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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Frankie Rose at Johnny Brenda’s, URSULA at PhilaMOCA, Huffamoose at MilkBoy and more…

Frankie Rose | photo courtesy of the artist
Frankie Rose | photo courtesy of the artist

New York synth-rocker Frankie Rose released her latest album Cage Tropical today and celebrates with a headlining gig at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. It’s a record rooted in sci-fi and ‘80s pop influences — read more on that in The Key’s own Rob Huff’s Q&A with Rose earlier this week. Joining her on the bill are Tempers and Sad Heaven. Doors for the 21+ show open at 8 p.m. For tickets and more information, head to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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My Boo Boo: New Toro y Moi, Broken Social Scene & Beach House on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Toro Y Moi | Photo by Andrew Paynter, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns to (relative) normalcy tonight at 11pm on XPN. Shortly after the July edition of Making Time RADio with Dave P, listen for a full two-hour show that, let’s face it, will be anything but normal. We’ve got a few new releases to spotlight, namely Broken Social Scene‘s rousing Hug of Thunder, the return of Chaz B. as Toro y Moi on Boo Boo, and Beach House‘s career-spanning set of B-Sides and Rarities. Also in the mix, new singles from Ted Leo, Widowspeak, Frankie Rose, L.A. Witch and more! Preview some of the new tracks below…

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart announce summer tour stopping at World Cafe Live in July

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart | courtesy of the artist | Photo by Ebru Yildiz
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart | courtesy of the artist | Photo by Ebru Yildiz

Indie poppers The Pains of Being Pure at Heart recently announced a summer tour with support from Frankie Rose and Ablebody, with the later joining the Pains at World Cafe Live Downstairs on July 2nd to finish out the tour. Their instantly classic style of romantic alternative pop is intriguing and hip-twisting, promising their forthcoming album to “a timeless grandeur, deeper and more satisfying than anything the band has done since their iconic debut.”

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Dum Dum Girls bring their new Too True to Johnny Brenda’s on 3/23

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Noise pop / dream pop rock four-piece Dum Dum Girls announced an East Coast run that brings them to Philly and Johnny Brenda’s on March 23. Their new Too True is due out January 28 via Sub Pop records. The indie-pop meets garage rock outfit puts on a show that’s both melodic and edgy, angsty and ethereal, and the venue couldn’t be more appropriate. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 13 at noon here. Watch the video for “Lost Boys and Girls Club” from Too True below.