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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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard at Underground Arts, The Burgeoning at Kung Fu Necktie, The 1975 at the Mann and more…

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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard | photo by Lee Vincent Grub | courtesy of the artist

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard return to Underground Arts tonight. The Australian garage / psych rockers released their eighth studio recored this year with the critically acclaimed Nonagon Infinity. To emphasize the Infinity part, the LP is apparently recorded as a loop, with the final notes matching up with the opening notes for endless Gizzard fun. Check out “People-Vultures” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Pissed Jeans to make quick stop at Underground Arts next month

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Pissed Jeans | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Pissed Jeans will take a break from their overseas travels to play a show at Underground Arts on June 25th. The stalwart Allentown / Philly punk band announced at the end of 2015 that they would be recording a new album this year, following-up 2013’s Honeys LP with “post-adult themes and pre-metal riffs with even less regard for interesting time signatures.”

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Voss shares music video for “Respect My Mind” ft. Milton, holding album release party in May

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Voss| Photo by John Vettese

Philly rapper Voss has shared his new music video for the song “Respect My Mind” from his album Insatiable, featuring Milton.

On “Respect My Mind,” Voss speaks of understanding and appreciation for others at the same time telling people not to fuck with him, while Milton takes slick hook duties. The video features performances by the duo along with a humorous interlude of them sitting down with a rude record exec before telling him off. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Abi Reimold at Johnny Brenda’s, MH The Verb at Underground Arts, Oldermost at Boot and Saddle, and more…

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Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist

After its release back in January, Abi Reimold will be holding the record release party for her album Wriggling at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Joining Reimold (who will be performing with a full band), will be Loose Tooth, Jacqueline Constance, and Sarah M. Read The Key’s interview with Reimold here and pick up tickets to tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →