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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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Watch a new music video for “High Road” by Cults (playing The TLA on 10/23)

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Last week Cults released a music video for their newest single “High Road,” which you can watch below. After releasing their first album in 2011, this indie pop band has continued to gain popularity in anticipation of their new album Static, which is due out October 15th. With sweetly sung vocal melodies and simple bass lines, such as on “High Road,” Cults is one of the best new bands in indie pop. Check out the first single off Static, ”I Can Hardly Make You Mine,” here; listen to the album in its entirety here via NPR Music’s First Listen series. Cults will be performing at The Theatre of Living Arts on October 23rd, you can buy tickets here.

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Listen to the new Cults album, Static (playing TLA 10/23)

Olivia Malone/Courtesy of the artist
Olivia Malone/Courtesy of the artist
It’s been since June, 2011, when Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion of Cults released their debut album. The band has a new record, Static, being released on Tuesday, October 15th. Stephen Thompson, of NPR Music writes: “Like Cults’ self-titled 2011 debut, the duo’s new album keeps its sound rooted in a kind of plaintive shimmer — Follin remains approachable even as her words tap into the mystery and desolation wired into many of the arrangements.”

You can listen to the new Cults album in its entirety here. You can sample a new song, “High Road,” below.

The band performs at the TLA on Wednesday, October 23rd. Go here for tickets and more information.

Purchase Static here.

Listen to the new Cults album, Static, in its entirety here.

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Just Announced: Cults performing at the TLA on October 23rd

Dreamy pop outfit Cults this morning announced a fall tour that brings them to the Theater of Living Arts on South Street on October 23rd; tickets are available now at the venue’s website. The band’s sophomore album, Static, is due out on October 15th; listen to the lead single “I Can Hardly Make You Mine” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Guards at Kung Fu Necktie, Elephant Stone at The Fire, Simian Mobile Disco at Making Time, The Coup and Lushlife at Underground Arts

XPN Welcomes emerging indie three-piece Guards to Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The New York project is spearheaded by Richie James Follin, frontman for Willowz and a former live guitarist for Cults (which his sister Madeline sings for). The group’s doom-meets-power pop vibe makes their seven-track EP an unexpected dance party staple, which you can pick for free below. Tickets to tonight’s 21+ show are available on our concert calendar here; the performance starts at 7:30.

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This Weekend’s Concert Picks: Cults at Union Transfer, Pissed Jeans at Johnny Brenda’s

FRIDAY, JANUARY 13th
With a Google-proof band name and zero social-networking presence, Cults used to be such a mystery. Then the unassuming New York duo posted a few tracks online in 2010, which immediately set off a hunt for the truth about their backgrounds and catapulted them into the indie spotlight. The single “Go Outside” channels ’60s girl-group pop; it’s a sunny song with Lesley Gore-esque vocals, glockenspiel, and an eerie undercurrent (courtesy of samples of cult leader Jim Jones muttering about death). Though they’re not in any rush to make every autobiographical detail and quirk public, the original pair of Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion (both former NYU film students and California natives) have warmed up to the additional attention, growing into a full five-piece group and signing to Columbia for a full-length album, which was released last summer. Cults performs with Dirty Fences at 8:30 p.m.; tickets to the all-ages show are SOLD OUT—Kiley Bense

Also Playing: Minas at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $20); Adrien Reju And Friends at Tin Angel (10:30 p.m., 21+, $10); The National Rifle + Waking Lights, Blayer Pointdujour at Milkboy Philly (9:30 p.m., 21+, $8–$10); Swift Technique + Lady, Dr. Ruckus at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $10)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14th

Pissed Jeans performs with Blues Control and Veiled at 9:15 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $10–$12.

Also Playing: Negative Department + The Only Ghost in Town, Pray For Polanski, Sure Juror at The Level Room (8 p.m., 21+, $8); New Sweden + KeN, Lettuce Prey at Milkboy Philly (9:30 p.m., 21+, $8–$10);

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15th
Far-Out Fangtooth + Lantern, Harsh Vibes at The Level Room (9 p.m., 21+, $10); Allison Weiss + Mitten, Former Belle, Conversations With Enemies at PhilaMOCA (8 p.m., all ages, $7–$10)

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Photo Recap: Popped! Music Festival featuring The Shins, Cage The Elephant, Panda Bear, Pretty Lights, Girl Talk, + more

All photos courtesy of Kevin Kennedy over at The Swollen Fox. From The Swollen Fox’s review of Popped! Music Festival, Day One:

Even before a single band had hit the stage, this year’s Popped! Music Festival was not off to a good start. Just a few days before the festival, organizers had to make the gut-wrenching decision to move the festival indoors due to the forecasted weather. No one can blame them for the move; they can’t control the weather and it’s certainly not their fault FDR Park wouldn’t be able to survive both the rain and thousands of people pounding its grounds. Nevertheless, no one seemed to be all that happy about the unfortunate move.

For the full review of the entire festival (including a ton of additional photos of each performing act), as well as a comprehensive calendar of upcoming shows in Philadelphia, visit The Swollen Fox. (Thanks to Kevin for sharing his photos with us.)

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Watch the new video for Cults’ “Go Outside” (Performing at Popped! in September)

Last week, Cults—one of WXPN’s Artists To Watch—performed a Free At Noon concert at World Cafe Live. (If you missed the show, you can listen to it here.) Today, the website Boing Boing debuted the new video for the song “Go Outside.” The band returns to town for the Popped! Festival on Saturday, September 24th.

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Listen to Cults’ Free At Noon performance at World Cafe Live

Via NPR Music:

Cults‘ duo of Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion started making 1960s-style pop music together last year while attending New York University. When they posted a three-track demo on Bandcamp, music fans took notice: “Go Outside” was praised by Pitchfork, and after the song’s viral success on blogs, Columbia Records came calling with a record contract.

This May, Cults released its self-titled debut album, a collection of 11 breezy pop songs available just in time for summer. Hear Follin and Oblivion perform songs from the record live at WXPN’s World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

You can listen to the entire performance here.

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