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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Worriers at PhilaMOCA, Jedi Mind Tricks at The Trocadero, Chris Kasper at World Cafe Live and more

Worriers Photo by Kenneth Bachor via facebook.com
Worriers Photo by Kenneth Bachor via facebook.com

Worriers is the brainchild of longtime punk rocker Lauren Denitzio, and though she has a live band (featuring scene staple Mikey Erg), Worriers debut LP Imaginary Life (produced by Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace) is a work entirely her own. The records and and ensuing tour will obviously be very personal for Denitzio and Worriers, but fortunately, “personal” still means kick-ass punk rock. The band takes the stage at PhilaMOCA tonight; click here for more info. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Of Monsters and Men at Mann Center, Tommy Keene and Hurry at Boot & Saddle, Catfish and the Bottlemen at TLA and more

Of Monsters and Men | photo via 12thstbeat.wordpress.com
Of Monsters and Men | photo via 12thstbeat.wordpress.com

Of Monsters and Men is arguably one of the biggest indie rock groups going. The band burst onto the scene in 2012 with the radio-friendly single “Little Talks”, which features a blend of indie and folk characteristics all with an undeniably catchy chorus.  They have continued this success with the release of their second studio album, Beneath the Skin which came out last year and reached as high as three on the Billboard 200. The five-piece band from Iceland will bring their indie-pop prowess to The Mann Center Skyline Stage tonight starting at 7 p.m. Head over to the XPN Concert Calendar for more information. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bastille at Liacouras Center, Kat Edmonson at World Cafe Live, and King Tuff at First Unitarian Church

Bastille | Photo by John Vettese
Bastille | Photo by John Vettese

Bastille will be performing this evening at the Liacouras Center. The London-based pop-rock collective have had a huge rise to fame over the past year led by the immense success of their hit song “Pompeii”, which reached number 2 in the UK and 5 in the US. The group’s frontman Dan Smith explained in an interview with The Telegraph that they had never imagined becoming so big:

Led by me, we’ve always been a group of pessimists…Our expectations have been incredibly low. I never, ever imagined leaving Great Britain…We’ve been pleasantly surprised.
The humble four-piece outfit is sure to bring down the house at tonight’s performance. Visit the XPN Concert Calendar for more information and check out their latest music video for “Flaws” below. Continue reading →
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: My Brightest Diamond at World Cafe Live, The Dandy Warhols at the TLA, and The Cave Singers at Boot and Saddle

Photo via My Brightest Diamond Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/mybrightestdiamond/)
photo via facebook.com/mybrightestdiamond

My Brightest Diamond will be performing in Philadelphia this evening at World Cafe Live. Shara Worden, the multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter behind the eccentric band, has proved her ability to think outside the box with her mix of chamber music, rock, pop and electronic elements. Worden has just released her new album this month, This Is My Hand, which Pitchfork described as a  “successful exercise in percussive, jagged art-pop that explores themes of self-acceptance, sensuality, and community”. For more information on tonight’s show, have a look at the XPN Concert Calendar and check out her music video for “Pressure” below! Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: OutBeat Festival w/ Fred Hersch Trio at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Lily Allen at Electric Factory, and How to Dress Well at District N9NE and more

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Fred Hersch | Photo by Vincent Soyez via facebook.com/fredherschmusic

Tonight, Fred Hersch Trio will be performing at the OutBeat Jazz Festival at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The composer and jazz pianist has garnered attention since the late 1970’s, working as a side man with popular jazz artists such as Stan Getz and Janis Siegel and gained notoriety as he continued to compose and produce new music, for which he has been recognized as a five-time Grammy nominee including this year’s Best Jazz Solo nomination for his latest album Free Flying. Watch him perform his beautiful piece “The Song Is You” at the Saint-Emilion Jazz Festival in 2013 below and for more event information, have a look at the XPN Concert Calendar. The OutBeat festival – the nation’s first LGBT jazz festival – continues all weekend at various venues in Philadelphia, get more information here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Strand of Oaks at Arden Gild Hall, Zion 80 at World Cafe Live, Scott and Charlene’s Wedding at Johnny Brenda’s and more

Strand Of Oaks | Photo by Dusdin Condren
Strand Of Oaks | Photo by Dusdin Condren

Philly rockers Strand Of Oaks will headline Arden Gild Hall in Wilmington this evening. The project of lead singer Timothy Showalter continues to capture listeners’ attention, especially with the release of their recent album HEAL, Showalter’s nod towards his cathartic healing process after overcoming a dark period in his life. The album’s anthemic tracks carry heavy topics easily with stream-of-consciousness lyrics, emotive drumming and raw guitar riffs. Most recently, Showalter released his personal cover of The National’s “Pink Rabbits,” hinting at the song’s importance in his own life. For more information on tonight’s performance, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch Strand Of Oaks’ music video for “Goshen ’97” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: ILL Doots at PhilaMOCA, Disco Hootenany and Potpourii of Pearls at Kung Fu Necktie

Photo by Tess McChesney Kunik, courtesy of facebook.com/ILLDOOTS
Photo by Tess McChesney Kunik, courtesy of facebook.com/ILLDOOTS

Philadelphia rap group ILL Doots will play tonight’s Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA. Formed initially as a jam band between friends in 2009, the now 12-piece group plays shows up and down the East Coast. The event tonight at PhilaMOCA features a live performance as well as a movie screening TBA. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN concert calendar.

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Tonight’s “Concert” Picks: Wayne Coyne at AKA Music; Beats, Brews & Banter with Patrick Berkery at RBar

The Flaming Lips | Photo by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.com
The Flaming Lips | Photo by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.com

Wayne Coyne, lead singer for The Flaming Lips, is selling human-sized chocolate skulls equipped with a vinyl reissue of The Flaming Lips debut 1984 EP tonight at A.K.A. Records in Old City. The unique event is in promotion of the Oklahoma psych-rock staples’ extensive back catalog, as well as it’s fabled live show – the skuls contain rare “coins” granting the customers into any Flaming Lips headlining concert happening anywhere in the world. Check out Rolling Stone’s write-up on the unique event here; more information can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Restorations at Boot & Saddle, Mission of Burma / Bleeding Rainbow at First Unitarian Church, and Trophy Wife / Purling Hiss / Pissed Jeans at Union Transfer

Restorations | Photo by John Vettese
Restorations | Photo by John Vettese

Philly punks Restorations will play tonight at Boot & Saddle. The five-piece will likely play some tunes off of its latest album, LP2, released last April, but according to the band’s Facebook page, they have some new songs in store for the audience. The Holy Mess and Dogs on Acid are also on the bill. The 21+ show will start at 8:30 p.m.; tickets cost $12 and can be purchased here.

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