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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Car Seat Headrest at Johnny Brenda’s, Darwin Deez at Boot and Saddle, Deerhunter at Union Transfer and more

Car Seat Headrest | Photo by Julia Leiby | http://julia-leiby.squarespace.com/
Car Seat Headrest | Photo by Julia Leiby | http://julia-leiby.squarespace.com/

We here at XPN are really into the new Car Seat Headset record — his first for Matador Records — and the man behind the music, Will Toledo of Seattle reminds a lot of our own Alex G. who, like Toledo, made a name himself by releasing an insane amount of self-released work (11 for Toledo and 13 for Alex G.) They also are now both fresh off big label debuts, and you can catch Toledo play songs from intricate, interesting and overall awesome new album, Teens of Style tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. For more information on the show click here. Continue reading →

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Photos: Darwin Deez, Laser Background and Caged Animals at Johnny Brenda’s

Dawrin Deez | Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker | laurajanebrubaker.tumblr.com
Dawrin Deez | Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker | laurajanebrubaker.tumblr.com

All photos by Laura Jane Brubaker | laurajanebrubaker.tumblr.com

It was kind of like a psychedelic party Wednesday night at Johnny Brenda’s between the lively and idiosyncratic Darwin Deez, the groovy downbeat Brooklyn combo Caged Animals, and Philly’s own Laser Background, who were celebrating the release of their LP Super Future Montage (read more here). Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.

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Darwin Deez announces North American tour dates (playing Johnny Brenda’s 9/25)

deez[1]Inventive singer/songwriter Darwin Smith, known by most as Darwin Deez, released his latest full-length, Songs for Imaginitive People, back in February. Since then he’s been supporting the album on tour, and has just recently announced a string of dates this fall that will bring him to Philly for a show at Johnny Brenda’s on September 25th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 28th, at noon. Find more info here, and watch the video for the track “You Can’t Be My Girl” off Songs for Imaginitive People below.

Darwin Deez “You Can’t Be My Girl” from Keith Schofield on Vimeo.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Darwin Deez at the First Unitarian Church, The Cave Singers at Johnny Brenda’s, Living Colour at The Keswick

PartyOnDarwinIndie rockers Darwin Deez play the First Unitarian Church tonight.  The Asheville, North Carolina band formed in New York City in 2009, feeling at home at the Sidewalk Cafe, a launching pad for off-beat pop acts including Kimya Dawson and Adam Green.  The band released their self-titled debut of upbeat, dance-along tracks shortly after in 2010.  Now the Darwin Smith-led quirk pop outfit are working the road for sophomore effort Songs For Imaginative People, released via Lucky Number in February.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show at the First Unitarian Church with Caged Animals and Cheers Elephant can be found here.  Watch the video for Darwin Deez’s “Free (The Editorial Me)” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wild Beasts at World Cafe Live, Darwin Deez at Johnny Brenda’s

Wild Beasts

Wild Beasts formed in 2002 under the name Fauve (French for “wildcat”), and both iterations of the name suit the band. The British outfit offers a cross between indie rock and art-pop; lead singer Hayden Thorpe frequently uses a maxed out falsetto (especially on their debut Limbo, Panto) that evokes and provokes in equal measure. Wild Beasts are fond of the “shocking” lyrical turn, singing tunes laced with depravity and profanity. Despite the maturity expected with a third album, Wild Beasts proves that they remain untamed. Wild Beasts perform with Marques Toliver at 9 p.m. at World Cafe Live; tickets to the show are $21–$29. —Kiley Bense

NYC-based Darwin Deez seems to have indie-pop down to a simple, very effective science: combine one nerdy/cool frontman with a mop of curly hair, feel-good rhythms, witty lyrics, and a band known for their synchronized dance numbers…and there you have it. The group’s well-received eponymous debut in May 2010 featured 10 tracks, each as catchy as the next. The most recent single “Bad Day” is a breakup song more amusing than most, in which Deez croons, “And I would like to be your garbage man so I would never have to pick up your trash again.” Fear not though, for the most part Darwin is just looking for a bit of love and a good dance party. Darwin Deez performs with Caged Animals at Johnny Brenda’s at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.); tickets to the 21+ show are $12. —Claire Fishkow

Darwin Deez – Radar Detector from Lucky Number Music on Vimeo.