow hip-hop inspired openers Ill Doots and TubaFresh, this is not a gig to miss. Get tickets and more information at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Fake Boyfriend at Bourbon and Branch, Rozwell Kid at Chameleon Club, Marc Neibauer at Kung Fu Necktie

Fake Boyfriend | via fakeboyfriend.bandcamp.com
Fake Boyfriend | via fakeboyfriend.bandcamp.com

There’s not much out there on the internet about Philly’s Fake Boyfriend at present – just a Bandcamp page with a 27-second noisepunk freakout called “Gimmick.” Lyrics are pretty straightforward and self-depricatring: “Hi, we’re fake boyfriend and we’re a gimmick.” But the band (which features erstwhile singer-songwriter Abi Reimold rocking the heck out on drums) has been burning up the house show world for the better part of this year. Tonight they hit up a proper venue – Northern Liberties’ Bourbon and Branch. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to “Gimmick” below, and then listen again. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dave Hause at Union Transfer, Sympathy and the Lion at Johnny Brenda’s, Gaslight Anthem at Chameleon Club

Dave Hause | Photo via Facebook.com/DaveHauseMusic
Dave Hause | Photo via Facebook.com/DaveHauseMusic

Philly native and The Loved Ones frontman Dave Hause brings his solo tour to Union Transfer tonight. With Rocky Votolato in support and Chris Farren manning the undercard, Hause will bring the sounds of his second solo record Devour to life for the hometown crowd. Arguably his best release to date, Devour finds Hause sonically and lyrically creating the perfect bridge between punk and anthemic rock. The show is all ages, doors are at 7:30, show is at 8. You can get tickets and more info on the show here, and you can check out the video for Hause’s “We Could Be Kings” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Holychild at Ortlieb’s, Langhorne Slim at Chameleon Club, Jaill at Kung Fu Necktie

holychild
Holychild | photo via Facebook

LA’s Holychild play Ortlieb’s tonight. The duo released its debut EP last year after their single “Happy With Me” blew up the Hype Machine Popular Charts. A signing with Glassnote Records followed and produced this year’s full-length The Shape of Brat Pop to Come, a nod to the band’s self-assigned genre. Check out the video for “Money All Around” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Foo Fighters at Susquehanna Bank Center, Modern Baseball at Chameleon Club

foo fighters
Foo Fighters | photo via Facebook

After a massive 4th of July show in D.C. over the weekend, Foo Fighters bring their tour to Susquehanna Bank Center tonight. The fate of the national tour was in question a few weeks ago after lead singer Dave Grohl fell off of a stage in Sweden and broke his leg, but he’s back together and ready to rock out the band’s extensive catalog. Check out the video for “Best of You” below and pick up tickets to the outdoor show here.

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A scandalous night with Of Montreal at the Chameleon Club

Of Montreal / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko
Of Montreal / Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko

“I like the name Lancaster… maybe I will change my name to Lancaster!”

Mad Max, a character dressed in a red and black body suit adorned with a cape and top hat, mulled this over in the midst of a rant about letting opossums loose in the crowd to pet, and cuddling the audience to sleep “just to wake up in his basement of love.” A little odd for Kevin Barnes’ introduction, but I don’t think the crowd at the Chameleon minded too much. Eccentric was what they came for. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Trail of Dead at Underground Arts, of Montreal at Chameleon Club

And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com
And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com

Austin indie rock adventurers …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead headline Underground Arts tonight. Their sound has traveled many avenues but always hit hard in the past efforts, but 2014’s IX was inspired by Philly’s own The War on Drugs. In an interview with Echoes and Dust, Jason Reece said the band’s last two records were an influence:

This layered Krautrock kind of vibe. We were thinking of Echo And The Bunnymen, Ocean Rain. These dense and bigger sounding albums. We were kind of into some 80’s music, Psychedelic Furs. Which is funny cause we’re not really a band that’s into the new wave sound, I don’t think we’ve ever made an 80’s sounding record. That’s kind of what we were jamming out to, the early 80’s sounds.

Opening the show is Philly’s Pine Barons; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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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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