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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Verite at Union Transfer, Pine Barons at Kung Fu Necktie, Secret Nudist Friends at The Barbary

Verite | photo by Eric Ryan Anderson | via the artist’s Facebook page

Brooklyn-based singer, Kelsey Byrne, makes dark, indie electro-pop under the moniker, VERITE. She’s been releasing a slew of infectious singles and EP’s since 2014, with her debut album, Somewhere In Between, due out on June 23rd. Before then, you can experience VERITE’s expansive sound fill Union Transfer tonight when she opens for Betty Who. Find more info on tickets here and watch the tour video of VERITE’s awesome cover of The 1975’s, “Somebody Else,” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Surgeon at Kung Fu Necktie, Xavier Omär at William Street Commons

Surgeon | via facebook.com/SurgeonBand

Local metal outfit Surgeon headline Kung Fu Necktie tonight, their first show back in Philly after a late March southern tour. The quartet released its sophomore LP Beast of Light last summer – watch an animated video for album cut “Forest of Ghosts” below and get more info for the 21+ show here.

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Party with Cayetana alongside a stacked lineup at New Kind of Normal record release shindig

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Cayetana | photo by Jess Flynn

May 5th just went from an awesome day to a supremely wonderful hooplah of a day.  In addition to the upcoming Cayetana record New Kind of Normal being released, Guild Shows just announced that Cayetana will rock a record release show that night at First Unitarian Church alongside the likes of Katie Ellen, Shannen Moser, and Aster More. Can I get a heck yee. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ellen Siberian Tiger at Kung Fu Necktie, Vince Staples at Union Transfer, and King Azaz at Bourbon and Branch

Ellen Siberian Tiger | photo courtesy of the artist
Ellen Siberian Tiger | photo courtesy of the artist

Ellen Siberian Tiger impressed us with her recent EP,  Red-Blooded Woman, in which singer Ellen Tiberio-Schultz takes a more stripped-down, vulnerable and introspective approach. The three bluesy-folk tracks showcase Tiberio-Schultz skills in crafting acoustic, confessional songs along with noisey wonder punk. Don’t miss seeing Ellen Siberian Tiger tonight at Kung Fu Necktie, along with a lineup of Ian Fitzgerald, Driftwood Soldier, and Cult Class. More info can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to the beautiful tune, “Grinding My Teeth,” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sonnder at The Barbary, Line Leader at Kung Fu Nectie

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Sonnder | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Local outfit Sonnder have plans to record some new material and take a break from playing out this spring, so catch them at The Barbary tonight. The four-piece alt-rockers will be following up last year’s Entanglement LP – stream the title track below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Woven In at Bourbon & Branch, Sad Heaven at Boot & Saddle, Dominic at Kung Fu Necktie and more…

Woven In | Photo by Bob Sweeney | photo courtesy of the artist
Woven In | Photo by Bob Sweeney | photo courtesy of the artist

Working off of a small but mighty catalog of last year’s Highs and Ultra Lows and a pair of digital demo records, Woven In will bring their surfy post punk music to Bourbon & Branch tonight. Mariah Johnson and Brandon Ochs highlighted some even newer tracks in their Key Studio Session; stream “Lure” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Geisha Facade at Kung Fu Necktie, iNFiNiEN at Johnny Brenda’s

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Geisha Facade | photo via facebook.com/geishafacade

Dreamy local act Geisha Facade bring their debut record You Went To Space, Good Bye Dear to Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Zoe Tanner and Jordan Dupree mastered a colorfully hypnotic slowdown on lead single “Head,” calling to mind the glitzy daze of Beach House and the nostalgic drawl of Lana Del Rey but mixing in their own fun-mirror psych to shift it just a little left of center. Stream that track below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Run the Jewels at the Electric Factory, Cabbage at Kung Fu Necktie

Run The Jewels perform at Union Transfer in 2014 | Photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com
Run The Jewels perform at Union Transfer in 2013 | Photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com

Run the Jewels kick off two months of touring tonight at the Electric Factory, a show that comes just couple days before the highly anticipated release of RTJ3. Leading up to this week rappers / producers Killer Mike and El P shared album single “Talk To Me” as well as a comedic trailer clip that sees the duo visiting Portlandia for some promotional strategy brainstorming. Check out that video here and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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Just Announced: Tropicalia icons Os Mutantes will play Kung Fu Necktie in February

Os Mutantes | via Facebook

Breaking out with their self-titled 1968 record, São Paulo psychedelic outfit Os Mutantes have forged forth over the years, disbanding in the late 70s and reuniting in the early 90s.

Their tenth album, Fool Metal Jack, was released in 2013, followed in 2015 by the compilation Mande Um Abraço Pra Velha. Working in the periphery of the tropicalia scene, the band helped draw global attention to psych sounds being made in South America, and a winter run of shows brings them to Philadelphia on Sunday, February 26th at Kung Fu Necktie. Continue reading →