Tonight’s Concert Picks: WXPN Welcomes Guided By Voices to the Trocadero, Coldplay at Wells Fargo Center, Tangerine Dream at Electric Factory and Faux Slang at Johnny Brenda’s

Guided By Voices


WXPN welcomes famed indie rockers Guided by Voices to the Trocadero tonight. The band is touring in support of their latest album, Class Clown Spots a UFO. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets for the 21+ show are $31 in advance or $33 day-of-show and can can be purchased here.

Coldplay is headlining their second and final show at the Wells Fargo Center tonight with Robyn and Wolf Gang in support of their latest album, Mylo Xyloto. See our review of last night’s show here. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Ticket prices range from $46.50 to $96.50 and can be purchased here.

German electronic band Tangerine Dream plays the Electric Factory tonight. Tickets to the all ages show are $32.50 and can be purchased here.

Faux Slang with openers Last Tide and Royal Shoals play at Johnny Brenda’s. Doors at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9:15 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show are $10. Tickets and more information here.


Download a song from Faux Slang (playing Johnny Brenda’s tonight)

Photo by John Vettese
A plucky four-piece that’s been kicking around the Philly scene for the past five years, Faux Slang is a group that doesn’t fit neatly into a predetermined package. They play late-90s style indie rock, but the keyboard (not guitar) is the dominant instrument; their bread and butter is slammin’ three-minute punky nuggets (check out the self-titled EP they released last summer), but their best song might just be the soaring, six-minute, krautrock-inspired “Mass Hysteria” that was featured on Bands in the Backyard’s BITBY Tape Club Vol. 1 comp earlier this summer. Download the song below (or grab the entire comp here), and check out Faux Slang tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. Faux Slang, Last Tide and Royal Shoals play Johnny Brendas, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., tonight at 9 p.m. Admission to the 21+ show is $10.


Support the Little Berlin/BITBY Kickstarter


Little Berlin is a non-profit arts and community organization founded in 2007. A gallery located in the heart of Kensington, it features local artists curated monthly by a different Little Berlin member. This past year, they received a $10,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to fund the Little Berlin Fairgrounds project, transforming a vacant lot across from the gallery into an open community art space and sculpture garden. The fairgrounds will be designed around featuring live performances, film screenings, children’s workshops, musical events, and more.

To help raise the matching money they need for the Knight Foundation grant, BITBY, Bands in the Backyard, is creating a 12″ vinyl, featuring all of the artists from the monthly series over the past year. Some of the proceeds funded by the vinyl will go towards the fairgrounds project. The acts on the album include: Break it Up, Wigwams, Heyward Howkins, Pet Milk, Oh! Pears, Arc in Round, Faux Slang, Psychic Teens, Ports of Call, Summer Fiction, Blayer Pointdujour, and Streetwalkers.

The kickstarter will run until Monday, July 23rd to raise their goal of $5,000. Watch the video for the kickstarter here. Below, you can watch BITBY videos from: Ports of Call and Oh! Pears


Download a new Work Drugs song, “Coral Gables” (playing Kung Fu Necktie this Saturday, April 28th)

Work Drugs have released a new song called “Coral Gables” that you can download below for free. The band headline a show this coming Saturday, April 28th at Kung Fu Necktie with Faux Slang and Ports of Call. Go here for tickets and more information. Work Drugs’ lead writers and singers Benjamin Louisiana and Thomas Crystal continue on their pace of releasing a new song a month with this new song. In case you missed them, you can  download the last two songs, “Lisbon Teeth” and “License To Drive” here.


This Weekend’s Concert Picks: Coup Couroux at Milkboy Philly, Faux Slang at Kung Fu Necktie

Coup Couroux

Rev TJ McGlinchey + Dani Mari, Up The Chain, Joe D’Amico at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $17.50-$22.50); Liat + Amanda Wells, Sarah Donner, Sun Flight at Tin Angel (10:30 p.m., 21+, $10); Artie Appleseed + The Trowels, Zwanendale, McRad at Johnny Brenda’s (8 p.m., 21+, $10)

Local quartet Coup Couroux—which XPN2’s John Vettese recently highlighted in his Philly Local Philes—performs with Lamagier + Synth Sircus, and Audio Kings Of The Third World at 9:30 p.m. at Milkboy Philly; tickets to the 21+ are $8-$10. You can listen to the track “Sneaking Suspicion” off the band’s self-titled EP below.

Faux Slang performs with Mount Olympus and Heavy Sons at 7:30 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $8.

Also Playing: Beretta76 + Lefty’s Deceiver, St. James And The Apostles at Johnny Brenda’s (9:15 p.m., 21+, $10); See-I + The Pimps Of Joytime at Union Station (9 p.m., all ages, $10-$13); Geppetta + Liz And The Lost Boys, Thank You Rosekind, Dear Deer, The Something Society at PhilaMOCA (10 p.m., 21+, $10)

Lifetime + Title Fight, Iron Chic at First Unitarian Church (8 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); Spraynard + Slingshot Dakota, The World Is…,Everyone Everywhere, Stable Boys at The Fire (6 p.m., all ages, $8)


Faux Slang releases new self-titled EP

South Philly’s Faux Slang have released a new self-titled EP. The band includes Rick Hass, Adam Herndon, Dan Verechia (all former members of This Radiant Boy), and Ian Nauroth. The band has its own take on psychedelic-influenced garage rock, like sifting through old records by Guided By Voices, Can, and Velvet Underground. The album is available digitally now and you can pre-order the vinyl here.