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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Communion Night with Johnny Stimson, Gretchen Lohse at Underground Arts, Pattern is Movement at Boot and Saddle, Real Estate at Union Transfer and more

Photo via facebook.com/johnnystimson
Photo via facebook.com/johnnystimson

This month’s edition of Communion Club night at Underground Arts gets a seductive R&B makeover tonight with a set from newcomer Johnny Stimson. Flaunting an effortless falsetto range, Stimson’s voice is soulful even as it accompanies more upbeat, dance tracks. Also on tonight’s lineup is folksy singer-songwriter Gretchen Lohse who recently released a dreamy video for “Spider At the Gate”. Dig into tracks from both artists below and get tickets here.

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St. Vincent, Phantogram, Real Estate and more come out to play on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

St. Vincent | Photographed for Vogue by Taylor Jewell
St. Vincent | Photographed for Vogue by Taylor Jewell

Tonight on the Indie Rock Hit Parade, we’re all about digging deep. So many newly (and soon to be) released records have hidden gems that were meant to be shared. We’ll hear songs from The Both, The Notwist, Bombay Bicycle Club and a two-song spotlight on the new Phantogram album! Here are a few songs you’ll hear tonight (starting at 10pm!)

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Cozy up to new music from Real Estate, Milagres and Wild Beasts on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

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Real Estate | photo courtesy of the artist

While you continue to thaw, tune in tonight at 10pm for an all-new Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN! To warm you up, I’ve got brand new songs from Liars, Dum Dum Girls, Metronomy and more. We’ll also dig in to Chiarocscuro, the new album from the Swedish electronic duo I Break Horses. Check out a few of the tracks you’ll hear in the mix tonight:

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Just Announced: Real Estate headlining “biggest Philly show ever” at Union Transfer on 4/3

With their third LP, Atlas due out on March 4th, indie rock crew Real Estate announced their biggest Philly headlining show to date, playing Union Transfer on Thursday, April 3rd. Tickets are on sale now via the venue’s website. When the band played WXPN’s Free at Noon in 2012, they debuted a new song called “In My Car.” Check out a fan video of the song below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wild Flag at The Troc, Real Estate at First Unitarian Church

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Many bands are loved sight unseen, but not Wild Flag. Wild Flag packed shows along the west coast before they even released their debut album. (Loved sound unheard, perhaps?) Of course, they weren’t completely mysterious. All four members had played together in some context: Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss played in Sleater-Kinney together, toured with Mary Timony’s band Helium, and played shows with Rebecca Cole’s band, The Minders. There’s more overlap to it than that, but for simplification’s sake, it’s safe to say that fans of the four women’s previous projects could anticipate what would spring from their latest collaboration. The result is a reckless kind of rock-n-roll that’s as much fun as Brownstein’s other current project, Portlandia, but deserves to be taken far more seriously.  Wild Flag performs with Hospitality and Blood Feathers at 8 p.m. at the Trocadero. –NaomiShavin

Some performers refuse to accept the marred reputation often associated with those who hail from New Jersey. Jersey born and bred indie-rock band Real Estate proudly represents its home by constructing songs with beachy themes and shore-related song titles, such as “Atlantic City,” “Let’s Rock The Beach” and “Suburban Beverage.” Vocalist Martin Courtney sings each tune in suave tenor and with such a dreamy sense of ease that one could imagine themselves lying on warm sand. Though the band now resides in Brooklyn and has traveled as far as Barcelona during touring months, it remains true to its Jersey roots through its buoyant arrangements, leading listeners back to the true beauty the shore has to offer. Real Estate performs with The Twerps and Belgrade at 8 p.m. at First Unitarian Church; tickets to the all-ages show are SOLD OUT. -Lisa Henderson

Also Playing: Neon Indian performs with Friends at 8:30 p.m. at Union Transfer; tickets to the all-ages show are $15.

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Real Estate to return to Philly, kick off 2012 spring tour April 3rd at First Unitarian Church

Photo by Joe Del Tufo

The members of Real Estate announced today that they’ll kick off their spring U.S. tour in Philly this April. The band has been touring in the States, Europe, and Australia since November promoting its album Days. “Easy”, the next single from Days, will be released on vinyl and digitally March 5th, but is available for pre-order now. Real Estate played a Free At Noon show at World Cafe Live back in January, which you can listen to here. (You can also read our review here.) Tickets for the April 3rd show at First Unitarian Church go on sale tomorrow at noon. Full tour dates below.

April
3- Philadelphia, Pa. @ First Unitarian Church
4- Baltimore, Md. @ Ottobar
5- Richmond, Va. @ Strange Matter
6- Raleigh, N.C. @ Hopscotch Presents at Lincoln Theatre
7- Athens, Ga. @ 40 Watt Club
8- Oxford, Miss. @ Cats Purring Dude Ranch
9- Little Rock, Ark. @ Rev Room
10- Dallas, Texas @ Club Dada
11- Austin, Texas @ The Mohawk
15- Indio, Calif. @ Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
19- Mexico City, Mexico @ Caradura
20- Seattle, Wash. @ The Neptune
22- Indio, Calif. @ Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
23- Santa Cruz, Calif. @ Catalyst Atrium
24- San Francisco, Calif. @ Great American Music Hall
25- Reno, Nev. @ Holland Project
26- Salt Lake City, Utah @ Urban Lounge
27- Englewood, Colo. @ Gothic Theatre
28- Lawrence, Kansas @ Bottleneck
29- St. Louis, Mo. @ Plush
30- Columbus, Ohio @ Newport Music Hall

May
1- Harrisburg, Pa. @ Appalachian Brewing Co.

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Listen to Real Estate’s Free At Noon performance at World Cafe Live

Photo by Joe Del Tufo

From NPR Music:

Real Estate doesn’t take long to set a tone of wistful, rose-colored nostalgia on Days, its second album of reverb-y beach-pop. Given thatThe Beach Boys made a virtually eternal career out of a similar formula — cheery romanticism that masks an undercurrent of alienated melancholy — it’s easy to get behind the band’s winsome charms, which are surprisingly well suited to the arrival of cool weather. The band’s music may cry out to be heard through a beachside boom box on the New Jersey shore, but singer-guitarist Martin Courtney’s words look back in bittersweet regret: “Our careless lifestyle / It was not so unwise,” he sings in the chorus of “Green Aisles.”

You can listen to the performance in its entirety here.

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