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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Japandroids at Union Transfer, Maxi Priest at The Keswick Theatre, The Best of Joey Sweeney at Johnny Brenda’s, Work Drugs with Shark Tape at Ortlieb’s, XPN Welcomes Ra Ra Riot at The Chameleon Club

Vancouver, BC duo Japandroids shook the walls at their midsummer Johnny Brenda’s show and tonight they’ll shake the walls of Union Transfer.  Japandroids are touring in support of an album many consider to be one of the year’s best (here, here and here).  The punk rockers released Celebration Rock earlier this year and were subsequently named Band of the Year by Spin, with their song “The House That Heaven Built” being named Song of the Summer by Paste.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show with DIIV can be found here.  Below, watch the video for “The House That Heaven Built.”

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Photo Recap: Loretta Lynn at The Keswick Theatre

Country Music Hall-of-Famer Loretta Lynn made an appearance at The Keswick Theatre in Glenside on Friday night, playing a career-spanning 20-song set with her backing band. Check out a photo recap of the night in the gallery above.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Six Organs of Admittance at Johnny Brenda’s, XPN Welcomes Dar Williams to Tin Angel, Pink Martini at Keswick

Experimental neo-folk guitarist Ben Chasny, better known by the stage moniker Six Organs of Admittance, is playing tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. Chasny, who is also part of Comets on Fire and Rangda, dropped Ascent in August, which has been received as being an especially psychedelic and heavily gnostic release. The 21+ show tonight starts at 9:15; tickets and information can be found on our concert calendar here. Stream “Wasawasa,” the shredding first track from Ascent, here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Loretta Lynn at Keswick Theatre, Public Enemy with Whodini at Liacouras Center, Arlo Guthrie at Scottish Rite, Matt Duke at Steel City, Graham Parker & The Rumour at TLA

The “First Lady of Country Music,” Loretta Lynn, will be gracing the stage at Keswick Theatre this evening. The Appalachian songstress’s last album, 2004′s Van Lear Rose, is one of more than sixty studio records Lynn has released since her first #1 hit in 1967, “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin (With Lovin’ On Your Mind).” Tickets for tonight’s all-ages performance can be found here. Below, check out Lynn’s performance of “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tedeschi Trucks Band at The Keswick Theatre, Men Without Hats at The Sellersville Theater

XPN welcomes the Tedeschi Trucks Band to The Keswick Theatre tonight.  Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi and their band of eleven are touring in support of their live album Everybody’s Talkin’, which followed up their 2011 Grammy winning debut Revelator.  The Tedeschi Trucks Band performs tonight with Charlie Mars & Band.  Tickets and more information can be found here.  Watch the video for their cover of “Everybody’s Talkin’” below, written by Fred Neil and originally made famous by Harry Nilsson.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Low Road at Tin Angel, Gary Clark, Jr. at Theatre of the Living Arts, Jonah Matranga at First Unitarian Chapel, Lefty’s Deceiver at Milkboy Philly, and David Bromberg Big Band at Keswick Theatre

XPN Welcomes five-piece Philly folk-pop band Low Road as they reunite tonight in celebration of the Tin Angel’s 20th Anniversary. Low Road’s popularity in the nineties, ignited by frontman Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner’s prevalence in the Philly music scene, led to two albums on Caroline Records. The band will be playing a sold-out show at 7 pm, but tickets are still available for the 10 pm show, which you can find here. Both shows are 21+. Below, check out Low Road’s “The Devil’s Pocket” from their 1994 album of the same name.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Nas and Lauryn Hill at The Electric Factory, Benjamin Gibbard at The Keswick Theatre, The Fleeting Ends at The Fire

New York rapper Nas brings his Life is Good tour to The Electric Factory tonight for a show with Lauryn Hill.  The legendary lyricist released his seventh and critically acclaimed studio album in July, following up 2010′s Distant Relatives collaboration with Damian Marley.  South Jersey’s Lauryn Hill is also sharing some new material on the tour; the influential soul/hop hop artist debuted a new track called “Black Rage”, though the ex-Fugee hasn’t released a solo album since 2002.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Jhene Aiko will open the all-ages show. Below, watch Lauryn Hill’s surprise performance with The Roots on the 4th of July.

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Watch a new video for Benjamin Gibbard’s “Teardrop Windows” (playing The Keswick Theatre on 11/7)

Benjamin Gibbard gets some questionable advice for re-branding his “normal” image in a funny new video for his single “Teardrop Windows.”  Gibbard’s solo record Former Lives was released on October 15th through Barsuk Records. The Death Cab for Cutie front-man comes to The Keswick Theatre on November 7th; you can pick up tickets and get more information here.  In an effort to aid those affected by Hurricane Sandy, Ben will donate $1 from every ticket sold for this show (as well as tickets for Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C.) to the ATC Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund.  All donations will be re-allocated by ATC to organizations contributing to the relief effort; a specific list of organizations will be announced once it is clear where funding is most needed.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Port St. Willow at Union Transfer, Los Lobos at The Keswick Theatre, Carsie Blanton at Psalm Salon

Bi-coastal outfit Port St. Willow sails into Union Transfer tonight for a show with The Antlers.  Excelling in ethereal, ambient music, Port St. Willow’s Nick Principe has recorded two albums – 2010’s Even//Wasteland and 2011’s full-length Holiday.  Each record traces Principe’s memories of childhood and cloaks them in a heavy fog of white noise and dreamy vocals.  Port St. Willow performs ahead of The Antlers at tonight’s all ages show.  Doors are at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are $17 here.  Below, watch Port St. Willow’s Shaking Through episode, recorded in 2011 (and then download the song for free here).

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Psychedelic Furs and The Lemonheads coming to the Keswick Theatre on October 19th

English new-wave rockers Psychedelic Furs have been relishing in the music scene since 1977. They created a buzz from their song “Pretty in Pink” (used in the 1986 Molly Ringwald film of the same name) as well as their smash hit “Heartbreak Beat” (watch the music video below). The Furs are coming to The Keswick Theatre this October, and co-headlining from our side of the pond will be The Lemonheads. They have been rock and rolling since the mid 1980′s. On this tour, founding member Evan Dando will be joined by past collaborator Juliana Hatfield. Listen to their cover of “Mrs. Robinson” below. Tickets to the show go on sale this Friday at noon.

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