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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mike Bell & The Movies at The Fire, The Jawn at M Room, Cold Fronts at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

Mike Bell & the Movies | photo via www.facebook.com/itismovietime
Mike Bell & the Movies | photo via www.facebook.com/itismovietime

Mike Bell & The Movies play The Fire tonight.  The power pop / punk band out of Philadelphia (featuring members of Algernon Cadwallader and Dangerous Ponies) released a new record called Nothing Works a few weeks ago, following up their Stuck in a T.V. debut.  Their sound is fast-paced and fun, crossing Weezer with Elvis Costello.  Check out the LP below and get more information for tonight’s show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Slingshot Dakota at The Barbary, Sallie Ford/Katie Frank at MilkBoy, Mischief Brew at Morgan’s Pier

bio_slingshot_dakotaA duo from Bethlehem, Slingshot Dakota was founded on the vocals of Carly Comando and Tom Patterson. With Comando on the keys and Patterson on the drums, these two artists are able to create emotional and heart-felt indie punk out of a simple set-up. Joined by a handful of artists such as Real Friends and Candy Hearts, Slingshot Dakota will perform at The Barbary tonight, so check out the video of the duo’s Nervous Energies session for “Until The Day I Die.” Information and tickets can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mischief Brew at Underground Arts, The Chairman Dances at MilkBoy, Midge Ure of Ultravox at World Cafe Live, XPN Welcomes Paula Cole at The Sellersville Theater

Carnivalesque folk / punk band Mischief Brew play Underground Arts tonight.  Born out of former Orphans front-man Erik Petersen’s basement, the local rockers released Rhapsody for Knives in 2012, an EP comprised of three songs that were not included on 2011′s full-length The Stone Operation.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Mucca Pazza and On the Water can be found here.  Below, watch a live video of Mischief Brew rocking out at The Barbary from last August.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Divine Fits at Union Transfer, Franz Nicolay and Erik Petersen of Mischief Brew at First Unitarian, King Tuff and Poor Moon at Johnny Brenda’s

Divine Fits are playing tonight at Union Transfer in support of their debut album, A Thing Called Divine Fits, which was released in August. An indie supergroup of sorts, Divine FIts is spearheaded by Spoon‘s Britt Daniel, New Bomb Turks’ Sam Brow, and Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs. Tickets for the all-ages show are available here. Below, check out the video for “Would That Not Be Nice.”

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Watch Mischief Brew’s homecoming show at The Barbary in its entirety

Renegade folk-punks Mischief Brew, who have been out traveling the country on their Hot August Nights 2012 tour, made a return to Philadelphia Sunday night for a packed and riled-up homecoming show at The Barbary. The entire set made its way up onto YouTube, and you can get a sense of the fist-flinging enthusiasm in the first few minutes. Check it out below!

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Carsie Blanton at MilkBoy, Dead Can Dance at the Kimmel Center, Mischief Brew at the Barbary and Beta Hi-Fi Finals at World Cafe Live

XPN welcomes local singer-songwriter Carsie Blanton to MilkBoy Philly tonight with South Carolina band Shovels & Rope. Doors open at 7 p.m. and show show starts at 8. Tickets for the 21+ show are available here for $15. You can watch her Key Session below.

London-based world music/fusion duo Dead Can Dance gained world-wide success when their 1996 album Spiritchaser reached number one on the Billboard Top World Music Albums Chart. After calling it quits in 1998 and a short reunion in 2005, the band recently re-formed and released their eighth studio album Anastasis earlier this month. The pair will be bringing their ambient vibes to Philly tonight for a show at the Kimmel Center as part of their reunion world tour. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available here for $44.50. Download the title track from Dead Can Dance’s new album for free below.

Local DIY punk band Mischief Brew will be rocking the Barbary tonight with fellow Philly punk rock bands The Adults and Dead People Screaming. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30. Tickets are available here for $10. Listen to Mischief Brew’s song “Drinking Song for the Home Stretch” below.

And finally, after a week full of free shows from emerging local artists, the Philadelphia Beta Hi-Fi Emerging Music Festival concludes upstairs at World Café Live tonight. The top bands of the week will be performing starting at 7 p.m. and at the end of the night the winners of the festival will be announced. Stop by to see free performances by the best-of-the best of the festival’s artists and say “hi” to The Key editor John Vettese who will be on the judging panel.

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Philly Local Philes: Upper Darby’s Mischief Brew sings about “Dallas In Romania”

Mischief Brew

Photo by John Vettese

Over here at the Y-Rock Philly Local, we’ve always admired the righteous folk-punk of Upper Darby’s Mischief Brew; an in-studio acoustic performance by frontman Erik Petersen even kick-started our Sessions series some three years ago. So we were psyched to hear the band landed an opening slot at DeVotchKa‘s Electric Factory performance this Thursday, October 21. An exciting bonus for longtime fans: They’ll be joined by original drummer Chris “Doc” Kulp on auxiliary percussion for the evening. When they’re not on the road, the members of Mischief Brew are in the studio working on their next record, tentatively titled The Stone Operation. Petersen sent us this advance cut, “Dallas In Romania.” Among other things, it’s about a certain prime-time soap opera from the 1980s and how it was immensely popular in communist Romania, even though most Western television was banned.