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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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Underground Arts will be taken over by awesome double bill, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down and Saintseneca

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Thao and the Get Down Stay Down | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Underground Arts will play host an exceptional double bill featuring indie-folkers Thao and the Get Down Stay Down  and Saintseneca on April 16th.

The constantly surprising Thao and the Get Down Stay Down have been suspiciously quiet since their acclaimed and awesome 2013 LP, We The Common, so maybe a recent announcement about spring tour indicates something in the works for the unique indie-rock group — at least, we hope. 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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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Polyphonic Spree at Underground Arts, Backspin at Bourbon and Branch

Polyphonic Spree | Photo courtesy of artist
Polyphonic Spree | Photo courtesy of artist

To celebrate their 15th anniversary, The Polyphonic Spree are touring the US. Tonight, the Dallas, Texas choral rock band make their Philadelphia stop at Underground Arts. PolySpree will be performing their debut record, The Beginning Stages Of…, in its entirety, along with other fan favorites. Get tickets to their show tonight and more show information at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch their music video for “Hold Yourself Up” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Youth Lagoon at Union Transfer, Sonnder at Boot and Saddle, TJ Kong at Underground Arts and more

Photo by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.com
Photo by Rachel Barrish | raddrhapsodies.com

Youth Lagoon recently released his third studio album, Savage Hills Ballroom, and it swirls together chaos and calm. Unpredictable synths, glitches, and samples are paired opposite beautiful strings, keys, and brass. Youth Lagoon’s Trevor Powers’ voice quivers yet remains confident throughout the ten track album. Youth Lagoon will bring his eclectic performance to Union Transfer tonight. Get tickets and show information at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch the music video for “The Knower” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: ADD-2 at Silk City, Bright Light Social Hour at Underground Arts and Cold War Kids at The Fillmore

Photo via facebook.com
Photo via facebook.com

Andre DiJuan Daniels, better known as Add-2, hails from Chicago and continues to hone his craft of creating rap that incorporates a variety of styles including jazz, hip-hop and soul. Add-2 is touring this fall in support of his new album, Prey For the Poor, and is playing a show tonight at the Silk City Diner Bar & Lounge. For more information on the show click here. Continue reading →

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Babes in Toyland Rides Again: The 90s punk icons’ road to reunion

Babes in Toyland onstage at Riot Fest | via facebook.com/babesintoylandofficial
Babes in Toyland onstage at Riot Fest | via facebook.com/babesintoylandofficial

Kat Bjelland didn’t get the best night’s sleep. The day I caught up with her via phone at her Minneapolis home, she says she’d been up super late, rushing around the house, getting everything packed prepped to go on tour. At the moment, she’s exhausted, but good to go. “All I need right now is my vitamins and a blender to make smoothies,” she laughs. “I’m really excited.”

This year, Bjelland’s band – the iconic punk power trio Babes in Toyland – played its first shows together in 13 years. Tonight, it launches its fall tour at Underground Arts in Philadelphia. It’s the band’s longest run of tour dates since its 90s heyday, when it used to be on the road 10 months out of the year, and the energy is in the air. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Port Arthur at Bourbon and Branch, Telekinesis at Johnny Brenda’s, Kylesa at Underground Arts and more

Drawing by Ted Michalowski via facebook.com
Drawing by Ted Michalowski via facebook.com

Folk and jazz have rarely been as seamlessly melded together as in the work of Port Arthur. The Philadelphia seven-piece band slide in and out of styles using a variety of instruments to bring their unique folk sound to the masses. You can hear them tonight at Bourbon and Branch alongside The Wild Reeds. For details on tonight’s concert click here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Petal at PhilaMOCA, Johnny Showcase at Underground Arts, The Not Fur Longs at Ortlieb’s and more

Photo via facebook.com/petalPA
Photo via facebook.com/petalPA

Kiley Lotz, known better by the moniker Petal, is an artist adept at both subtlty and the in-your-face indie rock which she brought in spades on 2013’s Scout EP and which she will surely continue on her upcoming LP Shame, due out on October 23. You can see her tonight at PhilaMOCA at 7:30 p.m. Head to the XPN Concert Calendar for more details. Continue reading →

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Watch unearthed footage of Johnny Showcase on a late 70s disco-dance show (maybe)

Johnny Showcase | Photo by Jeremy Quattlebaum
Johnny Showcase | Photo by Jeremy Quattlebaum

It’s one of those uncanny coincidences, you know? Long-running Philadelphia surrealo disco-funk-lounge-pop act Johnny Showcase is celebrating the release of its latest record, The Octopus, tonight at Underground Arts – and this morning, I got an email from local videographer and archivist Jeremy Quattlebaum of The Angry Mountain, who had just come across a VHS containing vintage footage of the band on late 70s television. Continue reading →