Tonight’s Concert Picks: Guards at Kung Fu Necktie, Elephant Stone at The Fire, Simian Mobile Disco at Making Time, The Coup and Lushlife at Underground Arts

XPN Welcomes emerging indie three-piece Guards to Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The New York project is spearheaded by Richie James Follin, frontman for Willowz and a former live guitarist for Cults (which his sister Madeline sings for). The group’s doom-meets-power pop vibe makes their seven-track EP an unexpected dance party staple, which you can pick for free below. Tickets to tonight’s 21+ show are available on our concert calendar here; the performance starts at 7:30.

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Go behind the scenes on Lushlife’s “Magnolia” video (playing Underground Arts on 12/7)

Get an inside scoop on the concept for the fresh “Magnolia” video from Philly rapper Raj Haldar, better known as Lushlife. The UK-based Dummy Magazine aired the music video with additional footage featuring commentary from Lamar + Nik‘s Jesse Lamar High and Nik Harper, the Oklahoma City filmmaking team behind “Magnolia.” In the video, the pair share the inspiration for their creative choice of props for the low-budget project.  Lushlife will be performing at Underground Arts with The Coup Friday, December 7th. Tickets and more information on the 21+ show can be found on our concert calendar here. You can watch the original video here, and check out the imaginative ideas for Magnolia’s innovative DIY style in the video featured below.


Stream Sorry to Bother You, the new record from The Coup (playing Underground Arts on 12/7)

Bay-area hiphop / funk / politicos The Coup released its latest record, Sorry to Bother You, today on Anti- Records. It’s a super lively record – these guys and ladies know how to make scathing political commentary sounds like a massive party – and you can stream the entire thing today over at music blog Consequence of Sound. Below, get a taste with the song “WAVIP” featuring fellow underground indie-rap luminaries Das Racist and Killer Mike. The Coup comes to Philly on December 7 for a show at Underground Arts; tickets and information can be found here.