Tonight’s Concert Picks: Up The Chain at Ardmore Music Hall, Weird Hot at Johnny Brenda’s, August Burns Red at Union Transfer, and more…

UPTHECHAIN-roof-792x528Philly acoustic folk soul project Up The Chain is celebrating the release of their anticipated new album Seeds & Thorns with a party at Ardmore Music Hall tonight. Produced by Bill Moriarty (who has recently worked with The Lawsuits and Toy Soldiers) and inspired by some of front man’s Reed Kendall’s musical heroes, such as Neil Young, Paul Simon, and Amos Lee, the sophomore release is expected to be simply intimate with an energized Americana swing. Check out the details and tickets for tonight’s show here. Get ready for the show by listening to what the whole band has to say about the new release below.

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Les Professionnels drop their new Move EP (playing MilkBoy 12/01)

We got a sampling of Philly electronic-dance trio Les Professionnels‘ new single “Move” last month with a remix by London’s Psychemagik. The full EP, which came out this week, features three more remixes by Pretty Lights‘ Eliot Lipp, Pete Herbert and Philly’s own Lushlife, as well as the original take recorded by Les Professionnels.  To add a visual element to the EP, Memory Lab will be creating “Video Vignettes” for each track. From the band:

“The goal of the Les Professionnels project is to connect with people of the world and beyond though the language of music.  We had the pleasure of working with some really stellar artist/producers on the Move! EP who are at the forefront of their game.  Each record exemplifies something that we love about electronic and dance music.  The message is simple…we’re all alive so let’s Move! Come on.”

Les Professionnels will play MilkBoy Philly on December 21st with Keys N Krates; tickets and information for the 21+ show are available here.  Below, stream the new Move EP and purchase it here.  You can still grab a free download of the originial mix on Les Professionnels’ Soundcloud.


Just Announced: Primus, Pretty Lights, playing shows at The Tower this fall

Fans of all things funky and experimental have a couple reasons to take the Market-Frankford El out to Upper Darby this fall. The Tower Theater just announced an appearance from the wild-and-crazy Primus, fronted by bass-man Les Claypool and his off-kilter stylings. They’ll be playing in support of their 2011 release Green Naugahyde on Wednesday, Oct. 17 – tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster this Friday, Oct. 3, at 10 a.m.

Also coming around this fall is a well-regarded weaver of electronic tapestries, Derek Vincent Smith, better known as Pretty Lights. Releasing danceable music at steady clip since 2006, he has built an impressive empire out of free download releases, and will play The Tower on Sunday, Nov. 4 – tickets are also on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.

You can scope Pretty Lights’ downloadable catalog here, and check out a classic Primus video below.


Photo Recap: Popped! Music Festival featuring The Shins, Cage The Elephant, Panda Bear, Pretty Lights, Girl Talk, + more

All photos courtesy of Kevin Kennedy over at The Swollen Fox. From The Swollen Fox’s review of Popped! Music Festival, Day One:

Even before a single band had hit the stage, this year’s Popped! Music Festival was not off to a good start. Just a few days before the festival, organizers had to make the gut-wrenching decision to move the festival indoors due to the forecasted weather. No one can blame them for the move; they can’t control the weather and it’s certainly not their fault FDR Park wouldn’t be able to survive both the rain and thousands of people pounding its grounds. Nevertheless, no one seemed to be all that happy about the unfortunate move.

For the full review of the entire festival (including a ton of additional photos of each performing act), as well as a comprehensive calendar of upcoming shows in Philadelphia, visit The Swollen Fox. (Thanks to Kevin for sharing his photos with us.)