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Tonight’s (Non-KeyFest) Concert Picks: Into It. Over It. at TLA, Christine Havrilla at Tin Angel, and Charles Bradley at Union Transfer

Into It. Over It.
Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It. | photo by Cameron Witting | courtesy of the artist

Key Fest comes to close tonight, featuring Americana headliners Hezekiah Jones. But if you have your eye on some other shows, check these three out.

Into. It. Over It. is the emo-rock project of Chicagoan Evan Thomas Weiss. Having just released his new record Standards, Weiss is stopping by TLA tonight. If Into. It. Over It.’s own emo-revival music wasn’t appealing enough, the band is also touring with the acclaimed The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die. Find tickets and more info at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s (Non-KeyFest) Concert Picks: Houndmouth at Union Transfer, Lisa Fischer at Exit 0 Jazz Fest, Eric Bachmann at Johnny Brenda’s and more

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Houndmouth | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

Okay, so we’re obviously pumped about Key Fest this weekend, and hope to see many of you there. But that’s just one of the many many live music options going on in the Philly region. Here are a few others, beginning with midwestern roots rockers Houndmouth, who headline Union Transfer tonight. They’re still touring hard on the strength of Little Neon Limelight, released in 2014; get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Teen Spirit: Alex G’s introspective youth anthems bring out a hometown crowd

Alex G. | Photo by Josh Pelta Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com
Alex G. | Photo by Josh Pelta Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

If you were standing up front, close to the stage last night at Union Transfer, you’d have noticed a disproportionate demographic of 17- to 20-year-olds, holding iPhones instead of beer and waiting bright-faced and wide-eyed for the double-bill of Philly’s own Alex Giannascoli — better known as Alex G — and New York’s Porches.

Concurring that Giannascoli’s fans were largely a younger demographic, the 19-year-old next to me expressed his moderate and considered sartorial disdain for his generation: “They’re all dressed weird too.”

That said, many were wearing band shirts advertising their adoration for the Philly-based, highly prolific DIY bedroom-recording-studio songwriter.

On the contrary, Porches tees were few and far between, and the blank faces on the crowd seemed to suggest that this was largely an introduction to the music of opening band Your Friend. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Alex G at Union Transfer, Bleached at Johnny Brenda’s, Open Mike Eagle at Kung Fu Necktie and more…

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Alex G | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Alex G brings a spring tour home to Union Transfer tonight. The Havertown native has been supporting last year’s Domino Records debut Beach Music in a big way, criss-crossing the country, booking international festivals and now headlining his largest Philly show to date. Pretty cool stuff for a band that got its start in the Temple house show scene. Watch the video for “Mud” below and pick up tickets to the all-ages show with Porches and Your Friend here.

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Pity Sex don’t waste time on their new single “Pin A Star”; catch them at UT in June

Pity Sex | photo courtesy of the artist
Pity Sex | photo courtesy of the artist

Michigan punk rockers Pity Sex are prepping to release their sophomore LP White Hot Moon, which is out in April on Run For Cover, and they shared the album’s newest single yesterday, “Pin A Star”.

The song starts out with an infectious drum groove that breaks into a punk rock rager with elements of shoegaze and indie-pop. According to Spin, the band was influenced by Yo La Tengo and Deep Sea Diver during the recording process, which is evident on the Jessica Dobson-influenced guitar lines and Britty Drake’s carefree Kaplan-like vocals. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Junglepussy at Union Transfer, Fake Boyfriend at Boot & Saddle, Church Girls at Ortlieb’s and more…

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Junglepussy opens for Le1f at Union Transfer tonight. The Brooklyn rapper released her debut mixtape in 2014,  following it up with last year’s critically acclaimed, self-released Pregnant with Success full-length. Watch “Spicy103 FM” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pouty at Boot and Saddle, The Kills at Union Transfer, Milk & Bone at Johnny Brenda’s, and more…

Pouty
Pouty | Photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist

Philly’s Rachel Gagliardi brings her four-piece punk outfit Pouty to Boot and Saddle tonight to open for Long Island’s Tender Defender (formerly Latterman). After spending a year and change in California when her first band Slutever moved across country, Gagliardi returned to Philly back in December, and brought a bit of a poppy West Coast sensibility with her, along with the new project, which she started as a solo project in LA. Joining her in the live band are Cat Park of Amanda X, Marisa Dabice of Mannequin Pussy and Evan Bernard of Superweaks. Also performing tonight is Podacter. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Late Greats at Ortlieb’s, Barns Courtney at Milkboy, Magic Man at Union Transfer and more…

The Late Greats
The Late Greats | photo courtesy of the artist

We met local rockers The Late Greats in a profile last month, and now is your chance to see the band live. They’ll bring their recent Kids You Knew EP to Ortlieb’s tonight, which The Key described as “Weezer covering the Buzzcocks or Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers.” Check out “Lost Highway” below and get more information for the 21+ show here.

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How Jonathan Richman – stone-mason, meditator and my personal rock’n’roll hero – became my pen pal

Jonathan richman | photo courtesy of the artist
Jonathan richman | photo courtesy of the artist

Jonathan Richman will forever be best known, among a certain perennial segment of cool kids, for The Modern Lovers, a collection of disowned demo tapes by his teenage rock band that, depending who you ask, possibly maybe invented punk music.  2016 happens to mark the 40th anniversary of that record’s 1976 release (although it was recorded several years earlier.) 

But it’s hard to imagine an artist less likely to commemorate such a milestone, in today’s customary, backward-gazing fashion.  Richman turned his back on anything resembling punk as we know it – while deeply, radically embodying its contrarian ethos – with the light-hearted ‘50s-style ditties and goofy, childlike glee of Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers – which was also released in 1976, and which possibly maybe invented indie pop – and he’s never looked back.

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