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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Aspiga with Ex-Friends at North Star Bar, Ominous Ominous Ominous at The Trocadero

South Jersey punk band Aspiga will be rocking out with Ex-Friends at the North Star Bar tonight.  Aspiga released their second full-length Every Last Piece a couple of months ago via Paper + Plastick Records and found some time between East Coast tour dates to record a crushing Key Studio Session (listen back here).  Aspiga will be joined by Ex-Friends (bassist Joel Tannenbaum of the recently re-banded Plow United), Relatives and Goddamnit.  Tickets and information can be found here; below, stream and download “On The Defensive” from Aspiga’s Key Studio Session.

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Take a tour of “New York City” with Satellite Hearts (playing The Fire on 12/19)

Ahead of releasing their debut album Imperial Green at the end of November, local rock foursome Satellite Hearts filmed a video for “New York City” in the Big Apple. Between the percussive clashing and lead singer Justin Pellecchia’s sixties psych-rock vocals, Satellite Hearts are what I imagine a Lou Reed-fronted Steppenwolf would sound like. The video shows the band traveling through the tough city streets, with found-footage of riots as Pellacchia sings about rough living and chaos. Satellite Hearts will play The Fire on December 19th with Spirit Animal and Relatives. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Below, watch the video for “New York City” and stream / purchase Imperial Green here.