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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Communion Night with Johnny Stimson, Gretchen Lohse at Underground Arts, Pattern is Movement at Boot and Saddle, Real Estate at Union Transfer and more

Photo via facebook.com/johnnystimson
Photo via facebook.com/johnnystimson

This month’s edition of Communion Club night at Underground Arts gets a seductive R&B makeover tonight with a set from newcomer Johnny Stimson. Flaunting an effortless falsetto range, Stimson’s voice is soulful even as it accompanies more upbeat, dance tracks. Also on tonight’s lineup is folksy singer-songwriter Gretchen Lohse who recently released a dreamy video for “Spider At the Gate”. Dig into tracks from both artists below and get tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Communion Philadelphia with Vacationer and Pearl and the Beard at Underground Arts, The Wonder Years at Chameleon Club, TJ Kong at Kung Fu Necktie and more

Photo by Abi Reimold AbiReimoldPhoto.com
Photo by Abi Reimold AbiReimoldPhoto.com

Before getting back to work on a new album and kicking off a co-headlining tour with Hellogoodbye next month, Vacationer will headline this month’s Communion Club Night tonight at Underground Arts. The Philly-based pop band, who are working on their follow up to 2012’s Gone make relaxing music that echoes the sounds of summer and relaxation. Also on tonight’s bill is NYC folk-pop trio Pearl and the Beard who plan to release their third full-length this year. Check out Vacationer’s “Trip” and Pearl and the Beard’s “You” below and grab tickets here.

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Dance-pop sensation Betty Who to play at next month’s Communion Club Night

Betty Who | Photo via facebook.com/bettywhomusic
Betty Who | Photo via facebook.com/bettywhomusic
Fans of the Communion Club Night Tour should bring their dancing shoes to next month’s show. Austrailian singer-songwriter Betty Who will bring her glittery dance-pop to the Underground Arts stage for the event on March 22nd. Much like contemporaries Ellie Goulding and Robyn, her music is fun and designed to get you on your feet.

(Hear More – My Morning Download: “Somebody Loves You” by Betty Who)

She released her debut EP The Movement last spring which featured the synthy “You’re In Love”. Listen to the track below and get tickets here.

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February’s edition of Communion Club Night set to include Cruiser, Brave Baby, Oh No Fiasco and more

Communion US Feb 2014 06 PA-3Communion Club Night at Underground Arts continues next month and will feature Cruiser, Brave Baby, Oh No Fiasco, JOHNNYSWIM, Damn Right!, Commonwealth Choir, Modern Inventors, and Caveman. Check out Cruiser’s Key Studio Session and get tickets to the February 6th show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cults at The TLA, Communion Club Night featuring Rosco Bandana at Underground Arts, Myrrias at Ortliebs and more

Olivia Malone/Courtesy of the artist
Olivia Malone/Courtesy of the artist

Indie-pop duo Cults will take to the TLA stage tonight. The New York natives released their sophomore album Static in October on Columbia Records and it has impressed fans and critics. Bullet Magazine recently included “So Far” from the new record on their “Indisputable, Definitive Best 53 Songs of 2013” list. Get tickets to the show here and watch them perform “Always Forever” from their WFUV Session below.

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Poppy indie duo Tennis will perform at the November Communion Club Night at Underground Arts; listen to their new single “Mean Streets”

TennisWith last week’s Communion Club Night a wrap, the new monthly tour announced its November installment today, and breezy indie duo Tennis is topping the lineup. The Denver duo’s new EP Small Sound will be released on November 5th through Communion Records – the label wing of the global new music series launched by Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons – and you can check out it’s single “Mean Streets” below.

The November Communion Club Night tour also features New Zealand four-piece ON AN ON, Salt Lake City’s Night Sweats and Savoir Adore. It swings through Philly on November 7th at Underground Arts, tickets and onsale information will be announced shortly.

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Communion Club Night Tour bringing Willy Mason to Philadelphia on 10/2

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Here’s an item we don’t know a TON about but is pretty exciting all the same. Singer-songwriter Willy Mason‘s recently-announced fall tour dates include a Philadelphia stop on October 2nd, and while a venue per se isn’t listed, a pound sign on the itinerary indicates that it’s part of the “Communion Club Night Tour.”

UPDATE: Communion Music recently announced via press release that the tour also featured Rubblebucket and Roadkill Ghost Choir, and  Philadelphia date is taking place at Johnny Brenda’s, which is somewhat surprising as there is an Angel Olsen show slated to take place there on Oct. 2.

If you weren’t aware, Communion was started as a series of music events in the UK by Mumford & Sons multi-instrumentalist Ben Lovett, and has grown into an artist collective, promotions group, and a record label. Communion will actually release Mason’s fantastic new record Carry On on August 20th, and some of the other affiliated artists range from recent XPN Fest artist Michael Kiwanuka to rough-and-tumble rockers Daughter.

While the series crossed the pond for club nights in Brooklyn and Nashville, it appears poised to go more full-scale this fall into the roving showcase we see on Mason’s tour itinerary (10 dates along the east coast and midwest). Industry folks at WXPN’s NonCOMM-vention back in May got a tease of Communion’s plans when Lovett spoke to a room of early-bird attendees about the label and its philosophy (followed by a short set by Mason). And while there weren’t many more details back then either, the potential for good new music in cool environments this fall is great. We’ll keep you informed of further developments; for now, grab a download of Mason’s “Restless Fugitive” below.