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Tonight’s Concert Picks: U.S. Girls at Johnny Brenda’s, Goblin at Union Transfer

U.S. Girls | photo by Daniel Williams | via the artist’s Facebook page

2017 marks 10 years of U.S. Girls, and they’ll celebrate tonight with a show at Johnny Brenda’s. The long-running art-pop project of Meg Remy, U.S. Girls is preparing to release a follow-up to 2015’s Half Free. It’s Toronto-based expatriate Remy’s first Philly stop in a few years, and she’s bringing a nine-piece baking band with her, plus an opening set by Philly’s Long Hots. Find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Key at Underground Arts, U.S. Girls at Johnny Brenda’s

Key | Photo via facebook.com/FATMANKEY
Key | Photo via facebook.com/FATMANKEY

Of course we think that Atlanta rapper Key has a pretty awesome name, but his music fits pretty sweetly right alongside the club bangers of Future and Fetty Wap. This summer, Key dropped the #ScreamingDreams Prelude; listen to it below and try getting “Hell Yeah” unstuck from your head. Tonight he headlines Underground Arts in the Eraserhood. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Fancy seeing you here: Ought, Crushed Beaks and U.S. Girls on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Ought | Photo by Hera Chan
Ought | Photo by Hera Chan

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is ready to spend the night with you. Starting at 11pm ET on WXPN, it’s a full two-hour showcase of fresh new tracks and moldy old favorites. On tonight’s show, we’ll dig into the new album from one of our favorite up-and-coming bands, Ought. Sun Coming Down is the wiry Montreal-based quartet’s second album, and we’ll hear a few songs from it on this week’s Album Spotlight. Also be on the lookout for a few of these tunes in the mix:

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U.S. Girls releases a live music video for “I Don’t Have a Mind of My Own” (playing PhilaMOCA on 2/15)

As of Friday, U.S. Girls hit the road for a month-long US tour. The (ironically) Canadian solo girl behind the project is Meghan Remy, but she’ll be touring with her band, which includes Toronto-based guitarist Slim Twig. Remy, Slim Twig and the rest of the touring band can be seen in a video that the group released this week for the song “I Don’t Have a Mind of My Own” from U.S. Girls’ 2010 LP Go Grey. The video (which you can watch below) features Remy’s visual art and showcases her ability to croon, a talent that is often downplayed or sacrificed entirely for the project’s riot grrrl-inspired recorded aesthetic. To hear Meghan Remy live, head to PhilaMOCA on February 15th. Tickets and information for the all ages show are available here.

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Watch a music video for U.S. Girls’ new “North on 45” (new album out 10/23)

The one-woman experimental pop outfit U.S. Girls is releasing its fourth record, Gem, next Tuesday, October 23 via UK label FatCat Records. Today we get a taste of the music with a music video for its single “North on 45”. The nervy clip was filmed and directed by Meghan Remy – the woman behind the band – and evokes bits of Hitchcock’s North By Northwest, David Lynch’s Lost Highway, and the “Karma Police” video as it follows a character backwards and forwards along a dirt road at night, with car headlights providing the only illumination. Check it out below, and preorder Gem from the label here.