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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Phosphorescent at Union Transfer, Swear and Shake at World Cafe Live, and Smoother at PhilaMOCA

by Eric Ashleigh
Photo by Eric Ashleigh

Phosphorescent (aka singer-songwriter Matthew Houck) will play Union Transfer tonight. The indie-rock singer-songwriter released his sixth album Muchacho via Dead Oceans last year which, as he told Pitchfork, was inspired by his experiences on tour. Paste Magazine named the record its #1 Album of 2013. Watch the video for “Ride On / Right On” below and get tickets here.

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My Morning Download: “Brother” by Swear And Shake (playing World Cafe Live 10/19)

Photo by Tetiana Steblova
Photo by Tetiana Steblova

The Brooklyn indie-folkrock band Swear and Shake perform at World Cafe Live this Saturday evening, October 19th, opening for Red Wanting Blue. The four piece – including Adam McHeffey on vocals, guitar, and banjo, Ben Goldstein on drums, bassist Shaun Savage, and Kari Spieler on vocals and guitar – have been together since 2009 when Adam and Kari met in college at SUNY (State University of New York) Purchase.

“Brother,” from the band’s forthcoming album, Ain’t That Lovin, features the band’s original drummer, Thomas Elefante. According to McHeffrey, it was the last song that the band tracked with him. “I couldn’t ask for a more fitting way to represent all of the remarkable musical ideas he’s brought to my music over the twelve years that I’ve played and grown with him including the last two with Swear and Shake,” says McHeffrey. “Never has the band penned a song with as much purpose and clarity as this one. “Brother” is forever dedicated to him and his beautiful new family.”

Download the song below, and watch the video, filmed in New Hope.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Psychic Ills at Johnny Brenda’s, Bilal at World Cafe Live, XPN Welcomes Northern Liberties Music Fest with Ruby the Hatchet and more to The Fire

New York experimental rock band Psychic Ills headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  The psychedelic-infused outfit recalls the distorted and distressed, laidback sound of early Kurt Vile with lo-fi vocals and hypnotic arrangements that seem on the verge of exploding.  Psychic Ills will be releasing One Track Mind on February 19th via Sacred Bones Records, following up 2011′s Hazed Dream.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Nothing and Mike Bruno & The Black Magic Family Band can be found here.  Stream “Might Take A While” from the upcoming record below.

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My Morning Download (bonus edition): “These White Walls” by Swear And Shake (opening for G. Love & Special Sauce tonight at the TLA)

The New York band Swear And Shake roll into town tonight at the TLA opening for G. Love & Special Sauce. The show is sold out but if you’re going, be sure to get their early to see the New York four piece. If you’re a fan of the Lumineers-Avett Brothers musical axis you’ll dig this band; banjos are played. Below, download “These White Walls” from the band’s debut album, Maple Ridge.

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