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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Sidekicks at Golden Tea House, Suburban Living at Bourbon & Branch, Hamilton Leithauser at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

The Sidekicks
The Sidekicks | photo via Facebook

Ohio band The Sidekicks headline a stacked bill at Golden Tea House. They’re on tour in support of Runners In the Nerved World, their new LP that was just released through Epitaph Records. The Sidekicks have nearly become honorary Philadelphians through a friendship with Hop Along, who they invited on the road for a handful of tours over the last couple of years. Listen to “Deer” from the new record below and get more info on tonight’s show with Cayetana and All Dogs here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lia Ices at Boot and Saddle, Philebrity Awards at Johnny Brenda’s, Chris Zurich at 2nd State Lounge

Lia Ices | photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Lia Ices | photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Experimental pop singer-songwriter Lia Ices takes to the stage at Boot and Saddle tonight. Her third LP, Ices, was released last year and signified a sonic shift for the New England bred, SoCal based artist – a move away from haunting piano compositions and toward alluring electronic jams. It was highlighted on NPR Music at several points throughout the year, including a First Listen showcase and a session on World Cafe with David Dye. Watch a video of “Higher” recorded during the Cafe session below, and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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A scorching double-bill from The Vaselines and Amanda X at Johnny Brenda’s

The Vaselines | Photo by Chris Sikich | <a href=http://countfeed.tumblr.com target="_blank">countfeed.tumblr.com</a>
The Vaselines | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Last Thursday Scottish punk masters The Vaselines captivated a sold out Johnny Brenda’s. Scorching through a 22-song set, they were a brilliant act to behold. And with Philly-based Amanda X opening, it was a perfect night of rock, both old and new.

Led by the charming duo of Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee, The Vaselines were entertaining in both song and banter. Their works immortalized by Nirvana — “Son of a Gun,” “Molly’s Lips” and “Jesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Sunbeam” — were riveting, with “Jesus” having a seeming air of nuanced poignancy. (And despite a seemingly out-of-place request by the audience of a Nirvana cover, they even played a brief riff from “Come as You Are.”)  Continue reading →

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An upbeat Friday night with Wild Child and Pearl and the Beard at Johnny Brenda’s

Wild Child | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Wild Child | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Austin-based indie pop band Wild Child played a fun, upbeat show at Johnny Brenda’s on Friday night. Throughout the night, the group introduced a handful of new songs from their forthcoming album as they performed a mix of material off their most recent album The Runaround (2013) and their debut LP Pillow Talk (2011) to a sold-out crowd. Incorporating several instruments including violin, cello, piano, trumpet, and percussion in their music allows Wild Child to produce a rich and unique sound that is rarely heard in the majority of music produced today. Throughout the set, lead singer and violinist Kelsey Wilson led the group with her enthusiastic and jazzy vocals while the band filled the room with complex harmonies and beats. Continue reading →

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Watch Amanda X’s Space Jam Session, see them tonight at Johnny Brenda’s

Amanda X | via Space Jam Sessions
Amanda X | via Space Jam Sessions

Philly power trio Amanda X just kicked off a sweet U.S. tour opening for Scottish indie pop legends The Vaselines, and the show comes to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Which is perfect timing for the release of the band’s Space Jam Session. The two cats of the band – Cat Park, she of the pink hair and electric guitar, and Kat bean, she of the grey skully and bass – took a seat on the big ol’ red couch to rock out a plugged-in, stripped-down rendition of “Nothing Wild” from their 2014 debut Amnesia. On the one hand, it does feel airy and intimate in this context – on the other, it’s still got a lot of bite, even with drummer Tiff Yoon sitting this session out. Check it out below, and get tickets and more information on tonight’s show at JBs at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Vaselines with Amanda X at Johnny Brenda’s, Mic Stew and Reef the Lost Cauze at Underground Arts, Arc Iris at Tin Angel and more…

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Scottish outfit The Vaselines visit Johnny Brenda’s with Amanda X tonight. The indie pop veterans first released material in 1987 on an EP called Son of a Gun. Seven more efforts followed, culminating in last year’s V for Vaselines LP which was partially a nod by The Vaselines to the sound of the Ramones. Tourmates Amanda X kept busy last year with shows near and far while recording a new 7″. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here; watch The Vaselines’ video for “High Tide Low Tide” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tess Emma at Milkboy, Weyes Blood at Johnny Brenda’s, The Lawsuits at Boot & Saddle

Tess Emma
Tess Emma | photo via Facebook

Local singer-songwriter Tess Emma debuts her self-titled EP and a new full band at Milkboy tonight. The record chronicles a difficult break-up with four original songs and while the overall tone is dark and heartbreaking, a cover of The Ronette’s “Be My Baby” and the undercurrents of springtime chirps and buzzings leave the listener with a sense of hope and optimism for the future. Tess will be joined on stage with her newly formed band Lou, which features members of Modern Colour to flesh out her compositions. Listen to Tess Emma below and pick up tickets to the record release show with Ginger Coyle, Family Vacation and Ellen Siberian Tiger here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Northern Arms at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Young Statues at Johnny Brenda’s, Carl Madison at Kung Fu Necktie and more

Northern Arms | photo via facebook.com/thenorthernarms
Northern Arms | photo via facebook.com/thenorthernarms

Expressionistic noir rock army Northern Arms performs in the grand staircase of the Philadelphia Museum of Art tonight as part of the museum’s Art After 5 Friday night series. The band released its self-titled debut LP last year to much acclaim, and has been taking is booming and brooding show – which project the blues, gospel, and Americana through a cinematic lens – to unconventional spaces like the Fleisher Art Memorial in the fall. The sonorous acoustics of the Grand Staircase should make for a thrilling setting for the band’s slow-burn story songs tonight. Information on the show can be found hereContinue reading →