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DIIV’s new single “Dopamine” gives hint of what to expect this weekend at TLA

DIIV at Levitation Fest | Photo by NIkki Volpicelli
DIIV at Levitation Fest | Photo by NIkki Volpicelli

Brooklyn indie-rockers DIIV will be bringing their hazy dream pop to the TLA this weekend in support of the recently reunited British rock band Ride. DIIV began as a solo project of Soft Black’s Zachary Cole Smith but has now materialized into a force all their own in the indie-rock scene.

The band is set to release their second studio album entitled Is the Is Are this October and today released the album’s first single, “Dopamine”. The song features the kind of rolling, breezy instrumentation that has come to categorize DIIV as well as peers like Real Estate and The Drums. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cruisr at TLA, No Good Sister at Tin Angel, Spank Rock / McRad at FringeArts and more

cruisr
Cruisr | photo by Chris Sembrot

Summery vibes will fill the TLA tonight courtesy of the indie-pop band Cruisr. The band will be joined by Cheerleader, Cold Fronts and Verite, all of whom hail from Philadelphia but play a distinctively sunny-California style that will have you holding on to summer for dear life. Click here for more information on tonight’s show. Continue reading →

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Death Cab For Cutie packs the TLA for the Made In America after-party

Death Cab for Cutie | Photo by Matthew Shaver | brightloud.com
Death Cab for Cutie | Photo by Matthew Shaver | brightloud.com

After the show is the after party… – Jay-Z

The founder of Made In America summed it up nice and neat, and this year Death Cab For Cutie delivered on those words. South Street’s TLA was packed to the brim for a pretty spectacular close to the weekend, and gave us all something to think about as we lay in bed hungover on Monday. Continue reading →

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If You Wanna: The Vaccines cut loose at The TLA

The Vaccines | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
The Vaccines | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Despite vehemently protesting being one — charismatic frontman of The Vaccines Justin Hayward-Young is definitely some kind of teenage icon. Saturday night at the TLA, a substantial crowd of #teens packed in to see him and his band rip apart the South Street club. But far from being relegated to teen sensation, Hayward-Young and co. showcased nothing but pure swagger and true rock grit. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: High on Fire at TLA, Liz Longley at Haddon Lake Park, Social Distortion at Festival Pier, and more

High on Fire | Photo by Jimmy Hubbard, via artist's Facebook
High on Fire | Photo by Jimmy Hubbard, via artist’s Facebook

Heavy metal titans High on Fire take on The TLA tonight. The band released their seventh full-length, Luminiferous, in June via E1 Music, and have proven themselves time and again to be one of heavy metal’s most consistently impressive bands. Pallbearer, Venomous Maximus, and Lucifer open the show. Get tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to album opener “The Black Plot” below. Continue reading →

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Miguel’s Wildheart tour takes flight at the TLA

Miguel | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com
Miguel | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com

Sporting a white leather jacket adorned with feathers and a bare chest underneath (much to the approval of the mostly female crowd) Miguel soared through his performance at the TLA on Friday night. He performed many songs off of his third album, and the tours namesake, Wildheart, as well as some others, with his immensely spirited band backing him. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Telepathic at Kung Fu Necktie, The Homophones at The Fire

Telepathic | Photo via telepathic.bandcamp.com
Telepathic | Photo via telepathic.bandcamp.com

Telepathic has risen from the ashes of Philly rock band Bleeding Rainbow. The founding duo Rob Garcia and Sarah Everton, along with Paul Brinkley, released their first EP under the new banner this past March. Entitled The Powers of Ten, it’s six songs of sweet-tooth power pop. They’re definitely not afraid to get rub a little Philly grit into their music though, especially on “Nite Vision.” These 6 tracks will blaze by, so do yourself a favor and see them live. Tickets here. Continue reading →

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Floetry sells out TLA; announce second date

Floetry | Photo by David K
Floetry | Photo by David K | via facebook.com/FloetryOfficial

Neo-soul duo Floetry‘s much-anticipated reunion tour is underway and the first Philly date – Friday, July 17th – has already sold out the TLA.  Luckily, fans of Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart will get another chance to see them play favorites from their albums Floetic and Flo’Ology, as the duo added a second show on Sunday, July 26th. Tickets are on sale now, and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Primal Scream and Psychic Teens at The TLA

Primal Scream
Primal Scream | Photo by Piper Ferguson

UK psych rock legends Primal Scream return to Philly tonight to headline The TLA. The band released its tenth album, More Light, in 2013 and is stateside this year for a run of club and festival dates, including Levitation Fest in Austin last week. Joining them on the show are the dark and atmospheric Philly power trip Psychic Teens, who are recording their third LP at South Jersey’s Gradwell House Studio. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Action Bronson crushes at the sold-out TLA

Action Bronson | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com
Action Bronson | Photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com

At capacity and straining under the crushing weight of Action Bronson’s massive personality, the sold-out TLA’s stage shook under punishing bass and rose to meet the gregarious Queens MC on his Mr. Wonderful tour.

In what was a seemingly short but passionate set, Arian Arslani AKA Action Bronson brought it. The “Fuck, That’s Delicious!” star arranged all of the ingredients necessary for a memorable night. With way more energy than you’d expect from a guy so solidly built, the Flushing rapper ripped a page out of Oprah’s handbook and took to merchandising as he bounded across the stage between songs – showering the crowd in gifts, sonic and store-bought alike. Continue reading →