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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals at The Electric Factory, Pomegranates at MilkBoy, Res and Kate Faust at World Cafe Live, Dan Deacon at Union Transfer and Purling Hiss at Johnny Brenda’s

XPN welcomes Grace Potter & The Nocturnals back to Philadelphia for a show at The Electric Factory.  The Vermont-based rock band wowed audiences at Coachella and XPN’s Non-COMMvention earlier this year with Potter’s undeniably charismatic stage presence and the band’s explosive songs.  In June the band released their eighth studio album with The Lion The Beast The Beat.  Tonight, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals perform with The Stepkids.  Tickets are $25 for the all-ages show and doors open at 8:30 p.m.; more information is available here.  Watch the video for “Timekeeper” below.

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Download “Pass Away” by Pomegranates (playing MilkBoy on 11/15)

Cincinnati’s Pomegranates fall into that category of art-rock where you never know what’s coming around the next corner.  Their latest album, Heaven, covers the swirling kaleidoscope of psych rock on “Letters” and the ebb and flow of dream pop on “Surfing the Human Heart” and it’s that dexterity of genre-jumping that makes the Pomegranates stand out.  On “Pass Away” you get a sense of the band’s fun, dance-inspiring live personality; download the track below and check out Pomegranates in person when they stop by MilkBoy Philly on November 15th.  Tickets are $10 for the 21+ show with The Hounds Below and Black Dirty.  More information can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Shonen Knife, Givers, Freedy Johnston, Pomegranates

Sure, it’s a bummer that both nights of Sigur Ros are sold out. But are you gonna go cry about it? No. You’re gonna rock, because it’s Sunday and that’s what it’s all about.

First off, you can fill that Icelandic gap with some Japanese pop-rock goodness from girl group legends Shonen Knife, playing with Chicago rockers White Mystery at the Levitt Pavilion Steelstacks in Bethlehem, PA. Through years of performing and several changes in line-up, the group has maintained and perfected a poppy DIY aesthete that is at once shiny and grungy. If ever there was pop-punk worth listening to, this is it. The show starts at 9 and tickets are available at the door. Below, watch the video for “Pop Tune,” the title track from Shonen Knife’s latest album.

Or if you’re not so hype on the rock tunes, try Louisiana art-folk outfit Givers. They’re playing Union Transfer with Jersey electro post-rock group Delicate Steve, who just released Positive Force, their sophomore album. The show starts at 8:30, with tickets available for $15 here. Below, watch Givers perform their song “Atlantic” from their new album In Light.

Singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston will play a show tonight at World Cafe Live. He’ll bring out the chill acoustic tunes to whisk you away. The show starts at 8pm, and tickets are available for $16 presale here. Below, watch the video for Johnston’s 1994 song, “Bad Reputation.”

Finally, if all you’re looking for is a really good time, look no further than MilkBoy Philly where Cincinnati’s resident nice guys Pomegranates will bring out their feel-good indie art rock sounds for real. And it’s going to be great. They’re touring on the heels of their latest release, Heaven, and will take the stage along with fellow indie rockers Kitten and locals Prowler. Tickets to the 21+ show are available for $10 here; show starts at 8pm. Below, stream “Pass Away,” from Pomegranates’ new album Heaven.