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Tonight’s Concert Picks: SOAK at Boot & Saddle, Joie Kathos at The TLA, Archers of Loaf at Union Transfer and more…

Soak
Soak | photo via Facebook

Buzzing Irish artist SOAK plays Boot & Saddle tonight. Following up last year’s single release “Blud,” Bridie Monds Watson released her debut full-length Before We Forgot How to Dream earlier this month via Rough Trade. Her musical style is both intimate and expansive, lyrically hitting on nuanced emotions while incorporating strings, samples and atmospheric production. Check out the video for Sea Creatures below and pick up tickets for tonight’s show with Abi Reimold here.

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Philly’s Cruisr will headline the TLA this September

Cruisr | Photo by Alyssa Balistreri |  facebook.com/abalistphoto
Cruisr | Photo by Alyssa Balistreri | facebook.com/abalistphoto

Philly indie pop boys Cruisr are graduating to bigger rooms this year. With a Wells Fargo Center slot opening for Imagine Dragons (6/27) that’s bound to introduce them to a slew of new fans, the band just announced its biggest hometown headlining show to date – September 12th at the Theater of Living Arts on South Street. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Heartless Bastards at the TLA, Graham Parker at The Sellersville Theater, Black Milk at Johnny Brenda’s and more

Heartless Bastards | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
Heartless Bastards | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

Restless Ones, the fifth album from Cincinnati roots faves Heartless Bastards, just came out yesterday, and it’s a rager. Lead single “Gates of Dawn” gives a great idea of the energy in store tonight when the band hits the TLA tonight with Craig Finn of The Hold Steady opening the show. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Earl Sweatshirt at The TLA, The Orange Drop at Bourbon & Branch

Earl Sweatshirt
Earl Sweatshirt | Photo via Billboard

Earl Sweatshirt brings his new record to The TLA tonight. The rapper got an early start in the game at age 15 when Tyler the Creator found him on MySpace and brought him into Odd Future. From there Sweatshirt released a pair of solo records, following up Earl and Doris with this year’s I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside. Check out “Grief” from the new record below and pick up tickets for the show here.

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A bunch of old dudes rocked Philly last night. You may have heard of them; they’re called The Sonics

The Sonics | Photo by Tom Beck
The Sonics | Photo by Tom Beck

Here’s what you need to know about The Sonics: The band is a highly influential garage rock band from the 1960s, who laid the roots for many punk and garage rock bands after them. Without The Sonics, there would no Clash, no Hives, no Ramones, no Strokes and no Nirvana. And despite their high energy, catchy, havoc-wreaking shows, the band never quite made it uber-famous. A few years ago, The Sonics, who are now all in their 70s, burst out of retirement and took their instruments with them, releasing and album, going on a world tour, and taking no prisoners. Last night, the tour finally stopped in Philly at packed TLA house. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sufjan Stevens at The Academy of Music, SHLOHMO at Johnny Brenda’s, Delta Rae at The TLA and more

Sufjan Stevens
Sufjan Stevens | photo via www.sufjan.com

Celebrated indie-folk singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens makes a long awaited return to form on his current album and tour. Rather than being a zany holiday collection or an abstract electronic freakout, Carrie & Lowell is a return to Stevens’ contemplative acoustic roots, very much in the vein of 2004′s Seven Swans, and over the course of 11 songs it is an aching meditation on his mother who died in 2012. Tonight he returns to Philly to headline the Academy of Music and kick off his U.S. tour; tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Avid Dancer at Chameleon Club, Steve Gunn at Boot & Saddle, Black Thought at The TLA

Avid Dancer
Avid Dancer | photo via Facebook

Avid Dancer opens for Delta Spirit at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA tonight. This is a case of the band name perfectly matching the mood of the music, as Avid Dancer’s shimmering indie pop songs are dance floor ready. The LA project of Jacob Summers released a handful of songs on last year’s I Want to See You Dance EP, including the mellow “Stop Playing With My Heart” and the retro-sounding title track. Check out the video for that song below and pick up tickets for tonight’s 18+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chill Moody at The TLA, Laser Background at Johnny Brenda’s, QQQ at North Star Bar and more…

Chill Moody
Chill Moody | Photo courtesy of the artist

Chill Moody celebrates his 30th birthday with a headlining slot at The TLA tonight. We’re less than three months into 2015 but the local hip hop artist has wasted no time in getting work done this year. He’s released the first chapter of his new personal documentary Progression, taking fans into his every day life of rehearsals, meetings, dealing with setbacks and letting loose. He also sat down with All Def Digital and Grammy U to talk about his musical life and his adopted role of Philadelphia Ambassador. Check out that interview below and pick up tickets for the celebration here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Self Defense Family at Boot & Saddle, MPrynt at The TLA, David Ford at World Cafe Live and more…

Self Defense Family
Self Defense Family | photo via Run For Cover Records

Self Defense Family headline Boot & Saddle tonight. The band is an international collective of musicians with roots in Philadelphia, London, Los Angeles and Albany. They released an LP in 2013 called Try Me, landing somewhere between the heavy punk of Pissed Jeans and the enlightened punk of Sonic Youth with occasional surprises of indie rock (specifically “Mistress Appears at a Funeral”). The band followed-up that effort with two 7″ splits this year, one with Touche Amore and another with Creative Adult (also playing tonight). Watch their video for “Tithe Pig” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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