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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Red Baraat at The Blockley, Minor Alps at World Cafe Live, Mazzy Star at Union Transfer

Red Baraat | Photo by Eric Ashleigh | www.showtographe.com

Brooklyn’s Red Baraat will bring its jazz and brass funk-fused Indian rhythms to The Blockley stage tonight. The eight-piece ensemble released their Shruggy Ji LP earlier this year via Sinj Records. Back in 2011, the band’s performance at globalFest made Bob Boilen of NPR’s list of favorite shows of the year. Watch their dynamic performance of “Shruggy Ji” below, listen to their XPN Fest set here and get tickets here.

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Watch the new Minor Alps Music Video for “I Don’t Know What To Do With My Hands” (playing World Cafe Live on November 22nd)

The new indie rock duo Minor Alps consists of Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) and Julianna Hatfield (former member of Blake Babies and Some Girls). This collaborative group will be releasing their debut album Get There on October 29th.

The seasoned veterans of Minor Alps are capable of playing everything from catchy rock hooks to electronic folk (see “Buried Plans” below). They just released their first music video in support of their upcoming album, for the track “I Don’t Know What To Do With My Hands.” This song encompasses the nervousness that comes about in some social situations, as shown in the lyrics “I push the hair out of my eyes / I pull the blanket around me / I bite my nails, scratch my shoulder / I peel the label off the bottle, and tear it into tiny pieces / I don’t know what to do with my hands!” This seemingly minor problem that we’ve all dealt with at some point is sung about in spectacular tone by both Matt and Julianna, and their songwriting skill is evident in the catchy power pop chorus.

Catch Minor Alps at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on November 22nd, and find tickets here. You can also pre order their debut album Get There here.

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My Morning Download: “Buried Plans” by Minor Alps (Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws of Nada Surf; playing World Cafe Live 11/22)

minoralps Minor Alps is a new collaboration between Juliana Hatfield (Blake Babies, Lemonheads) and Matthew Caws of Nada Surf.  They release their debut, Get There, on October 29th.  The first single, “Buried Plans” is a mellow affair, featuring the two harmonizing over a quiet acoustic guitar and some atmospheric drums. Download the song below. They play World Cafe Live on Friday, November 22nd. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company