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Hit the garage with The Warhawks in their “Just Let Me” video; see them at Kung Fu Necktie on 5/9

The Warhawks | Photo by Kate Kell
The Warhawks | Photo by Kate Kell

Gloucester City rockers The Warhawks are self-releasing their latest EP, Exodus, and celebrating this Friday May 9th at Kung Fu Necktie. The set finds the band traveling loud and dark paths with their sound, which was pretty heavy stuff to begin with. Whereas before our point of reference was heavy arena rockers Kings of Leon, the new stuff sounds notably rawer and more punk. The video for “Just Let Me,” released a couple months back, has a definite Buzzcocks by-way-of Queens of the Stone Age vibe to it. The clip shows the band going HAM in a garage with an American flag draped from a wall behind their drumkit – the feverish intensity is pretty much in line with the band we’ve seen rock out at venues from Johnny Brenda’s to the backyard party they crashed at SXSW a  few years back. Check out the video below and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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What’s happening at Kung Fu Necktie? “Changes” announced in how shows are booked

Eternal Summers onstage at Kung Fu Necktie | Photo by John Vettese

A Facebook post this morning announced that Fishtown venue Kung Fu Necktie is “making some changes” and will move in “a different direction as far as booking the club goes.” The small club underneath the El opened its doors in late 2008 and was initially booked in part by R5 Productions under the guidance of Steven Ward James. But James left around 2010, and the club has gone through a string of promoters since then, most recently Bonfire (who also handles Underground Arts and North Star). In the past year, the venue has booked simultaneous shows on the downstairs stage as well as a renovated upstairs gallery space, sometimes doing upwards to three shows or DJ events per night – a programming policy that’s generated some degree of flack from the music community.

According to the announcement (which you can read in full after the jump), the club is “running more as a collective from here on out, with the hopes of each show being slightly more micro-managed.” They say the venue will be open to independent promoters, with “a few in-house facilitators” offering guidance.

We’ve reached out to some of the stakeholders and will update you as we find out more. For now, read KFN’s announcement below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: M.I.A. at Tower Theater, Gliss at Kung Fu Necktie, Woods at Boot and Saddle, and more

Photo via facebook.com/miauk
Photo via facebook.com/miauk

Tonight, M.I.A. graces the Tower Theater stage and fans (old and new) should, as always, expect a little bit of everything from the singer-songwriter’s genre-bending music. On her latest album Matangi, it’s clear that her sound is still a hybrid of electronic, pop, hip-hop and world music. Best known for her 2007 platinum hit “Paper Planes”, M.I.A. isn’t a traditional singer or rapper; she’s crafted a style that’s somewhere in between and it’s infectious. Watch “Y.A.L.A.” below and get tickets here

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Edison will premiere new line-up and new songs at Kung Fu Necktie on 4/27

Michael James Murray of Edison | photo by Colin Kerrigan
Michael James Murray of Edison | photo by Colin Kerrigan

At the start of 2013 a band called Edison drifted into Philly with a debut EP called Living Room and a handful of shows.  Founded by locals Michael James Murray and Alexander Savoth, the duo crafted roaming soundscapes that incorporated string sections with quietly jazzy drums and large-room production that still kept things intimate with closely placed vocals.

Following several months of solo work by Murray and Savoth that coincided with a new approach to Edison, the band is back with an expanded line-up and new material, ready to hit the stage again at Kung Fu Necktie on Sunday, April 27th.  Chris Giraldi joins on drums and Bennet Daniels (Neighborhood Choir, Hippy Johnny) takes control of the bass, bringing new perspectives and possibilities to a band that already reached aural moments of Air and Radiohead.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Marc Neibauer and HLEP can be found here.  Listen back to last year’s EP below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Loop at Kung Fu Necktie, The Revivalists at World Cafe Live, The Behn Gillece Quartet at Underground Arts

Loop | Photo via facebook.com/soundheads
Loop | Photo via facebook.com/soundheads

Before there was Pure Phase, before there was Screamadelica, there was Loop. The short-lived UK four-piece blended nervy electronic rhythms and towering psychedelic arrangements in a similar manner as Spiritualized and Primal Scream, but disbanded before those artists really took off. Reunited in 2013, Loop is taking a pass through the U.S. this spring and headlining Kung Fu Necktie tonight; get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch a video for their cover of Suicide’s “Rocket U.S.A” from the 1987 album The World In Your Eyes below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Roof Doctor at Kung Fu Necktie and Nina Persson at World Café Live

Roof Doctor | photo by Abi Reimold
Roof Doctor | photo by Abi Reimold

Philly’s Roof Doctor will bring its eclectic blend of surf, punk and indie rock to Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Their latest album Mobile Freedom Home arrived late last month just in time for Spring. Check out “Bulldog” below and get $5 tickets at the door before showtime at 8pm.

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The Deadeyes release upbeat lament “Why Would She Love Me”

Photo via facebook.com/thedeadeyes
Photo via facebook.com/thedeadeyes

Philly folk-punk three-piece The Deadeyes aren’t short on inspiration lately – they’ve released three new songs in the past few weeks, with the latest being the upbeat string-laced affair “Why Would She Love Me”. Clocking in at 6 minutes, it’s a bit long for a punk rock song but the violin and the slight melodic shift keep it interesting. Check it out below and catch them live at Kung Fu Necktie this Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Acres of Diamonds at Kung Fu Necktie

Photo courtesy of facebook.com/AcresofDiamondsMusic
Photo courtesy of facebook.com/AcresofDiamondsMusic

Acres of Diamonds’ sound stems from a variety of influences – from Fleetwood Mac to Sonic Youth, the band somehow mixes and mashes different genres into a sound completely their own. Tonight, they’ll be presenting that very sound at Kung Fu Necktie along with bands Elsinore and Vivre Sa Vie. Tonight’s show starts at 8 p.m. and the $8 tickets can be purchased here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Human BBQ at Pi Lam, Amy Ray at World Cafe Live, No Other at Kung Fu Necktie and more

Photo courtesy of the event's Facebook page
Photo courtesy of the event’s Facebook page

University of Pennsylvania’s punk rock frat, Pi Lam, is ringing in spring the right way: by way of 18 local acts paired with a “face-melting” BBQ (with vegan-friendly items) they call “Human BBQ XXXIV.” On the bill, we’ve got bands like Roof Doctor, Mumblr, Cold Fronts, Secret Plot to Destroy the Universe and Slingshot Dakota with plenty, plenty more. The event costs $15 (that’s not even a buck per band!) and starts at noon and is scheduled to go until midnight at the frat.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Louis Logic at Kung Fu Necktie and Steep Canyon Rangers at Sellersville Theater

Photo via facebook.com/louislogic
Photo via facebook.com/louislogic

Brooklyn-bred emcee Louis Logic will present his rhymes to a crowd at Kung Fu Necktie tonight on The Rhymin’ Gosling Tour. Formerly a member of rap group Demigodz, Logic began his solo career over 10 years ago and has earned the coveted dual stamp of critical acclaim and underground approval. Watch him perform “The Idiot Gear” and get tickets tonight at the door before showtime at 8:00pm.

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