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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Leverage Models at Kung Fu Necktie, NOFX at the TLA, Bane at Kung Fu Necktie and more

Photo via The Cheats Movement
Photo via The Cheats Movement

Electro-pop outfit Leverage Models will play Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The band professes that it makes “secular songs about transubstantiation with rototoms.” It doesn’t matter if that statement confuses you, their music speaks for itself and it’s interesting to say the least. The band released its self-titled debut album in March on Hometapes Records. Watch their latest video for “Sweep” below and get tickets here.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Stephen Kellogg, Lily Mae, Leverage Models

Photo by Tony Oppenheim
Photo by Tony Oppenheim

Bucks County’s Lily Mae was the focus of this week’s Key Studio Session.  Mae performed on the Philly Local Stage at the Philadelphia Folk Festival this August and released her debut EP Early Days last year.  Download the title track below and get the full set here, which includes a few unreleased songs and a duet.

Stephen Kellogg (of Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers) stopped by Folkadelphia to record a few live songs.  Taken from his recent solo album Blunderstone Rookery, the four songs are intimate, personal and sincere.  Stream and download the session below.  Kellogg plays World Cafe Live on November 29th; tickets and information can be found here.

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My Morning Download: “Sweep” by Leverage Models featuring Sharon Van Etten

leveragemodels Missouri’s Leverage Models is Shannon Fields and friends, including members of Yeasayer, LCD Soundsystem and Sinkane. On his self-titled debut, out tomorrow (October 1st) on Hometapes, Fields and company make sonically sophisticated, colorful, swirling, syncopated rhythmic deco-music; think Heaven 17, a little early years-Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys, ABC, The Cure. Prior to Leverage Models, Fields started the indie anarchistic folk collective, Stars Like Fleas, and has played with Helado Negro. You can listen to the entire album on Pitchfork Advance, or sample “Sweep” below, featuring Sharon Van Etten.

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Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Strand of Oaks with Buried Beds and Little Big League to Johnny Brenda’s, Concrete Blonde at World Cafe Live, Ape School at Kung Fu Necktie, XPN Welcomes Shawn Colvin to The Landis Theater, XPN Welcomes Jane Siberry to The Arden Gild Hall

XPN welcomes Strand of Oaks to Johnny Brenda’s tonight for his first headlining Philadelphia show.  The stage name of local bearded guy Tim Showalter, Strand of Oaks is a vehicle for storytelling and yarn-spinning that has taken Showalter through the darker days of his life and into the better-lit year of 2012; this year saw the release of Strand of Oaks’ third full-length Dark Shores and a tour with Swedish one-man-show The Tallest Man on Earth.  Also playing tonight are local acts Buried Beds and Little Big League.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show are available here.  Below, watch a live video of Showalter and band performing the title track from Dark Shores.

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