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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bird Watcher at Johnny Brenda’s, Le Fits at Kung Fu Necktie, Bettye Lavette at World Cafe Live

Bird Watcher

Bird Watcher | photo via Facebook

Local indie rock / folk group Bird Watcher headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Founded by the duo of Jesse Soifer and Julian Booker (the latter also the host of Sleepy Hollow on Sunday mornings), Bird Watcher is now a full band and will be performing new songs taken from an upcoming full-length. Watch their video for “All You Suburban Mothers, I Depart Thee!” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with Dylan Jane and Ortolan here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Fresh Cut Orchestra at World Cafe Live, Kishi Bashi at Union Transfer, Kool Keith at Kung Fu Necktie and more…

Fresh Cut Orchestra
Fresh Cut Orchestra | photo via Facebook

Local jazz ensemble Fresh Cut Orchestra perform at World Cafe Live tonight. The ten-piece band is celebrating the release of their debut record From the Vine, out on Ropeadope Records yesterday. LP features nine original songs that show just how tightly these musicians vibe together. They move from contemporary jazz to Latin-influenced arrangemetns and abstract hip hop beats. Listen to “Sanguine” from the record below and pick up tickets for tonight’s all-ages show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mumblr at Kung Fu Necktie, Bad Suns at Union Transfer, Albert Lee at Sellersville Theater

Mumblr
Mumblr | photo by Peter Murray Photography | petermurrayphotography.com
Kensington’s Mumblr plays Kung Fu Necktie tonight with fellow locals Brown Rainbow and Fake Boyfriend. The four piece released Full of Snakes last fall, following up 2014′s Bang Bang EP and 2013′s White Jesus/Black God full-length with their most in-sync record to date. Later this week they’ll release a split with their friends in Clique, Loose Tooth and Ghost Gum (keep an eye on Bandcamp for its release). Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here; watch Mumblr perform “Masturbation” for a Space Jam Session below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Laser Background and more at PhilaMOCA, Cheerbleeders at Kung Fu Necktie

Laser Background

Blistering Ephemera Fest continues today at PhilaMOCA with Laser Background and many other acts. Curated by local promoter Nick Duval to celebrate his five years of living in Philadelphia, the festival is a day-long affair with ten bands performing. Headliner Laser Background had a busy 2014, playing shows with Mac DeMarco, Jamaican Queens, White Fence just to name a few. More information on the show can be found here. Watch Laser Background perform “Fizzy Lifting Drinks” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: No Stranger at Kung Fu Necktie, Sam Smith at Liacouras Center

No Stranger | Photo by John Vettese
No Stranger | Photo by John Vettese

Jonathan Cooney’s solo songwriting project No Stranger headlines Kung Fu Necktie tonight. A mix of contemplative acoustic guitar, ethereal electric guitar and introspective lyrics, No Stranger recalls Jonah Matranga’s Onelinedrawing and The Weakerthans in its emotive reflections on life, faith and humanity. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Johnny Showcase at World Cafe Live, Lee Mazin at The TLA, Sister City at Kung Fu Necktie and more…

Johnny Showcase
Johnny Showcase | photo via Facebook

Johnny Showcase brings his Lefty Lucy Cabaret to World Cafe Live upstairs tonight. The absurdist funk-pop-disco eight-piece will release its new record The Octopus this spring after hosting a successful Kickstarter campaign. The LP comes three years after the groups debut Love Is the Message, which they revisited last summer for the video “Hit It From the Back.” Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Timur and the Dime Museum can be found here. Watch the band perform “The Octopus” live at Johnny Brenda’s below.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Thief Steal Me a Peach at Kung Fu Necktie

Photo by Kirra Kimbrell | via facebook.com/tsmap

Speaking of the appropriateness of titles, Thief, Steal Me a Peach took its name from a 1993 7″ by emo icons Sunny Day Real Estate, and you can totally hear it. The Philadelphia band released its Anxious Math EP just about two years ago, so we’re due for some new material. Tonight they play Kung Fu Necktie; tickets and more information can be found here. Continue reading →

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Yikes The Zero, E. Grizzly join forces in Radio Ghost

Yikes the Zero: a Philly hip hop artist to watch
Yikes the Zero | Photo courtesy of the artist

The majority of the music you’ll hear from Radio Ghost – a new collective made up of Philly MCs Yikes The Zero, Tommy Tucker, O-Severe and E. Grizzly – sounds like a cypher. It’s four artists with distinctive sounds coming together on each track to not only annihilate the beat but to also show who’s the better rapper. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Common at The TLA, Pompo & The Community College Rejects at Kung Fu Necktie

Common | via twitter.com/common
The cover of Common’s Nobody’s Smiling | via twitter.com/common

After a brief hiatus, Chicago rapper Common re-emerged this year with his tenth studio album, Nobody’s Smiling. Released on Def Jam Records in July, it was a timely artistic statement, as the album deals with the high crime rate in his hometown that hit a peak this summer, with guest collaborations from Jhené Aiko, Big Sean, Vince Staples and more. Tonight Common headlines the TLA in Philly; tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, listen to “Kingdon” featuring Vince Staples. Continue reading →