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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Soccer Mommy at Everybody Hits, Bob Dylan at Tower Theater, Modern English at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

Soccer Mommy | photo via sopharela.bandcamp.com
Soccer Mommy, the project of Sophie Allison, was in town recently opening for Jay Som, and now they’ll headline their own gig tonight at Everybody Hits. Past Life and Witch Bomb also play. Soccer Mommy, known for their “chill but kinda sad bedroom-pop jams,” released Collection in August; listen to standout track “Out Worn” below. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sigur Ros at Mann Center, Elvis Costello at The Tower Theater, Harmony Woods at Space 1026

Sigur Ros | photo via artist’s Facebook page

Icelandic rock royalty Sigur Ros are gracing us with their presence at the Mann Center tonight. Get swept away in their myriad of hits — whether in Icelandic or the band-created musical language of Hopelandic (like c’mon, how cool is that)– for an atmospheric, open-air performance of dynamic, otherworldly soundscapes. Find more info on tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to “Festival,” a.k.a. one of the most beautiful songs to ever exist, below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: City and Colour at The Tower Theater, Dewey Decibel at The Fire, Teen Men at Boot and Saddle and more

City & Colour | Photo by Liz Waldie | lizwaldie.com
City & Colour | Photo by Liz Waldie | lizwaldie.com

Singer and songwriter Dallas Green will bring the full-band version of City and Colour to headline The Tower tonight. C&C’s latest, If I Should Go Before You, was released back in October, and it explored cathartic, emotive spaces as well as tightly-constructed pop gems. Listen to the thrilling, 7-minute “Woman” below and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Let It Happen: Tame Impala blissed out a sold-out crowd at The Tower Theater

Tame Impala | Photo by Doug Interrante
Tame Impala | Photo by Doug Interrante

Last night, Tame Impala took the Tower Theater stage to a sold-out crowd of eager fans awaiting their first taste of live music from the band’s third studio album, Currents. After much anticipation, the opening “Let It Happen” set the tone for the evening of truly immersive audio and visual experience. Highlights included “Alter Ego,” “Eventually” and “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards,” and midway through the set, lead singer Kevin Parker took a passionate fan’s request for “Half Full Glass of Wine” to the crowd’s delight. Check out photos from the show, the setlist and videos below. Continue reading →

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Dance to the Beat: Belle and Sebastian and Lucius filled the Tower Theater with lush indie pop

Belle and Sebastian | Photo by Kate McCann
Belle and Sebastian | Photo by Kate McCann

Belle and Sebastian released their first album in five years, entitled Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, this past winter. The title reflects the attitude of the band’s new-found live energy: they’re at a fairly peaceful time in their career, and they really just want to dance.

Who can blame them? After years of dreamy, sleepwalking twee pop, the band has adopted a more accessible, club-worthy sound that still showcases their knack for songwriting.

Don’t like it? Well, Belle and Sebastian don’t care, simply because they’re Belle and Sebastian. They have the experience and magic charm to turn even the most top-40-sounding melodies into indie hits. Then they’ll just pull you up on stage and dance the negativity out of you. Literally. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: STS at Underground Arts, Belle and Sebastian at The Tower Theater, B.C. Camplight at Union Transfer and more

STS in the World Cafe studio | Photo by Rich McKie
STS in the World Cafe studio | Photo by Rich McKie

Philly rapper STS (aka Sugar Tongue Slim) opens the stacked lineup tonight at Underground Arts, joining Heems of Das Racist and Afrobeat electronic group The Very Best. This is STS’ first Philly show since the release of his latest, STS x RJD2, and the collaborative album joins his witty and oft-introspective rhymes with RJD2’s funky, party-ready backings and the occasional surprise guest hook from, oh, I don’t know, Amos Lee. Tickets and more info on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →