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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Spacin’ at Everybody Hits, Julia Rainer at Kung Fu Necktie, Field Mouse at First Unitarian and more

Photo via facebook.com/spacintheband
Photo via facebook.com/spacintheband

Philly’s Spacin’, whose frontman is Jason Killinger of Birds of Maya, are ready to take 2016 by storm with a new album titled Total Freedom. The band will debut the record tonight at Everybody Hits! They have released their first single off the album “Titchy” — which you can listen to below. For more information on tonight’s show, go to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Stream Weekender’s atmospheric new single “Loving/Hating” via Consequence of Sound

Weekender | Photo by Jen Bragan
Weekender | Photo by Jen Bragan | via facebook.com/wkndrband

Weekender have been spinning dreamy, reverb-filled pop melodies since their 2013 debut EP Spanish Peaks, but on their upcoming release Floaty Feeling, Blue (PaperCup Music), they’ve stepped it up another notch. Lead singer Derek Sheehan has finally established a solid band lineup behind him, and you can sense this continuity and comfort on the group’s new single “Loving/Hating.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Diane Coffee at Kung Fu Necktie, Dave Rawlings Machine at Union Transfer and Post War Dream at MilkBoy

Shaun Fleming | Diane Coffee | Photo by Cara Robbins
Shaun Fleming | Diane Coffee | Photo by Cara Robbins

Shaun Fleming’s journey has surely been a unique one. Starting out a child voice actor for Disney, Fleming eventually joined the psych-pop trio Foxygen and just this year released the second album under his new moniker, Diane Coffee. Tonight you can catch Fleming at Kung Fu Necktie with New Jersey’s Pine Barons and Philly’s Bryant Eugene Vasquez. Click here for more details on tonight’s show. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Max Swan at MilkBoy, Rosemary Fiki Band at Bourbon and Branch, The Bul Bey at Kung Fu Necktie

Photo Courtesy of the Artist
Photo Courtesy of the Artist

Up-and-coming Philly jazz artist, Max Swan will be hitting the stage at MilkBoy tonight alongside Ill Fated Natives and The Hollander-Crouse Duo. If you missed it, we premiered his latest single, “So Much Chime,” last month. Check him out tonight at Milkboy. Get tickets and more info on the 21+ show over at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to “So Much Chime” after the jump. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: John Zorn’s Simulacrum at Johnny Brenda’s, Ani DiFranco at Scottish Rite Auditorium, Promised Land Sound at Kung Fu Necktie

John Zorn | photo by Chad Batka
John Zorn | photo by Chad Batka

How often do you hear this description of a musical act: “the prog-metal organ trio of Downtown alchemists”? Not very often, presumably. Tonight, noteworthy composer John Zorn brings his extreme organ trio, Simulacrum, to Johnny Brenda’s. The trio of John Medeski (Medeski, Martin & Wood), Matt Hollenberg (Cleric) and Kenny Grohowski (Abraxas) will bring riffs, solos, and improvisations to the stage tonight. Get show info and concert tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar and listen to the trio’s “Marmarath” below. Continue reading →

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Elusive genre-bender Brian Carpenter touches down at Kung Fu Necktie

Brian Carpenter | Photo by Heather Byington | courtesy of the artist
Brian Carpenter | Photo by Heather Byington | courtesy of the artist

Brian Carpenter is a hard man to pin down – in several senses. For one, there’s the fact that he always seems to be juggling several projects at once. Then there’s the eccentric diversity of those projects, each of them uncategorizable in their own right and seemingly adrift in time. He originally made his name as the leader of Beat Circus, an ensemble that sounded like a circus’ resident jazz band and a Tom Waits-infected folk band riding parallel roller coasters in an abandoned carnival somewhere in the Gothic south. He then started the Ghost Train Orchestra, a jazz big band that sics modern Brooklyn jazz players on vintage charts from 1920s and ‘30s Harlem and Chicago. He’s also worked in radio and the theater in similarly genre-defying fashion. Continue reading →

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Brother Sport: Sun Club & The not-Districts hit the end of the line

Sun Club | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Sun Club | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

It can’t be just a coincidence that  the first time I wrote about Sun Club over a year ago, I said that “I can’t help but project them as a Maryland version of our own hometown boys, The Districts.”

Since then, we’ve seen their paths cross again, seemingly at random in a North Philly basement. And of course, if you saw The Districts at any show on their most recent headlining tour (except the Electric Factory), then you know something stuck: Sun Club were the primary support for just over 30 of the biggest shows yet for both bands. On Saturday night, the roles were reversed, as Sun Club celebrated an album release show for their new LP The Dongo Durango at Kung Fu Necktie, and had the not-Districts join them as support. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sun Club at Kung Fu Necktie; Deafheaven at Union Transfer; Minas at World Cafe Live

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

If Sun Club‘s live performance is anything like the chaos of their music videos, then their show tonight at Kung Fu Necktie will be tons of fun. The Baltimore five-piece wields their instruments to make happy and poppy, lo-fi tunes. Catch them tonight at Kung Fu Necktie; get tickets and show info at the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch their wacky music video for “Tropicoller Lease” after the jump. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Zydeco Crossroads Weekend at World Cafe Live, Left & Right at Everybody Hits, Laura Palmer at Kung Fu Necktie and more

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Buckwheat Zydeco | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

If you missed Zydeco Crossroads last night at World Cafe Live, you have another chance to catch it tonight! The festivities – which celebrate Creole music, Cajun food, and Zydeco dancing – will begin this afternoon with a film screening of Zydeco Crossroads: A Tale of Two Cities by filmmaker Robert Mugge, which will be followed by a panel discussion upstairs. Then after dinner, the entertainment will resume with music from Corey Ledet and His Zydeco BandWayne Singleton and Same Ol 2 Step, and Rosie Ledet. You won’t want to miss out on this night! Get tickets and information at the XPN Concert Calendar. Check out Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band perform “Boudin Man” for KRVS below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Disclosure at The Fillmore, Ron Gallo at Kung Fu Necktie

Disclosure | Photo by Kate Bracaglia | underwaterexplosions.blogspot.com
Disclosure | Photo by Kate Bracaglia | underwaterexplosions.blogspot.com

Tonight Howard and Guy Lawrence bring Disclosure back to Philadelphia for a two-night stand at The Fillmore. The band released its sophomore album Caracal last month, and it features a solid slate of collaborations with pop vocalists from Lorde and Sam Smith to The Weeknd and Miguel. Tickets and more information on tonight and tomorrow’s show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Check out the video for “Holding On” featuring Gregory Porter below. Continue reading →