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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dean Ween Group in Trenton, El Ten Eleven at Johnny Brenda’s, DRGN King at Ortlieb’s and more…

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Dean Ween Group | photo via Facebook

Yes, the Pope is here. Many people have left town for a long-weekend vacation but if you’re staying put, you may be happy to know that things will be business as usual for many Philly area venues, including the ones below.

Dean Ween is taking his Group out on tour again, hitting Trenton’s Capital Green for the Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series. This iternation of the iconic Philly area band features four of the five original Ween members and plays mostly Ween songs, with some Dean originals mixed in. Check out a cover of “Sweet Jane” below and get more info about the free show here.

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The Show Goes On: Johnny Brenda’s, Kung Fu Necktie, Festival Pier are still rocking on Pope weekend

Alt-J | Photo by Kate McCann | www.katemccannphotography.com
Alt-J | Photo by Kate McCann | www.katemccannphotography.com

It’s been 36 years since the the Pontiff has graced our city. While many are excited for this historic event, there are just as many — if not more — who are either planning to hole themselves up in their home or flee Philly for more the burbs or the shore. Don’t worry, though. For those braving the Papal lockdown, there are still plenty of concerts in the Philly area to help you momentarily escape the bedlam of the weekend.

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Interview: El Ten Eleven on trying to find their way to their electronic utopia (playing Johnny Brenda’s tonight)

el-ten-eleven-picture“More explosive than Explosions In The Sky.”

That is the line Kristian Dunn pulled out of my ramblings after turning the first question — How would you describe your sound? — back on me. Enchanted by the description, Dunn – on the phone from a tour pit stop at Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream HQ – went on to say that even though El Ten Eleven, an guitar-and-drum duo from LA, plays instruments, they are very influenced by electronic music.

“That is really what we listen to. That’s why we are so surprised when people tell us they like us and Explosions In The Sky because we don’t ever listen to Explosions In The Sky… No disrespect to them or anything.”

Getting together in 2002 and debuting in 2003, the instrumental power house (Dunn on guitar and Tim Fogarty on drums) has been touring for a majority of its existance; seeing their start of headlining in 2012. Dunn reminisces about how the two got together telling me that he had been a part of many traditionally set up bands before, and simply did not like the democracy thinking he would be better at taking charge. After meeting in an attempted band of a mutual friend, Dunn decided to start his own project and knew he wanted Fogarty to be the drummer.

“He was the only person I knew that played electronic drums…” Dunn mentions and then goes on about the first band practice. Thinking that they would need a third person in the group, Fogarty introduced Dunn to a little tool called a looper pedal. Borrowing one from a friend, the two practiced again.

“[We] tried it out at band practice and our eyes just popped open, and we thought ‘Oh my god, maybe we could just do this just the two of us! How cool would that be, to just be a duo?’”

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Watch a conversation with instrumental duo El Ten Eleven, shot at the North Star (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 9/20)

el-ten-eleven-pictureEl Ten Eleven is a duo that doesn’t like to be captured in a label.  They make powerful instrumental music that spans various genres and soundscapes.  Last year, the group released their latest album, Transitions, as well as a remix of the album in April.  Now, they’re going on tour again with a stop at Johnny Brenda’s in September.  Last time the band hit Philly, they did an interview with Paradigm Magazine backstage at the North Star Bar, discussing their philosophies on life and music.  Check out the interview below and get ticket information on the 21+ show here.  Tickets are on sale this Friday.