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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Alvvays at Boot and Saddle, Drums Like Machine Guns at Kung Fu Necktie, Johnny Marr at Union Transfer

Alvvays | photo via facebook.com/ALVVAYS
Alvvays | photo via facebook.com/ALVVAYS

Toronto dream-pop five-piece Alvvays (pronounced “always”) returns to Philadelphia tonight for a headlining show at Boot and Saddle. The band released its self-titled debut LP on Polyvinyl records earlier this year, and its a delightful set of indie-pop anthems reminiscent of Teenage Fanclub, Black Tambourine and My Bloody Valentine. Check out the uber-catchy “Marry Me, Archie” below and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Seagulls at Kung Fu Necktie, Drums like Machine Guns at PhilaMOCA, XPN Welcomes Jackie Green at World Café Live and more

Seagulls/ via facebook.com/seagullsmusic
Seagulls/ via facebook.com/seagullsmusic

Bucks county band Seagulls will bring the summertime with them tonight when they play at Kung Fu Necktie. The folk band brings a tranquil, summer atmosphere with its music. Seagulls released its first full length album, Great Pine, in April and is available for download here. Check out the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information. Listen to the track “Love, Give” below.

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Listen to “Surface of Last Scattering” from Many Arms (guitarist Nick Millevoi plays The Khyber on 3/28)

NickPhilly noise / experimental trio Many Arms played a set at New York City’s The Stone a few weeks ago, conveniently recording their mind-boggling excursions into free-form jazz for further exploration.  This is convenient because Many Arms’ recordings warrant and require multiple experiences; as Beats Per Minute points out, the structures, themes and essence of the trio’s music don’t lend themselves to instantaneous attachment. 

But it’s worth the effort.  When guitarist Nick Millevoi goes at it solo, as he will next Thursday at The Khyber, his twelve string guitar pieces land in a place equally as foreign but perhaps a bit more accessible with ebbs and flows into chaotic feedback and restrained melodies.  More information for the 21+ show with Spelling Bee, Heavy Medical and Drums Like Machine Guns can be found here.  Below, stream Many Arms’ “Surface of Last Scattering” and watch a video of Nick Millevoi performing  at the First Unitarian Church from 2011.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Stars at The Trocadero, Delta Rae with ZZ Ward at The TLA, Drums Like Machine Guns at Kung Fu Necktie

StarsFollowing up on their their well-recieved 2012 LP The North, Montreal synth pop outfit Stars bring their live show to Philly tonight for a date at The Trocadero with Milo Greene. With a brighter and more positive sound and outlook than their brooding 2010 release The Five Ghosts, the new songs should work well towards warming the crowd on a chilly Wednesday night. Los Angeles indie group Milo Greene opens, tickets and information can be found at the WXPN Concert Calendar. Below, watch the band perform “The North” live at Tornto radio station The Edge.

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