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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Make Music Philly, Sleep at Union Transfer, Sean Hoots at Bourbon and Branch

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West Philadelphia Orchestra | photo courtesy of Penn Museum

Today is the summer solstice and Make Music Philly is taking advantage of all the extra daylight with a jammed packed schedule of performances throughout the city. A few weeks ago we highlighted five acts you should check out at the festival, including West Philadelphia Orchestra, JaE, Ai-Que and more. More information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concerts: Pixies at Tower Theater, Sleep, Dungen

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Pixies

Twenty years ago, would you have shelled out $84 to see Pixies perform at the height of their critical success? (Were you even old enough to know who Black Francis and Kim Deal were back then?) Probably not. Then again, who would have guessed internal tensions would tear the band apart only four years after the release of their now-classic 1989 sophomore album, Doolittle—and that more than a decade would pass before fans could see the reunited Pixies perform on stage again? (Of course, hindsight is 20/20—just ask Francis, who probably would have re-thought his infamous decision to tell Deal and drummer David Lovering that he was breaking up the band via fax machine.) The good news is that you can still drop $84 to see Pixies perform their best material off Doolittle, during this continuation of the band’s 20th-anniversary tour commemorating the album’s release. Included in the price is the privilege of not having to sit through a slew of new material. Pixies perform at 8 p.m. at Tower Theater; tickets are $52–$84.25.

If you’re not already high by the time you arrive at Starlight Ballroom to see legendary stoner-doom-metal band Sleep perform, you will be by the time you leave—either through second-hand contact or simply by taking in the band’s epic, mind-altering songs. Sleep performs with A Storm Of Light and Iron Man at 8 p.m. at Starlight Ballroom; tickets are $25.

Enjoy the psychedelic rock of Swedish quartet (and critics’ darlings) Dungen without the burden of knowing how cringe-inducingly awful the actual lyrics are (because they’re sung in a pretty-sounding foreign language). Dungen performs with Wooden Shjips at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets are $12.