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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mac Miller at House of Blues Atlantic City, Kingsfoil at Chameleon Club and Dopapod at the TLA

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Photo courtesy of the artist

Pittsburgh native Mac Miller will celebrate the release of his new album Live From Space tonight (and tomorrow night) at Atlantic City’s House of Blues. The new disc features tracks from his latest album Watching Movies with the Sound Off through which Mac showed a more mature, pensive side of himself in contrast to the playboy party anthems featured on his 2011 debut Blue Slide Park and earlier mixtapes. Get tickets here and watch his video for “The Star Room” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Erik Petersen at Boot and Saddle, Bell X1 at World Cafe Live, Bassnectar at House of Blues

ErikIt’s been ten years since Erik Petersen’s folk-punk outfit Mischief Brew released its EP Bakenal, and to mark the anniversary (and as an excuse to dust off some old tunes), he’s playing a rare acoustic set tonight at Boot and Saddle. The out-of-print EP was Mischief Brew’s first foray into the compact disc format – which seems a bit quaint today, but in the early aughts before mp3 streaming really took off, the ability to put your music out that way was something of a big deal. Also released that year was the Bellingham and Philadelphia EP, a split with celtic-influenced singer Robert Sarazin Blake, and Petersen says he plans to play both releases in their entirety “along with some old rare songs you always shout for but never hear. Yup, ‘Dirty Pennies,’ ‘Rambler’s Ghost,’ ‘Anti-Lullaby’… all of ‘em. It will also be the kick-off show of an acoustic mini-tour. Denise, Erik, pugs, Honda Element. Old school.” Tickets and information on the show can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, listen to “Devil of a Time” from Bakenal.

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Watch Morrissey perform “Action Is My Middle Name” on Letterman (XPN Welcomes him to Atlantic City on 1/12, Reading on 1/18)

Morrissey kicked off his United States tour last night with a boisterous appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. Performing a new song called “Action Is My Middle Name,” he strutted and danced, mugged for the camera, and sounded in generally fine form. Which is great news for those seeing him at House of Blues in Atlantic City on January 12th, or the Sovereign Performing Arts Center in Reading on the 18th. For more information on those shows, visit the WXPN Concert Calendar here. Below, watch video from Letterman.

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What Are YOU Doing New Year’s Eve?

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With 2012 wrapping to a close, there aren’t many more questions that have to be answered this year. One that you should definitely think about, though, is which concert you will be attending on New Year’s Eve. The two-night stand at Johnny Brenda’s from Philly’s The War on Drugs is sold out as of this morning, but we’ve got a round-up of what else is going on. So now all you have to worry about is how many friends will be begging to tag along! Continue reading →

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More info on Philly’s new Bowery Presents and House Of Blues venues

Philly.com with the update:

Ever wonder if this town is big enough to support another big concert venue, let alone two? Pretty soon, we’ll know the answer.

The Bowery Presents, a New York-based concert promoter and club operator run by (among others) former Live Nation exec Jim Glancy, has taken a long-term lease on the big building at 1026 Spring Garden St., the former Spaghetti Warehouse. If all goes well with their Liquor Control Board application, BP will open a new rock club on the site in the fall.

There’s also a huge, 3,000-capacity House of Blues entertainment venue coming to the waterfront area, near the SugarHouse Casino. That’s if City Council concludes that the project, which David Grasso (owner of David Grasso Holdings Development Co.) has been striving to realize for several years, won’t negatively impact nearby residential areas.

As the concert company has recently done in Portland, Maine, and Boston, Bowery Presents has enlisted the aid of a local promoter, R5 Productions’ Sean Agnew, who has a strong relationship with up-and-coming bands and bleeding-edge concertgoers, and an interest in expanding beyond his current venue limits. (R5 does all the shows in the basement and chapel of the First Unitarian Church, plus a scattering of events at Johnny Brenda’s, the Barbary, Kung Fu Necktie, the Starlight Ballroom and occasionally co-promotes at World Cafe Live, the Tower Theater or Academy of Music.)

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