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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cub Sport / Communion Philly at Underground Arts, Mobb Deep at TLA, Prism Quartet at World Cafe Live and more

CubSportAustrailian indie-pop outfit Cub Sport will play this month’s Communion Club Night at Underground Arts for their very first show in Philadelphia. This tour is the first US/Canada run for the band who self-released their Paradise EP last year. Their sound is super energetic and poppy at times (see “Paradise”) and more mellow and subdued at others (see “Shuffle”) but it’s all done in a dewy dream pop context that’s pretty hard to resist at both ends of the spectrum. Watch “Paradise” below and get tickets here.

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Watch The Lawsuits take on Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” in a new live video

The Lawsuits | photo via www.facebook.com/thelawsuits
The Lawsuits | photo via www.facebook.com/thelawsuits

It’s pretty clear that The Lawsuits, along with generations of bands, are inspired by folk legends Fleetwood Mac. The Philly four-piece recently covered “The Chain” live in Richmond, VA last month and revitalized the energy that’s embedded in the 1977 classic. Led by Brian Dale Strouse and Vanessa Winters’ impressive dual harmonies, the band hits the mark with their lively rendition of the track. The Lawsuits play at Underground Arts tomorrow night for this month’s Communion Club Night alongside Johnny Stimson, Sturgill Simpson, Banned Books, and Gretchen Lohse. Get tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Commonwealth Choir at Communion Night, Mutual Benefit at Boot and Saddle, Dancetorium at International House

Commonwealth Choir | Photo by Ryan Boswell RBCameraWorks.com
Commonwealth Choir | Photo by Ryan Boswell RBCameraWorks.com

Swaggery Doylestown rock crew Commonwealth Choir are one of nine acts tapped for this month’s installment of the Communion Club Night series at Underground Arts. The band is prepping a new EP for release later this spring, meaning new songs will likely be in the cards for tonight – hopefully “Pacers,” the single they premiered at their recent Key Studio Session which you can watch below. Also on the bill are Cruiser, Modern Inventors, Caveman and more. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

Pacers by Commonwealth Choir from James Powers on Vimeo.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Commonwealth Choir

Simply put, Commonwealth Choir is one of the most fun rock bands you can see in Philadelphia right now. They’ve got charisma: dueling frontmen Davis Jameson Howley and Nick Cislak leap around behind their mics, while multi-instrumentalist William Christopher Chamuris is the liveliest hype man we’ve seen in a rock band in recent memory (it’s the beard that does the trick). Drummer Jim “Hong Kong” Keifer kicks out propulsive rhythms and Maurizio Mazza holds it down on bass. Building on that, the Choir also has hooky, power pop-tastic songs – think The Replacements, Pavement, Weezer, The Strokes  – and when you get a room of people together who want to dance, and they’re the band on stage, it’s like the freaking perfect storm. The Doylestown-bred crew introduced itself to the Philly scene last year with the Shirtless EP; this year it has plans for a followup, and gave us a taste of two new songs in this weeks’ Key Studio Session. “Palace” is an opening track that will get stuck in your head in the best possible way, while “Pacers” is (as Howley describes it) “a real rattlesnake” of a song – check out a great video for it below via videographers James Powers and Bob Sweeney. (Additional shoutouts to photographer Ryan Boswell for the brillian mix of film and digital in the above gallery, and Tom Volpicelli at Mastering House for making the session sound like a knockout.)  Commonwealth Choir brings its party to the stage of Underground Arts on February 6th for the Communion Club night, and further on down the road, will headline MilkBoy on March 15th along with Pine Barons and Big Tusk. You can get all the info on those shows at the XPN Concert Calendar. But wait a little bit. Right now, stream, download, watch and rock out.

Pacers by Commonwealth Choir from James Powers on Vimeo.

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Potty Mouth at Boot and Saddle, Communion Night featuring The Weeks at Underground Arts, Wesley Stace at Tin Angel and more

Photo via facebook.com/pottymouthgirls
Photo via facebook.com/pottymouthgirls

Power-punk quartet Potty Mouth will celebrate their debut album Hell Bent tonight on the Boot and Saddle stage. Their sound is a blend of old school punk and power pop as the new record builds on their 2012 EP Sun Damage. Check out our interview with drummer Victoria Mandanas where she discusses touring and the band’s stance on female empowerment. Get tickets here and watch their video for “The Spins” below.

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Nashville rockers The Weeks head up the January installment of Communion Club Night at Underground Arts

The lineup was just announced for next month’s edition of the Communion Club Night showcase at Underground Arts. Set for Thursday, January 9th, this installment features The Weeks, a swaggery rock and roll band with a country / Americana soul dressed up in gruff, grungy attire. The band released its second full-length, Gutter Gaunt Gangster, in 2012; listen to their song “I’ve Broken All Your Windows” below. The Weeks will be joined by City Rain, Rosu Lup and one more TBA. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketfly.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Turning Violet Violet at Boot and Saddle, Communion Club Night featuring Tennis at Underground Arts, Dads at PhilaMOCA and more

Turning Violet Violet |  Photo via www.myspace.com/turningvioletviolet
Turning Violet Violet | Photo via www.myspace.com/turningvioletviolet

Philly pop-rock outfit Turning Violet Violet bids its final farewell tonight at Boot and Saddle. The band released its swan song single “Cherry Blossom” a few weeks ago on Bandcamp hinting that it was calling it a day; this was confirmed by drummer Brandon Gulish, who told us that this will be their last headlining show for the foreseeable future. Stream the song below and get tickets here.

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Watch Nathaniel Rateliff perform “Nothing To Show For” on an NYC rooftop (playing Communion at Underground Arts on 11/7)

Nathaniel Rateliff at Non-COMM 2010 | photo via The World in a Paper Cup
Nathaniel Rateliff at Non-COMM 2010 | photo via The World in a Paper Cup

Following a string of September dates with Dr. Dog and The Lumineers, Colorado singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff will be back on the East Coast this Thursday, November 7th for Communion at Underground Arts.  Rateliff is currently supporting a new record called Falling Faster Than You Can Run, which you can stream in its entirety here.  Below, watch Rateliff perform “Nothing to Show For” in a Sideshow Alley session, filmed in 2012 during Communion’s Austin to Boston tour (you’ll recognize tourmates Ben Lovett, Ben Howard and members of The Staves on the rooftop).  Tickets and information for the 21+ Communion night with Tennis, Savoir Adore, On An On, Low Cut Connie and Rocky and the Pressers can be found here.