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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hemming and Vita and the Woolf at Spruce Street Harbor Park, Pine Barons at Ortlieb’s, India.Arie at Dell Music Center

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Hemming | photo by Matthew Shaver | www.brightloud.com

The Spruce Street Harbor Park summer music series continues this week with a pair of local favorites. We fell hard for Candice Martello’s solo Hemming project last year when she released her debut self-titled LP, and even harder this year when it turned into a full band after recording a Shaking Through session. Vita and the Woolf, meanwhile, remains the primary electro-pop outlet of Jennifer Pague and drummer Adam Shumski, who are working on a follow-up to their 2014 debut Fang Song. More information for the free, outdoor show can be found here; watch Hemming’s video for “Some Of My Friends” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pinkwash at LAVA Space, Laser Background at Ortlieb’s, Pkew Pkew Pkew at Deep Sea Hideout and more…

Pinkwash |photo by AmyJuneBreesman | courtesy of the artist
Pinkwash |photo by AmyJuneBreesman | courtesy of the artist

After a series of cathartic, aggressive and gripping early releases, Philly power duo Pinkwash stepped up their game even more for their debut LP Collective Sigh, out today on Don Giovanni records. Everything that was awesome about the Your Cure Your Soil EP and the Cancer Money 7″ – the bare-knuckled riffage of Joey Doubek, the propulsive rhythms of Ashley Arwine, the interlocking and sort of proggy complexity – is totally intact. What’s new is a huge embrace of hookiness, making it one of the hardest-hitting indie pop albums you’ll hear this year (or one of the catchiest punk records). Pinkwash headlines West Philly’s LAVA Space tonight before heading on a month-long tour; tickets and more information on the show can be found here. Read the band’s recent interview with our John Morrison and listen to Collective Sigh in its entirety below.
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The Key Studio Sessions: Laser Background

When we last heard from them, Philly’s Laser Background was feeling a lot more confrontational. The project of songwriter-composer Andy Molholt led its psychedelic pop tunes down dark and abrasive corners, exploring harsh realities of life in a candy-coated sheen that was equal parts hooky and demented.

In our interview from 2013, Molholt talked about that process of drawing his listeners in, pushing them over the edge and then pulling them back from the abyss. A few years time has passed, and on the new LP Correct – out on May 13th via La Société Expéditionnaire & Endless Daze – Molholt feels less angry and more focused. The project is still unconventional, to be sure. It might still pose a challenge to listeners who, when they think psychedelic, they think The Monkees.

But it also finds Molholt keeping his pop craft front and center as it assembles lucid lyrical puzzles evoking the clash between nostalgic memory and alternate reality. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Basecamp at MilkBoy, Elison Jackson at Ortlieb’s, Mastodon at the Electric Factory and more…

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Basecamp | Photo by Dylan Reyes | courtesy of the artist

Basecamp headline this month’s Communion Residency at MilkBoy. The Nashville electronic trio released their sophomore EP Greater Than last year, leading with the smoothly chopped single “Watch My Back.” Listen to that track below and pick up tickets for the 21+ showcase here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Junglepussy at Union Transfer, Fake Boyfriend at Boot & Saddle, Church Girls at Ortlieb’s and more…

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Junglepussy opens for Le1f at Union Transfer tonight. The Brooklyn rapper released her debut mixtape in 2014,  following it up with last year’s critically acclaimed, self-released Pregnant with Success full-length. Watch “Spicy103 FM” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Creepoid at Ortlieb’s, Chairlift at Underground Arts

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Creepoid | photo by Jammi York

Creepoid is celebrating Taco Tuesday (and drummer Pat Troxell’s birthday) at Ortlieb’s tonight. The grungy psych rock outfit just returned home from a two week tour with Restorations in support of last year’s Cemetery Highrise Slum LP. Check out “American Smile” below. Tickets for the 21+ show will be available at the door; more information can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Late Greats at Ortlieb’s, Barns Courtney at Milkboy, Magic Man at Union Transfer and more…

The Late Greats
The Late Greats | photo courtesy of the artist

We met local rockers The Late Greats in a profile last month, and now is your chance to see the band live. They’ll bring their recent Kids You Knew EP to Ortlieb’s tonight, which The Key described as “Weezer covering the Buzzcocks or Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers.” Check out “Lost Highway” below and get more information for the 21+ show here.

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Watch members of Def Leppard and Stone Temple Pilots play Ortlieb’s in their blues-rock supergroup Delta Deep

Delta Deep | still from video
Delta Deep | still from video

Delta Deep is two parts rock, two parts R&B. Or, as the band dubs itself, “Blues-Rock-n-Soul.”

Representing the rock faction are Phil Collen (Def Leppard) on guitar and Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) on bass. On the R&B side of things, there’s the lesser-known vocalist Debbi Blackwell-Cook and drummer Forrest Robinson. When you mix it all together, you get something in the neighborhood of energetic blues rock. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Japanese Breakfast at Ortlieb’s, Wolf Alice at Union Transfer, Roof Doctor at Lavender Town, and more…

Japanese Breakfast
Japanese Breakfast | Photo by Julian Master | courtesy of the artist

Japanese Breakfast holds the album release show for their acclaimed new LP Psychopomp. We’ve loved what we’ve heard so far: album singles “The Woman That Loves You”, “In Heaven”, and “Everybody Wants To Love You” have all rocked so far, and surely the rest of the album will too. Also performing will be Littler (who just released their new album Of Wandering) and Myrrias. More information can be found via the XPN Concert Calender. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Square Peg Round Hole at Milkboy, Koji at First Unitarian Church Chapel, Queen of Jeans at Ortlieb’s and more…

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Square Peg Round Hole | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Square Peg Round Hole celebrate the release of their debut LP Juniper at Milkboy tonight. The prog / ambient instrumental trio stopped by to record this week’s Key Studio Session, where we got a special peek at the new tracks. Check out a pair of songs below via VuHaus and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with Moon Bounce and Son Step here.

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