Tonight’s Concert Picks: My Brightest Diamond at World Cafe Live, The Dandy Warhols at the TLA, and The Cave Singers at Boot and Saddle

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My Brightest Diamond will be performing in Philadelphia this evening at World Cafe Live. Shara Worden, the multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter behind the eccentric band, has proved her ability to think outside the box with her mix of chamber music, rock, pop and electronic elements. Worden has just released her new album this month, This Is My Hand, which Pitchfork described as a  “successful exercise in percussive, jagged art-pop that explores themes of self-acceptance, sensuality, and community”. For more information on tonight’s show, have a look at the XPN Concert Calendar and check out her music video for “Pressure” below! Continue reading →


Photo Recap: The Cave Singers and Bleeding Rainbow at Johnny Brenda’s

Psychedelic Seattle four-piece The Cave Singers headlined Johnny Brenda’s on Thursday, touring in support of their fourth full-length, Naomi, released last month on Jagjaguwar Records. Joining them was Philly’s Bleeding Rainbow, whose new drummer, Dominique Montgomery, was making her Philadelphia debut. Check out scenes from the show in the photo gallery above.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Darwin Deez at the First Unitarian Church, The Cave Singers at Johnny Brenda’s, Living Colour at The Keswick

PartyOnDarwinIndie rockers Darwin Deez play the First Unitarian Church tonight.  The Asheville, North Carolina band formed in New York City in 2009, feeling at home at the Sidewalk Cafe, a launching pad for off-beat pop acts including Kimya Dawson and Adam Green.  The band released their self-titled debut of upbeat, dance-along tracks shortly after in 2010.  Now the Darwin Smith-led quirk pop outfit are working the road for sophomore effort Songs For Imaginative People, released via Lucky Number in February.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show at the First Unitarian Church with Caged Animals and Cheers Elephant can be found here.  Watch the video for Darwin Deez’s “Free (The Editorial Me)” below.

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Stream “See These Streets” from Wrong World (opening for Bleeding Rainbow at Johnny Brenda’s on 4/4)

WWCiting breakfast cereal commercials, zebra print spandex, Elfquest comics, film noir, beat poets and nature as sources of inspiration, Wrong World are a high-energy four-piece out of Philadelphia that got their start playing two songs over and over in a basement as an instrumental trio before scrapping that approach and adding a vocalist.  That exact recipe for their eclectic potpourri of influences may not be apparent when listening to the three tracks posted on their Bandcamp, but what is apparent is that Wrong World’s balance of raw garage-ness and bursts of melodic poppy-ness makes them an instant-crush worthy band.  Stream “See These Streets” below and catch them at Johnny Brenda’s on April 4th opening for Bleeding Rainbow and The Cave Singers.  Tickets and information can be found here.


Listen to “Oblivion,” Bleeding Rainbow’s “long-lost B-side,” via Rolling Stone (opening for The Cave Singers on 4/4)

Philly noise-pop force of nature Bleeding Rainbow (they’re in between drummers at present, hence the moody new band photo) shared a “long lost B-side” with today. Actually, it’s an outtake from the Yeah Right recording sessions that is being released as a digital single via Kanine Records, but it sounds badass either way. From the song’s premiere:

“We recorded Oblivion during the first of three recording sessions for our album Yeah Right,” bassist and singer Sarah Everton tells Rolling Stone. “We wanted to take our harmonies to the extreme – we were listening to a lot of Everly Brothers at the time – and as a way to create tension that’s broken by the pop chorus dropping in.”

Listen to “Oblivion” below. Bleeding Rainbow returns to the Johnny Brenda’s stage next Thursday, April 4th, when they open for The Cave Singers. Tickets and information on the show are available at the venue’s website.


This Weekend’s Picks: Warpaint, The Cave Singers, Ben Vaughn, The Residents, Fooling April, Summer Fiction, The Powder Kegs

Whenever the Internet discusses Warpaint, the conversation often focuses on who they are—four women, whose swirling voices are one of the band’s most defining characteristics. Lost in that conversation, however, is another important aspect: where they’re from. The members of Warpaint have cited the strangeness and urbanity of their hometown of Los Angeles as the inspiration for their psychedelic melodies and cinematic tone. Not to mention that former drummer Shannyn Sossamon is an actress (A Knight’s Tale, The Rules Of Attraction) who left to pursue Hollywood—or that Warpaint got its earliest bits of hype when Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer briefly joined the band and John Frusciante mixed the first EP, Exquisite Corpse. Despite those connections the music is (thankfully) very un-Chili Peppers. Most songs from the only full-length—last year’s The Fool—are light on choruses, starting one place and wandering slowly to somewhere else by the finish. Warpaint performs with PVT and Family Band at 9 p.m. at Theatre Of The Living Arts; tickets are $25. —Dave Simpson

Also playing: The Cave Singers + Lia Ices @ Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $12); The Residents at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $30-$50); Ben Vaughn + Dan Montgomery at World Cafe Live Upstairs (9 p.m., $13); Alexis Gideon + Eat Your Birthday Cake at Danger Danger Gallery (all ages, $5-$10); Jeff The Brotherhood + Dry Feet, Slutever at Hong Kong Garden (7:30 p.m., all ages, $8); Of Mice and Men + I Set My Friends On Fire, Sleeping With Sirens, Woe, Is Me, The Amity Affliction @ First Unitarian Church (6 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT)

Fooling April (performing Rubber Soul and Revolver) + Parsnip Revolt at World Cafe Live (7:30 p.m., SOLD OUT); Summer Fiction + Snowmine, Guitars, Work Drugs at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $10)

The Powder Kegs + CSL SX, Busses at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $8); Sweatheart + Nick Tolford And Company, Andrew Jeffrey Wright at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $10)