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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Swirlies at Johnny Brenda’s

 Swirlies | Photo by Abi Reimold | AbiReimoldPhoto.com
Swirlies | Photo by Abi Reimold | AbiReimoldPhoto.com

Iconic Boston dream-pop outfit Swirlies return to Johnny Brenda’s tonight for a headlining gig. They’ve been running on and off for 25 years and have released seven LPs and an array of EPs and 7″ singles in that timespan. Joining them are like-minded locals Suburban Living and Spirit of the Beehive, carrying their sound forward for a new generation. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Trails and Ways at Kung Fu Necktie, John Mellencamp at Merriam Theater, Hemming at Milkboy

Trails and Ways | Photo by David Wallace
Trails and Ways | Photo by David Wallace

Pop group Trails and Ways have emerged with their first full-length, Pathology, this month, and tonight they headline Kung Fu Necktie. Their music resembles Beach Fossils by way of Passion Pit — certainly the type of sound to spend your summer evening enjoying. Watch video for “Mtn Tune” below, and get tickets to their 21+ show here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Communion Philly feat. Pine Barons at MilkBoy, Telequanta at Kung Fu Necktie, The Last Bison at Haddon Lake Park and more…

Pine Barons
Pine Barons | photo by Caitlin McCann

The Communion residency returns to MilkBoy with a stacked line-up of local and touring bands. Canadian Dan Mangan + Blacksmith and Detroit’s Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas join Philly acts Foxtrot & the Get Down and Pine Barons. The latter premiered a new track called “Clowns” on World Cafe‘s Sense of Place: Philadelphia program last week, a preview of the debut LP the band is working on. Check out the song below and pick up tickets for the show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bryant Eugene Vazquez at The Fire, Mohican at Kung Fu Necktie

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Bryant Eugene Vazquez | Photo by Sara Stickley

The Fire’s annual Sundrop Music Festival concludes tonight and singer-songwriter-rock-n-roller Bryant Eugene Vazquez is one of the artists on the bill. Vazquez just released his latest LP, All Damn Day / The Greatest Hits, and it packs a variety of sounds – jagged soul to sunshine pop – centered by classic sounding production. You can listen to the record below and read our interview with Vazquez here, and get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Download The Gallerist’s “lost” Key Studio Session, see them tomorrow at Kung Fu Necktie

The Gallerist in the studio at WXPN | Photo by John Vettese
The Gallerist in the studio at WXPN | Photo by John Vettese

A couple years back, a new band called The Gallerist jumped out from the Philadelphia singer-songwriter scene and grabbed our attention with their plaintive, emotion-laden debut A Falling Waltz. The songwriting vehicle of Mike Collins was rounded out as a solid three-piece with John Holback on drums and Kai Carter on bass.

We caught a couple impressive live sets from them: at a SoFAR Philly show in 2012, opening for Laura Marling in 2013. And when the band released its follow-up EP, Twine, last year, we knew we had to get the band in the studio for a Key Session. Except, unfortunately, the timing was not quite right. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Family Vacation

Philly indie-pop four-piece Family Vacation will catch your ear with jangley guitars, drifting vocals and a positive psychedelic sound. They were still getting their foothold in the scene when we first met them in 2012; their usual haunts at that time were basement shows and Temple rehearsal rooms. But there was very clearly something there; Luke Harsel’s contemplative lyrics, the nimble guitar licks he swaps with bandmate Cody Bluett, the band’s slightly left-of-center poppiness. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Icky Blossoms at Milkboy, Joe Pug at Boot & Saddle, A Day Without Love at Kung Fu Necktie

Icky Blossoms
Icky Blossoms | photo via Facebook

Icky Blossoms play Milkboy tonight. The Nebraska-based band released its debut self-titled record in 2012, which will be followed by Mask next month through Saddle Creek. Single “In Folds” captures the band’s dance-focused songs that echo both club vibes of the eighties and contemporary electro-pop outfits like Friendly Fires. Listen to the track below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tess Emma, Cheerleader and more at Tri-State Indie Music Awards, Koji at The Fire, Davon at Kung Fu Necktie

Tri-State Indie
Tess Emma | photo via Facebook

The 4th Annual Tri-State Indie Music Awards take over World Cafe Live tonight. Performances by local musicians like Tess Emma, Cheerleader, Satellite Hearts and more will accompany the award presentations. Check out a full list of nominated acts here and listen to Tess Emma’s latest EP below. Tickets and information for the event can be found here.

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Listen to Trails And Ways’ new “Skeleton,” catch them at Kung Fu Necktie in June

Photo via facebook.com/TRAILSANDWAYS
Photo via facebook.com/TRAILSANDWAYS

California dream poppers Trails And Ways recently released their latest single, “Skeletons,” an upbeat track with a quintessential club dance groove that support a good cause. The band is encouraging fans who like this track to donate to the Our Power Campaign, a project to bolster sustainable energy and create eco-friendly jobs. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Diarrhea Planet at Underground Arts, Kississippi at Kung Fu Necktie, Cyberbully Mom Club at Johnny Brenda’s and more

Diarrhea Planet | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Diarrhea Planet | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Ridiculous band name, awesome band. Diarrhea Planet headlines Underground Arts tonight with their Philly-based tourmates Left & Right in tow. The blistering rock n’ roll six-piece dishes fierce fuzzy riffs and high energy not unlike their Nashville brethren JEFF the Brotherhood; 2013′s I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams is highly recommended listening. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →