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Watch The Front Bottoms perform “Au Revoir” for AltarTV

The Front Bottoms | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
The Front Bottoms | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

The Front Bottoms released their fourth album Talon of the Hawk this past spring, and have been getting a good amount of attention for their unique style of indie punk. They have been praised for their creative lyrics and unconventional songwriting, which have placed them on tours with the likes of Manchester Orchestra. After touring Europe and Canada, they will be stopping in Wilmington, DE at World Café Live on 11/14 and Lancaster, PA at the Chameleon Club on 11/16. Below, watch an acoustic version of “Au Revoir” from Talon of the Hawk.

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Watch the theme song from Boston DIY band Krill (playing Hong Kong Garden on 9/4)

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Last month, Krill released their quirky pop-punk LP, Lucky Leaves.  The DIY band somehow packaged this raw sound into concise and catchy songs and they have even dared to create their own theme song.  “Theme From Krill” is a self-homage featuring the group goofing off on camera mixed with footage of the group playing live.  Basically, the video takes the odd Boston trio and puts their personalities and musical style together, showing you what the band has to offer in 3.5 minutes.  Exactly what a theme song calls for.  Check out the video below and be sure to catch them September 4th at Hong Kong Garden.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jawnzap7 at The Note, Fly Fest in Lancaster, Shawn Mullins at Sellersville Theater

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Jawnzap7, though the name is confusing, can spit rhymes like no other.  Hailing from Philadelphia, he has a fast hip-hop flow and solid beats to match.  Though the rapper only has a large set of singles and EPs to their name, all of the releases are pretty impressive.  Tonight, Jawnzap7 plays The Note along with a lineup of other up and coming musicians.  Click here for ticket information and listen below to get in on the rap action.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Brandywine Folk Fest, Busses at Johnny Brenda’s, K-OS at Union Transfer

good-old-warThis weekend marks the second year of the Brandywine Folk Festival.  From Friday through Sunday, you can enjoy the warm weather and music with the many many incredible bands, many of which hail from Philadelphia.  To name just a few (and I mean a few) out of this fantastic lineup, you can catch Good Old War, Mean Lady, The Districts, The Lawsuits and Cheers Elephant.  So if you’re looking for the best way to spend the final days of summer, the Brandywine Folk Fest is an incredible way to go.  What’s not to love about great music, food and frisbee golf?  Click here for ticket information. Below, watch the video for Good Old War’s “Calling Me Names.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Big Country at Sellersville Theater, Holy Death and MOSS at PhilaMOCA

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For a little reminiscing, Big Country is headed to Sellersville Theater tonight.  Though they only gained fame in the US for their 80s hit, “In A Big Country,” Big Country were very popular in Europe, gaining fame for their celtic rock sound and maintaining a huge cult following to this day.  Back in April, the group released their ninth studio album, The Journey and are in tour in support of the album.  The group often added elements of traditional celtic music into their songs, whether it was lyrically, or musically (“In A Big Country” used guitars engineered to sound somewhat like bagpipes).  Check out the song that made the group famous in the US below, and be sure to catch these Scottish legends tonight.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Phil Anselmo at Union Transfer, James Hunter at Sellersville Theater, St. James and the Apostles at Johnny Brenda’s, Thee Idea Men at Milkboy

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Phil Anselmo is probably one of the most prolific figures in the world of metal today.  Originally gaining fame as the singer for Pantera, Anselmo has since performed with his own groups Down, Superjoint Ritual, Phil Anselmo & The Illegals and a few others.  Tonight, the famed metal singer will make his way to Union Transfer where he’ll play with his backing band The Illegals.  Anselmo released his second solo album, Walk Through Exists Only, a month ago.  Below, check out a song from his latest release and click here for ticket information for what’s sure to be an ear-melting show.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Low Cut Connie at Underground Arts, Mercury Radio Theater at Johnny Brenda’s

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Tonight, Low Cut Connie will play Underground Arts.  The rag-tag Philly crew plays honky tonk rock that immediately feels catchy and welcoming, as we saw in their Free at Noon show not long ago.  The group’s latest release is Call Me Sylvia, which finds them just as energetic as ever.  Aside from their studio work, Low Cut Connie is an incredible live band, and this is a show you won’t want to miss.  Click here for ticket information and check out this Philadelphia-inspired video below, which will also give you a slight taste of their live energy.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rodrigo Y Gabriela at The Electric Factory, Illinois at Hard Rock Cafe, Joey Sweeney, Judson Claiborne, and Lewis & Clarke at Ortlieb’s, The Mighty Paradocs at Kung Fu Necktie

04.12-Rodrigo-y-Gabriela-@-Chicago-TheaterHailing from Mexico, Rodrigo Y Gabriela makes for an incredible acoustic duo, playing an acoustic fusion of flamenco, metal, folk, rock and so much more. Gaining popularity in Ireland, the duo has since received wide critical acclaim for their prodigious musical skills.  Last winter, they released their fourth studio album, Area 52, which included a Cuban orchestra.  Tonight, the group plays The Electric Factory.  Click here for ticket info and get a taste of the two musicians’ guitar skills below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express at World Cafe Live, Melvins at Underground Arts, Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah at TLA

Chuck Prophet has been around since the 80s, making music with Green and Red before moving on to a solo successful solo career.  Prophet is known for his unique melodies and impressive songwriting prowess.  His most recent album, Temple Beautiful, which was released last year, is no exception, and proves him to be just a skilled as ever.  It’s theme is San Francisco, which has been a constant muse for Prophet.  Tonight you can catch him at our very own World Cafe Live where he will kick off his summer tour.  Click here for ticket information and check out a song from the new album below.

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Just Announced: Experimental new wave legends Pere Ubu playing North Star Bar on 9/11

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Going weird and strong since the mid 70s, Pere Ubu are often called “the most original and important of the new wave bands.”  Their music is very hard to place and that’s just the way the band likes it, taking elements from tons of different genres and throwing it together to create music based more on mood and atmosphere than anything else.  In January, the group released their 17th studio album, Lady From Shanghai.  In support of their new album, the group is going on tour and it includes a stop at the North Star Bar with Strapping Fieldhands.  Click here for ticket information and check out a Pere Ubu classic below.