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Piebald rocks The Troc after an eight year extended hiatus

Piebald at The Trocadero | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com
Piebald at The Trocadero | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com

Piebald was cast in a very special hardcore mold, one that bore the holy trinity of Boston bands (the others being Converge and Cave In).  While their peers stayed steeped in the rough and rugged, Piebald veered off on to their own to create some of the most fun alternative rock ever made.  An important distinction between them and a lot of other alt-rock bands from the era.  Even when the songs are a bummer, they are unabashedly fun. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Diarrhea Planet at Underground Arts, Freeway and Friends at The Trocadero, Givers at Boot and Saddle and more

Diarrhea Planet | Photo by John Vettese
Diarrhea Planet | Photo by John Vettese

In case you couldn’t tell from their name, Diarrhea Planet, are a punk six-piece that enjoy having a good time and also don’t quite care about the rules. We covered their show at Underground Arts earlier this year, and let’s just say we were impressed. Their ’70s inspired sounds cuts through the noise and brings you something you should really see for yourself, and tonight you can, as they return to Underground Arts for a show with the playfully named Music Band and Hound. For more information on the show head to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Genre-bending Johnny Popcorn to play two shows in December, release new album Totem Pole in February

Johnny Popcorn performing at the Apollo Theater | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/johnnypopcorn1/
Johnny Popcorn performing at the Apollo Theater | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/johnnypopcorn1/

The word “genre” isn’t in Johnny Popcorn’s vocabulary. The four-piece group, which began as a collaboration between Philadelphia rapper Hezekiah and producer Tone Whitfield and has since grown to include an additional vocalist and guitarist, blends soul, rock, country, and hip-hop into a delicious sonic amalgam of influences. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: KRS-One at The Trocadero, Tweedy at Merriam Theater, and OutBeat Festival ft. David Coss Quartet at Union Transfer

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Photo via The Trocadero

South Bronx hip-hop legend Lawrence “KRS-One” Krisna Parker heads to perform at the Trocadero tonight. Following the death of his DJ in the ’80’s group Boogie Down Productions, KRS-One began effectively developing his solo career and today has over 15 albums under his belt. His most recent album The BDP Revival was dedicated to Boogie Down Productions and included powerful tracks “The Solution,” and “Introducing.” For tickets and more information head over to the XPN Concert Calender. Below, check out the video for “Aztechnical.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Vita and the Woolf at Ortliebs, Dylan Jane at Kung Fu Necktie, Paolo Nutini at The Trocadero

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by John Vettese
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by John Vettese

Philadelphia’s newest electric soul-pop group Vita and the Woolf head to Ortlieb’s tonight for their EP release show. Frontwoman Jen Pague is expected to impress the crowd with her dynamic vocal range on tracks such as the passionate “Mary” and the circus-inspired “Slipping Hills,” both tunes off of their Fang Song EP, released on Tuesday. The eight-track record is result of Prague’s dedicated two years of writing. For tickets and more information head over to the XPN Concert Calender. Below, check out the eerie video for “Mary”, or click here to revisit their incredible Key Studio Session. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Grouplove at Electric Factory, Philly Jazz Project “Who’s Got The Jazz” at World Cafe Live, and Goldfrapp Tales of Us at the Trocadero

Photo via facebook.com/grouplove
Photo via facebook.com/grouplove

Since their official debut in 2011, Grouplove have made themselves pretty hard to resist with upbeat poppy anthems that they’ll recreate live tonight at the Electric Factory. Their new album Spreading Rumours arrived late last year led by hit single “Ways to Go”. Watch them play “I’m With You” below and get tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tinariwen at Prince Music Theater, The Sound of Animals Fighting at Trocadero, Tutlie at Bourbon and Branch

Tinariwen | photo by Marie Planeille
Tinariwen | photo by Marie Planeille

Desert-bred rockers Tinariwen will bring their eclectic mix of guitar rock and African rhythms to the Prince Music Theater stage tonight. Due to civil unrest in Mali, the band recorded their latest album Emmaar far away from home in California, an experience that heavily influenced the recording process and final product. Watch “ISLEGH TAGHRAM TIFHAMAM” from the new album below and get tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cheerleader at Kung Fu Necktie, Schoolboy Q at The Trocadero, Robyn Hitchcock at Sellersville Theater and more

Cheerleader | photo via www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds
Cheerleader | photo via www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds

Philly-based newcomers Cheerleader will bring their psych-pop to the Kung Fu Necktie stage tonight and judging by the demos up on their Soundcloud page, they’ve got something fresh to add to the local music scene. In a recent interview with Philadelphia Weekly, frontman Joe Haller says of the band’s mantra: “We try to be a little more light-hearted. We don’t want to take ourselves too seriously. We’re trying to create a friendly, happy atmosphere and get more people interested.” Check out “New Daze” below and get $5 tickets at the door. Show time is 8:00 p.m.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Young the Giant at Tower Theater, Evening River Band at The Fire, and Pill Friends at the Trocadero

Young the Giant | photo via www.facebook.com/youngthegiant
Young the Giant | photo via www.facebook.com/youngthegiant

After achieving indie-rock stardom with their 2010 debut, Young the Giant took some time to regroup before readying its follow-up Mind Over Matter which arrived last month. Tonight, they’re in town for a show at the Tower Theater in support of the new release. To channel fans’ creativity, the band recently announced a Mind Over Matter-themed poster design contest. Before drafting your sketches, grab tickets to their show here and check out “It’s About Time” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes a Tribute to The Last Waltz at The Trocadero, The Menzingers at The Note, Purling Hiss at Kung Fu Necktie and more

Garth Hudson
Garth Hudson

Philly musicians from Andrew Lipke to Kevin Hanson and Wesley Stace will honor and recreate The Band’s 1976 farewell show, The Last Waltz, tonight at the Trocadero. The set will include a full performance of the seminal live album (and concert film), uniting old and new fans of the legendary roots rock band and featuring a guest appearance by original keyboardist for The Band, Garth Hudson. The show will also benefit Philadelphia public schools. Get tickets and information here. Watch a performance of “Up On Cripple Creek” from The Last Waltz below.

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