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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Communion Night with Fly Golden Eagle at Milkboy, Strand of Oaks at Union Transfer, Generationals at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

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Fly Golden Eagle | Photo courtesy of the band.
Nashville’s Fly Golden Eagle return for Communion club night at Milkboy. The October XPN Artist to Watch released an epic 26-track sophomore effort called Quartz in the fall, drawing inspiration from the 1973 Mexican / American film The Holy Mountain.  Download “Medicine Hat” from the record below and get tickets for the show with DRGN King and Big Terrible here.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Communion Philly with Catfish and the Bottlemen at Underground Arts, Roof Doctor at Kung Fu Necktie, Blondfire at Boot and Saddle

Catfish and the Bottlemen | photo by Sarajane Fotography
Catfish and the Bottlemen | photo by Sarajane Fotography

Catfish and the Bottlemen, a Welsh indie rock band, headline Communion Philly this month. Earlier this year, the group released their first single, “Kathleen and the Other Three.” The band has recently gotten the seal of approval from BBC 1′s Zane Lowe (the same Zane Lowe who first introduced the Arctic Monkeys). Communion is held the first Thursday of every month at Underground Arts and serves to bring international and local artists together. Other bands performing include Philly locals Katie Frank and the Pheromones, Tutlie and XPN’s Communion artist for June, Dirty Dollhouse. Get more information at the XPN Concert Calender. 

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June’s Communion showcase will feature Catfish and the Bottlemen, Katie Frank & The Pheromones, Tutlie, Dirty Dollhouse and more

 

Catfish and the Bottlemen | photo by Sarajane Fotography
Catfish and the Bottlemen | photo by Sarajane Fotography

Communion has announced the line-up for their June showcase, taking place at Underground Arts on June 5th.  Headlining will be UK group Catfish and the Bottlemen, who just released a new single called “Kathleen.”  Representing Philadelphia will be Katie Frank & The Pheromones, Tutlie and the Key-curated artist for the June lineup, Dirty Dollhouse, with more special guests to be announced.  Tickets are now available and can be found here; check out the bands below.

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Watch videos of The Lawsuits and Gretchen Lohse performing at April’s Communion Showcase

The Lawsuits | Photo by Bob Sweeney

Earlier this month at the Communion Showcase, local videographer Bob Sweeney captured footage of The Lawsuits performing “Anybody’s Girl / 25w A19 120v Blues” and Gretchen Lohse singing “Spider at the Gate.”  Using both HD digital and Super 8 cameras (with the extra camera assistance of Mike Southerton), Sweeney translated the classic / modern crossover of both acts’ sounds into black and white clips that are alluring and subtly mind-bending.  The Lawsuits, who released their debut LP Cool Cool Cool last year, will make an appearance at this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival alongside Our Griffins, Diego Garcia, Beck and more.  Tickets and three-day passes are now available here.  Check out Sweeney’s videos below and get information about May’s showcase here.

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April’s Communion Showcase hosts The Lawsuits, Banned Books, Gretchen Lohse and more

Gretchen Lohse | photo by Thomas Hughes
Gretchen Lohse | photo by Thomas Hughes

Following this month’s strong showing at the Communion Club Night at Underground Arts, the monthly event has announced the bill for the next installment, taking place on April 3rd.  NYC pop artist Johnny Stimson headlines, with support from local indie rockers The Lawsuits, Kentucky country bard Sturgill Simpson, and Philly experimental rock duo Banned Books.  XPN and The Key are pleased to welcome local folk musician Gretchen Lohse as April’s featured artist as well.  Check out songs from each musician below, and get more information on the show here.

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Vacationer, Pearl and the Beard, The Ghost in You and more on the bill for next month’s Communion Club Night

 

Pearl and the Beard | photo by Kate Daigneault
Pearl and the Beard | photo by Kate Daigneault

Communion Club Night returns to Underground Arts on March 6th with a stellar line-up of bands representing Philly, Brooklyn, London and Australia.  The showcase run-down will feature sets by Vacationer, Bear’s DenDustin TebbutPearl and the Beard, Worshyper, Drone Ranger and this month’s XPN Communion Club Night artist, The Ghost in You.  Tickets and information can be found here. Check out tracks from the artists below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Flaming Lips at Festival Pier, Blondie / X at Keswick Theater, Wesley Stace at World Cafe Live and more

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Hailed for their dense psychedelic compositions and exuberant nature, experimental alt-rock legends The Flaming Lips play alongside Tame Impala tonight at Festival Pier. Although the Oklahoma native, five piece outfit toned down their never-leave-a-dull-moment-untouched attitude with April release The Terror, front man Wayne Coyne tells Rolling Stone that the album is ”possibly the best Flaming Lips record ever made.” However bleak the release may be, it has not stifled the internationally acclaimed band’s over the top personality; which can be seen in their recent “Turning Violent” and Devo cover “Gates of Steel” videos seen below. Find details and tickets for tonight’s show at the XPN concert calendar.

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