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Tonight’s Concert Picks: DRGN King at Johnny Brenda’s, The Whisky Gentry at MilkBoy, Adrien Reju at Kennett Flash and more

Photo by Joe Del Tufo
Photo by Joe Del Tufo
Like a punkier Philly version of TV On the Radio, indie-rock quartet DRGN King headlines Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Though the group hasn’t released anything new since 2013′s Paragraph Nights, they’ve been more than active playing at festivals, recording a Daytrotter session, recording videos (i.e. this cover of The Dead Milkmen’s “Punk Rock Girl”) and more. Oh, and they’ve been playing a ton of shows. Come hang out with them tonight at 9:00 along with local rockers Mumblr and New York-based band Porches. Tickets for the 21+ show are $10 and can be purchased here.

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Watch Dominic Angelella of Drgn King strip down The Dead Milkmen classic “Punk Rock Girl”

Dominic Angelella of Drgn King | Photo by Joe Del Tufo
Dominic Angelella of Drgn King | Photo by Joe Del Tufo

Dominic Angelella of Philly indie-pop quartet Drgn King revived an old local favorite when he played for Root Down in the Shadow‘s “Cover Club” series recently at Nomad Recording Studios. With his electric guitar in tow, Angelella took on The Dead Milkmen’s 1988 hit single “Punk Rock Girl,” and delivered it just as endearingly as the original. This Friday, Angelella joins his Drgn King bandmates, who released their debut album Paragraph Nights a little over a year ago, for a show at Johnny Brenda’s. Get tickets here and check out the “Punk Rock Girl” clips below.

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DRGN King and SHMNS to headline Flux at Drexel University on 1/24

DRGN King | photo via www.facebook.com/wearedrgnking
DRGN King | photo via www.facebook.com/wearedrgnking

Drexel University’s Flux will throw their first show of the year on Friday, January 24th featuring DRGN King and SHMNS.  DRGN King had a big 2013, playing a much-loved set at the XPoNential Music Festival in July, recording Daytrotter, Brighton Sound and Out of Town Film sessions and releasing its debut full-length Paragraph Nights on Bar-None Records.  SHMNS are a new electro / pop outfit from Philadelphia that released their glimmering debut EP Somewhere Between Here and There in May of last year.  Also playing are Mammoth Indigo from Virginia and Boston’s Sparhawks.  More information about the show can be found on the Facebook event page here.  Watch DRGN King perform “Undertow” below, followed by SHMNS track “Oh! Hallelujah!”

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Divers, The Districts, DRGN King and more featured on Tri-State Indie’s Lou Reed tribute (12/7 at World Cafe Live)

Photos by Abi Reimold | www.abireimoldphoto.com
Photo by Abi Reimold | www.abireimoldphoto.com

This Saturday, a tribute to late rock and roll icon Lou Reed at World Cafe Live will raise money for hunger charities MANNA and Philabundance. Today, the event’s organizers – the Philly-based music blog Tri-State Indie – announced the lineup for the show, and it features a solid cross section of Philly musicians, including:

Weekender
Levee Drivers
Pete Donnelly
Black Stars
Dominic Angelella (of DRGN KING)
Keepers
Nero Catalano
The Districts
John Train
Divers
Pine Barons
Our Griffins

The all-ages show begins at 8 p.m., tickets are $8 and available here. Attendees are asked to bring canned non-perishable food items to donate to Philabundance. Below, watch The Districts paying tribute to Reed at a recent festival with a cover of “I’m Waiting For The Man” by The Velvet Underground.

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Listen to an intoxicating remix of DRGN King’s “Holy Ghost” (playing PhilaMOCA 12/12)

DRGN King
DRGN King

DRGN King‘s “Holy Ghost,” a track featured on their full length album Paragraph Nights, was recently remixed by Alex Kimble, a rapper and producer from Oxford, Mississippi. The electronic remix bumps like a pop rager while still maintaining the chill vibe and catchy melodic hooks, making it as intoxicating as the original. A good vibe to zone out to, the Alex Kimble remix offers a unique take on a Philadelphia psychedelic / indie band. However, the original version’s chorus still comes out on top in terms of grandioseness. Listen to both versions of “Holy Ghost” below. Also, be sure to check out DRGN King on December 12th at PhilaMOCA with The Districts and Triathalon. You can pick up the full length album Paragraph Nights here.

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Tonight’s concert picks: Pattern is Movement at Union Transfer, Beats Antique at TLA, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin at North Star Bar and more

PatternIsMovement
Photos by Peter English

Philly duo Pattern is Movement brings their high-pitched vocals and dynamic blend of keyboards, vocals and drums to Union Transfer tonight. Gaining notable recognition for their recent cover of D’Angelo’s “Unititled (How Does it Feel),” the group is getting ready to release its fourth album (and first since 2008). Their single “Suckling” is reminiscent of what James Blake would sound like blended with organ-like keyboard vamps and drums. Their music is like nothing out there, and the show is sure to be a treat. Get tickets here. Below, listen to “Suckling.”

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DRGN King, Cruiser and The Downtown Club will play a free show with YACHT at Boot & Saddle on 10/24

Photo by Joe Del Tufo
Photo by Joe Del Tufo

Red Bull Sound Select is presenting a night of indie pop at Boot & Saddle on October 24th.  The line-up was curated by Making Time and features DRGN King, Cruiser and The Downtown Club supporting West Coast electro-pop group YACHT.  Operating as a monthly showcase, Red Bull Sound Select pairs up and coming local acts with established bands chosen by local curators.  This month’s event is free with an RVSP, which you can do here.  Check out videos of the bands below.  Revisit DRGN King’s Key Studio Session here, and The Downtown Club’s Key Studio Session here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cold Fronts at Johnny Brenda’s, The Julie Ruin at Union Transfer

ColdfrontsPhilly-based rock band Cold Fronts are bringing their raw sound to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. It’s the kickoff of their fall tour with DRGN King, and we can expect some new music in the mix; including “Sum Grls,” the single they premiered on WXPN Tuesday night. Watch the four-piece perform the new song live below. Find tickets and more information about the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Breakwater at World Cafe Live; Tedeschi Trucks Band at Mann Center, DRGN King at The Fire

breakwater-62While you’re hypnotized by that amazing animated GIF above, we’d like to invite you not to miss Breakwater, performing at the World Cafe Live tonight. When Daft Punk sampled their song “Release the Beast” in the 2005 hit “Robot Rock”, the 70s Philly funk band was put back on the map. See what our Bruce Warren has to say about the rediscovered band here. Find more information and tickets for tonight’s show here. Below, watch Breakwater’s performance of “Work It Out” at The Savory this past June.

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Watch XPoNential Fest artist DRGN King perform “Fail Big” at the Camden Aquariaum for Out of Town Films

Screen shot 2013-08-01 at 12.19.50 PMThe latest video in Out of Town Films’ series of shoots at the XPoNential Music Festival came out today: DRGN King strumming an acoustic take on their new song “Fail Big”, performed just before the downpour put the Wiggins Park side of the festivities on hold. From the filmmakers:

When we saw that our buds, DRGN King, would be playing the XPoNential Music Festival, we knew we had to meet up with them. A few months ago, they played an OOTF mini ‘pop-up’ show, with a full on electric set. This time around, they were under different circumstances.

The guys posted up outside of the Aquarium for this acoustic rendition of their new song, “Fail Big” and right as they finished, the skies opened up and drenched the festival.

Watch “Fail Big” below.