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Tonight’s Concert Picks: STS at Silk City Diner, Rob, Lately at MilkBoy, Heat Thunder at Boot & Saddle

Sugar Tongue Slim | Photo via facebook.com/SlimIsGold
Sugar Tongue Slim | Photo via facebook.com/SlimIsGold

STS performs tonight at Silk City Diner for Chase Allen’s record release show.  The local hip hop artist has released a number of new tracks this season including the Khari Mateen-produced “Heart On My Sleeve” below.  The singles come in advance of a proper release from STS (short for Sugar Tongue Slim), following up his IllustriousGold Rush, and Gold Rush II records.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.  Listen to “Heart On My Sleeve” below.

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Rob, Lately goes garage rock on their new EP The Liar

Photo via roblately.bandcamp.com
Photo via roblately.bandcamp.com
Local rockers Rob, Lately have released their new EP, The Liar on Death To False Hope Records. The band ventured into garage rock territory on this outing, a marked difference from their pop-rock 2008 debut album, Tiny Heart and last year’s Haunts. The evolved sound (which is reminiscent of The Replacements and Elvis Costello) further showcases their gift for melody both lyrically and instrumentally. Check out the new song “Hands” below and listen to the full EP here. You can also watch Rob, Lately play their ode to delayed text messaging responses, “Look Aloof”, below – and catch the band in concert on Monday, October 28th at Teri’s in South Philly; information can be found at the show’s Facebook event page.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: She & Him at The Mann Center, Heartless Bastards at Union Transfer, Rob, Lately at Kung Fu Necktie

Photo by Autumn de Wilde
Photo by Autumn de Wilde

We’ve got some good picks for you today, starting with retro-pop duo She & Him.  Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward just released their fourth LP Volume 3 back in May and it’s just as sweet and sunny as ever.  Just one listen and you’ll be hooked on their upbeat and catchy sound.  Don’t believe me?  Check out their latest single, “Never Wanted Your Love” below and catch them tonight at The Mann Center with Camera Obscura.

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Download “Scared of Girls” from Travel Lanes (playing MilkBoy on April 12th)

FBTPhiladelphia band Travel Lanes will release their new EP Hey, Hey, It’s Travel Lanes next month and will celebrate with a show at MilkBoy on April 12th.  “Scared of Girls,” the EP’s lead single that runs in the same vein as Tom Petty and fellow locals Wanderlust, is an upbeat rock tune that examines the age-old quandary of why boys are afraid of girls.  Tickets and information for Travel Lanes 21+ show at MilkBoy with Shark Tape and Rob, Lately can be found here.  Stream and download “Scared of Girls” below via their Bandcamp.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Band of Horses at Electric Factory, Former Belle at Milkboy Philly, Polyphonic Spree Holiday Show at The Troc, Rob, Lately at The Fire

XPN Welcomes Seattle Americana rockers Band of Horses to the Electric Factory tonight. The band’s fourth studio album, Mirage Rock, was released in September, this time with a fresh approach to meticulously recording everything live to tape. The band has undergone several member swaps since the release of 2004′s Everything All The Time, but currently tours as a five-piece fronted by Ben Bridwell. Tickets to tonight’s all-ages show can be found on our concert calendar here; the performance starts at 8:30. Watch the video for “Knock, Knock” from Mirage Rock below.

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Listen to some catchy pop-rock from West Philly’s Rob, Lately (playing Silk City tonight)

Photo by Ashley Catherine Smith | www.ashleycatharinesmith.com

Philly pop group Rob, Lately is a snappy five-piece with energetic hooks and peppy melodies. Founded by brothers Rob and Ryan Malloy in Freeland, PA back in 2008, the band migrated to Philly, lost a few members, gained a few more, and released a series of recordings to Bandcamp. Its most recent offering, Haunts, is ridiculously catchy, recalling the power pop riffs of Cheap Trick and early Squeeze, while echoing contemporaries like Jukebox The Ghost and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. Give a listen to Haunts below, and catch the band tonight at Silk City. Rob Lately performs with Levee Drivers, Chelsea Mitchell, Corporate Hearts and Mat Burke tonight at 8 p.m. at Silk City, 435 Spring Garden St. The show is 21+, tickets available at the door.