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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cheerleader at Johnny Brenda’s, Kalob Griffin Band at Union Transfer, York Street Hustle at World Cafe Live and more…

Photo via https://www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds
Photo via https://www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds

Cheerleader headline a night of local music at Johnny Brenda’s. The band just announced that they will be making the journey down to SXSW next March to showcase their new EP On Your Side. Cheerleader has been tightening their hazy dream-pop sound for a couple of years now after founding members and Connecticut natives Joe Haller and Chris Duran pulled together a full band here in Philadelphia.  Listen to their recent single “Tomorrow Always Knows” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ show with Dream Safari and Louds here.

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Music Video: El Malito has some tips for dealing with intolerant jackasses at the holidays

El Malito and 33rd Century
El Malito and 33rd Century

Okay, so we all know the holidays are stressful. Tensions are high, regularly-calm people can easily snap at family, friends and strangers. That’s normal. But then there are people who take it to a whole other level of bigotry. Philly rapper El Malito had a bad experience along those lines last December, and turned it into an empowering anthem this holiday. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Thin Lips

Before Thin Lips, there was Dangerous Ponies. Frontwoman and songwriter Chrissy Tashjian, her brother Mikey on the drums and bassist Kyle Pulley were all part of Philly’s premiere indie rock carnival from 2008 till about 2013. That band was a total blast and a spectacle; glitter, brightly colored costumes, singalong hooks, big arrangements. When that crew split, Tashjian refocused her energy into a more simplified, straightforward punk rock direction. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Robert DeLong at Boot and Saddle, Fhloston Paradigm at Johnny Brenda’s

Robert DeLonge | Photo by John Vettese
Robert DeLonge | Photo by John Vettese

Pacific Northwestern EDM favorite Robert DeLong makes a return to Philly tonight at Boot and Saddle. Crafting a variety of alluring beats and textures, DeLong also makes an engaging frontman. He’s not the sort of DJ to holler at you between bass drops from behind an LED wall, he steps to the front of the stage, works the crowd with a quirky, Spike Jonze-ish persona, and pulls a few unique tricks from up his sleeve – like using old video game controllers to modify and modulate his songs. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Quiet Life at Milkboy, Marco Benevento at Johnny Brenda’s, The Holy Mess at Boot & Saddle

Quiet Life
Quiet Life | photo by E Ryan McMackin

Portland, Oregon’s Quiet Life headline Milkboy tonight.  The folk rockers just released a deluxe edition of their 2013 LP Wild Pack, featuring previously unreleased tracks and following this year’s Housebroken Man EP.  In the coming months Quiet Life will be working with Dr. Dog’s Scott McMicken on new full-length.  As busy as they are with recordings, this is a band that lives off of the road.  They’ve toured with Hayes Carll, Dr. Dog and The Lumineers and have lived in New Jersey, Connecticut, California and now Oregon.  Listen to their new song “Big Mistake” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ show with The Bailey Hounds and Mike Quinn here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Oldermost at Johnny Brenda’s, Busses at Boot and Saddle

Oldermost | Photo by Matthew Shaver | www.mattshaverphoto.com
Oldermost | Photo by Matthew Shaver | www.mattshaverphoto.com

Philly indie rock five-piece Oldermost is playing its final show of 2014 tonight at Johnny Brenda’s; a unique bill with fellow rockers The Rivals and two comedians, Chip Chantry and Doogie Horner. (Read more here.) The band is also introducing new material from its forthcoming EP, It’s Difficult To Know Anything At All, which frontman Bradford Bucknum says will be out in early 2015. The band took three years to record and release its debut LP, I Live Here Now, and Bucknum says with the new material they’re seeking something more immediate. Get more information on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to “Close to the Fire” from I Live Here Now below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Communion Night with Fly Golden Eagle at Milkboy, Strand of Oaks at Union Transfer, Generationals at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

fly golden eagle
Fly Golden Eagle | Photo courtesy of the band.
Nashville’s Fly Golden Eagle return for Communion club night at Milkboy. The October XPN Artist to Watch released an epic 26-track sophomore effort called Quartz in the fall, drawing inspiration from the 1973 Mexican / American film The Holy Mountain.  Download “Medicine Hat” from the record below and get tickets for the show with DRGN King and Big Terrible here.
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The Electronic New Year: 4 EDM shows to get excited about in 2015

Giraffage | Photo by John Vettese
Giraffage opening for Porter Robinson at the Tower Theater | Photo by John Vettese

Electronic Music has come a long way in the last few decades, changing and creating new subgenres constantly, to the extent that artists and fans alike have adopted a “what’s next?” attitude to the genre. While no one knows for sure what style will sweep the EDM world next, here are a few shows coming to Philadelphia in early 2015 to get your year rolling. Continue reading →

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Weird Hot share cinematic video for “I Was At a Party,” prep for release of new LP

Weird Hot
Weird Hot | photo by David Kain

Weird Hot are set to release their new self-titled record at Johnny Brenda’s on December 19th.  The local “funk noir” six-piece has released a new video for their single “I Was At a Party” in anticipation of the LP, which shows a diabolical cast of characters carrying out a mission that surrounds a silver briefcase.

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