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Photo Recap: Cheers Elephant, The Explorer’s Club and Honeychurch at Johnny Brenda’s

Last night, tireless Philly rock four-piece Cheers Elephant headlined Johnny Brenda’s. Opening sets were performed by South Carolina’s The Explorer’s Club and Bucks County folk ensemble Honeychurch. Check out a recap of the show in the photo gallery above.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kishi Bashi at the First Unitarian Church, XPN Welcomes Jeff Mangum to The Strand, XPN Welcomes Rufus Wainwright to the McCarter Theater, Cheers Elephant at Johnny Brenda’s

Violinist, singer and composer Kishi Bashi performs at the First Unitarian Church tonight.  Using his violin as a starting point, Bashi creates entirely new universes in his compositions with swirling loop sequences, layered vocals and atmospheric synth backdrops.  In addition to touring and collaborating with of Montreal, Regina Spektor, The Barr Brothers and Sondre Lerche, the Seattle native takes his sonic creations to new heights with occasional solo recordings like 2012′s 151a LP.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with Plume Giant can be found here.  Watch Kishi Bashi perform “Manchester” from 151a below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Les Professionnels at Milkboy, Tanlines at Union Transfer, Honeychurch at Puck, Other Lives at Johnny Brenda’s, Temple University ALS Benefit at the Palombaro

Tear up Milkboy Philly’s dance floor tonight with Philly electro-pop trio Les Professionnels. The group, whose hot new EP Move dropped earlier this month, is available here. The EP features remixes of their catchy single, “Move,” but you can check out the original track here. The 21+ show tonight starts at 9:30; go here for tickets and information. Below, check out Les Professionnels’ remix of fellow Philly electronic act City Rain’s “Watch Out.”

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Heralding winter with Honeychurch (playing Puck in Doylestown on 12/1)

Bucks County country-folk group Honeychurch will be playing at Puck in Doylestown Saturday, December 1st. The five-piece band released Will You Be There With Me? in February, their first collection of new tracks since 2004. Honeychurch, a stage moniker singer Shilough Hopwood has been performing under since the ’90s, is made up of Hopwood and his wife Larissa, guitarist Tim Kratz, drummer Greg Millward, and Alex Yaker of Roomtome on piano. Tickets for the 21+ show are available here. Below, check out Honeychurch’s opening track “Winter Part 1″ from Will You Be There With Me?

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Philly Local Philes: Roomtone’s “Your Golden Crown”

Alex Yaker is one of those way-busy Philadelphia musicians. Most recently, you’ve probably seen him rock his bass-playing swagger in Summer Fiction. In the past he’s performed with Grammar Debate, The Yaker Bros and done a bit of production with Surreal Sound Studios. With everything going on, it’s not unsurprising that his own project, Roomtone, only makes periodic appearances, but whenever it emerges, it’s worth the wait. This weekend, the band Yaker also refers to as “The Official Indie BossaNova Goosebump Machine” plays its first show in over a year and a half at Johnny Brenda’s, and best of all, they’ve got new material in tow. Snag a download below in this week’s Philly Local Phile, the buoyant new “Your Golden Crown.” Roomtone plays Sun. Feb. 12 at Johnny Brenda’s with Honeychurch and The Explorers Club. Tickets to the 21+ show are $10.

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