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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chuck Ragan at The TLA, Baths at Union Transfer and Ryan Montbleau at Tin Angel

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Photo via chuckraganmusic.com

Tonight at the TLA, singer-songwriter/guitarist Chuck Ragan will celebrate his new record Til Midnight. Despite the hard edge and grit of his earlier work – both solo and with Hot Water Music -  there’s no shortage of love songs or intimacy on his latest effort. Watch “Something May Catch Fire” (which definitely has a Springsteen vibe) below and get tickets here.

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Tonght’s Concert Picks: Marsha Ambrosius with GoGo Morrow at the TLA, Lydia at Union Transfer, Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle at ArtsQuest Center

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Photo via marshaambrosiusmusic.com

Sophisticated R&B songstress Marsha Ambrosius welcomes local fans aboard her Friends & Lovers Tour tonight at the TLA. Hailing from the UK (via Philly), she stepped away from Floetry to pursue a solo career and released her debut album Late Nights & Early Mornings back in 2011. As a true R&B vocalist, the beauty of Ambrosius’ approach lies in her ability to command a stage with no frills or gimmicks, just her voice. Up-and-coming local favorite GoGo Morrow, who has toured alongside Brandy, Lauryn Hill, and Common, is set to support with her urban jams. Watch “Without You” below and get tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Arcade Fire at Wells Fargo Center, A Winged Victory for the Sullen at First Unitarian Church, and The Internet at the TLA

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Celebrating their fourth album Reflektor, indie rock heavyweights Arcade Fire will light up the Wells Fargo Center stage tonight. With three years separating each of their LP releases, the band hasn’t rushed to maintain momentum due to success and critical acclaim. They take their time when it comes to new material. After releasing Reflektor and scoring Spike Jonze’s Her, the band is bigger now than ever before. Watch them perform “Afterlife” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon below and get tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Grant-Lee Phillips at Sellersville Theater, Juicy J at TLA, and Com Truise at Boot and Saddle

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Grant Lee Phillips | Photo courtesy of the artist

Tonight, Sellersville Theater welcomes singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Grant Lee Phillips to its stage. Earning comparisons to Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, the California native made a name for himself through lyrical storytelling and killer guitar skills. Watch him perform the title track from his latest album Walking In The Green Corn for Capital Public Radio’s Insight Studio Sessions below and get tickets here.

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Memphis rapper Juicy J gets trippy with fans tonight at the TLA on his Never Sober tour. After releasing his Stay Trippy LP last summer, he was featured on Katy Perry’s urban-leaning smash hit “Dark Horse”. With Three 6 Mafia, Juicy J snagged a “Best Original Song” Oscar for “It’s Hard out Here for a Pimp” from Hustle & Flow. Watch “Bounce It” below and get tickets here.

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Synth-pop prince Com Truise (aka Seth Haley) will play an electrifying set at Boot and Saddle tonight. Check out the title track from his new Wave 1 EP below and get tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Communion Philadelphia with Vacationer and Pearl and the Beard at Underground Arts, The Wonder Years at Chameleon Club, TJ Kong at Kung Fu Necktie and more

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Photo by Abi Reimold AbiReimoldPhoto.com

Before getting back to work on a new album and kicking off a co-headlining tour with Hellogoodbye next month, Vacationer will headline this month’s Communion Club Night tonight at Underground Arts. The Philly-based pop band, who are working on their follow up to 2012′s Gone make relaxing music that echoes the sounds of summer and relaxation. Also on tonight’s bill is NYC folk-pop trio Pearl and the Beard who plan to release their third full-length this year. Check out Vacationer’s “Trip” and Pearl and the Beard’s “You” below and grab tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Matt Nathanson at Musicians On Call Benefit at World Cafe Live, Teen Men at Boot and Saddle, Mo Lowda and The Humble at the TLA and more

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With 20 years in the industry under his belt, singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson released his eighth album Last of the Great Pretenders last summer via Vanguard Records. After scoring a platinum hit with 2007′s succulent pop ballad “Come On Get Higher” (and playing the XPoNential Music Festival in 2008), Nathanson’s fanbase expanded greatly. Tonight, the Massachusetts native takes to the World Cafe Live stage for a show benefiting WXPN’s Musicians On Call initiative that brings musicians to the bedsides of hospital patients. Watch “Kinks Shirt” below and get tickets here.

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Whitney Who? Local emcee Whitney Peyton wins “Emerging Indie Hip-Hop Artist of the Year” award at 2014 Tri-State Indie Music Awards

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Photo via facebook.com/whitneypeytonmusic

Up against well-known local hip-hop acts Ground Up and Moosh & Twist, Whitney Peyton‘s victory at last night’s Tri-State Indie Music Awards was unexpected. This isn’t the first local triumph for the rapper who has been rounding up countless local awards for her work since 2010. Peyton has even performed alongside Jadakiss, Kid Ink, Jim Jones, and more solidifying her status as more than just your average rap newcomer.

With her raw energy and fast flow, Peyton comes across as the female Machine Gun Kelly mixed with melodic influences of Missy Elliott (check out the hooks on “Made You Look” and “Boom Ba Yay”). The best thing about her, which comes across immediately when you listen to her rhymes, is that she’s not trying to be anyone else but Whitney Peyton. Clearly, hip-hop fans recognized this and awarded her for it. Fresh off the release of her new album, On the Brink, Peyton will blaze the TLA stage this Friday. Get tickets here and watch her video for “Woopty Woo Woo” below.