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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Iron Maiden, Japandroids, Jeffrey Gaines, Umphrey’s McGee/G Love, and Vintage Kicks

Tonight, two legendary acts come together for one performance; Iron Maiden is playing with Alice Cooper at the Susquehanna Bank Center. Expect lots of head banging and moshing at this performance. You can purchase tickets here.

Also playing tonight:

R5 Productions presents Japandroids, who recently released their sophomore album Celebration Rockplay at Johnny Brenda’s with rapper Cadence Weapon opening. The 21+ show begins at 9 PM, this show is SOLD OUT!

Jeffrey Gaines CD Release Party at the Tin Angel. Gaines will be celebrating his recent album Live in Europe, from his 2010 tour with Joe Jackson. Tickets to the 21+ show are $22, the show begins at 10 PM.

Umphrey’s McGee plays with G. Love for a special outdoors performance at the Electric Factory at 8 PM. You can purchase tickets to the all ages show here.

Vintage Kicks play Upstairs at World Cafe Live. We just did a Key Studio session with them that you can check out here. Show at 8 PM; tickets are $7 plus processing fees.

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This Weekend’s Concert Picks: Asobi Seksu + Boris at Union Transfer, G. Love And Special Sauce at Electric Factory

Asobi Seksu

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28
Asobi Seksu—which means “playful sex” in Japanese—is aptly named. Pairing shoegaze inspired grunge-pop with the dynamic vocals of Yuki Chikudate (who slips effortlessly between falsetto, full-out belting, and simply speaking melodically), the band is edgy, harsh, and brisk, yet cloyingly catchy. (Or, in a phrase: playfully sexy.) Chikudate’s lyrics are a mix of English and Japanese, which band mates James Hanna and Larry Gorman have encouraged since the group formed in 2004. This blend of language is a defining trait of the Asobi Seksu sound, tying together their five studio albums, each of which is so packed with emotionality that lyrics are a secondary mode of communication. The band’s latest album, Fluorescence, continues in the tradition of mixing bitter and sweet. The track “Trails” finds Chikudate’s vocals skipping giddily over droning guitars in the chorus, when she’s not roaring the verses. There’s a quiet moment as the guitar relaxes into an upbeat riff, a calm before the storm of their huge, powerful sound, and then Chikudate bellows the bridge. Asobi Seksu performs with Boris and Liturgy at 8 p.m. at Union Transfer; tickets to the all-ages show are $15. —Naomi Shavin

Also Playing: Brown Recluse + Lushlife, Sunny Ali And The Kid at Johnny Brenda’s (9:15 p.m., 21+, $10); Chris Botti at Keswick Theatre (8 p.m., $39.50–$49.50); Medeski, Martin, And Wood + Antibalas at Electric Factory (8:30 p.m., $40.20); Surgeon + Maze In Change, E Morto Cosi at The Fire (9 p.m., 21+, $8); The Quelle Source + Long Walk Home, Bailey Hounds, Goodnight Lights at The M Room (8 p.m., 21+, $8)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29
G. Love + The Apache Relay at Electric Factory (9 p.m., all ages, $32.95); We Were Promised Jetpacks + Royal Bangs, Bear Hands at Union Transfer (8:30 p.m., all ages, $15); Immortal Technique + Reef The Lost Cauze at The Trocadero (9 p.m., 18+, $21–$23); Lucinda Williams at Keswick Theatre (8 p.m., $39.50–$59.50); Taggart + Faux Slang, Knife Show, Creeping Weeds at North Star Bar (9 p.m., 21+, $10); The Extraordinaires + Circadian Rhythms, Netherfriends, Thom McCarthy at PhillyMOCA (all ages, $10)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30
Tera Melos + Hermit Thrushes, Pattern is Movement, Banned Books at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $10); Rasputina + Eszter Balint, TivaTiva at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $15)

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Contest: Win a pair of tickets and meet-and-greet passes to see G. Love at Electric Factory on Oct. 29th

G. LoveThis week, we’ve got a pair of tickets and meet-and-greet passes for G. Love And Special Sauce’s performance at Electric Factory on Saturday, October 29th. For a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment below by 5 p.m. Thursday, October 27th. We’ll select the winners at random that evening and notify them via email; once you’ve confirmed that you and your guest will be attending the show, your names will be added to the venue’s guest list. (Just make sure to use a valid email address when posting your comment; we promise not to sell your contact info or sign you up for anything—we just want to be able to get in touch with you if you win.)

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Listen to King Britt’s remix of G. Love’s “Rodeo Clowns”


We were alerted to this item on G. Love’s twitter. Listen to King Britt’s remix of G.’s “Rodeo Clowns” here. The remix originally appeared on a promotional EP released after the original “Rodeo Clowns” – from the album Philadelphonic – was released in August, 1999 by G. Love and Special Sauce. G, just back from performing at Bonnaroo, returns to the area in Atlantic City on Friday, June 24th at the Dave Matthews Band Caravan. King Britt returns on July 9th to Fluid.

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Photos: Raphael Saadiq, Ben Harper, G. Love, Bright Eyes, Thurston Moore, and more at Non-Comm

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This weekend’s NON-COMM live broadcasts with Bright Eyes, The Head And The Heart, G. Love, Thurston Moore, and more

WXPN’s Non-Comm music conference starts tomorrow and with it, lots of amazing music. XPN will be broadcasting much of the music from the conference, this year being held at World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington, Delaware. Below is the entire schedule of our live broadcasts over the next several days.

THURSDAY MAY 19
Free At Noon Double Header with the Blind Boys of Alabama & John Popper & The Duskray Troubadors

Evening live broadcast schedule
8:25-8:55 PM Over The Rhine
9:25-9:55 PM G Love
10:30-11:00 PM The Head & The Heart
11:40 PM – 12:25 AM Thurston Moore

FRIDAY MAY 20
Free At Noon Double Header with Raphael Saadiq & Ben Harper

Evening live broadcast schedule
8:25-8:55 PM XPN Artist To Watch the Civil Wars
9:25-9:55 PM Junip
10:30-11:15 PM Bright Eyes
11:55 PM – 12:25 AM The Cave Singers

SATURDAY MAY 21
Free at Noon Double Header with the Sam Roberts Band & The Jayhawks