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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Brethren at World Cafe Live, Frog Holler at Johnny Brenda’s, Gov’t Mule at The Tower Theater and more

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

World Cafe Live welcomes aggressive indie folk outfit Brethren to its stage tonight. The Lancaster, PA natives released their latest single “There’s No Use” at the end of September. The track is just as pretty as it is melancholic but it works. Its harmonies and guitar melodies bring to mind the smooth sounds of the Beach Boys. Stream it below and get tickets here.

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Watch a new music video for Frog Holler’s “Not Like Us” (playing Indian Fort Inn on 1/19)

Long-standing Reading-area roots outfit Frog Holler rang in 2013 in local digs – Union Jack’s Inn on the Manatawney – and then wasted no time premiering a new song and its corresponding music video. “Not Like Us” has the world-weary, ponderous sound the band has done so well for over a dozen years, and its video was shot in the verdant surroundings of Fleetwood, Pa.’s Moonlight Forest – aka the band’s HQ, where we stumble on out-of-doors performance, a night-time feast and a jam in the studio into the wee hours. Watch it below, and catch Frog Holler next when it plays Hamburg’s Indian Fort Inn on January 19.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Johnny Showcase at Connie’s Ric Rac, The Districts at Fergies, Frog Holler at Union Jack’s and like a billion other things

Wait, what’s that? You thought you were off the hook that easily? Like it’s been so many days of holiday cheer that the plan was just a quiet night at home with board games and DVDs? No no no, my friend – there is fun to be had and live music to be seen. Let’s start with a couple accidental omissions from our New Year’s Eve roundup post from the other week. Johnny Showcase and The Lefty Lucy Cabaret – the funky campy ultra-catchy ensemble of Philly dudes and ladies rallying around one central crooner’s aspirations of Tom Jones (or Midnite Vultures-era Beck) – joins forces with West Philadelphia Orchestra at Connie’s Ric Rac for a New Year’s dancing extravaganza. More information can be found here; below, check out Showcase’s video for the ultra-addictive “Sensual, Parts 1 & 2.”

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