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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Leagues at Union Transfer, Ivan and Alyosha at Boot & Saddle, Destroyer at Johnny Brenda’s and more

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Nashville pop-rock trio Leagues will be bringing their crooning vocals and toe tappin’ instrumentation to Union Transfer tonight. Drawing comparisons to bands like The Fray, who they toured with after being discovered by the band in Nashville, Leagues have matured into very much their own, mixing guitar and drums with pop heavy melodies and introspective lyrics. Find tickets and more information on the Union Transfer show here.

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My Morning Download: “Walking Backwards” by Leagues (playing Union Transfer tomorrow)

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The Nashville band Leagues captured our attention with “Spotlight” from the band’s debut album, You Belong Here, released last January. They recently released the new Spotlight EP and are currently on tour. They headline Union Transfer tomorrow night, November 12th. Go here for tickets. Below, in exchange for your e-mail address, download “Walking Backwards.”

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Firefly Under the Radar: LEAGUES

LEAGUES While catching headliners like Tom Petty or Vampire Weekend, will certainly be a thrill at this years Firefly Music Festival, happening in Dover, DE this coming weekend, there’s also a certain exhilaration to be found in discovering new bands whose popularity has yet to really take off. If you’re looking for this kind of excitement, the kind that only comes along with hearing an artist for the first time and instantly loving them, then look no further than Nashville natives LEAGUES. The Tennessee trio released its LP You Belong Here earlier this year. A promising debut, the band displays a sound reminiscent of U2 or The Police, while maintaining a more modern sensibility, drawing equal inspiration from more recent acts like Phoenix, as well. The band showcased its delightful pop-rock in a World Cafe Session back in April when David Dye traveled to Nashville, and it is something surely not to miss at Firefly this weekend, where they’ll be performing at the Lawn stage, this Friday, June 21st. Tickets and info can be found here, and check out the video for their track “Spotlight”, below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Leagues to MilkBoy, Adam and Dave’s Bloodline at Johnny Brenda’s, XPN Welcomes Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale to World Cafe Live

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Leagues combines the talents of three Nashville rock scene veterans.  The group, comprised of Thad Cockrell, Tyler Burkum and Jeremy Lutito, recently released an EP of jangly pop rock.  They’ve opened for the likes of The Fray and Matt Kearny, but they’re headlining their own shows as they tour the country for the next month.  Tonight’s show at MilkBoy promises to be a dance party.  On the band’s website, it boasts music so joyous, it actually provokes laughter.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show are available here.  Below, watch the music video for their song Spotlight.

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WXPN Welcomes Leagues to Milkboy Philly on February 22nd

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WXPN Welcomes the Nashville roots rock band Leagues to Millboy Philly on February 22. Leagues is singer Thad Cockrell, drummer Jeremy Lutito and guitarist Tyler Burkum. The band releases its debut album, You Belong Here, on January 29th. All three band members have strong musical ties to the Nashville singer-songwriter community and are well respected for their work. Cockrell has an excellent solo career, Lutito has drummed with Jars of Clay and various other bands, and Burkum played guitar with Wild Sweet Orange before they broke up and currently plays guitar Mat Kearney. There’s a lot of rock and roll packed in to their tight little three piece. Below, watch the video for “Spotlight,” and download the song.

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My Morning Download: “Spotlight” by Leagues

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The Nashville roots rock band Leagues is singer Thad Cockrell, drummer Jeremy Lutito and guitarist Tyler Burkum. The band releases its debut album, You Belong Here, on January 29th. All three band members have strong musical ties to the Nashville singer-songwriter community and are well respected for their work. Cockrell has an excellent solo career, Lutito has drummed with Jars of Clay and various other bands, and Burkum played guitar with Wild Sweet Orange before they broke up and currently plays guitar Mat Kearney. There’s a lot of rock and roll packed in to their tight little three piece. Below, watch the video for “Spotlight,” and download the song.

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