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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sylvan Esso at Union Transfer, Placeholder at The Fire, Skinny Lister at North Star Bar

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Photo via http://blog.sylvanesso.com/

Durham, NC electro-folk duo Sylvan Esso join tUnE-yArDs tonight at Union Transfer for a fun, funky and alternative show.  Lead singer Amelia Meath has a smooth, haunting tone to her voice that manages to give more depth to the repetitive synths and beats.  She bends her vocals so they compliment the abstract rhythms and somehow it just works.  The single “Coffee” has a cool melody with lyrics that repeat “get up get down, get up get down.”  Very good music to listen to while walking down the street on a sunny day.  Doors open at 8 p.m., and make sure you arrive early to this sold out show!

Lancaster garage punks Placeholder will be at The Fire tonight to put on a high-energy show.  The band released a digital 12″ back in February called I Don’t Need Forgiveness which you can stream here. Unlike some punk groups who can sometimes be all over the place with their sound, the foursome maintains a steady control throughout the 12-track long LP.  Their live show will definitely guarantee gritty guitar solos along with commanding vocals.

Skinny Lister hail from the UK and if you listen closely, you can detect a slight bluegrass twang in their music.  Dual lead vocalists Dan Heptinstall and Lorna Thomas don’t outshine each other, but use each others voices to enhance the quality of the music.  I could picture these guys playing on a street corner in Dublin or London, captivating passersby.  You can find tickets and info for their 21+ show tonight at North Star Bar here.

Also playing…

Tweens at Underground Arts ($10, 21+, 8 p.m.)

Uncle/Father Oscar at Kung Fu Necktie ($5, 21+, 3 p.m.)

Indigenous at Sellersville Theater ($22, all ages, 7:30 p.m.)

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Modern Baseball at The Barbary, Ginger Coyle at Boot & Saddle, and Worshyper at The Fire

Modern Baseball | Photo by Allison Newbold | http://www.allynewbold.com/
Modern Baseball | Photo by Allison Newbold | http://www.allynewbold.com/

Pop-punk Philly band Modern Baseball will kick off their summer tour this afternoon at The Barbary.  Earlier this spring, the guys participated a Key Studio Session where they successfully lit up the room with their charismatic energy.  You can listen to a full album stream of their 2012 LP Sports here and watch the video for “Your Graduation” from this year’s awesome You’re Gonna Miss It All below. Get tickets for this afternoon’s show here (while they are still available!)

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Dreamy psych-rockers Weekender are playing a wad of summer shows

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Weekender | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly psych-pop band Weekender prove there ain’t no rest for the wicked. After headlining Kung Fu Necktie last night, the fuzzy dreampop  outfit is playing a slew of shows in Philly this summer, including local stops at Bourbon and Branch May 31, KFN June 11, the Firefly Festival in Delaware June 22, and then closing out at The Fire June 27.  With pop beats, cutting riffs and droning guitars, Weekender is an ideal summer soundtrack.The band has promised a follow-up album to 2013′s EP Spanish Peaks this summer, but no word yet on a date. In the mean time, check out their very psychedelic Off the Avenue live session in Savannah, Georgia below.

 

 

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Katie Frank & The Pheromones cover Joan Jett & The Blackhearts’ “I Love Rock n’ Roll” for Cover Club

Photo by Will Hoover
Photo by Will Hoover

Today Root Down in the Shadow released its latest Cover Club session with Philadelphia’s Katie Frank. The local singer played a cover of Joan Jett’s classic “I Love Rock n’ Roll,” accompanied by her bandmates Josh Werblun on acoustic guitar and Joe Bissiri on electric. The cover is a stripped-down version of the hit that really lets Frank’s voice shine, but sticks close enough to the Joan Jett original to show that Katie Frank & The Pheromones can battle any rock band. Watch the video below, and catch Frank this weekend at the Sundrop Music Festival at The Fire (check out the full lineup here).

