Tonight’s Concert Picks: Big Scary at Boot and Saddle, Joseph Arthur at Tin Angel, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s at First Unitarian Church

Big Scary | Photo by Justin Vague |

Melbourne, Australia alt-pop duo Big Scary bring their electronic infused, moody yet catchy sounds to Boot and Saddle tonight. With vocals reminiscent of Bon Iver, and an blend of keys, electric guitar and synthesized beats, Big Scary create melodic sounds in a swaying atmosphere that touches on both happy and sad emotions in an intricate way. Get tickets for the Boot and Saddle show here. Watch “Luck Now” below.

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Tonight’s Picks: Rogue Wave, Margot And The Nuclear So And Sos, Efterklang

Rogue Wave
Rogue Wave

We want to tell you that, later tonight, you should hop in your car and make the trip up to Bethlehem for Soars‘ record-release show at St. Bernard’s. After all, we’ve been hyping up the bliss-pop band the last few weeks, and we are genuinely amped for the release of their debut self-titled album next week. But, between the distance, the weather, and the band’s scheduled performance at Johnny Brenda’s in late November, we just can’t in good conscious send you out there. The fact that there are three notable touring bands stopping in Philadelphia tonight pretty much seals the deal.

Rogue Wave‘s latest album, Permalight (released back in March) is surprisingly upbeat for a band that has suffered through so much well-documented adversity. Whether or not fun-loving, hook-happy tracks such as the ones found on the new album are the band’s strong suit, however, is still up for debate. Rogue Wave performs with Midlake at at 7:30 p.m. at Theatre Of Living Arts; tickets are $25.

Indianapolis chamber-pop ensemble Margot And The Nuclear So And Sos, meanwhile, are touring in support of their brand-new album Buzzard—which, by several accounts, finally finds the band delivering on the promise of its potential. Margot And The Nuclear So And Sos performs with Lonely Forest, and Cameron McGill And What Army at 7:30 p.m. at First Unitarian Church; tickets to the all-ages show are $12-$14.

Finally, Danish indie-pop quartet Efterklang performs alongside Buke And Glass and Esben And The Witch at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $13.

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