Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Mayer Hawthorne to Union Transfer, The Rosebuds at Johnny Brenda’s, Majical Cloudz at Kung Fu Necktie, Joey Sweeney and the Long Hair Arkestra residency at Khyber Pass


XPN welcomes Mayer Hawthorne to Union Transfer tonight with Superhumanoids.  The neo-soul / R&B singer released Where Does This Door Go earlier this year, showing an ability to put on a more pop-angled hat while still maintaining the retro flair that won over early fans.  Tickets and information for the show can be found here; watch Hawthorne’s video for “Her Favorite Song” below.

The Rosebuds will make a special appearance at Johnny Brenda’s, performing Sade’s Love Deluxe in its entirety.  After the marital split of band members Kelly Crisp and Ivan Howard during the release of 2008’s Life Like, Howard retreated to coastal North Carolina where he recorded the entire 1992 album that had meant so much to him throughout his life.  The pair have managed to redefine their relationship as friends in recent years and bring their intimate tour to Philly tonight with Dark Rooms.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Stream “No Ordinary Love” below and download the full tribute album for free here.

Majical Cloudz performs at Kung Fu Necktie tonight with Moon King.  The simultaneously lush and sparse project belongs to Devon Welsh, a Canadian musician / producer who writes emotionally heavy electronic music.  Impersonator, Welsh’s first LP under the moniker, was released in May and instantly perked up ears with its piano / synth base and downtempo vocals that aim for your core.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.  Watch Welsh perform “Bugs Don’t Buzz” for La Blogotheque below.

Joey Sweeney and his Long Hair Arkestra present their second of four residency nights at the Khyber Pass Pub tonight.  This week will feature performances by The Lift Up and Heyward Howkins in addition to Sweeney’s latest rock project.  The Long Hair Arkestra will release its debut record this fall on La Société Expéditionnaire / BITBY.  Listen to “Kate Moss Hologram” from the band below, followed by an iPhone demo of “Our Brothers” from Heyward Howkins.  More information can be found here.


Dive Deep with Majical Cloudz: New LP, playing Kung Fu Necktie 9/10

Majical Cloudz

Both haunting and poppy, lush and minimalistic, it’s safe to say that Majical Cloudz have an interesting and different sound. With a name like that, one would almost expect something much sillier, not brooding and emotional. Yet that’s what adds to the mystery of Majical Cloudz, started back in 2011 by Devon Welsh and backed by Matthew Otto. The Canadian duo released their first LP, Impersonator, in May and it’s an awesome collection of songs; Welsh’s beautiful vocals are surrounded by piano and synth-based downtempo. Majical Cloudz embark on their first North American headlining tour soon, and will be playing at Kung Fu Necktie on September 10th along with fellow Canadian openers Moon King. Tickets and information can be found here. Meanwhile, check out the strangely mesmerizing music video for the duo’s tune “Bugs Don’t Buzz.”


Watch a video for “Childhood’s End” from Majical Cloudz (playing Union Transfer on 5/10)

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Matador Records artist Majical Cloudz (real name Devon Welsh) called in some parental assistance for the visual accompaniment to “Childhood’s End.”  Starring in the chilling, heartbreaking black and white video is the younger Welsh’s father Kenneth Welsh, known to TV enthusiasts as Windom Earle from Twin Peaks.  The elder Welsh plays a lonely janitor with a surprising (and perhaps hidden) artistic talent who seems to have reached his limit as he stands before a stopped train and begs it to move forward on the icy, frozen tracks.  “Childhood’s End” is taken from Majical Cloudz’s forthcoming label debut Impersonator, set for release on May 21st.  Tickets and information for the May 10th show at Union Transfer with Youth Lagoon can be found here.  Watch the video, directed by Emily Kai Bock, below.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Autre Ne Veut at Johnny Brenda’s, Cusses at Kung Fu Necktie

Photo by Jody Rogac
Photo by Jody Rogac
Autre Ne Veut celebrates the release of Anxiety at Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  The record follows up Arthur Ashin’s 2010 self-titled debut and references the musician’s experiences with psychoanalysis and anxiety through the lens of relationships.  With Asher’s hooky falsetto and R&B beats accented by dream-pop synths and spacious choral backing vocals Anxiety is a sonic amalgam of his life up to this point influenced by the transcendent nature of karaoke.   Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Majical Cloudz can be found here.  Watch the video for “Counting” below.

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