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The Fire announces line-up for fourth annual Sundrop Music + Arts Festival

Photo by Caitlin McCann | caitlinmccann.4ormat.com
Katie Frank | Photo by Caitlin McCann | caitlinmccann.4ormat.com

Sun Drop Music and Arts Festival has announced the line-up for the all-local event, taking place Memorial Day Weekend at The Fire.  Three days of multi-genre music will be provided by Philadelphia Cee Knowledge & Cosmic Funk Orchestra, The Get Real Gang, Shilpa Ray, Kwesi K, Katie Frank and a dozen more.  Now in its fourth year, the festival boasts ticketed 21+ shows in addition to free, all-ages outdoor sets, food vendors and craft stands.  Tickets and information can be found on the Facebook page here.  Check out some performers below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jessica Lea Mayfield at Johnny Brenda’s, Cayetana at The Fire, Chalk and the Beige Americans at Kung Fu Necktie

Jessica Lea Mayfield | via facebook.com/jessicaleamayfield

Singer / songwriter and guitarist Jessica Lea Mayfield brings her ethereal vocals and creeping, crunching guitar riffs to Johnny Brenda’s tonight in support of her recent album release Make My Head Sing…. Sometimes touching on psychedlic shoegazey rock, other times inserting her bluegrass roots (she was in a bluegrass band with her family as a young girl), Mayfield’s sound is unique and all her own. Get tickets and info on the 9:15pm show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: TJ Kong EP release at Johnny Brenda’s, Goodnight Lights at The Fire, Cloud Cult at Prince Music Theater and more

tj kongTJ Kong and The Atomic Bomb will rock Johnny Brenda’s tonight in celebration of their latest EP KONG. The Philly-bred four-piece are a pleasant mix of garage rock and jump blues that’s far from predictable. Check out “Telephone Blues’ below and get tickets here.

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Goodnight Lights throw a house party for four in their “Convinced” video

Goodnight Lights
Goodnight Lights

It’s like the crash after a long night of throwing back Lagers and oily pepperoni pizza and wondering where the rest of your friends are. In their new music video for the single “Convinced,” we see Philly modern rock crew Goodnight Lights throw a party for drummer Michael Ziegler…who, alas, doesn’t show up. Slices are consumed, awkward dances are danced, Jameson is pounded and the band, drummerless, passes out on a suburban couch. Is this a metaphor for band-life, or a jab at Ziegler for running late? We hope it’s not the latter, since Goodnight Lights has two pretty sweet shows on their concert agenda: this Friday, April 18th at The Fire with Monday Appreciation Society, and Saturday May 31st at Johnny Brenda’s with Rexedog and Joy Riding. More information on both at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Curly Castro’s latest EP spits out rhymes with heart

Photo courtesy of facebook.com/curlycastro
Photo courtesy of facebook.com/curlycastro

If you want a clear depiction of what modern hip-hop sounds like, take one listen to Curly Castro‘s EP Brody.

Castro’s got an incredible talent of espousing socially-conscious ideas while spitting out rhymes with impeccable energy. Throughout the EP, guitar samples and movie dialogue overlap powerful lyrics, making it irresistible to listen to all six head-bobbing songs.

You can catch Castro with his producer (and fellow MC in the Wrecking Crew) collective, Zilla Rocca, Saturday April 19 at The Fire. The show starts at 9 p.m. and the $10 tickets to the 21+ can be purchased here. If you want more of Castro, check out his The Key Studio Session this past September, at or his solo show a bit away on June 14 (also at The Fire).

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PREMIERE: Go indepth on hair care in the new music video for Glitter’s “Halo”

Photo via facebook.com/glitterphiladelphia
Photo via facebook.com/glitterphiladelphia

You might not think much of your daily hair care routine (or lack thereof) but Glitter does. In fact, it’s the theme of their latest video for “Halo”. Taken from their new EP Graffiti Ghosts, the track speaks of “turning around” and the Earth being “inverted upside down” with the former being played out very clearly in the clip since each individual has his/her back turned to the camera. There’s no mention of hair, but everyone is attending to their manes with either a brush, hairspray, gel, or all three. Perhaps, hair is the halo. In that case, what about the bald guy? Ponder that and grab tickets to the band’s show at The Fire on April 5th here.

Halo – Glitter – Official Video from isaac turner on Vimeo.