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Strange Torpedo: Lucy Dacus rockets through powerful Johnny Brenda’s set

Lucy Dacus| Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Lucy Dacus| Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

She may not want to be funny anymore, but Lucy Dacus definitely has a sense of humor. Her return to Philly after a year may have seen the Richmond, Virginia rocker wearing no shoes, playing pick-less, and sporting jokes about the disco ball, but Dacus brought a night of both quiet simplicity and powerfully crushing rock and roll to Johnny Brenda’s on Tuesday night. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Double Decker Records anniversary fest, Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band at Johnny Brenda’s, Song Dogs at Boot & Saddle

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Spill | Photo courtesy of the artist

Allentown record store Double Decker Records is celebrating its 20th year and Lehigh Valley label Square of Opposition is celebrating its 15th year, so why not throw a giant, weekend-long fest to celebrate? Things kick off this evening at St Bernard’s in Bethlehem with Kids, Spill, Pete and Nate (of Snowing, Algernon Cadwallader and Dogs on Acid), and continue on Saturday and Sunday with sets from Mischief Brew, Marge, Pissed Jeans, Plow United, Soul Glo, Thin Lips, a surprise return from Snowing and so much more. Information for the full fest can be found here, with tonight’s pre-fest info available here. Watch Spill’s “Big Boss” video below.

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The Album Leaf share “Between Waves” video, announce Johnny Brenda’s show

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The Album Leaf | photo courtesy of the artist

California electronic soundscapers The Album Leaf are gearing up for their Relapse Records debut: Between Waves will be released on August 26th, six years after the band’s last effort. A tour will follow, with leader Jimmy LaValle and his new line-up bringing the LP to Johnny Brenda’s on September 15th.

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Get your first taste of My Son Bison’s debut LP with “Two Faces and a Vase”

My Son Bison
My Son Bison | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly psych-pop folksters My Son Bison have finally released the first sampling of their upcoming debut LP Two Faces and a Vase. For five long years they’ve been shaping their sound, and would’ve had this album ready for the masses much sooner if it weren’t for some horrible electronic misfortune. Last year the quintet lost the digital files for the new record and had to start back at square one.

But even disaster such as that can’t stop My Son Bison, as the strange circumstances of recreation helped the band in turn reinvent themselves. The record is entirely acoustic, from upright bass to prepared piano to harp and beyond. As heard on the title track of Two Faces and a Vase, the unplugged vibe brings a genuineness to a record that could have been understandably rushed. Continue reading →

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Strong emotions felt during an intimate Rogue Wave concert at Johnny Brenda’s

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Rogue Wave | photo by Matthew Shaver | www.brightloud.com

“There but for the grace of God…” Words that could potentially apply to a wide variety of situations, but quite often in music it is the luck of the draw that splits who makes it big time and who never makes it at all. That was the old days at least, these days there is a solid middle ground, a place where working musicians can thrive, make a living, and build a passionate, rabidly loyal fanbase, even if it’s just a stroke of luck that kept them from selling out theaters. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hurry at Everybody Hits, Vita and the Woolf at Arden Gild Hall, Cate Le Bon at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

Hurry | Photo by Craig Scheihing | courtesy of the artist
Hurry | Photo by Craig Scheihing | courtesy of the artist

Indie pop favorites Hurry celebrate the release of Guided Meditation at Everybody Hits tonight. We premiered the album last week, calling it “polished, pristine and endlessly catchy.” Frontman Matt Scottoline drew on 90s Britpop influences for the songs, one of which you can hear below. More information for the all-ages show can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Joseph at Tin Angel, Killiam Shakespeare at Johnny Brenda’s, Matthew Logan Vazquez at Boot & Saddle

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Joseph | photo courtesy of the artist

Oregon sister trio Joseph play the Tin Angel tonight. Family heritage runs deep in the band’s indentity; they borrow the name Joseph from their Grandfather, as well as from a town in their native state where they spent time camping as kids. The group’s debut album will be out this year on ATO; get a taste of their jaw-dropping harmonies in the video for “Honest” below and pick up tickets for tonight’s show here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Lawsuits at The Foundry, The Thermals at Union Transfer, Cakes Da Killa at Johnny Brenda’s and more

The Lawsuits | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
The Lawsuits | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

The Lawsuits‘ clever take on Americana, country-infused rock has made them one of our favorite local bands of late. The group released their most recent EP, Tumbled, back in 2014, but have recently been gearing up for the release of their sophomore album, Moon Sun, on Randm Records. The record’s first single, “Romeo,” is Wilco-esque, a calm two of half minutes of understated beautiful music. The Lawsuits play tonight at The Foundry and are likely to feature more tracks from the forthcoming Moon Sun. Grab tickets via the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Abi Reimold at Johnny Brenda’s, MH The Verb at Underground Arts, Oldermost at Boot and Saddle, and more…

Abi Reimold
Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist

After its release back in January, Abi Reimold will be holding the record release party for her album Wriggling at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Joining Reimold (who will be performing with a full band), will be Loose Tooth, Jacqueline Constance, and Sarah M. Read The Key’s interview with Reimold here and pick up tickets to tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →