Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lantern at Johnny Brenda’s, Black Prairie at MilkBoy, Blonde Redhead at Union Transfer, XPN Welcomes David Johansen of New York Dolls to World Cafe Live, XPN Welcomes Rhett Miller to The Abbey Bar

Local rock ‘n’ roll trio Lantern headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Self-described as “proto-biker-punk-blues,” the one thing that will strike any listener upon diving into 2012’s Dream Mine EP (Bathetic) for the first time is the sheer amount of blown-out fuzz and noise that distorts the classically punk vocals of front-man Zachary Devereux Fairbrother.  Citing influences as surprising as early folk and blues and as obvious as early rock ‘n’ roll and ’60s-’70s punk, Lantern’s music is a combustion of nitty gritty Americana.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Dong Johnson and Amanda X can be found here.  Below, watch the video for “Train Song.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dave Matthews Band, Purling Hiss, Exitmusic, and Oh! Pears

Tonight there are some excellent shows going on in the city of Brotherly Love.

Although not quite in Philly, not too far away is the annual Dave Matthews Band concert series. There is no way to describe the incomparable group and the mass effect they have had globally, both with their music and their strong ambition to create a more peaceful world. Last year in the summer of 2011 they took a break from their yearly tour, instead celebrating their 20th anniversary by playing multi-day shows along with other artists for a Caravan Tour, one which took place in Atlantic City. This summer, DMB’s tour is back, the first of a two night residency is tonight at the Susquehanna Bank Center. Brandi Carlile opens for them; she played at our Non-Comm this year and you can listen to her live performance here. General admission tickets to the show can be purchased here, show starts at 7 PM.

Purling Hiss, the most recent Shaking Through all-stars, play at Johnny Brenda’s. You can check out their episode curated by The War on Drugs, Adam Granduciel, here and purchase tickets to the 21+ show here. Purling Hiss plays with The Young and Far-Out Fangtooth at 9 PM.

Over at Milkboy Philly, the electronic indie project, Exitmusic will be playing with Stagnant Pools and Lockets. Tickets to the 21+ show can be purchased here. Doors at 8 PM. Listen to the session WXPN’s Eric Schuman did with the band here.

PhilaMOCA hosts the weekly Tuesday Tune-Out, tonight featuring a local favorite, Oh! Pears. Show at 8 PM; tickets to the all ages show can be purchased at the door for $5.


My Morning Download: “The Sea” by Exitmusic

Boardwalk Empire‘s Aleksa Palladino and her husband Devon Church formed Exitmusic after the two met in New York and started writing songs together. The duo self-released their first collection of songs, The Decline Of The West, in 2008 and married a year later. As a four piece, the band includes drummer Dru Prentiss and electronic musician Nicholas Shelestak. Since being cast in Martin Scorcese’s HBO series as Angela Darmody, Palladino and Church have been living in Brooklyn. Last October the band released an EP, From Silence. On May 22nd the band releases its debut full-length album, The Passage, on Secretly Canadian Records. In January Exitmusic recorded a session for XPN2 with Eric Schuman, which you can listen to here. Below, download “The Sea,” watch the video they recently recorded for Out Of Town Films, and listen to “Passage” from Exitmusic’s forthcoming album.


Listen to Exitmusic’s and The Fling’s appearances on XPN2

The Fling

Two more of our recent XPN2 Studio Sessions are now available for streaming. You can listen to our sessions with the New York duo Exitmusic and the California quintet The Fling whenever you like via the XPN Media Player.

Exitmusic is the musical project of the husband-and-wife duo Devon Church and Aleksa Palladino. We’ll hear the full band perform songs from Exitmusic’s new EP, From Silence, and XPN2’s Eric Schuman will talk with Devon and Aleksa about their recording techniques and about Aleksa’s role in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.

The Fling released their debut album, When The Madhouses Appear, and an EP called What I’ve Seen, both on Dangerbird Records. We’ll hear the band perform songs from both releases live in our studio, Eric will talk with the guys about expanding their lineup and enduring a rigorous tour schedule.

Be sure to tune in Friday at 3 p.m. to catch a brand new session with The Front Bottoms on XPN2.