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Dance, Improv, Nudity, Absurdity: Har Mar Superstar wows Underground Arts

Har Mar Superstar | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | <a href=http://brotherlylost.com target="_blank">brotherlylost.com</a>
Har Mar Superstar | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

With such an intoxicating voice, literally and figuratively, and lyrics to swoon the clothes off of any concert-goer (although it’s usually himself who winds up stripping), Har Mar Superstar brought an unforgettable performance to Philly this past Monday. Making his fourth stop as the headliner of his Best Summer Ever Tour with Texas rock band, Sweet Spirit, he showed Underground Arts his timeless dance moves, hilarious improvisation, and partial nudity. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sad13 at PhilaMOCA, Mexrrissey at The Kimmel Center, T.J. Kong and The Atomic Bomb at Underground Arts and more

Sad13 | photo by shervin lainez | photo courtesy of the artist
Sad13 | photo by shervin lainez | photo courtesy of the artist

Mostly known for her role as frontwoman for grunge-pop band Speedy Ortiz, Sadie Dupuis is slated to release her first solo album Slugger on November 11th under the moniker Sad13. She kicked off her debut tour on Thursday, and is paying Philadelphia a visit tonight at PhilaMOCA. Sad13’s music is largely centered around the idea of empowering women, and we’re all for it. Joining this Massachusetts synth-popper will be Philly artists Ivy Sole and Empath with NYC-based rapper Sammus topping off this stacked lineup. Go to the WXPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information on this all ages show. Get a taste of Sad13 with this song off her new album, “Devil in U.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tacocat at Underground Arts and Barns Courtney at Johnny Brenda’s

Tacocat | photo by Michael Lavine, courtesy of the artist
Tacocat | photo by Michael Lavine, courtesy of the artist

Seattle pop-punk quartet Tacoat headlines Underground Arts tonight. The group produces music reminiscent of the 90’s riot grrrl feminist music movement that also originated in Washington State. Supporting Tacocat will be Daddy issues, Queen of Jeans, and Pouty all bands that dabble in their own unique genres that fall somewhere on the spectrum of grunge, pop and punk. Most recently, Tacocat released their third studio album Lost Time in April of 2016 with the label, Hardly Art. Take a look at their ultraviolet video for “Talk” from their new record. For more info on this 21+ event, head to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bird and The Bee at Underground Arts, Whaler at Boot & Saddle, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry at Union Transfer

the bird and the bee
The Bird and The Bee | photo courtesy of the artist

California indie pop outfit The Bird and The Bee headline Underground Arts tonight. The duo of Inara George and Greg Kurstin released their fourth studio LP Recreational Love last year, following a 2010 Hall & Oates tribute album (check out “I Can’t Go For That” here). This tour features Inara sans Greg, though she’ll still be joined by her stellar backing band. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Watch “Will You Dance?” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Julien Baker at Underground Arts, Bardo Pond at Johnny Brenda’s, Corinne Bailey Rae at Union Transfer

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Julien Baker | photo by Jake Cunningham | courtesy of the artist

Julien Baker makes a return visit to Philadelphia for a show at Underground Arts tonight. The Memphis native brought her acclaimed Sprained Ankle debut to town earlier this year, wowing the audience with her gut wrenching but graceful songs about personal challenges and growth. Stream “Something” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with Grayling here.

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Thy Friends Profanely Rage: mewithoutYou celebrates the long homecoming at Underground Arts

mewithoutYou | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
mewithoutYou | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Thursday marked one year of mewithoutYou’s most recent record, Pale Horses, and what a year it’s been. When I interviewed frontman and songwriter Aaron Weiss last year before the record’s release, I distinctly remember him saying “Every time we finish one, I’m so grateful and I tell myself ‘never put yourself through that again.’” If there was ever a year that he would choose to lay it all down, this would have been it. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Ceramic Animal gets whimsical along the water in the “Maybe” video

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Ceramic Animal on the set of the “Maybe” video | courtesy of the artist

“At some, point Warren said the word ‘whimsical,'” reflects Erik Regan. “And we all gravitated towards it.  That became the guiding light for the six of us on shoot day.”

The drummer of Doylestown psych-rock five-piece Ceramic Animal is talking about the band’s latest video for the song “Maybe,” which we’re happy to premiere for you this morning. It takes them out of the studio, out of the club, and sets them up in a forest in suits and turtlenecks, climbing out of a hobbit hole (actually a sewer entry, I think?) and playing their instruments alongside the Neshaminy Creek.

“This is our first live action music video, we knew we wanted something other than the ‘here is Ceramic Animal playing the song,’ type of approach,” explains Erik’s brother Warren, singer-guitarist of the band. “We wanted a storyline but nothing too serious, just something fun that left room for spontaneity the day of the shoot.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties at Underground Arts, Big Thief at World Cafe Live, The City and I at Kung Fu Necktie and more…

Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties
Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties | photo by Mitch Wojcik | courtesy of the artist

Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties bring their new Bittersweet EP to Underground Arts tonight. The project of former Wonder Years’ frontman Dan Campbell, the Roaring Twenties chronicle an historical character living in the South. Campbell recently shared album single “Goodbye, Carolina Blues,” which you can listen to below. Pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Car Seat Headrest continue the conversation by bringing their Noise Machine to Underground Arts

Car Seat Headrest | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Car Seat Headrest | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

It had only been two days since Car Seat Headrest last played in Philadelphia. Back on Friday, the four piece band fronted by indie-rock wunderkind Will Toledo was introduced by David Dye at NonCOMM (before which Dye said, “I had to play rock-paper-scissors with Bob Boilen to introduce these guys, and I won”). While it was still a great set filled with, as fellow Key writer Joe Bloss put it, “youthful lyrics and mind-numbing guitar shredding,” it was still only four songs, all of which came from the newly released and sarcastically cathartic Teens of Denial (check out K. Ross Hoffman’s great album review for the Key here). The band’s appearance at Underground Arts on Sunday night gave them the chance to expound on their Teens of Denial stuff, while also dive into louder and more fleshed-out versions of Toledo’s early Bandcamp material as well. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: TJ Tindall Tribute at Underground Arts, Live From The Lot at Ardmore Music Hall, You Won’t at Boot and Saddle, and more…

T.J. Tindall
T.J. Tindall | Photo by Steve Acito | courtesy of the artist

Legendary Philly funk and soul guitarist TJ Tindall, who played on classic hits such as the O’Jays’ “Backstabbers” and the Trammps’ “Disco Inferno,” passed away back in January, and tonight Underground Arts will be holding a tribute concert in memory of one of the creators of the “Philadelphia Sound.” Performing at the tribute show will be Duke Williams & The Extremes, Freebo, and many more. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →