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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Man Man at Union Transfer, Beach Fossils with Heavy Medical at Johnny Brenda’s, Penrose at Underground Arts, Erykah Badu at The Electric Factory

389640_10150850829721277_1335692574_nLocal wild men Man Man close out a month long national tour at Union Transfer tonight.  About to release their fifth studio album this summer, the eclectic rock outfit talked to The Key’s Kate Bracaglia recently about pre-show tea drinking rituals, Instagram posts and the “natural progression” of the new album from 2011′s standout Life Fantastic.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with Murder By Death and Northern Arms can be found here.  Stream and download “Mayan Nights” from Man Man below. UPDATE: tonight’s Man Man show is sold out.

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Man Man coming home for a show at Union Transfer on 3/02

Experimental Philly outfit Man Man have announced a tour with Murder By Death, swinging through town on March 2nd to close out the string of dates at Union Transfer. Man Man is continuing support for their 2011 LP Life Fantastic while finishing up their next record, and Bloomington, Indiana’s Murder By Death are touring behind their September album Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon. Tickets for the all-ages show go on sale this Friday, December 14th at noon. More information can be found here. Below, watch Man Man’s video for “Piranha’s Club.”

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My Morning Download: “Lost River” by Murder By Death (playing the Chameleon in Lancaster in October)


Bloomington, Indiana’s Murder By Death has been together since the early 2000′s. The five piece includes singer Sarah Balliet, who complements lead singer/guitarist Adam Turla’s booming baritone (think of a singer in the school of Nick Cave and The National’s Matt Behringer) with charm, as the band plays orchestral Midwest indie-goth pop songs. The band release its new (sixth) album Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon on Bloodshot Records next Tuesday, September 25th. MBD is playing the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA., on Thursday, October 18th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, download the gorgeous “Lost River.”

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Murder By Death + Fake Problems, Buried Beds at Johnny Brenda’s

Murder By DeathBloomington, Indiana’s Murder By Death has everything fans of electric-cello-infused gothic-western rock (and concept albums about the Devil) could ask for: namely, electric-cello-infused gothic-western rock (and concept albums about the Devil). The band continues to tour in support of last year’s Good Morning, Magpie, the band’s fifth full-length album (and second for Vagrant Records); this time around, they were kind enough to bring along Philly’s own Buried Beds (who we’ve mentioned here) as an opening act. Murder By Death performs with Fake Problems and Buried Beds at 8 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are SOLD OUT.

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