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Photos: I Am the Avalanche and The Swellers at The Barbary

I Am The Avalanche | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
I Am The Avalanche | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

On the heels of their newly-released album Wolverine, New York punk crew I Am The Avalanche headlined an all-ages show at The Barbary on Thursday night. Also on the bill were Flint, Michigan’s The Swellers, Virginia band Turnover and locals The Sixties. Check out photos from the show below.

I Am The Avalanche | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
I Am The Avalanche | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: John the Conqueror at The Legendary Dobbs, Pity Sex at The Barbary, Royal Bangs at Milkboy, and more

Photo of John The Conqueror by John Vettese
Photo of John The Conqueror by John Vettese

Philly blues rock band John the Conqueror will be heading up The Legendary Dobbs this evening, before going on a European tour and releasing a new album The Good Life on February 25th. Soulful tracks make their blues sound attractive and inviting, and they’re sure to be even louder and entertaining live. Make sure to check them out before they leave the States for a good month; it’ll be their last Philly show until March 7th at MilkBoy.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: GZA at Electric Factory, Lockets at Boot and Saddle, Dads at The Barbary and more

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Photo courtesy of the artist

Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA will bring his raw lyricism to the Electric Factory stage tonight. After a six-year break, the emcee will release his new space-themed album Dark Matter this year. Watch the rapper preview his new album at the University of Toronto below and get tickets here.

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Stream a new Hit the Lights b-side “Alone But Not Lonely” (playing The Barbary 2/20)

Hit the Lights | Photo via www.hitthelightsmusic.com
Hit the Lights | Photo via www.hitthelightsmusic.com

Ohio five-piece Hit the Lights are streaming a new b-side from their 2012 album Invicta. The pop-punk rockers are headed out on an acoustic tour with Transit, Front Porch Step, and Brian Marquis at the end of January. Lyrically, “Alone But Not Lonely” is a bit depressing but it’s a catchy pop anthem that endorses acceptance not wallowing in sorrow. Listen below and get tickets to their show at the Barbary on February 20th here.

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Download Reggie and the Full Effect’s haunting cover of He Is Legend’s “Dicephalous” (playing The Barbary 1/16)

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Photo via mtv.com

It looks as if He Is Legend’s “Dicephalous” (definition: having two heads) now has a second head of its own, in the form of a cover brought to you by Reggie and the Full Effect. It’s a hard rock song from He Is Legend’s 2009 album It Hates You, and it talks about knowing someone’s true nature despite the elaborate facade they use to deceive others: “you’ve got everybody else fooled, but we know who you are.”

Reggie and the Full Effect (aka James Dewees of The Get Up Kids) completely deconstructs the song and transforms it into a sinister piano-driven affair with muffled vocals that echo. Both versions deliver the song’s message but this one does it in a more subtle, creeping-up-over-your-shoulder-but-you-like-it way. Get tickets to Reggie and the Full Effect show at The Barbary on January 16th here and listen to both songs below. Reggie’s new album No Country for Old Musicians is out now via Pure Noise Records.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Leverage Models at Kung Fu Necktie, NOFX at the TLA, Bane at Kung Fu Necktie and more

Photo via The Cheats Movement
Photo via The Cheats Movement

Electro-pop outfit Leverage Models will play Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The band professes that it makes “secular songs about transubstantiation with rototoms.” It doesn’t matter if that statement confuses you, their music speaks for itself and it’s interesting to say the least. The band released its self-titled debut album in March on Hometapes Records. Watch their latest video for “Sweep” below and get tickets here.

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Stream Reggie and the Full Effect’s new album (playing The Barbary 1/16)

Artwork via www.facebook.com/reggieandthefulleffect
Artwork via www.facebook.com/reggieandthefulleffect

Reggie and the Full Effect (primarily the work of The Get Up Kids keyboardist James Dewees) is streaming its new album No Country For Old Musicians a week ahead of its November 19th release. Dewees channels alternate personas throughout the album on which he played nearly all of the instruments himself. He will kick off a tour in support of the album next year in Philly at The Barbary. Get tickets here and stream the album below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Paws at The Barbary, Alkaline Trio at The Electric Factory, Hayden / Doug Paisley at Boot and Saddle and more

PAWS | Photo via www.facebook.com/wehavepaws
PAWS | Photo by Kasper Volgelzang

Glasgow-based pop-rock trio Paws will play The Barbary tonight on their third US tour this year. The trek comes amidst the band’s recording of their follow-up to last year’s Cokefloat!; its lo-fi sound is enhanced by their catchy melodies and introspective lyrics. Watch “Sore Tummy” below and get tickets here.

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Little Big League heads out on tour next week, plays The Barbary on 11/13

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Local indie emo / rock group Little Big League start their fall tour next week, hitting cities as widespread as Houston, TX, Birmingham, AL and Allston, MA (with a stop in Gainesville, FL for FEST along the way).  Formed in 2011 by Michelle Zauner and Kevin O’Halloran (Post Post) with Ian Dykstra (Titus Andronicus) and Deven Craige (Strand of Oaks), the band released its atmospheric debut full-length These Are Good People in August on Tiny Engine Records.  The record is glimmery and striking, pulling at heartstrings from the first track to the last.  Tickets and information for the November 13th show at The Barbary with Paws can be found here.  Below, watch Little Big League’s video for “My Very Own You” filmed by Out of Town Films, followed by a tour video.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jake Bugg at World Cafe Live, O’Brother at The Barbary, Big Sandy at Tin Angel

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WXPN welcomes UK singer/songwriter Jake Bugg to the World Cafe Live stage tonight. With a subtle folk rock sound, Beatles-esque undertones, and sincere lyricism, it’s no wonder that Bugg reached the top of UK’s charts with his debut self-titled album in 2012. Find ticket information for tonight’s show here.

The Atlanta-based outfit O’Brother is playing at The Barbary tonight. The five piece is touring in support of their second full-length release Disillusion. Go here for tickets and more information.

Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys are coming to Tin Angel tonight. The western swing outfit celebrated their release of What A Dream It’s Been this past August. Watch the boogie band perform “Spanish Dagger” below. Find tickets and details for tonight’s show here.