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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Potty Mouth at Boot & Saddle, Flaming Lips at The Fillmore, Anvil at Johnny Brenda’s

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Potty Mouth | photo by Chris Sullivan | via Facebook

Western Mass-turned-California coast punk trio Potty Mouth return to Philadelphia for a show at Boot & Saddle tonight. Since their last gig in town, the band has opened for CHVRCHES and followed up their 2015 self-titled EP with a new single called “Smash Hit.” Watch the video for that song below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with PARTYBABY here.

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Tonight’s “Concert” Picks: Wayne Coyne at AKA Music; Beats, Brews & Banter with Patrick Berkery at RBar

The Flaming Lips | Photo by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.com
The Flaming Lips | Photo by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.com

Wayne Coyne, lead singer for The Flaming Lips, is selling human-sized chocolate skulls equipped with a vinyl reissue of The Flaming Lips debut 1984 EP tonight at A.K.A. Records in Old City. The unique event is in promotion of the Oklahoma psych-rock staples’ extensive back catalog, as well as it’s fabled live show – the skuls contain rare “coins” granting the customers into any Flaming Lips headlining concert happening anywhere in the world. Check out Rolling Stone’s write-up on the unique event here; more information can be found here.

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Rachel Barrish’s Top Five Concert Photographs of 2013

Yeah Yeah Yeahs | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Yeah Yeah Yeahs | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Year End Mania is the Key’s survey of the things below the surface that made 2013 awesome. In this installment, photographer Rachel Barrish shares her favorite shots of the year.

I’ve been photographing concerts for almost two years, and I started out right here at The Key. There is nothing I love more than being able to capture a moment during a concert by a musician I admire, and these are my top 5 photos from various shows I shot this year.

1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs at River Stage at Great Plaza
Being on a Tuesday, you didn’t really know what type of show this was going to be or how many people were going to show up. The place seemed fairly empty for such a large scale when Karen O first came on stage, but it felt like bliss. Seeing a band that big on a large stage with a fairly intimate audience is special and memorable. When the paper “Y” confetti exploded onto the audience I knew that I was lucky to have had the chance to capture this show. Continue reading →

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Stream the new Flaming Lips album The Terror via NPR Music’s First Listen (Lips docu Freak Night screens at XPN Music Film Fest)

img_7773-b03-final-colorAfter making some of the most positively poppy indie-psych releases of the aughts, Oklahoma weirdos The Flaming Lips have gradually been regressing to their tripped-out, unconventional, experimental early days. The new LP The Terror, their 13th release overall, is out on Warner Brothers records next Tuesday, April 16th, and you can listen to it streaming in full this week via NPR Music’s First Listen series. NPR’s Stephen Thompson describes it as a surreal and kinda scary work that lives up to its title:

Sounding almost post-apocalyptic in its scabrous, searching bleakness — Coyne himself describes the album as “disturbing” — The Terror moans and scrapes ominously from its opening seconds onward. Scorched and frayed, with an almost industrial ugliness to it, “Look…The Sun Is Rising” gets the proceedings underway by capturing the sound of a world (and, it would seem, a band) in distress, even decay. But The Terror still finds a way to reward deeper exploration, as cracked loveliness seeps into moments that soar tentatively; by way of example, “Be Free, A Way” may not be sunny, but it lets light peek through its cracks in unexpected ways.

Listen to The Terror in its entirety here. And even though they’re not coming to Philadelphia in their present run of tour dates, you can get a taste of that trademark Lips freakishness when the new concert film Freak Night, which captures one of the band’s notorious Halloween shows, screens this weekend at the XPN Music Film Festival. Get tickets and more information here.