Tonight’s Concert Picks: My Bloody Valentine at Electric Factory, Dresses at MilkBoy, Taj Mahal Trio at Grand Opera House, and more

My Bloody Valentine

Ethereal alt-rock icons My Bloody Valentine are bringing their elusive melodies and spidery vocals to Electric Factory tonight before they finish up their North American tour in New York. Dropping their anxiously anticipated third full length album mbv in February, Mark Richardson of Pitchfork gave it a 9.1 in his review saying, “mbv is an album of density with very little air or light. But it doesn’t forgo the human touches that have made this band so special.” Find tickets and details for tonight’s show here. Get ready for the show by watching their London performance of “Soon” below.

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Rose Windows warms up the Philly crowd with their haunting vibes

Photos by: Elizabeth Mazenko
Photos by: Elizabeth Mazenko

Seattle-based Rose Windows delivered a head-banging, body moving performance at today’s Free At Noon. Showing off their late 60s / early 70s, psychedelic vibes from their June debut The Sun Dogs LP, the seven piece outfit warmed up the Philly crowd for another haunting performance tonight at Milkboy. Find tickets and details for tonight’s performance here. Check out the photo gallery above, the set list below and listen to the entire performance below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Local Natives at Electric Factory, Anjuli Josephine at MilkBoy, Alo Brazil at Underground Arts

localnatives970600WXPN welcomes L.A. indie rock outfit Local Natives to the Electric Factory tonight. If you missed them on their summer tour, the band just released a video shot between performances completely on their phones put to the stimulating single “Ceilings” off of their latest release Hummingbird. Catch them on their Fall tour by finding tickets and information for tonight’s show here. Watch the new “Ceilings” video below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Avett Brothers at Mann Center, Chromatics at Making Time, Kate Faust at MilkBoy, The Last Bison / David Wax Museum at World Cafe Live, Kat Edmonson at Prince Music Theater

avettbros File under: Great Double Bill, Part 1: The Avett Brothers are bringing their incessant banjo harmonies and pick-me-up beats to the Mann Center tonight. Still feeding off of the energy from 2012 release The Carpenter, the raw roots outfit will be celebrating another full-length release of  Magpie and the Dandelion in October. Opening the show is the always energetic Trombone Shorty. Find more information and tickets for tonight’s performance here. Watch the lyric video of new single “Another Is Waiting” below.

FIle under: Great Double Bill, Part 2: Cutting deep with breathless vocals and futuristic downbeats, Chromatics are headlining the 14th installment of Making Time tonight at Voyeur in the Gayborhood. Joining the stage will be fellow Portland freestyle outfit Glass Candy. Check out more information and tickets for tonight’s show here.

File under: Great Double Bill, Part 3: The Last Bison will share the stage tonight with David Wax Museum at World Cafe Live. With their overtone Americana roots and crossbreed of aesthetics each band is on the quick rise with their captivating sound. Find tickets and details for tonight’s show here. Download The Last Bison’s cover of M83′s “Midnight City” below.

Recent Key Studio guest Kate Faust is at the MilkBoy Philly tonight. Stylistically reinventing herself several times over the years, Faust has seamlessly broken into her own signature project with the emotive and playful Crucial Companion EP. Check out and download her Key Studio Session tracks here. Find more information and tickets for tonight’s show here.

Charming singer/songwriter Kat Edmonson is taking the stage tonight at Prince Music Theater. Bound to continue her dazzling performance from this year’s XPonential Festival, this is one show that will soothe your woes after a long day of life. Find tickets and details for tonight’s show here.

Also Tonight:

The Dead Milkmen come to The Note - 8 p.m., all ages show, tickets and info here.

WXPN welcomes Poco to the Carlisle Theater – 7:30 p.m., all ages show, tickets and info here.

North Mississippi Allstars play at Union Transfer – 10:30 p.m., all ages, tickets and info here.



Venture into the woods with Kate Faust’s new video for “Crucial Companion” (playing Milkboy Philly on 9/14)

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Kate Faust has shared a haunting and pastoral video for the title track of her debut EP Crucial Companion, filmed in her hometown of Denver, PA and directed by Neglakay Productions.  The video features dancer Kingsley Ibeneche as the “companion” opposite Faust’s mystical spirit animal and shows the pair performing a choreographed dance in the foggy, ethereal woods of Central PA.  Though it is beautiful to just watch, the video has a much deeper meaning and connection to the lyrics of “Crucial Companion” than what is communicated visually.  From Faust:

The contrast of me being covered up vs. him being bare, his wearing color
vs. my white lace… it all lent itself to the what “Crucial Companion”
represents… the extremes that require each other so that wholeness can
begin.  ”Thorn in my side/joy of my life…”  the words to this song are
a gift that just fell into my lap.  I’m still trying to understand them
myself, but I think the visual we have created is a very good start.

Watch the video below and listen back to Faust’s performance of the song for her recent Key Studio Session here.  She’ll be at Milkboy Philly on Saturday, September 14th with Elegant Animals and Vinchelle Woods; tickets and information can be found here.


Go into orbit with Ape School’s Michael Johnson in the “Fly Your Bullshit to the Moon” video (playing MilkBoy tonight)

Screen shot 2013-08-29 at 1.10.30 PMIn case you were wondering, as I was, what could possibly be up with the recent photo of Ape School‘s Michael Johnson sitting on a crescent moon in front of a green screen…well, here’s your answer. The image came from the shoot for the band’s new music video, “Fly Your Bullshit to the Moon,” wherein the prep school uniform-clad Johnson sings the jangly number from outer space as all manner of psychedelic weirdness happens around him (seas of eyeballs, mouths spitting mouths, etc.). Check it out below, see Ape School tonight when they open for Mac DeMarco at MilkBoy, and download the band’s ever-expanding Quitting Time EP (now six tracks long!) at Bandcamp.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Buried Beds at Johnny Brenda’s, Dan Kassel at World Cafe Live, Bakery Boys at The Blockley, Mac DeMarco at MilkBoy

buriedbeds_1Chamber-pop outfit Buried Beds plays at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Check out the sly orchestral group’s recently released, lightly embellished single, “Stars,” below. It comes from their latest album, In Spirit, which will be released next month. Find more information and tickets for tonight’s 21+ show here.

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