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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Slingshot Dakota at First Unitarian Church, The Burgeoning at The Fire, DIIV at Boot & Saddle and more

Photo by Kate McCann | KateMcCannPhotography.com
Photo by Kate McCann | KateMcCannPhotography.com

Slingshot Dakota’s newest album, Dark Hearts, is about exactly what fans would expect based off the record’s name. Though the lyrics are heavy, the two-piece band makes sure the sound is not. Slingshot Dakota, made up of Carly Commando and Tom Patterson, dance up the lyrics of loss and moving forward with twinkly percussion and playful keyboard chords. Hang out with the Bethlehem, Pa. natives along with Iron Chic, Timeshares, Martin and Crybaby tonight at First Unitarian Church. The show starts at 6 p.m. and the $10 tickets can be purchased here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Japandroids at Union Transfer, Maxi Priest at The Keswick Theatre, The Best of Joey Sweeney at Johnny Brenda’s, Work Drugs with Shark Tape at Ortlieb’s, XPN Welcomes Ra Ra Riot at The Chameleon Club

Vancouver, BC duo Japandroids shook the walls at their midsummer Johnny Brenda’s show and tonight they’ll shake the walls of Union Transfer.  Japandroids are touring in support of an album many consider to be one of the year’s best (here, here and here).  The punk rockers released Celebration Rock earlier this year and were subsequently named Band of the Year by Spin, with their song “The House That Heaven Built” being named Song of the Summer by Paste.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show with DIIV can be found here.  Below, watch the video for “The House That Heaven Built.”

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Get Infected! Bucks County’s The Infected Flies opening for DIIV in State College

Rising Bucks County garage band The Infected Flies are traveling out to State College this week to play a free show with Pitchfork darlings DIIV and Penn State indie band Pantomime Dame; the show happens Thursday, December 6th at HUB. The Infected Flies are Leigh Ferrier on vocals, Tyler Zampirri on guitar, Ryan Neumann on drums, and Kurt Ennis on bass, and their fun pop-meets-punk sound and witty lyrics make them an act to watch as they perform across the state. Listen to Ferrier’s light voice contrast against the band’s alt-punk vibe on their Lickety Split EP (released earlier this year) on their Bandcamp page here. Find out more information about the all-ages event here, and watch The Infected Flies perform their song “Bean Dip” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pissed Jeans/Hot Snakes at Underground Arts, Pet Milk at Kung Fu Necktie, DIIV and Wild Nothing at Union Transfer

Allentown-bred, Philly-based thrash punks Pissed Jeans open for Hot Snakes tonight at Underground Arts. Known for their raw adolescent Sub Pop Records sound, Pissed Jeans released their third album, King of Jeans, in 2009, surprising fans with a more mature direction. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets to the 21+ show start at $18, more information can be found here. Below, watch their video for “False Jessi Part II.”

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Download the Memory Tapes remix of “Follow” by DIIV

Dayve Hawk must be a mind-reader. Feels like, whenever I begin to wonder what his famously-insular electropop project Memory Tapes is up to – boom, he re-emerges with a new remix, a cryptic tweet, or something showing that yes, he is still out there and musically active. Today was a good one – “After 2nd baby I had to move studio out to wood-shed in backyard,” the Jersey-based Hawk wrote. “More of a shed room producer than bedroom producer.” Ba-dum-bum. While it would be awesome if that production he speaks of means a new Memory Tapes release – last year’s Player Piano totally left me wanting more – it’s understandable if Hawk has his hands a bit too full with fatherhood to think about a full record. And honestly, the remixes he’s been cranking out lately have been solid, and enough to keep me satiated. Check out his latest below – a big-beat reworking of “Follow” by buzzing NYC jangle-pop jammers DIIV.

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Photo Recap: Best Coast and Those Darlins at Union Transfer

Last night at Union Transfer, DIIV and Those Darlins opened for California surf rockers Best Coast. The sold-out show was full of excited fans eager to see Best Coast sing all their favorite songs from the new album The Only Place. Check out a slideshow above, and be sure to tune in to Live at the World Cafe on Aug. 10 to hear the band’s session with David Dye.

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