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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.

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Philly alt-rockers A Day Without Love deliver an introspective new EP Confessions of the Innocent Mind

Photo via facebook.com/adaywithoutlovemusic
Photo via facebook.com/adaywithoutlovemusic
Considering their name, you’d expect A Day Without Love to be a pretty dark band. But darkness is just one facet of their new release Confessions of the Innocent Mind which, in their own words, is “a side A/B single about clarity, darkness, and introspective perspectives of life”. There’s a hard rock edge and urgency to “Expose” which finds the band in full rebellion mode as they sing “remove monopoly and give us our freedom” while “Save” is a quiet number that channels existential angst. Celebrate the new release with the band at their upcoming local shows: April 1st at The Fire (tickets here) and April 17th at World Cafe Live (tickets here).

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lizanne Knott Philabundance benefit at World Cafe Live, The Phosphenes at The Fire, and Cuddle Magic at Boot and Saddle

Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com
Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com

Philly’s Lizanne Knott will play a show benefiting Philabundance tonight at World Cafe Live. The longtime local favorite released her last album Standing in the English Rain back in 2012. Featured in indie films, TV movies, and documentaries, Knott’s music is praised for its raw and honest quality. Watch “Miss You” below and get tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mike Bell & The Movies at The Fire, The Jawn at M Room, Cold Fronts at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

Mike Bell & the Movies | photo via www.facebook.com/itismovietime
Mike Bell & the Movies | photo via www.facebook.com/itismovietime

Mike Bell & The Movies play The Fire tonight.  The power pop / punk band out of Philadelphia (featuring members of Algernon Cadwallader and Dangerous Ponies) released a new record called Nothing Works a few weeks ago, following up their Stuck in a T.V. debut.  Their sound is fast-paced and fun, crossing Weezer with Elvis Costello.  Check out the LP below and get more information for tonight’s show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Young the Giant at Tower Theater, Evening River Band at The Fire, and Pill Friends at the Trocadero

Young the Giant | photo via www.facebook.com/youngthegiant
Young the Giant | photo via www.facebook.com/youngthegiant

After achieving indie-rock stardom with their 2010 debut, Young the Giant took some time to regroup before readying its follow-up Mind Over Matter which arrived last month. Tonight, they’re in town for a show at the Tower Theater in support of the new release. To channel fans’ creativity, the band recently announced a Mind Over Matter-themed poster design contest. Before drafting your sketches, grab tickets to their show here and check out “It’s About Time” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Anjuli Josephine at The Fire for Northern Liberties Winter Music Fest, Railroad Earth at Union Transfer,The Autumn Defense at Boot and Saddle and more

Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Day four of the Northern Liberties Winter Music Festival ends with the soulful sounds of Anjuli Josephine tonight at The Fire. Shades of pop and blues color the Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter’s catalog. Check out her Key Studio Session from last year and “New Love” below. Get tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pine Barons / Family Vacation and many more at Northern Liberties Winter Music Fest at The Fire and Dead Meadow at Underground Arts

Courtesy of the artist
Courtesy of the artist

Tonight at The Fire, day two of Northern Liberties Winter Music Festival is in full swing with slated performances by a bunch of local acts including Pine Barons, Family Vacation, Rosu Lup, Keepers, Chelsea Mitchell (of Dirty Dollhouse). Hailing from New Jersey, experimental indie-rockers Pine Barons released their self-titled debut album last year. Last month, the four-piece joined us for a Key Studio Session where their signature harmonies stole the show. Listen to “Smile America” below. North Philly’s Family Vacation released their indie pop album Trails last year. Watch “Mountain Dreams” below and get more details on the event here.

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