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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Johnny Showcase at Underground Arts, The One2s at MilkBoy, and Buddy Guy at The Keswick Theatre

Johnny Showcase and The Mystic Ticket | Photo courtesy of the artist
Johnny Showcase and The Mystic Ticket | Photo courtesy of the artist

Discofied lounge act Johnny Showcase and his band The Mystic Ticket open for West Philadelphia Orchestra tonight at Underground Arts. Having established themselves in Philly as both musicians and performance artists, Showcase and The Mystic Ticket have a full-length LP called Love is the Message and a few EPs under their belt. When it comes to the stage, frontman Johnny keeps things energized during his sets, which feature a combination of funk and folk, and tonight will be no exception. Watch the music video for song “Sensual, Parts 1 & 2″ below, and get tickets for this evening’s 21+ show here. Continue reading →

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Marah is celebrating the vinyl reissue of Kids in Philly with its “classic” lineup

Marah's Kids in Philly
Marah’s Kids in Philly

Legendary Philly alt-country rockers Marah are coming to Underground Arts on October 17, and they’re bringing back the lineup that recorded their breakout album, Kids in Philly.

Marah have gone through many, many lineup changes throughout the years. If you missed your chance to see this stellar lineup back in the early 2000s, you’re in luck. Frontman David Bielanko will be joined by his brother, Serge Bielanko, along with Christine Smith, Adam Garbinksi, Dave Petersen, and Mark Sosnoskie, and special guests Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner and Matt Cappy + horns. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Creepoid at Johnny Brenda’s, Ground Up at Underground Arts, Olds Sleeper at Re:Create Arts Initiative and more

Creepoid plays The Atlantic for FEST 13 | Photo by John Vettese
Creepoid plays The Atlantic for FEST 13 | Photo by John Vettese

Psychedelic Philly doomsayers Creepoid celebrate the release of their new LP Cemetery Highrise Slum tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. The album is heavy and expansive, the strongest distillation to date of the hard-touring band’s live energy. Tickets and more information on the show can be foudn at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Woods at Boot and Saddle, Clean Bandit at Underground Arts

Woods | Photo via Woodsist
Woods | Image via Woodsist

Boot and Saddle welcome folk pop group Woods tonight. The band began as a side project for Jeremy Earl of Meneguar and developed into a standalone endeavor as Earl and bandmates continued to produce more and more music. They are joined this evening by New York City’s Quilt. Listen to “Leaves Like Glass” below, and find tickets for the 21+ show here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: STS at Underground Arts, Belle and Sebastian at The Tower Theater, B.C. Camplight at Union Transfer and more

STS in the World Cafe studio | Photo by Rich McKie
STS in the World Cafe studio | Photo by Rich McKie

Philly rapper STS (aka Sugar Tongue Slim) opens the stacked lineup tonight at Underground Arts, joining Heems of Das Racist and Afrobeat electronic group The Very Best. This is STS’ first Philly show since the release of his latest, STS x RJD2, and the collaborative album joins his witty and oft-introspective rhymes with RJD2′s funky, party-ready backings and the occasional surprise guest hook from, oh, I don’t know, Amos Lee. Tickets and more info on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Grandchildren

When The Key launched just about five years ago, we had our sights pretty strongly locked on the West Philly avant-pop six-piece Grandchildren. They were the fearless sonic adventurers of Baltimore Avenue, a band that blended the audio collage sensibilities of Animal Collective with the live intensity of a really tight punk band. We’ve checked in several times in the years since, at shows, at SXSW and when they followed up their debut LP Everlasting with an excellent EP called The Golden Age.

But things have been a little quiet over in camp Grandchildren for a little while now, so we’re extremely psyched to have them breaking the silence this week with a Key Studio Sessions performance of two brand new songs, along with the first news about their third record and a show where you can hear the entire thing live. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Eternal Summers at Everybody Hits, Kaki King at Sellersville Theatre, The Roots Picnic Afterparty Ft. Questlove at Underground Arts and more…

Eternal Summers
Eternal Summers | photo via www.facebook.com/eternalsummers

Eternal Summers play Everybody Hits tonight. The Roanoke, Va band will release a new record Gold and Stone next week, the next installment in the band’s run of dream punk / power pop efforts that date back to 2009. You can stream Gold and Stone via The New York Times here and listen to single “Together or Alone” below. More information for tonight’s record release show can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gene Ween does Billy Joel at Underground Arts, Port Arthur at Bourbon and Branch, Fine Motor at Boot and Saddle and more

via facebook.com/UndergroundArtsPhilly
via facebook.com/UndergroundArtsPhilly

This spring, Aaron Freeman resurrected his Gene Ween moniker for a series of tribute shows to piano man Billy Joel. He kicked it off in Woodstock, played Brooklyn Bowl last night and brings the show to Underground Arts tonight. According to a report on Jambase, the setlist reads like a Billy Joel greatest hits box set, and the Gener’s approach seems to on point and sincere – even on the softer, sensitive moments like “She’s Always A Woman,” that would be easy to skewer with irony. Nope, he’s clearly a devotee, meaning tonight’s show has great potential for a massive singalong love fest. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dice Raw at Silk City, Ode to Omni’s Stevie Wonder Tribute at World Cafe Live, Seinabo Sey at Underground Arts

Dice Raw | via diceraw.net

As a sort of warm-up to this weekend’s Roots Picnic, Roots crew affiliate Dice Raw plays a set tonight at Silk City. If you’ve never seen him live, Dice cuts a charismatic figure and we can expect to hear songs from his records Jimmy’s Back and The Greatest Rapper Never, some of his Roots tracks and other collabs. Tickets and more information on the show can be found here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Trail of Dead at Underground Arts, of Montreal at Chameleon Club

And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com
And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com

Austin indie rock adventurers …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead headline Underground Arts tonight. Their sound has traveled many avenues but always hit hard in the past efforts, but 2014′s IX was inspired by Philly’s own The War on Drugs. In an interview with Echoes and Dust, Jason Reece said the band’s last two records were an influence:

This layered Krautrock kind of vibe. We were thinking of Echo And The Bunnymen, Ocean Rain. These dense and bigger sounding albums. We were kind of into some 80’s music, Psychedelic Furs. Which is funny cause we’re not really a band that’s into the new wave sound, I don’t think we’ve ever made an 80’s sounding record. That’s kind of what we were jamming out to, the early 80’s sounds.

Opening the show is Philly’s Pine Barons; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →