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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Little Green Cars at Johnny Brenda’s, Atoms for Peace at the Liacouras Center, Josh Rouse at Tin Angel

littlegreencarsWith its confessional, introspective lyrics and powerhouse vocal front, Ireland’s Little Green Cars made a big impression this year with their debut LP Absolute Zero. Its rousing, urgent arrangements call to mind Arcade Fire – but with instrumentation that falls in line with the folk revival. Tonight the band returns to Johnny Brenda’s for its second headlining set at the venue this year; opening the show is Philly roots-overdrive trio Tin Horses. Tickets and more information on the 21+ show can be found here. Below, watch Little Green Cars’ video for “The John Wayne.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Josh Rouse at World Cafe Live, Les Claypool at The TLA, Flying Lotus at Union Transfer, XPN Welcomes Matt Duke to The Tin Angel

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Folk / pop singer-songwriter Josh Rouse performs at World Cafe Live tonight.  The Nebraska native, who now lives in Spain, is touring behind his recent The Happiness Waltz release.  Throughout his career, Rouse has perfected an up-tempo-but-hushed sound that makes his recordings both inviting and intimate.  Waltz returns Rouse to his English language roots after 2010’s bi-lingual El Turista effort.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Eleni Mandell can be found here.  Below, watch his new film noir inspired video for “Julie (Come Out of the Rain).”

Les Claypool brings his Duo de Twang to The TLA tonight. Fitting in a handful of dates before he heads out on tour with his main band Primus, Duo de Twang features Claypool and guitarist Marc Haggard in an intimate, unplugged set-up.  According to a review of a Duo de Twang show in Los Angeles, the set-list for the evening includes a mix of Primus favorites, original material and some covers as well as a significant amount of banter and story telling.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Below, watch the Duo (in this instance Claypool and Chris Robinson) perform “Battle of New Orleans.”

Experimental DJ Flying Lotus headlines Union Transfer tonight.  The Los Angeles-based musician / producer (real name Steven Ellison) has an impressive musical pedigree – Alice Coltrane was a great-aunt and Ravi Coltrane counts Ellison as one of his cousins – but he’s forged his own path in the electronica / hip hop world over the course of four studio efforts.  Most recently, Ellison released his 2012 Warp Records LP Until the Quiet Comes, on which he showed his ability to cross genres and blend concepts with transcendent results.  Tickets and information for the show with Teebs and Thundercat can be found here.  Watch Flying Lotus’ short film for “Until the Quiet Comes” below.

XPN welcomes Matt Duke to the Tin Angel.  The New Jersey native continues to tour behind his recent Love On a Major Scale EP, which hit #6 on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart last December.  Duke has been hitting the stage hard up and down the east coast lately, and this June he’ll be heading down to the Outer Banks for Pat McGee’s Down the Hatch OBX event after getting back into the studio this spring.  Tonight’s concert will feature opening sets by Matt Santry and Zach Hurd; tickets and information can be found here.  Below, watch Duke perform “The Eyes” at World Cafe Live and download the song for free here.

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Warm up with Josh Rouse’s Take Away Show (playing World Cafe Live on 4/26)

Josh-Rouse-3-by-Allen-Clark-Singer-songwriter Josh Rouse released The Happiness Waltz last week via Yep Roc Records and will perform in Philadelphia at World Cafe Live on April 26th.  The Nebraska-born world traveler spent several years living in Spain, his time there heavily influencing his 2010 album El Turista.  Ahead of that album’s release, French live session producers La Blogotheque caught up with Rouse to film a Take Away Show on the sun-drenched streets of Barcelona featuring equally sun-drenched songs from El Turista that will put this not-so-spring-like weather out of your mind, for a little while at least.  Watch Josh Rouse perform “Oh Look What the Sun Did” and “Duerme” in Part I below, then check out the rest of the segments here.  Tickets and information for Rouse’s all-ages show with Eleni Mandell can be found here.