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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hiss Golden Messenger at Johnny Brenda’s, Smooth Hound Smith at PhilaMOCA, and York Street Hustle at Boot and Saddle

Hiss Golden Messenger
Photo via www.facebook.com/HissGoldenMessenger

Indie folk duo Hiss Golden Messenger take over Johnny Brenda’s tonight following the recent release of their fifth album Lateness of Dancers. Former members of heavy punk band Ex-Ignota and alternative rock group The Court & Spark, MC Taylor and Scott Hirsh have been performing together for over two decades, and broke off to try their hand at a different genre. Their first album Country Hai East Cotton was released in a limited edition of 500 records produced on Taylor’s personal record label. For tickets and more information check out the XPN Concert Calender. Below, watch their recent performance of title track “Lateness of Dancers.” Continue reading →

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Watch The War on Drugs jam with Kurt Vile at Johnny Brenda’s

The War on Drugs | Photo by John Vettese
The War on Drugs | Photo by John Vettese

I remember a time, not too long ago, when Philly space rock luminaries The War on Drugs could comfortably fit all their gear on the stage at Johnny Brenda’s with room to spare. But as their sound and scope has expanded, so has their spatial footprint, and I found myself at the foot of the Fishtown venue on Friday night, looking at the dozens of pedals cabled together and a veritable fortresses of keyboards, of amps and microphones and Charlie Hall’s drumkit tucked way back into the corner, wondering to myself how the heck this was going to work. Thankfully, the dudes pulled it off tremendously, and had enough room for founding member Kurt Vile to join the band for guitar shreddery on “Under the Pressure,” “Arms Like Boulders” and “I Hear You Calling.” Continue reading →

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News from DRGN KING! New album and Philly shows are a GO!

DRGN King
DRGN King’s Baltimore Crush artwork by Perry Shall

Get excited because we just got word our homies in DRGN KING that their sophomore album, Baltimore Crush, is coming out October 28th via Bar/None Records! It has a rad album cover by Philly artist Perry Shall (check it out above) and comes with a fall tour, which includes a hometown show at Johnny Brenda’s on September 26th, as well as a show at City Hall’s new Dilworth Park on October 18th.  Continue reading →

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The Lawsuits release a fantastically funky new single “You Aren’t The Same”

The Lawsuits | Photo courtesy of the artist
The Lawsuits | Photo courtesy of the artist

Local long-haired favorites The Lawsuits have released yet another single off of their highly anticipated upcoming release Tumbled. The funky track “You Aren’t The Same” does not disappoint, highlighting singer Vanessa Winters’ soulful and smooth voice. Over the past few weeks, the genre-switching group have released single after single (including “Sweet Marcelle”, a track as delicate and, well, sweet as its name). Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Trampled by Turtles at Union Transfer, Vilebred at Burlap and Bean, Bell X1 at Johnny Brenda’s and more

Photo by Zoran Orlić/Courtesy of the artist
Photo by Zoran Orlić/Courtesy of the artist

Five-piece indie folk group Trampled by Turtles headlines tonight at Union Transfer. The Minnesota men made their mark at number one on the US Folk charts with their recently dropped album Wild Animals. This well-rehearsed band has performed their soothing sound at countless national festivals such as Coachella, Stagecoach, Bonnaroo, Rock the Garden, and Firefly. Below, check out the video for title track “Wild Animals.” For tickets and more information head over to the XPN Concert Calender. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cayetana at Golden Tea House, Papercuts at Johnny Brenda’s, Rocco DeLuca at Tin Angel

Photo by Mary Ferrigno | via facebook.com/cayetana
Photo by Mary Ferrigno | via facebook.com/cayetana

Philly-based punk trio Cayetana will celebrate the release of their latest album, Nervous Like Me, tonight at Golden tea House The show will kick off at 7:30 PM with a suggested donation of $7.00.  The ladies have been making big waves in the Philadelphia music scene as of late and have been busy this past year playing shows, producing a music video for “Hot Dad Calendar” (check it out below) and getting picked up by Tiny Engines Records. For tickets and more information, head on over to the XPN Concert Calendar or check out their Facebook event page. Continue reading →

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Download a whimsical new EP from Liz and the Lost Boys

Photo via facebook.com/lizandthelostboys
Liz and the Lost Boys

Baroque-pop group Liz and the Lost Boys have released a new EP, As If/Explain, on their Bandcamp today. The first song, “As If”, layers Lost Boys’ tried-and-true harp sections with jazzy piano chords and chastises a misguided foe, while the second, “Explain”, is a melodic, Regina Spektor-esque ode to the narrator’s emotional well-being. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Thumpers at Johnny Brenda’s

Thumpers | photo via facebook.com/thumpersthumpers
Thumpers | photo via facebook.com/thumpersthumpers

Thumpers is an indie pop duo from London, England, whose high-energy performances are sure to get you dancing. The band is currently on the road in America promoting their debut album, Galore, which has garnered pleasing reviews from outlets such as AllMusic and Under the Radar. Tickets for the 21+ show are available here. Continue reading →

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Soak up Tinmouth’s riotous new single “Prevent Defense,” see them tonight at Johnny Brenda’s

Tinmouth (photo via Facebook)
Tinmouth (photo via Facebook)

Philly rock trio Tinmouth has been kicking around the city for a couple of years now, playing bills with the likes of Eternal Summers, Free Time, and Dent May while refining their brand of fuzzy, college rock. A self-described bunch of “reformed romantics, somewhere beyond Missed Connections and Casual Encounters,” the band both distills and pays tribute to classic rock tropes, creating something exciting and warmly familiar. Continue reading →