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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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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Midlake at Johnny Brenda’s, Yo Gotti at The Troc, Modern Baseball at The Fire

MidlakeFollowing the release of their fourth album Antiphon, Denton rock outfit Midlake is playing on the Johnny Brenda’s stage tonight. “Midlake does grand the way Pink Floyd did,” NPR Music’s Bob Boilen writes in a First Listen review Antiphon. After a daunting departure of singer Tim Smith back in August, the band rose to the challenge and found a truly resounding sound, thick with carefully orchestrated guitars and stimulating keys. Check out details for tonight’s show here. Get ready by watching their new video for titled track “Antiphon” below.

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Watch Flag return to their first venue, Moose Lodge; get amped to see them at The Trocadero on 9/18

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This may get a little confusing, but bear with me.

Black Flag formed in the late 70s and basically brought punk to California with their intense and experimental sound that at times leaned towards metal.  As the group evolved, their sound developed as well, become less about intense two minute songs and more about longer, improvisational mid-tempo songs.  Along with these evolutions came a ton of lineup changes, breakups, reunions and more breakups and reunions.  And now, the band has basically split in two.

Black Flag features Greg Ginn, the original guitarist and owner to basically all the rights to the band. Their reunion tour happened this summer, and hit up Union Transfer in June. Flag, on the other hand, features several members of the band throughout the years including one of many singers Keith Morris of Circle Jerks and Descendants guitarist Stephen Egerton.

Still following me? Good. On September 18th, Flag will perform at The Trocadero with all the energy and intensity a punk band can muster.  Below, is a video of the group from April, where they played the Moose Lodge, the very same venue where Black Flag first played live.  In it, the band seems just as hardcore as ever, wailing away at instruments and belting out vocals as the crowd jumps around in enthusiasm.  It’s just a glimpse of what you’ll see in September, but it looks like an incredible show.

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