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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Belle and Sebastain and Yo La Tengo at The Mann Center, Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys at Sands Bethlehem and Many Free Concerts

First up tonight is the incredible double header of Belle and Sebastian and Yo La Tengo.  The Glasgow band Belle and Sebastian have been making beautiful indie pop since the 90s and they’re releasing an album of rarities and B-sides this August.  But before they do that, they’re going on a huge tour, including a stop at The Mann Center.  And joining them is another legendary group Yo La Tengo.  Bouncing from genre to genre and covering numerous songs along the way, Yo La Tengo have been making music their way since the 80s and just released an incredible new album, Fade, in January.  Tonight you can catch both groups at The Mann Center.


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Introducing French: Philly psychedelic bedroom pop

0000945196_20Mikey Franz has been releasing a slew of singles for a while now under the name French, but I still don’t know how to categorize his music.  At times it’s straight-up psychedelic.  At other times it’s lo-fi trip-hop or bedroom pop or shoegaze.  Basically, French takes a bunch of genres at makes music to either fit into these categories or just mashes them all into one combined sound.  This leads to a large variety of sounds on his singles, opening up space for fans of nearly any genre to fall in love with one song or another.  French’s latest single, is one of his more mellow tracks.  “Candlelight” is the perfect name for this single: a quiet love song that sounds like the Beach Boys got a hold of some of Beach House’s instruments.  For a small sample of the wide palate that is French, check out the single below.

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Daytrotter releases Work Drugs session

Work Drugs

It seems as though Work Drugs never cease to release new recorded material.  In the past three years, they’ve already released three albums and have a new one coming out next week.  And even while recording all of this new material, the group found time to record a new session via the incredible Daytrotter, which came out today.  Work Drugs create an infectious blend of smooth indie rock and dream pop that could easily fit in with any modern discotheque.  The Daytrotter Session features four songs, from different albums in their discography, each song tighter and more danceable than the next.  Listen to the session here and look for their new album, Mavericks June 18th as well as a free concert at Morgan’s Pier July 10th.