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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Menzingers at Union Transfer, The Roots Picnic at Festival Pier, Thee Idea Men at MilkBoy and more

Photo By: Rachel Del Sordo
Photo By: Rachel Del Sordo

Scranton punk favorites The Menzingers will headline Union Transfer tonight. Just last month, the band released its fourth full-length album Rented World with a surprise CD release show at Golden Tea House, followed by an acoustic set in WIlkes-Barre. Their new album takes a surprising new direction, with nods to 90s alt rock, but still contains the Menzingers’ signature pop-punk hooks. Check out their previous studio session and get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calender. 

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Goodnight Lights channel M. Night Shyamalan in their new “Yardwork” video

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Philly indie rockers Goodnight Lights have released a captivating (though frightening) music video for their latest song “Yardwork.” Noted as one of the loudest bands in Philly by the bloggers at The Vinyl District, Goodnight Lights’ music is catchy, well-crafted and draws similarity to Arcade Fire and Radiohead. “Yardwork” is no exception in that regard. The new video, shot mostly outdoors in rural Bucks County, tells the dramatic tale of a prisoner’s failed attempts to escape from a sinister, rural medical facility. Ultimately, the prisoner meets his doom and, in a Shyamalan twist, becomes the scarecrow he was observing in the beginning of the video. Both the new video and music are decidedly darker than the band’s older works, especially compared to the video for “Convinced,” released earlier this year. Check out the video below and catch the band tomorrow night at Johnny Brenda’s.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: TJ Kong EP release at Johnny Brenda’s, Goodnight Lights at The Fire, Cloud Cult at Prince Music Theater and more

tj kongTJ Kong and The Atomic Bomb will rock Johnny Brenda’s tonight in celebration of their latest EP KONG. The Philly-bred four-piece are a pleasant mix of garage rock and jump blues that’s far from predictable. Check out “Telephone Blues’ below and get tickets here.

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Goodnight Lights throw a house party for four in their “Convinced” video

Goodnight Lights
Goodnight Lights

It’s like the crash after a long night of throwing back Lagers and oily pepperoni pizza and wondering where the rest of your friends are. In their new music video for the single “Convinced,” we see Philly modern rock crew Goodnight Lights throw a party for drummer Michael Ziegler…who, alas, doesn’t show up. Slices are consumed, awkward dances are danced, Jameson is pounded and the band, drummerless, passes out on a suburban couch. Is this a metaphor for band-life, or a jab at Ziegler for running late? We hope it’s not the latter, since Goodnight Lights has two pretty sweet shows on their concert agenda: this Friday, April 18th at The Fire with Monday Appreciation Society, and Saturday May 31st at Johnny Brenda’s with Rexedog and Joy Riding. More information on both at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Goodnight Lights at Boot & Saddle, Speedy Ortiz at Golden Tea House, Ma Jolie at Siren Records

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Local alt-rock outfit Goodnight Lights headline Broad St.’s Boot & Saddle tonight.  The Collingswood, NJ natives released a blistering new track “Convince” at the end of 2013, prequel-ing a 5-song EP set for release this year.  In addition to the EP, Goodnight Lights are currently filming a music video that will be completed at tonight’s show.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Shorty Boy Boy and Roof Doctor can be found here.  Listen to “Convince” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Goodnight Lights at MilkBoy, Alex G at PhilaMOCA, Kite Party at Boot and Saddle

goodnightlightsPhilly alterna-indie mainstays Goodnight Lights must have cranked up the “epic” knob on their amps since we heard from them last. Yesterday, the five-piece band quietly unleashed a new track called “Convinced,” a selection from their recent recording stint with Bill Moriarty over at Waking Studio in East Falls, and it’s thundering drums and soaring guitar licks sound massive in a Siamese Dream via Synthetica kind of way. The song is a teaser for a five-song EP the band plans to release in 2014, but tonight, they open up the show at MilkBoy alongside Born Cages and NGHBRS; tickets and information can be found here. Listen to “Convinced” below.

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The Chairman Dances covers Joni Mitchell’s “Blonde in the Bleachers” (playing Milkboy on 8/2)

chairman-dances-620x413-1Philly-based group The Chairman Dances, whose latest LP Michael and the Prohetess is available now via their Bandcamp, recently took a break from writing their own music to do a charming cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Blonde in the Bleachers” from her 1972 album For The Roses. Check out the Gregor Knell-directed video for the cover below, as well as the original, and be sure to catch The Chairman Dances this coming Friday, August 2nd, when they’ll be performing at Milkboy Philly. More info can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cat Power at The Electric Factory, Musiq Soulchild at The Blockley, Tiger Waves at Kung Fu Necktie

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Indie pop favorite Cat Power headlines The Electric Factory tonight.  Singer, songwriter and Georgia native Chan Marshall released her first album of original material since 2006 last year with Sun, following up 2008′s covers record Jukebox and 2006′s The Greatest.  Unlike many new releases, Marshall announced the title of Sun back in 2006 when work initially started.  Departing from her previously introverted, quiet and often sad sound, Marshall incorporated bright electronic layers and a tougher vocal style on Sun to trumpet her return.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show can be found here.  Below, watch the video for “Cherokee.”

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Before the Bridge Music Festival celebrates local music on 10/13

Now in its third year, Before the Bridge Festival returns to Collingswood, NJ on Saturday, October 13th for a day full of free music, local food and of course fun.  The festival promotes the local music scene in and around Collingswood, NJ – a.k.a. the towns you pass through before crossing the Ben Franklin Bridge into Philadelphia.  This year’s line-up has reached a record number of performers and includes local musicans JJL (Jay Laughlin’s new project), Sweatheart, Goodnight Lights, Prowler, Heyward Howkins, BelgradeMonko and She Hates Me.  Out-of-town acts include Gunfight! and headliners Illinois.  The festival will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. between Haddon Avenue and Woodlawn Avenue.  The event is free; go here for more information.  Below, watch Heyward Howkins perform “The Hale & the Harty” outdoors in South Jersey and grab a free download of a song from Illinois’ new album Lemonade Stand after the jump.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gillian Grassie at World Cafe Live, Goodnight Lights at the Balcony Bar, Jason Anderson at Kung Fu Necktie, Project Object at the Blockley


Indie singer and harpist Gillian Grassie is playing tonight at World Cafe Live with Danielle Ate the Sandwich. Grassie, who performed as part of XPN’s 12 Days of Local Christmas last December, has been touring around the world since the 2007 release of her first full length album, Serpentine. Her show tonight begins at 8 p.m. and ticket start at $10; see more details here. Below, watch Grassie perform “Back to Your Flat” at a concert in Delmenhorst, Germany.


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