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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mudhoney at Union Transfer, Bacio at Boot and Saddle, Spaceship Aloha at Spruce Street Harbor Park

Mudhoney | Photo by Joan Vandenbossche | via Mudhoney's Facebook page
Mudhoney | Photo by Joan Vandenbossche | via Mudhoney’s Facebook page

Grunge-era icons Mudhoney head up a ridiculously good bill at Union Transfer tonight. Mark Arm and his bandmates have been doing their thing on and off for almost 30 years and are perhaps most notable (a) for their junk anthem “Touch Me I’m Sick” and (b) for being an influence on some band called Nirvana. Joining them are an incredible pairing of Philly acts; the sardonic shredders Pissed Jeans, and the anthemic punk power trio Amanda X. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Pissed Jeans opening for Mudhoney on tour this spring (download “Bathroom Laughter” from The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 7)

Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Talk about an ideal match-up. Philly proto-punk aficionados Pissed Jeans, who released the hard-hitting Honeys earlier this year on Sub Pop Records, will tour with their labelmates and sonic ancestors Mudhoney. If you’ve spent any time with Honeys – particularly “Cathouse” or “Teenage Adult” – you know the bands will play totally well off one another. There might even be some possibility of Pissed Jeans, with their well-earned reputation for live ragers, upstaging the headliners. But don’t be so sure on that last count – Mark Arm remains a wily and charismatic frontman in his own right. The tour sadly doesn’t stop in Philadelphia (it’s a handful of dates in the UK and midwest, per Brooklyn Vegan) but it nonetheless gives us an excuse to turn up this live performance of Pissed Jeans’ “Bathroom Laughter” from The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 7.