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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Holychild at Ortlieb’s, Langhorne Slim at Chameleon Club, Jaill at Kung Fu Necktie

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Holychild | photo via Facebook

LA’s Holychild play Ortlieb’s tonight. The duo released its debut EP last year after their single “Happy With Me” blew up the Hype Machine Popular Charts. A signing with Glassnote Records followed and produced this year’s full-length The Shape of Brat Pop to Come, a nod to the band’s self-assigned genre. Check out the video for “Money All Around” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Wooden Sky at Kung Fu Necktie, Hollis Brown at Boot and Saddle, Alex Winston at MilkBoy

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The Wooden Sky | Photo via band’s website

Canadian indie folk band The Wooden Sky headline Kung Fu Necktie tonight, with Mail the Horse opening the show. Last year The Wooden Sky released their latest LP Let’s Be Ready to critical acclaim, and have since re-released the album in the U.S. This summer’s tour is in support of that re-release. Watch their video for “Saturday Night” below, and get tickets for tonight’s 21+ show here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Telepathic at Kung Fu Necktie, The Homophones at The Fire

Telepathic | Photo via telepathic.bandcamp.com
Telepathic | Photo via telepathic.bandcamp.com

Telepathic has risen from the ashes of Philly rock band Bleeding Rainbow. The founding duo Rob Garcia and Sarah Everton, along with Paul Brinkley, released their first EP under the new banner this past March. Entitled The Powers of Ten, it’s six songs of sweet-tooth power pop. They’re definitely not afraid to get rub a little Philly grit into their music though, especially on “Nite Vision.” These 6 tracks will blaze by, so do yourself a favor and see them live. Tickets here. Continue reading →

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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…

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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

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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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