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Double Decker Music Series returns on May 31 with Christopher Sean Powell and The Sun Flights

Gretchen Lohse | Photo via bowerbird.org/newsite/events/doubledecker/
Gretchen Lohse | Photo by Scott Troyan | via bowerbird.org

The beloved Double Decker Music Series, “an intimate mobile concert experience,” is returning on May 31 with Christopher Sean Powell and The Sun Flights on board.

You may have your favorite live-music venue in the city, but there’s debatably nothing like watching multitalented Philly musicians perform while basking in the changing scenery and afterglow of Philly.  Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tess Emma at Milkboy, Weyes Blood at Johnny Brenda’s, The Lawsuits at Boot & Saddle

Tess Emma
Tess Emma | photo via Facebook

Local singer-songwriter Tess Emma debuts her self-titled EP and a new full band at Milkboy tonight. The record chronicles a difficult break-up with four original songs and while the overall tone is dark and heartbreaking, a cover of The Ronette’s “Be My Baby” and the undercurrents of springtime chirps and buzzings leave the listener with a sense of hope and optimism for the future. Tess will be joined on stage with her newly formed band Lou, which features members of Modern Colour to flesh out her compositions. Listen to Tess Emma below and pick up tickets to the record release show with Ginger Coyle, Family Vacation and Ellen Siberian Tiger here.

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Stream a weird, whimsical, wonderful mixtape from Weyes Blood, see her at Johnny Brenda’s

Weyes Blood | via weyesblood.bandcamp.com
Weyes Blood | via weyesblood.bandcamp.com

When New York-based one-woman band Weyes Blood released The Innocents late last year, it sounded like a number of ideas and interests converging. Idyllic British Isles folk, French pop, esoteric electronica, psychedelic rock all blended into a unique whole. But sometimes the best part to understand the whole is to take the pieces apart. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cults at The TLA, Communion Club Night featuring Rosco Bandana at Underground Arts, Myrrias at Ortliebs and more

Olivia Malone/Courtesy of the artist
Olivia Malone/Courtesy of the artist

Indie-pop duo Cults will take to the TLA stage tonight. The New York natives released their sophomore album Static in October on Columbia Records and it has impressed fans and critics. Bullet Magazine recently included “So Far” from the new record on their “Indisputable, Definitive Best 53 Songs of 2013″ list. Get tickets to the show here and watch them perform “Always Forever” from their WFUV Session below.

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Check out a spooky video from Trenton’s Dark Surfers and the Yawns (playing El Bar tonight)

Call them Central Jersey’s answer to The Cramps; Dark Surfers and the Yawns is a Trenton-based four-piece that craftily mixes up sixties-style beach guitar (not unlike Dick Dale) with echo-y production and a stylized preference for the macabre. They play El Bar tonight, and to get a peek at what you might be in for, check out their music video for “Planet Drunk” below. It goes from playful to eerie real quick:

More info on the show can be found at the Tumblr for promoters The Dream Oven. Also on the bill are Other Colors, a Baltimore group featuring former members of part-time Philly psych heads Junkers, and locals Weyes Blood and Rain Season, who rock a driving distortion-pedal psych sound. Listen to their demo track “Hyacinths” below:

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Get to know Norwegian Arms


Self-described “weirdo folk duo” Norwegian Arms have a lot going for them; both the smarts and the skills. Singer/songwriter Brendan Mulvihill started creating material for what was to become Norwegian Arms while working in Russia as a Fulbright scholar. The other member of the band, Dr. Dog drummer Eric Slick, brings his remarkable sense of rhythm to the mix with rollicking Tupperware beats. Combining the gentle giddiness of Mulvihill’s voice, his lively mandolin playing, and the tender earnestness of his lyrics, the duo create something truly wonderful and fun.

The band’s last releases — the Trimmings of Hides and Sibir’ EPs — came out just over a year ago, and the band has since recorded a full album that they’re set to release as soon as they can find a label. But the two have a lot going on besides: Slick (or Doc Awk, as he’s credited on the band’s websites) is full-timing it with Dr. Dog while Mulvihill (aka Keith Birthday) just returned from a trip to Chile with ESL Folk, a project he started with friends to help students in other countries learn English by way of American folk music.

But fear not, there’s still time for shows. On June 30th, Norwegian Arms will play Johnny Brenda’s along with New York-based Young Magic, Boston’s Quilt, and local psych-folk band Weyes Blood. Tickets to the 21+ show are available here for $10. Below, stream “Kiva Ikva” from Norwegian Arms’ forthcoming album, Wolf Like A Stray Dog.