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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hound at Everybody Hits, Steve Miller Band at The Mann Center, Megadeath at The Fillmore

HOUND | photo by Dawn Riddle | courtesy of the artist
HOUND | photo by Dawn Riddle | courtesy of the artist

Sometimes you need to headbang on a Tuesday. Philly’s own hard rockers HOUND will be raging at Everybody Hits tonight along with White Rope and local act Mint. HOUND is set to release their third LP in the fall, so the trio will be sure to include new tracks in the setlist that you will not want to miss. For more information on the show, click here. Check out the band’s performance at the dearly departed Golden Tea House, recorded in 2015 but only discovered this year. Continue reading →

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Hear Grizzly Bear’s languid, dark distortions on new track, “Four Cypresses”

Grizzly Bear | photo courtesy of the artist

Grizzly Bear just dropped another single in anticipation of their upcoming album Painted Ruins, which debuts on August 18th. Switching from the upbeat urgency of “Mourning Sound” is the slower, dark and twisted paradise track, “Four Cypresses.”

With opening lyrics drawling, “Instead of moving, you stared into a wall” the song’s tone of languid, terrifying complacency is set. Continuing with the lines, “Living in a pile / It’s chaos, but it works,” the song marches lazily on through a hectic, noise-filled world. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Palm at PhilaMOCA, OhBree at Johnny Brenda’s, Family Volleyball at Ortlieb’s, and more

Palm | Photo courtesy of the artist

Indie four-piece Palm recently debuted their new “candy-coated dissonance” of an EP, titled Shadow Expert. With wonderfully erratic rhythms, these new tunes are a refreshing beauty to behold. And tonight they’ll be bringing this perfect deconstruction of sound to PhilaMOCA. Find more info on the show here, and stream Shadow Expert below. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: The Head and the Heart return to The Fillmore in September

The Head and the Heart | courtesy of the artist
The Head and the Heart | courtesy of the artist

The struggle between the head and the heart is one we all know too well, but there is no debate this time: when The Head and the Heart come to the Fillmore on September 22nd, the show is a must-see.

The indie-folk group released their third record Signs of Light last year — for me, it was slightly disappointing but nonetheless expansive and complex record. It was also their first album in three years following a bit of time off for the members to reset and the extended absence of co-frontman Josiah Johnson. As a long-time fan, I knew I was going to see their Fillmore show during last year’s tour no matter what I thought of the new album and, let me tell you, it was the right decision (I may or may not have cried at several points throughout the set, but nobody can prove anything). Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Girlpool at Union Transfer, Dawes at The Fillmore, Zeek Burst at Warmdaddy’s and more…

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Girlpool | photo by Kacie Tomita | courtesy of the artist

Girlpool headline Union Transfer tonight with support from friends Ian Sweet and Lexie. The duo of Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad expanded their minimalist sound to include drums on last month’s Powerplant, a move that emphasizes their always-resonant sharing of vulnerability with even more dynamics. Watch “It Gets More Blue” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Future Islands at The Fillmore

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Future Islands | photo via artist’s Facebook

Three years after setting the gif world on fire with their funky dancing, Future Islands have released their fifth LP The Far Field. The Baltimore outfit followed up their 2014 breakthrough with a set of synth pop driven tracks that beg for summer dance parties, so there’s no better way to celebrate the start of the season than the catching them at The Fillmore tonight. Watch “Run” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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Listen to Grizzly Bear’s new “Mourning Sound,” see them at The Fillmore in November

Grizzly Bear | photo courtesy of the artist

Grizzly Bear has at long last announced a follow up to their 2012 indie-pop masterpiece, Shields. The new LP is called Painted Ruins and is set to be released on August 18th.

Though it’s been a while since new tunes, you can rest assured that Grizzly Bear wasn’t hibernating during this absence of jams. (Note: I am so very sorry for that. My dad would be too proud.) Continue reading →

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The Cranberries revisit classics in Something Else, announce Philly date this September

The Cranberries | photo via the band’s Facebook page

Irish alt-rockers The Cranberries are back. The band just dropped a new album titled Something Else, where they revisit classics through stripped acoustic renditions along with sweeping orchestral additions.

The Cranberries also just announced an upcoming tour, in which they’ll perform these new arrangements alongside a string quartet. And if there’s one thing I know for sure in this life, it’s that adding string quartets is never a bad thing. Only added awesomeness awaits. Continue reading →

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Happiness Is Just A Moment: The Menzingers, in top form, share a night with The Fillmore

The Menzingers | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

“Did anybody here go to Temple?” Greg Barnett asked a packed house at The Fillmore last night, and befittingly, a large portion of the Philly crowd screamed. Barnett smirked, and continued “I’m sorry about that.”

In lesser hands, it could have been a diss, some jockish taunting to stoke whatever higher educational rivalries were seemingly in need of being stoked. But that’s not what the co-frontman of The Menzingers was doing here, as he introduced “Midwestern States” — a song he said was about his last semester at college — and the crowd knew it. They laughed loud at his quip, they cheered en masse.

They knew that these four dudes, despite being the center of attention for 2,500 spectators over the course of 90 minutes last night, was no different from them. Adrift in their late 20s and early 30s, feeling overlooked and tossed aside from self-absorbed older generations who won’t step out of the way, unsure of what they wasted their youth on, unsure of what their place was in this world that’s messier and less compassionate by the day.

This is one of the core themes of After the Party, The Menzingers’ excellent fifth LP — their most mature work, and their work most explicitly about maturing — and that restless discontent is the backbone of “Midwestern States.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Menzingers at The Fillmore, Jay Som at Boot & Saddle, Bardo Pond at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

The Menzingers | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
The Menzingers | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

NEPA faves The Menzingers bring their latest LP After the Party to The Fillmore tonight. The big-room date follows a sold-out release show that happened last month at the smaller Kung Fu Necktie, a special treat for some of the band’s die-hard fans but one that left the majority of their local supporters with a serious case of FOMO. Tickets for tonight’s all-ages show can be found here. Watch “After the Party” below.

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