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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rakim at Underground Arts, Bryant Eugene Vazquez at The Fire, Moon Bounce / Truewave at The Dolphin and more

Rakim | photo via facebook.com/rakimallah
Rakim | photo via facebook.com/rakimallah

Hip hop icon Rakim brings the heat to the Eraserhood tonight for a headlining show at Underground Arts. The Long Island MC first gained attention in the 80s as half of the pioneering duo Erik B. and Rakim; their albums Paid in Full and Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em remain classics of the genre – or, really, of any genre. He’s also released four albums as a solo artist, most recently 2009′s The Seventh Seal. We’re expecting a career-spanning set tonight, plus a fierce opening spot by one of our Philly faves, Chill Moody. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Diarrhea Planet at Underground Arts, Kississippi at Kung Fu Necktie, Cyberbully Mom Club at Johnny Brenda’s and more

Diarrhea Planet | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Diarrhea Planet | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Ridiculous band name, awesome band. Diarrhea Planet headlines Underground Arts tonight with their Philly-based tourmates Left & Right in tow. The blistering rock n’ roll six-piece dishes fierce fuzzy riffs and high energy not unlike their Nashville brethren JEFF the Brotherhood; 2013′s I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams is highly recommended listening. 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: Houndmouth at Union Transfer, SHIFT Showcase at Underground Arts, Suburban Living at Bourbon and Branch and more

Houndmouth | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com
Houndmouth | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

Based on their Free at Noon just a few weeks ago, Houndmouth’s live show game is strong right now. The Indiana roots rock crew dropped their album Little Neon Limelight just a few weeks back, and it packs an incredible, infectious punch. Watch the video for “Sedona” below and get tickets and more info on tonight’s show at Union Transfer at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Creepoid is moving back to Philadelphia, headlining Underground Arts on 4/23

Creepoid at SXSW | Photo by John Vettese

When they played SXSW, we noticed that even though Creepoid moved to Savannah a year or so ago, they still introduced their set by saying “We’re Creepoid, we’re from Philly.”

It was telling, then, since the band left the south yesterday to re-settle back home; they’ll play a homecoming show at Underground Arts on Thursday, April 23rd. Continue reading →

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Ginger Coyle brings Third S.H.I.F.T. Showcase to Underground Arts

Ginger Coyle | via Facebook.com/gingercoylemusic
Ginger Coyle | via Facebook.com/gingercoylemusic

The third annual S.H.I.F.T. Showcase is headed for Underground Arts on April 4. Started by local musician Ginger Coyle in 2013, S.H.I.F.T., which stands for “Super Human Indie Female Troubadours,” celebrates female musicians and artists while giving back to Girls Rock Philly, an organization that empowers young women through music. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The War on Drugs at Tower Theatre, Torche at Underground Arts, Lite at Boot & Saddle and more…

The War on Drugs
The War on Drugs | photo via Facebook

The War on Drugs make a hometown appearance tonight at the Tower Theatre to kick off a spring tour. The local-turned-national band continues to play in support of last year’s Lost In the Dream, a record that landed at the top of many year-end lists. It took 2011′s Slave Ambient and expanded on the introspective, layered dream rock in a cinematic and transcendent way. Follow along with the band’s banner year here and watch them perform “Red Eyes” live in Barcelona below. Tickets and information for tonight’s all ages show can be found here.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Left and Right

Power pop punks Left and Right got their start in Charlottesville, Virginia a few years back, then moved to Philly and set up shop locally with a few cassette releases. We premiered their single “Low Expectations” back in August, and it immediately struck a chord with a sound spanning Weezer, Archers of Loaf and Mudhoney. Since then the band has alternated between short tour runs and stints working at coffee shops back home and playing DIY-minded spots like The Pharmacy in South Philly. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tobias Jesso Jr at Boot and Saddle, Impressionist at Bourbon and Branch, The Cloth at Underground Arts

Tobias Jesso Jr | photo via tobiasjessojr.com
Tobias Jesso Jr | photo via tobiasjessojr.com

Buzzing Vancouver artist Tobias Jesso Jr. headlines Boot and Saddle tonight. The singer-songwriter and pianist writes smooth and sincere pop songs in the vein of Randy Newman, and was produced by members of The Black Keys and New Pornographers (and features drumming from Danielle Haim). His album Goon came out last week on True Panther Sounds. Watch the video for “How Could You Babe” below and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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How writing the emotional “We Are Selfish” saved The Ghost In You

The Ghost in You | Photos by John Vettese
The Ghost in You | Photos by John Vettese

In a plaintive voice, Billy Polard sings “Save them from the dark in me. / Spare them from this misery. / They walk the earth on solid ground. / I won’t give in, I won’t back down.”

The stirring lyric opens the latest song from the singer-songwriter’s project The Ghost In You, and when you know that it stems from something very real and tangible, it becomes all the more powerful. Continue reading →