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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Darla at Boot and Saddle, Katie Ellen at First Unitarian Church, Hawkwind at Kung Fu Necktie and more

Darla | photo by Karl McWerter | courtesy of the band
Darla | photo by Karl McWerter | courtesy of the band

Boot and Saddle gets one hell of show as fusion jazz hounds Darla take the stage, celebrating the release of their newest record Darla Rolls the Dice! with Nik Greely & the Operators, as well as Roz and the rice cakes. The octet keeps it upbeat by blending their smooth brass instrumentation with grooving back beats, staging a great night of good times and great tunes. More information can be found on the WXPN Concert Calender, and also check out Darla’s visit to The Key for a intimate Studio Session here (and listen to the audio below!) Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Honus Honus at Boot and Saddle, Sun Organ at Kung Fu Necktie

honus honus | photo courtesy of the artist
honus honus | photo courtesy of the artist

In light of his recent debut solo album release, I would say now is the perfect time to catch Honus Honus live. Use Your Delusion is the product of years and years of touring and making music with his band Man Man, which gave him a decade to cultivate his own personal persona and style. Honus Honus is playing tonight at Boot and Saddle with the Brooklyn-based garage-rock band Pink Mexico. Go to the WXPN Concert Calendar for more details on this 21+ show, and check out the video for “Heavy Jesus” below. Continue reading →

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Philly grunge-punks Creepoid to debut new EP Burner at Kung Fu Necktie in November

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Creepoid | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

The members of grungy psych-rock group Creepoid are playing a record release show at Kung Fu Necktie on Friday, November 25th.

There isn’t much information out there about the Philly favorites’ new album yet aside from the name, “Burner,” and the conjunctive Black Friday release date and show in November. The LP is being released via the Idaho-based WavePop records. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Field Mouse at Johnny Brenda’s, Allen Stone at World Cafe Wilmington and Julia Hudak at Kung Fu Necktie

Field Mouse | photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN
Field Mouse | photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

If you haven’t listened to the new album Episodic put out my Brooklyn/Philly shoegazers Field Mouse, then take a trip to Johnny Brenda’s tonight to hear it in person. The dreamy indie-rock quintet did a Studio Session with The Key early on in September and blew us away with the uncharacteristically direct nature of their new album. Field Mouse will be sharing the stage at this 21+ show with fellow dream-poppers Lockets and the New Jersey fuzz-rock duo, Slow Animal. For more information go to the WXPN Concert Calendar...and while you’re at it check out Field Mouse’s video for their song “Tomorrow is Yesterday.” Continue reading →

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Cali band Trails and Ways lead a stacked bill at Kung Fu Necktie on 10/27

Trails and Ways | photo by Ginger Fierstein | via facebook.com/trailsandways

 

The Cali-based dream poppers of Trails and Ways come to Kung Fu Necktie on October 27th as a part of their twenty-six date tour. The quartet released their sophomore LP, Own It, on October 7th. Their music bears striking resemblances to that of Passion Pit, but with more groove and guitars.

The group spent time together in Brazil and Spain during college, and their music is sprinkled with influences from both countries. Trails and Ways has a significant following in Brazil, and are signed to Brazilian record label Balaclava Records. Their first album Pathology favored dreamy synth guitars and bright lyrics whereas Own It appeals to a more introspective audience: a nod to the evolution of the band’s style, and their enthusiasm to follow this natural progression. Check out some of the tracks from their new album below. Continue reading →

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Cloak yourself in the eerie shadows of Julia Hudak’s new demo “Bone Feast”

Julia Hudak
Julia Hudak | Photo by Michelle Goodwin | instagram.com/mitchshe | courtesy of the artist

The latest from Bucks County singer-songwriter Julia Hudak has all of the best pieces of her music that we love: haunting vocals, measured acoustic guitar, and ever-present soul.

The tempo remains deliberate throughout “Bone Feast,” and is carried by the ominous notes of Hudak’s acoustic guitar and the few lyrics present are formatted like free verse poetry: they paint vivid images but aren’t obvious about it, leaving much to the imagination. Lyrics like “Broke to ash, charcoal, stone / Dirt to sand, I am alive” cast an eerie metaphorical shadow that is far too intriguing to walk away from. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Loose Tooth at Kung Fu Necktie, Queen of Jeans at Eris Temple Arts, Made In America Day One

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Loose Tooth | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Local outfit Loose Tooth join their friends in Shelf Life, Blue Smiley and Poppies at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The folks in LT caught our ears with last year’s excellent Easy Easy East, so it was exciting to hear what the four-piece had up their sleeves as a follow-up when they stopped by for a Key Studio Session earlier this summer. Check out a video of new number “Roach Motel” below and get more information for tonight’s 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Muffs at Boot & Saddle, Louie Louie at Kung Fu Necktie, Azealia Banks at The Foundry

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The Muffs | photo by Alberto Tolot

90s rockers The Muffs are on tour in support of 2014’s Whoop De Doo, their first album of new songs in a decade. The LA outfit may have been on a recording hiatus for those interim years, but their influence stayed visible; local outfit Littler just covered the band’s “Big Mouth” track (listen here), and their debut LP was re-released by Omnivore Records last summer. Welcome their new music tonight at Boot & Saddle; tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Watch “Weird Boy Next Door” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wildhoney at PhilaMOCA, Tiny Rhymes at Rigby Mansion, GoToBeds at Kung Fu Necktie and more…

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Wildhoney | photo by Zach Inscho | courtesy of the artist

Baltimore outfit Wildhoney are doing a quick tour with Philly’s Literature, and the pair hit PhilaMOCA tonight. Wildhoney’s dreamy popgaze was put on glistening display with last year’s Your Face Sideways and continues with brand new track “Horror Movie.” The latter is part of a collaborative “mini LP” curated by Slumberland Records and Fortuna POP!. More information for the all-ages show with Hurry and Free Cake for Every Creature can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Girlpool at PhilaMOCA, Tigers + Thieves at Tellus 360, Teenage Bigfoot at Kung Fu Necktie and more…

Girlpool
Girlpool | photo by Simon Klein for WXPN

Local duo Girlpool play PhilaMOCA tonight while in the midst of a quick east coast tour. Cleo and Harmony released their breakthrough LP Before the World Was Big last year, which quickly got picked up by outlets like the New York Times and NPR (they even filmed a killer Tiny Desk Concert). Watch the video for “Magnifying Glass” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages concert here.

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