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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Little Big League at Johnny Brenda’s, Laura Stevenson at MilkBoy, Lily and Madeleine at World Cafe Live and more…

Little Big League
Little Big League | photo via Spin.com
Little Big League celebrates the release of Tropical Jinx at Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  The record marks a difficult several months for the band, and tonight’s show will be the last for a while as front-woman Michelle Zauner moves to the west coast.  The record, though, is Little Big League’s second overall and first for its new label Run For Cover Records.  The collection of cathartic personal songs explore themes of love, loss and growing-up over catchy, edgy indie rock.  Tickets and information for the 21+ release party can be found here.  Listen to the title track below.
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Ohio songstress Lydia Loveless rocked MilkBoy with TJ Kong, Josh Olmstead

Lydia Loveless | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Lydia Loveless | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Equal parts rock and country, Lydia Loveless is a shot of rhythmic fire. And for 90-plus minutes last Thursday the Ohio-based songstress and her band held a crowded MilkBoy under her spell.

Only 24, Loveless spins tales of desire and soul with a knowhow of someone twice her age. Her voice curls with country swirl on songs like the utterly brilliant “To Love Somebody,” while her lyrics often instantly become memorable, like on “Verlaine Shot Rimbaud.” Both aforementioned songs are from her solid 2014 album Somewhere Else, which was heavily featured in the setlist. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Swimm at MilkBoy, Dawn of Midi at Johnny Brenda’s, and Corners of Sanctuary at Kung Fu Necktie

Swimm
Photo via https://www.facebook.com/swimmmusic

Eclectic Californian duo Swimm will take the stage at MilkBoy tonight to treat the audience to a set of their genre-bending tunes. Their debut EP Feel unexpectedly combines dance, rock and roll, and folk with a hint of psychedelic flair. They recently released Souvenirs II, which includes fast-paced and upbeat “Endlessly” complete with the the catchy sound of a tambourine, and melodic “Wanderer.” For tickets and more information head over to the XPN Concert Calender. Below, watch their performance of “Tisk Tisk.” Continue reading →

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Listen to Cheerleader’s deliciously hazy new single “Tomorrow Always Knows”

Cheerleader Photo via https://www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds
Cheerleader | Photo via facebook.com/cheerleadersounds

Local Philadelphia indie pop quintet Cheerleader has released a new track “Tomorrow Always Knows” off of their upcoming EP On Your Side. We’ve been living in Cheerleader-land for a while now, especially after they stopped by to treat us to a live Key Studio Session, and much like their performance, their new single does not disappoint. It’s upbeat with lyrics “You can dream, dream, dream, dream,” catchy with frequent melodic “ooooos” and tied together with a perfectly hazy tone. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Lawsuits at Johnny Brenda’s, Fishbone at MilkBoy, North Mississippi Allstars at Weis Center

The Lawsuits | Photo courtesy of the artist
The Lawsuits | Photo courtesy of the artist

You can’t pinpoint the sound that Brian Dale Allen Strouse, Brendan Cunningham, Vanessa Winters, Josh Friedman, and Joe Bisirri create. You can hear some influences in the music they make as The Lawsuits, coming from gospel, reggae, folk and many more. This beautiful combination is probably the reason why they’re so adored in their hometown. Tonight, the band celebrates the release of its latest EP, Tumbled; check out their song “(Darla Nye) Never Love Someone” below, and get tickets and information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lydia Loveless at MilkBoy, J Mascis and Kneebody at World Cafe Live

Lydia Loveless | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com
Lydia Loveless | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

There are plenty of reasons why Rolling Stone names Lydia Loveless as one of it’s “10 New Artists You Need to Know” back in January. She mashes punk rock, classic country and honky-tonk together, creating a unique sound that catches a listener’s ear. Another reason could be her talent as a songwriter, writing as if she was writing in her journal. Maybe it’s her courage to be bold enough to expose all of her qualities, whether good or bad. Whatever reason appeals the most to you, Lydia Loveless is definitely an artist check out. She’s also the artist that will be rocking the house down at MilkBoy tonight with songs like “Somewhere Else,” “Head,” and “Can’t Change Me.” This is definitely a show that you won’t want to miss! Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Check out her video “Somewhere Else” below. Continue reading →

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Listen to Josh Olmstead Band’s power-poppy new single “Fun Again”

Josh Olmstead Band
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When an artist describes his new single as a mix of T. Rex, Big Star, Heart, and David Gilmorem, it provokes quite a bit of head scratching. How…why? However, a few seconds into Philly four-piece Josh Olmstead Band‘s new single “Fun Again,” and you can tell they took the oddest assortment of inspirations and turned them into a catchy power-pop anthem. Continue reading →

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Philly blues rockers Cold Roses promise “No Silence In The City” on their new single

Cold Roses
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Kiss your quiet walks through the streets of Philadelphia goodbye; on their new single, local group Cold Roses proclaims there will be “No Silence In The City.” The title track off of their upcoming debut full-length plays a bit of a prank as it starts off slow and melodic, but don’t let it fool you. A few seconds in and you’ll be grinning as a very late ’60s sounding guitar slides in, followed by a heavy punch of drums – these guys were born when?! Continue reading →