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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Crooked Fingers at Johnny Brenda’s, Quarry Street Hymnal at World Cafe Live, Slingshot Dakota with Saintseneca at The Barbary, The Lemonheads with Birdie Busch at the Capitol Theater

Nomadic rock outfit Crooked Fingers comes to Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Led by Eric Bachmann, Crooked Fingers is the sometimes-solo, sometimes-full-band project of the former Archers of Loaf lead singer.  Currently touring in support of his 2011 album Breaks in the Armor, Bachmann spent recent months with his former bandmates for an Archers of Loaf reunion tour coinciding with the re-release of the 1990s band’s discography.  Tonight’s show will feature Bachmann and a full band alongside John Vanderslice.  Tickets for the 21+ show are $15 here, doors are at 8:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 9:15 p.m.  Below, watch a rooftop video for “Your Apocalypse” off of Breaks in the Armor.


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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Crooked Fingers + White Birds at KFN, North Lawrence Midnight Singers at Penn Treaty Park

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Sometimes people just need a bit of time to themselves, no matter how cool their ‘90s indie-rock band might have been. Such was likely the case for former Archers Of Loaf lead singer Eric Bachmann, whose darker and more melodic solo project Crooked Fingers will be stopping by Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Despite the fact that his new solo album Breaks In The Armor is set to be released in October 2011, June has actually been a busier month for Archers Of Loaf. Merge Records announced that they will reissue all four of the group’s studio albums, including their acclaimed 1993 Icky Mettle, and the band also made its television debut this week. Opening the show with their debut performance will be White Birds, a new local group featuring Jim Harvey, Farzad Houshiarnejad, and Mike Cammarata, all formerly of Drink Up Buttercup. The trio has plans to release an album later this year. Crooked Fingers performs with White Birds at ­­­­­­­­­8 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $12. —Claire Fishkow

North Lawrence Midnight Singers are a local band through and through. Named for the address where the five-piece was founded, these rockers are firmly rooted both in Americana and Philadelphia. They’ve been compared to Bob Dylan; their sound is a kind of cross between The Jayhawks and Roy Orbison. Beyond an attachment to classic Sun Records releases, North Lawrence is very much a Philly band. Both North Lawrence records were made in Philly (one with Bill Moriarty of Dr. Dog and Man Man fame), and their most recent effort was named one of 2010’s best local albums by the Inquirer’s Dan DeLuca. North Lawrence Midnight Singers perform with The Spinning Leaves and Birdie Busch at 6:30 p.m. at Penn Treaty Park; tickets to the all-ages show are free. —Kiley Bense

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