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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Menzingers at Union Transfer, The Roots Picnic at Festival Pier, Thee Idea Men at MilkBoy and more

Photo By: Rachel Del Sordo
Photo By: Rachel Del Sordo

Scranton punk favorites The Menzingers will headline Union Transfer tonight. Just last month, the band released its fourth full-length album Rented World with a surprise CD release show at Golden Tea House, followed by an acoustic set in WIlkes-Barre. Their new album takes a surprising new direction, with nods to 90s alt rock, but still contains the Menzingers’ signature pop-punk hooks. Check out their previous studio session and get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calender. 

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Listen to New Level Shoes, the dynamic new album from Philly blues rock band Thee Idea Men

 

Thee Idea Men | photo via theeideamen.com
Thee Idea Men | photo via theeideamen.com

Thee Idea Men, a bluesy Philly indie rock band that formed in 2011, are ready to debut its second full-length, New Level Shoes, released digitally today. The 10-track album is reminiscent of The Black Keys in terms of their static and grit.  Each song is different from the next, jumping from a sinister, psychedelic rock vibe in “Shake It” and “Underplayed”  to a slower more mellow bluesy sound like in “Please” and “Addicted.” You can listen to a full stream of the album below and catch Thee Idea Men at MilkBoy on May 31st for their CD release show. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Watch Thee, Idea Men perform “Help Me Mama” live at Milkboy

 

Thee, Idea Men | photo courtesy of the artist
Thee, Idea Men | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly-born four-piece Thee, Idea Men recorded a live video of their new single “Help Me Mama” during a set at Milkboy last week.  The local outfit shed their quirky alt-rock exterior in favor of a sixties rock sound for the new track, which will appear on an upcoming full-length called New Level Shoes coming out in May.  Distorted guitars and crisp symbols crash over front man Matthew Jurasek’s blues-rock vocals.  Check out the video below.

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Broad Street Music Group kicks off 2014 with The Tressels, Thee Idea Men and more (at World Cafe Live on 1/3)

Daniel Delaney | photo via www.facebook.com/DanielDelaneyMusic
Daniel Delaney | photo via www.facebook.com/DanielDelaneyMusic

Broad Street Music Group takes their quest to showcase local talent into the new year with their first event of 2014, happening at World Cafe Live on January 3rd.  The featured artists for next month’s concert are cellist / singer Daniel Delaney, rock four-piece Satellite Hearts, quirky alt-rockers Thee, Idea Men, Drexel Hill’s The Tressels and jammy experimental band The Jawn.  Check out videos from the performers below and pick up tickets to the all-ages show here.  More information can be found on the Facebook event page.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Fiona Apple and Blake Mills at Merriam Theater, Oldermost at Boot & Saddle, Lee Fields and the Expressions at Arden Gild Hall and more

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Fiona Apple and singer/songwriter Blake Mills bring their collaborative Anything We Want tour to Merriam theater tonight. Apple’s sultry vocals and damaged goods attitude should combine well with the innovative guitar stylings of Mills. The pair will unite on songs as well as perform their own individual music. Get tickets and more information on the show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Phil Anselmo at Union Transfer, James Hunter at Sellersville Theater, St. James and the Apostles at Johnny Brenda’s, Thee Idea Men at Milkboy

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Phil Anselmo is probably one of the most prolific figures in the world of metal today.  Originally gaining fame as the singer for Pantera, Anselmo has since performed with his own groups Down, Superjoint Ritual, Phil Anselmo & The Illegals and a few others.  Tonight, the famed metal singer will make his way to Union Transfer where he’ll play with his backing band The Illegals.  Anselmo released his second solo album, Walk Through Exists Only, a month ago.  Below, check out a song from his latest release and click here for ticket information for what’s sure to be an ear-melting show.

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Thee, Idea Men and friends cover Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie” in Nashville (playing MilkBoy on 6/13)

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On their way to SXSW in March, Philly’s Thee, Idea Men stopped by WRVU in Nashville, TN with tourmates Katie Frank & The Pheromones, Dan Orlando and WC Lindsay.  The group of local musicians performed a cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie” live on the Vanderbilt University radio station, with Orlando on keys and Lindsay behind the camera.  Check out the footage below and see Thee, Idea Men live at MilkBoy on June 13th.  Dan Orlando will be at Kennett Flash on June 1st.  Tickets and information for both shows can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tuesday Tune-Out with Thee, Idea Men and Katie Frank at PhilaMOCA, XPN Welcomes Raul Malo at World Cafe Live, Gretchen Lohse at Johnny Brenda’s

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December’s Tuesday Tune-Out hosts Bands in the Backyard welcome the colorful indie rock of Thee, Idea Men and the folk rock of Katie Frank to PhilaMOCA for this week’s music and film event.  Both bands released new music this year – Thee, Idea Men put out Getcho Groo Von in May and Katie Frank shared her debut EP Covered Bridge Road in September.  Admission is $5 at the door for the all-ages show, and more information can be found here.  Below, stream and download Thee, Idea Men’s “She’s Got the Wand.”

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Get into the “Season of Giving” with Hurricane Sandy Relief Concerts in Atlantic City and at MilkBoy

Trevor Gordon Hall will play a Hurricane Sandy benefit at MilkBoy tonight

More efforts for Hurricane Sandy relief are popping up in the tri-state region this weekend, beginning with a show headlined by none other than Shakey himself. Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Trey Anastasio of Phish, and Everest have collaboratively organized a benefit show at The Borgata in Atlantic City for this evening. Proceeds from tonight’s show will be directed to the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief effort, which you can contribute to here. Anastasio, who formerly lived in Pronceton, will be performing a special acoustic set for tonight’s benefit. General admission tickets for the all-ages benefit are available at our concert calendar here; the concert starts at 8. Below, check out Anastasio’s Acoustic Barn performance of “Time Turns Elastic.”

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Watch Thee Idea Men’s BITBY video (playing CMJ Music Marathon in NYC tomorrow night, Gunner’s Run on 10/28)

Part of the Philadelphia delegation heading up to New York City this week for the CMJ Music Marathon, local rock band Thee Idea Men will be playing the TurnStyle showcase at Ella’s Lounge tomorrow night.  Following CMJ, Thee Idea Men return to Philadelphia for a show with Lucy Stone at Gunner’s Run; the hometown show is free, and more information can be found here.  Thee Idea Men recently recorded a video with Bands In the Backyard for their song “She’s Got the Walk,” which you can watch below.

Other local acts taking part in the CMJ Music Marathon include Gracie, City Rain, Ape School, The Lawsuits, Lushlife, Pissed Jeans, Dangerous PoniesDaughn Gibson and Free Energy.