Listen to Cold War Kids’ anthem “All This Could Be Yours”

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California indie pop quartet Cold War Kids have just released their newest single, a ringing anthem “All This Could Be Yours”. The track is a follow up to 2013′s Dear Miss Lonely Hearts. The band also stated that a new LP is in the works. Compared to the exuberant pop in Dear Miss Lonely Hearts, this is more of a rock anthem. As usual, frontman Nathan Willet’s powerful cries lead the music and and are accompanied by strong guitars and piano. The taunting chorus of “Could be yours” make this another head-bobbing sing-a-long. Overall, the track just points to another great album in the works. Watch Cold War Kids play with Avid Dancer at Union Transfer October 25th. Get more details here. Listen to “All This Could Be Yours” below.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Fiona Apple and Blake Mills at Merriam Theater, Oldermost at Boot & Saddle, Lee Fields and the Expressions at Arden Gild Hall and more


Fiona Apple and singer/songwriter Blake Mills bring their collaborative Anything We Want tour to Merriam theater tonight. Apple’s sultry vocals and damaged goods attitude should combine well with the innovative guitar stylings of Mills. The pair will unite on songs as well as perform their own individual music. Get tickets and more information on the show here.

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Cold War Kids will hit up Philly again on their current tour

Since releasing their fourth LP, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts back in April, Cold War Kids have embarked on a massive US tour that will have them hitting up Philly several times.  Dear Miss Lonelyhearts has proven itself to be a lively fourth album, with aid from new guitarist Dann Gallucci (formerly of Modest Mouse) and a spacious and exciting new sound.  It will be great to hear them blasting out these new tunes and old favorites when they return to Union Transfer on October 19th; tickets to the all ages show are $23, head over to the band’s site for more tour info.


Cold War Kids release new single, announce Union Transfer show in April

It was a busy day in the blogosphere for Cold War Kids. The California-based group posted two big tweets—one in which they dropped their latest single “Miracle Mile,” and another announcing their 2013 tour schedule and a second trailer for their upcoming album, Dear Miss Lonely Hearts.  Philly fans can pick up tickets for the group’s April 12th Union Transfer show when they go on sale this Friday at noon.  In the meantime, listeners are advised to begin memorizing the anthem-like “Miracle Mile,” whose upbeat desperation (particularly in the chorus—“Come up for air, come up for air, come up”) suggests serious potential for a concert-wide sing-a-long.   Watching the moody, black and white, noir-esque album trailer wouldn’t be a bad way to gear up for the band’s retro rock sound, either.


This Weekend’s Picks: Sebadoh, Cold War Kids, DeVotchKa, Normal Love, Asobi Seksu


Sebadoh peforms March 25th at Johnny Brenda’s

In yesterday’s Philly Local Philes, John Vettese described local no-wave act Normal Love as sounding “something like what Deerhoof did before smoothing their sound out on 2008’s Offend Maggie“; a couple of months before that, I described the band as a less-conventional version of The Stick Men. Which basically means that, if you’re a fan of abrasive, clanging, hyperactive noise-rock, Normal Love will probably become your new favorite band. Otherwise, it’s probably your new nightmare. (Luckily for us, we fall in the first group.) Normal Love performs with Planet Y and Mirror Men at 8:30 p.m. at Highwire Gallery; tickets to the show are $6.

Also playing: Sebadoh + Richard Buckner at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m. 21+, SOLD OUT); DeVotchKa + Mariachi El Bronx, Mischief Brew, West Philadelphia Orchestra, Kruno Spisic at Electric Factory (8 p.m., $26); Cold War Kids + Baths at The Trocadero (8 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); World/Inferno Friendship Society + Mirrors And Wires, Ardmore Assault at First Unitarian Church (7:30 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); John Doe + Jill Sobule at Tin Angel (7:30 p.m., 21+, $18)


Asobi Seksu performs with Cults and Warm Ghost at 8 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $12.

Also playing: The Funeral Pyre + The Secret, Sadgiqacea at Kung Fu Necktie (7 p.m., 21+, $10); Jeffrey Gaines + Tommy Conwell at The Blockley (8 p.m., 21+, $15); Arabrot + Wizard Rifle at JR’s (2 p.m., 21+, $5)

Tin Horses + Bronze Float at The M Room (8 p.m., 21+, $5)


This Week’s LAST-MINUTE Contest: Win a pair of passes to see Cold War Kids at The Trocadero tomorrow night

Cold War KidsSorry for the last-minute notice, folks. But we just had two pairs of passes for tomorrow night’s sold-out Cold War Kids show at The Trocadero land in our lap—and we want to give them away ASAP.  For a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment below by 5 p.m. TODAY. We’ll select the winners at random later this evening and notify them via email; once you’ve confirmed that you and your guest will be attending the show, your names will be added to the venue’s guest list. (Just, you know, make sure to use a valid email address when posting your comment; we promise not to sell your contact info or sign you up for anything—we just want to be able to get in touch with you if you win.)