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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rabbit Rabbit at The First Unitarian Chapel, Hoser at Connie’s Ric Rac, TJ Kong and more at PhilaMOCA

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The husband-wife duo that is Rabbit Rabbit have played with so many musicians in so many different styles it will make your head spin.  On their own, However; they’ve been creating a unique style of music that mixes rock, electronic and folk, releasing songs one-by-one on their website each month.  Tonight, you can catch them in the side chapel at First Unitarian Church along with the Lattimore/Zeigler Duo.  Click here for ticket info and check out their most recent Rabbit Rabbit Radio video below.

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The Swollen Fox is celebrating its 3-year anniversary at PhilaMOCA on 7/11

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The Swollen Fox has announced a special 3-year anniversary concert at PhilaMOCA on July 11th with TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb, Swift Technique and Shark Tape.  Since its beginnings, the local music blog has diligently and thoroughly covered Philadelphia music scene happenings and now runs the comprehensive XPN Concert Calendar in addition to hosting shows (like July 19th’s collaboration with XPN).  Tickets and information for the birthday show can be found here.  Check out  the bands below and learn more here.

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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: The National Rifle at Johnny Brenda’s, Everyone Everywhere at The Barbary, The Weeks at MilkBoy, JD Malone at Burlap and Bean, XPN Welcomes Lee Fields & The Expressions to World Cafe Live

With an album release a mere two weeks away, The National Rifle headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Almost Endless will be the Philly band’s first full-length, following up four EPs that span a seven year career.  With glam rock vocals, spacey synths and a pulsing bass line, The Nationals Rifle’s new recordings move the quartet away from the punk vibes of their previous releases and into the world of Bowie and M83 dipped in dream pop.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with The New Connection and Crills Wilson can be found here.  Below, stream “Glass Line” from Almost Endless.

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Modern Inventors celebrate Trains and Aeroplanes at Johnny Brenda’s on 12/28, album presale available now

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Modern Inventors | Photo by Alicia Brown
Soulful Philly roots rockers Modern Inventors are gearing up to release their debut full-length, Trains and Aeroplanes, later this month. The album is now available for pre-order at Bandcamp, along with name-your-own-price downloads of two songs – “Hello” and “Goodbye Northbrook Drive.” The band is celebrating the release of the album at Johnny Brenda‘s on December 28 with Philly folk ensemble Hezekiah Jones and indie-rockers Shark Tape – a lineup that, in a way, spans both halves of the Inventors’ world. Advance tickets are available here, and fans who buy in advance get a free copy of the album at the show. Below, watch the band perform “These Eyes” for Bands in the Backyard last summer.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Japandroids at Union Transfer, Maxi Priest at The Keswick Theatre, The Best of Joey Sweeney at Johnny Brenda’s, Work Drugs with Shark Tape at Ortlieb’s, XPN Welcomes Ra Ra Riot at The Chameleon Club

Vancouver, BC duo Japandroids shook the walls at their midsummer Johnny Brenda’s show and tonight they’ll shake the walls of Union Transfer.  Japandroids are touring in support of an album many consider to be one of the year’s best (here, here and here).  The punk rockers released Celebration Rock earlier this year and were subsequently named Band of the Year by Spin, with their song “The House That Heaven Built” being named Song of the Summer by Paste.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show with DIIV can be found here.  Below, watch the video for “The House That Heaven Built.”

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Listen to the Eyes on You EP from Shark Tape (playing Free at Noon on Friday, Ortlieb’s on 12/8)

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This week, WXPN’s Free at Noon concert is a rare triple-header bill, and one of the bands taking the stage is new Philly power trio Shark Tape. The group is total throwback 80s rock in the best way – hints of Smithereens-style power pop mix with drifting tones a la The Psychedelic Furs. Get a taste below by streaming their new EP, Eyes on You, and register for the show here. And if you really like what you hear, you have another opportunity to see the band next week, when they open for Work Drugs at Ortlieb’s Lounge in Northern Liberties! For more information at that show, visit the WXPN concert calender (powered by The Swollen Fox).

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: 7 Walkers, Rasputin’s Secret Police, Swift Technique, and (film) Hedwig and the Angry Inch

7 Walkers is a collaboration between former Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, guitarist/vocalist Papa Mali, legendary New Orleans bass player George Porter Jr., and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard. The band is playing an all ages show downstairs at World Cafe Live tonight. Doors open at 7 P.M. and the show starts at 8 P.M. Ticket prices range from $26 to $36 and are available for purchase here. Watch the jam band perform their self-titled song below.

Local grunge rock band Rasputin’s Secret Police (RSP) is made up of guitarist/vocalist Brandon Ayres and drummer Josh Phillips. The pair grew up on the same block in Drexel Hill where they’ve been neighbors for 13 years, and have been band-mates for ten of those years. Prepare for a crazy show because the band’s live shows have been known to incorporate, “lighting effects, blood (real and fake), robes, talk of chalices, broken everything, smoke, jokes, barf bags and ear plugs.” They are set to play North Star Bar tonight with Killjoy, Shark Tape, Eureka Driver. The 21+ show starts at 8 P.M. Tickets are $5 to $7 and can be purchased here. Listen to/dowload the song “This is My Cave” from their album Lost Rhino below.

Philly funk ensemble Swift Technique are playing The Blockley tonight with Hamburger Hunt and Black Stars. The band played World Cafe Live last week. Watch a video of their set below or download the band’s Key Studio session here.

If you’re in the mood to watch a movie tonight, World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington is offering a free screening of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The film is a cinematic adaptation of the popular off-Broadway musical about an “internationally ignored” transexual rock singer from Communist Berlin who dreams of making it big in the American music scene. Hedwig features several songs by composer Stephen Trask, who also appears in the film as a member of Hedwig’s band. Check out the trailer below.