Tonight’s concert picks: Pattern is Movement at Union Transfer, Beats Antique at TLA, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin at North Star Bar and more

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Philly duo Pattern is Movement brings their high-pitched vocals and dynamic blend of keyboards, vocals and drums to Union Transfer tonight. Gaining notable recognition for their recent cover of D’Angelo’s “Unititled (How Does it Feel),” the group is getting ready to release its fourth album (and first since 2008). Their single “Suckling” is reminiscent of what James Blake would sound like blended with organ-like keyboard vamps and drums. Their music is like nothing out there, and the show is sure to be a treat. Get tickets here. Below, listen to “Suckling.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Low Cut Connie at Johnny Brenda’s, Field Report at World Cafe Live, Cold Specks at First Unitarian

Low Cut Connie will be performing tonight at Johnny Brenda’s promoting the September release of their sophomore album, Call Me Sylvia. The band’s rollicking party music is carried by poppy melodies and sharp lyrics that make any bar scene the best party in town. The 21+ show starts at 9:30; more information can be found on our concert calendar here. Check out the band’s new video for “Boozophilia” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Honey Watts and Don Black at Kung Fu Necktie, Arctic Splash at Gunner’s Run, Lyle Lovett at Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center, and City Rain / Cold Fronts at PhilaMOCA

Philly folk duo Honey Watts are playing with Infantree, The Jantiques, and Don Black (Avolcano/Ghiant) tonight at Kung Fu Necktie. Don Black and his project Avolcano/Ghiant just played a great set at Folkadelphia‘s Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA this week. The 21+ show starts at 7:30PM and tickets are on sale for $10 here. Check out Honey Watts’ song “It’s a Shame I Know” in the player below.

Local rockers Arctic Splash (featuring Joey Sweeney of Philebrity) are celebrating their one year anniversary with a free show at 9PM tonight at Gunner’s Run. Check out the band performing “Denim Tuxedo” for Bands in the Backyard in the player below.

WXPN welcomes Lyle Lovett and his acoustic group to the Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center tonight at 7:30PM. The show is in support of the Grammy-winning artist’s most recent album, Release Me. Tickets prices range from $54 to 64 and are available here.

Finally, Philly bands City Rain, Cold Fronts, and The Mendles are playing a variety show with local comedians Lisa Yost, James Hesky, and Alex Grubard at PhilaMOCA tonight. There is an $8 donation fee at the door and a portion of proceeds will go to the organization To Write Love On Her Arms, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. Doors open at 6:30PM and the show starts at 7:30PM. Visit the event page here for more details. Listen to the title track off City Rain’s upcoming EP, Montage, in the player below.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sharon Van Etten at Johnny Brenda’s, Yo La Tengo at The Troc, Lyle Lovett at Merriam Theater

Sharon Van Etten
Sharon Van Etten performs at Johnny Brenda's

Yeah, we’re going to go ahead and toot our own horn: Tonight, WXPN Welcomes presents a trio of shows. At Johnny Brenda’s, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten—who recorded her first two albums right here in Philadelphia (as detailed in her recent Q&A with Philadelphia Weekly) headlines a three-act bill that also features local acoustic-guitar-slinging troubadour Timothy Showalter of Strand Of Oaks. (Go here for more Strand Of Oaks-related coverage, including Showalter’s recent Key Studio Session.) Meanwhile, Yo La Tengo performs over at The Trocadero; if you weren’t the lucky winner of our Yo La Tengo ticket giveaway earlier this week, you’ll be pleased to know that there are still a few tickets available for the show. Finally, Lyle Lovett performs with John Hiatt at Merriam Theater.

Sharon Van Etten performs with Julianna Barwick and Strand of Oaks at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $12. Yo La Tengo performs with William Tyler at 8 p.m. at The Trocadero; tickets to the all-ages show are $21. Lyle Lovett performs with John Hiatt at 8 p.m. at Merriam Theater; tickets are $45-$75.