By

Watch the quintessentially quirky Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks in the “Cinnamon and Lesbians” video (playing The TLA on 3/1)

stephenmalkmus
Image via the artist’s Facebook page

Indie rock icon and Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus and his backing band The Jicks released the video for “Cinnamon and Lesbians” off of their upcoming album Wig Out Jagbags set to release on January 14th on Matador records. The quintessentially quirky video operates at about the same level of seriousness as the song itself (“I’ve been tripping since breakfast time”), while keeping drawn out guitar solos that are nothing to laugh about. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks perform in Philly on March 1at the TLA. Get tickets for the show here, and check out the video for “Cinnamon and Lesbians” below.

Tags: , ,

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kopecky Family Band at TLA, Jose James at World Cafe Live, Luscious Jackson at Union Transfer, and more

Kopecky Family Band | via Facebook

The Nashville natives of Kopecky Family Band will be headlining the TLA tonight, just one stop on a tour that is taking them around North America for the remainder of the year. Their full indie sound is created with the use of keyboards, horns, and cello in addition to the basic band set up. Their somewhat recent releaseKids Raising Kids, opens with the spunky lyrics “Oh! my wandering eyes / nothing’s gonna take me by surprise!” that are delivered in harmony over bluesy riffs and slowly marching drums. Sure to be an upbeat performance, get out to see Kopecky Family band, especially since they’ll be supported by California-bound locals Cheers Elephant. Find tickets to the show here, and pick up their album here.

Continue reading →

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Noah and the Whale at the TLA, Birdie Busch at Ortlieb’s, Islands at Johnny Brenda’s and more

Noah-and-the-Whale-LAST-NIGHT-ON-EARTH-photos-1009x1024
English rockers Noah and the Whale will rock the TLA stage tonight. The band released its fourth album, Heart of Nowhere, last month via Caroline Records (it came out in the UK back in May). Their melodic alt-rock anthems are memorable and easy to enjoy. Get a taste of what to expect at tonight’s show below and get tickets here.

Continue reading →

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

By

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound co-headlining the TLA with ESCORT on November 20th

JC Brooks 2013 Promo
Photo by Clayton Hauck

Chicago’s neo-soul band JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound are doing a co-headlining tour with ESCORT, a 17 piece disco orchestra from New York City. Catch the whole gang at TLA on Wednesday, November 20th. Tickets for the November show will be on sale tomorrow here. Below, listen to a song from JC Brooks’ recent album, Howl, and sample some of Escorts dance floor grooves.

Tags: , , ,

By

What Are YOU Doing New Year’s Eve?

Photo by G. Widman | GPTMC

With 2012 wrapping to a close, there aren’t many more questions that have to be answered this year. One that you should definitely think about, though, is which concert you will be attending on New Year’s Eve. The two-night stand at Johnny Brenda’s from Philly’s The War on Drugs is sold out as of this morning, but we’ve got a round-up of what else is going on. So now all you have to worry about is how many friends will be begging to tag along! Continue reading →

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Good Old War and Vacationer at The TLA, Ladies Auxiliary at North Star Bar, Dan Bern at Puck Live

XPN Welcomes back local indie rock trio Good Old War and dream pop four-piece Vacationer to Theatre of the Living Arts tonight. Good Old War took off this year after the release of their third album Come Back as Rain, which features hits like “Better Weather” and “Calling Me Names.” Vacationer, a “mysterious endeavor” from The Starting Line‘s Kenny Vasoli, also released their record Gone in March which drew comparisons to bands like Beach House, Grizzly Bear, and Vampire Weekend. Tickets to tonight’s all-ages show can be found here; below, check out the video “Trip” from Gone.

Continue reading →

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

By

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.”

Continue reading →

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

By

Watch JEFF the Brotherhood’s Video for “Leave Me Out;” Playing TLA 11/23

Tennessee grunge band Jeff the Brotherhood, playing at Theatre of the Living Arts on November 23rd with FIDLAR and Delta Spirit (ticket information available here), have released a new video for “Leave Me Out” from this year’s Hypnotic Nights. The video is a teleport to an ’80s A/V club dream, complete with every green-screen background you could ever want: a car chase, a tropical oasis (with waterfalls!), hot air balloons, psychedlic swirls, a war zone, slot machines, and fireworks. Check it out below.

Tags: , , ,

By

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.

Continue reading →

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

By

Beware of drinking expensive beer or FIDLAR will find you (playing The TLA on 11/23)

LA punk band FIDLAR show off their rage for anything than their drink of choice in the new music video for “Cheap Beer.” The video features a riotous biker terrorizing those drinking anything other than beer “with a bag around it” in a rampage of violence and explosives. FIDLAR will be supporting Delta Spirit with JEFF the Brotherhood at Theatre of the Living Arts November 23rd; tickets are available here. Watch the video for “Cheap Beer” below.

Tags: , , ,