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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Square Peg Round Hole at Milkboy, Koji at First Unitarian Church Chapel, Queen of Jeans at Ortlieb’s and more…

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Square Peg Round Hole | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Square Peg Round Hole celebrate the release of their debut LP Juniper at Milkboy tonight. The prog / ambient instrumental trio stopped by to record this week’s Key Studio Session, where we got a special peek at the new tracks. Check out a pair of songs below via VuHaus and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with Moon Bounce and Son Step here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ben Kessler at World Cafe Live, Brandon Can’t Dance at Goldilocks Gallery, Greg Dulli at the First Unitarian Church

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Ben Kessler | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Local singer-songwriter Ben Kessler celebrates his 100th show at World Cafe Live tonight, quite a feat for someone who is still in high school. Kessler will be joined by fellow-Philly musicians Fred Berman, Chico Huff and Ross Bellenoit, a trio that also joined him for last week’s Key Studio Session. Check out “From Me” below and pick up tickets to the all-ages performance here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Petal at PhilaMOCA, Lizanne Knott at World Cafe Live, Sunflower Bean at Kung Fu Necktie, and more…

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Petal | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Scranton’s Petal – the emo / indie rock project of singer-songwriter-guitarist Kiley Lotz -will be performing at PhilaMOCA tonight. The band’s first album Shame was released last year on Run For Cover to wide acclaim. Also playing will be Somos, The Superweaks, and The Obsessives. More information can be found here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Free Cake for Every Creature at the First Unitarian Church, Jerry Blavat’s Salute to Street Corner Harmony at The Kimmel Center, Naughty by Nature at the TLA and more…

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Free Cake for Every Creature | Photo by Alyssa Yohana | courtesy of the artist

It’s never a good idea to judge a band by its name — except in the case of Free Cake for Every Creature,  the rare instance of a band name whose charming and playful name happens to perfectly mirror their music. With lyrics like “For you I’d steal a 50-cent machine / and we won’t need money or anything / cause we’ll have gumballs,” the Philly-via-Upstate New York four-piece emit a delighful lo-fi pop vibe that’s reminiscent of Double Double Whammy label-mate Frankie Cosmos. They’re gearing up to release their newest record Talking Quietly of Anything With You in April, and tonight you can find them at the First Unitarian Church. Grab tickets to the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pinegrove at The Petting Zoo, Heavy Temple at Ortlieb’s, Dressy Bessy at Boot and Saddle, and more…

Pinegrove | courtesy of the artist
Pinegrove | courtesy of the artist

Pinegrove just released their great new album Cardinal yesterday, and they are bringing it to The Petting Zoo tonight. Their introspective indie rock is sure to bring fire to the Zoo basement, and it may be one of the last times they will play such an intimate setting (the venues will only get bigger for them). For more information, go here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Two Piece Fest IX at First Unitarian Church, Ben Arnold at Underground Arts, Winter Doldrums Fest at World Cafe Live and more…

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Joint Chiefs of Math | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com

The ninth annual Two Piece Fest takes place at the First Unitarian Church today. As we previously reported, the day-long event is “an exercise in mayhem and minimalism that brings the DIY scene together, one duo at a time.” This year’s line-up includes Joint Chiefs of Math, Brown Rainbow, Empty Vessels and a dozen more. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here; listen to Joint Chiefs’ “Get Rich or Try Dyin'” below.

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All Dogs is kicking off its spring tour at The Church

All Dogs | Photo by Nick Fancher | courtesy of the artist
All Dogs | Photo by Nick Fancher | courtesy of the artist

Columbus, Ohio punk four piece All Dogs released a great debut record last year – Kicking Every Day, which you can and should listen to here – and they’re taking it out on tour this spring, kicking things off with an appearance at the First Unitarian Church on March 5th.

The band, which recalls contemporaries like Cayetana as easily as 90s greats like The Lemonheads and Velocity Girl, appears alongside locals Pinkwash, Spirit of the Beehive and Loose Tooth. The all ages show is on sale now, more info can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, listen to “That Kind of Girl” from Kicking Every Day and check out the full rundown of tour dates.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: METZ at First Unitarian Church

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METZ | photo by David Waldman | courtesy of the artist

Toronto trio METZ headline the First Unitarian Church tonight. The noise rock / punk outfit released its sophomore LP II last May, sharing a boisterous collection of songs that are at once sludgy and cathartic. The band announced a follow-up in the form of a 7″ single for February, and shared a video for a-side “Eraser” last week. Check it out below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show with Bully and So Pitted here.

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