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Synthed-out Bliss: Miike Snow returns to the TLA

Miike Snow | Photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com
Miike Snow | Photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com

In the ever evolving landscape that is modern music, four years off is a lifetime. So, for the Miike Snow fans that have been holding their breath, the release of a new album (almost exactly four years to the date after their last one) is cause for a large collective sigh of relief. Their spunky electro-pop is nowhere near as dusty as their last album, and the gang themselves seems none the worse for wear.

I like when a band is clearly genuinely excited to be somewhere. The name dropping the city where they are, that’s flash to get cheers. It’s by the attitude with which they carry themselves on stage, the interactions with each other, and with the people watching. I especially enjoy it when they take a brief moment to mug for the camera, which vocalist Andrew Wyatt certainly did. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Creepoid at The Foundry at The Fillmore, Line Leader at Kung Fu Necktie, Those People at MilkBoy and more

Creepoid | Photo by John Vettese
Creepoid | Photo by John Vettese

If you haven’t gotten a chance to see a show at the brand new Fillmore Philadelphia then why not break in the venue with tonight’s Creepoid show on the Foundry stage. The Philly psychedelic rockers will take the stage beginning at 8 p.m. alongside the alternative rock supergroup No Devotion. Click here for more details on tonight’s concert. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Grandchildren at Johnny Brenda’s, Citizen Cope at The TLA, Lou at Bourbon & Branch and more…

Grandchildren
Grandchildren | photo via Facebook

Grandchildren release their new album Zuni at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The cinematic rockers stopped by for a Key Studio Session earlier this summer, giving us a sneak peek of some of the new songs and proving that band is still locked into the textures and sounds that made their earlier releases so captivating. Watch them perform “Walking Dead” below and pick up tickets to the 21+ release show with Spaceship Aloha and White Bike here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chill Moody at The TLA, Little Strike at Bourbon and Branch, Cousin Brian at Boot and Saddle,

Chill Moody | Photo by Colleen Stepanian | colleenstepanian.com | via chillmoody.com
Chill Moody | Photo by Colleen Stepanian | colleenstepanian.com | via chillmoody.com

Philly hiphop favorite Chill Moody returns to the TLA stage tonight. Earlier this year, Chill released his latest album, TV Made Me Do Itfeaturing collabs with Jacqueline Constance, Boogieman Dela and more – plus a handful of skits cleverly dove up as commercial breaks. Check out “I Can’t Stay” featuring Jacqueline Constance and get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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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 →