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Tonight’s Concert Picks: mewithoutYou at the Trocadero, Black Milk at Johnny Brenda’s, Phantogram at Union Transfer, and more!

mewithoutYou | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com
mewithoutYou | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

Upper Darby-based rock group mewithoutYou brings its Catch For Us the Foxes 10-year anniversary tour to The Trocadero tonight. Their second full-length album came out in October of 2004 and cathartically explored the tension between heartache, faith and the complex emotions of youth. The record contained fan faves like “In a Sweater Poorly Knit” and “January 1979″, the latter of which won mtvU’s “Left Field Award for Most Original Artist,” and the album peaked at number 20 on Billboard’s “Top Heatseekers.” Joining mwY tonight are Lawrence, Kansas post-rock group The Appleseed Cast and Philadelphia art-punk favorites Hop Along. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Spelling Reform at Ortlieb’s, Ought at Johnny Brenda’s, Com Truise at First Unitarian Church

Spelling Reform
Spelling Reform | photo courtesy of the artist

Local indie rockers Spelling Reform continue a month-long residency at Ortlieb’s tonight with help from Ashley Cubbler and Luke Pigott.  Stylizing each show as a tribute to a different band, tonight’s event will honor the songs of Wilco.  Spelling Reform sprung up earlier this year out of several other Philadelphia bands, including The Quelle Source and Monday Appreciation Society.  You can listen to their debut single “Together Apart” below.  More information for the free 21+ show can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: JoyCut at Johnny Brenda’s, Flying Lotus at The Tower Theater, Citizen Cope at The TLA

JoyCut
JoyCut | photo by Eleonora Birardi

Italy’s JoyCut are bringing a world tour to Johnny Brenda’s tonight in support of its latest LP PiecesOfUsWereLeftOnTheGround.  The Bologna-based electronic trio was introduced to wider audiences through tours with Arcade Fire and Modest Mouse, winning over crowds with their optimistically upbeat dark-wave compositions.  Pieces was released on Italian label IRMA Records in 2013.  Watch JoyCut perform “Wireless” and “Domino” live below.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Bells and The Silence Kit can be found here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Little Dragon at Union Transfer, Art Sorority for Girls at Kung Fu Necktie, York Street Hustle at Johnny Brenda’s and more

Little Dragon | Photo via facebook.com/littledragonpage
Little Dragon | Photo via facebook.com/littledragonpage

You might know Swedish electro-pop four-piece Little Dragon from frontwoman Yukimi Nagano’s collaborations with Gorillaz (“Empire Ants” and “To Binge” from Plastic Beach…and, confession time, that’s how I was introduced). Or you might just be a fan of their own fiercely eclectic stylings, now four albums deep. Either way, we can at least agree on two truths. There aren’t many artists making music right now that sound quite like them, and the band’s headlining show at Union Transfer will be a high-energy throwdown. Little Dragon is currently touring behind its recent, Nabuma Rubberband, which came in May and shows traces of big-beat 90s dance, groove-pop and melodic sould, sometimes all at once…such as “Klapp Klapp,” which you can check out the video for below. Get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lantern at Johnny Brenda’s, Imelda May at Union Transfer, and Christopher Willits at First Unitarian Church Side Chapel

Lantern | Photo by John Vettese
Lantern | Photo by John Vettese

Philly blues-punk outfit Lantern will headline Johnny Brenda’s this evening. The three piece rock outfit have proven that rock and roll is most definitely not dead in Philly. With a distortion-induced sound similar to that of Dan Aurbach, the group has an ability to come out with instant hits that will stick in your head. Their most recent album, Rock n’ Roll Rorschach, received much attention locallly and nationally; Tiny Mix Tapes called their sound “a blessing of garage noir”. Check out their music video for “King Of The Jungle” below and find tickets and more information on XPN’s Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Swimm at MilkBoy, Dawn of Midi at Johnny Brenda’s, and Corners of Sanctuary at Kung Fu Necktie

Swimm
Photo via https://www.facebook.com/swimmmusic

Eclectic Californian duo Swimm will take the stage at MilkBoy tonight to treat the audience to a set of their genre-bending tunes. Their debut EP Feel unexpectedly combines dance, rock and roll, and folk with a hint of psychedelic flair. They recently released Souvenirs II, which includes fast-paced and upbeat “Endlessly” complete with the the catchy sound of a tambourine, and melodic “Wanderer.” For tickets and more information head over to the XPN Concert Calender. Below, watch their performance of “Tisk Tisk.” Continue reading →

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On Repeat: Little Big League’s emotional new single “Property Line”

Little Big League | photo via Spin.com
Little Big League | photo via Spin.com

Earlier this month Philly indie rock four-piece Little Big League treated us to the title track off of their upcoming and eagerly anticipated sophomore album Tropical Jinx, and now they are back with more. Vocalist Michelle Zauner, bassist Deven Craige, guitarist Kevin O’Halloran, and drummer Ian Dykstra bridge sorrow and catharsis “Property Line.” Zauner’s lamenting and passionate lyrics and delivery mix with Dystra’s fierce drum hits at just the right time, and a wordless jam session towards the end making it a track you’ll want to repeat a few times to take it all in. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Lawsuits at Johnny Brenda’s, Fishbone at MilkBoy, North Mississippi Allstars at Weis Center

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

You can’t pinpoint the sound that Brian Dale Allen Strouse, Brendan Cunningham, Vanessa Winters, Josh Friedman, and Joe Bisirri create. You can hear some influences in the music they make as The Lawsuits, coming from gospel, reggae, folk and many more. This beautiful combination is probably the reason why they’re so adored in their hometown. Tonight, the band celebrates the release of its latest EP, Tumbled; check out their song “(Darla Nye) Never Love Someone” below, and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →