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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mischief Brew at Underground Arts, The Chairman Dances at MilkBoy, Midge Ure of Ultravox at World Cafe Live, XPN Welcomes Paula Cole at The Sellersville Theater

Carnivalesque folk / punk band Mischief Brew play Underground Arts tonight.  Born out of former Orphans front-man Erik Petersen’s basement, the local rockers released Rhapsody for Knives in 2012, an EP comprised of three songs that were not included on 2011′s full-length The Stone Operation.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Mucca Pazza and On the Water can be found here.  Below, watch a live video of Mischief Brew rocking out at The Barbary from last August.

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The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Chill Moody, BOY, Matt Pond

Local rapper Chill Moody teamed up with Freeway for the grooving new track “Change Coming.”  The song is included on Moody’s latest RFM album, which he previewed at his sold-out headlining gig at The TLA this past week.  Stream and download the Joe Logic-produced song below, and check out Moody’s plans for 2013 in our interview with him here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The David Wax Museum at Johnny Brenda’s, Neil Young at The Wells Fargo Center, High on Fire at Union Transfer, Passion Pit at The Electric Factory, Zilla Rocca at World Cafe Live

XPN welcomes Artist to Watch The David Wax Museum to Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  The Americana/Mexican roots duo of David Wax and Sue Slezak released Knock Knock Get Up in August and have since been receiving lots of love from blogs and music publications.  Tickets and more information for tonight’s show with Radio Jarocho can be found here.  Below, watch the video for “Will You Be Sleeping.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tedeschi Trucks Band at The Keswick Theatre, Men Without Hats at The Sellersville Theater

XPN welcomes the Tedeschi Trucks Band to The Keswick Theatre tonight.  Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi and their band of eleven are touring in support of their live album Everybody’s Talkin’, which followed up their 2011 Grammy winning debut Revelator.  The Tedeschi Trucks Band performs tonight with Charlie Mars & Band.  Tickets and more information can be found here.  Watch the video for their cover of “Everybody’s Talkin’” below, written by Fred Neil and originally made famous by Harry Nilsson.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hoots & Hellmouth at The Sellersville Theater, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb with Supersuckers at the North Star Bar, Ben Arnold at World Cafe Live

XPN Welcomes Philly-area roots band Hoots & Hellmouth to the Sellersville Theater tonight.  The Philadelphia-based folk quartet released their latest album Salt in April and with it displayed a knack for blending sweeping sonic landscapes with their signature stomping and swinging.  Folk singer-songwriter Mason Porter opens the all-ages concert.  Tickets are $19.50 for the 8:00 p.m. show; for more information, go here.  Below, check out Hoots & Hellmouth’s video for “Why Would You Not Want to Go There.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals at The Electric Factory, Pomegranates at MilkBoy, Res and Kate Faust at World Cafe Live, Dan Deacon at Union Transfer and Purling Hiss at Johnny Brenda’s

XPN welcomes Grace Potter & The Nocturnals back to Philadelphia for a show at The Electric Factory.  The Vermont-based rock band wowed audiences at Coachella and XPN’s Non-COMMvention earlier this year with Potter’s undeniably charismatic stage presence and the band’s explosive songs.  In June the band released their eighth studio album with The Lion The Beast The Beat.  Tonight, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals perform with The Stepkids.  Tickets are $25 for the all-ages show and doors open at 8:30 p.m.; more information is available here.  Watch the video for “Timekeeper” below.

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Gary Clark Jr. premieres a new video for “Ain’t Messin’ Around” on Rolling Stone (playing The TLA on Saturday)

Funk-and-soul man Gary Clark Jr. gets the room moving in his new video for “Ain’t Messin’ Around” off of his latest LP Blak and Blu.  The Austin musician rocks the party in the video the same way he rocked the crowd at last year’s XPoNential Music Festival, with his big-band sound and blues-infused vocals.  Gary Clark Jr. will be in town on Saturday when XPN welcomes him to The TLA with Kat Edmonson.  Tickets are still available here for the all-ages show.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders at 215 Festival, Freelance Whales at Union Transfer, Spirit Family Reunion at The Abbey and more

The fantastic spectacle that is John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders hits Underground Arts tonight in conjunction with the 215 Festival.  Bringing in special guests Dean and Britta, Elizabeth & The Catapult, Doogie Horner, Paul Muldoon, Alec Ounsworth, Carla Rhodes and The Spinto Band, the Cabinet is sure to entertain with its quirky, vaudevillian mix of comedy, music and storytelling.  Tickets are $15 here for the 21+ show; doors will open at 9:00 p.m.  Watch a promo video for the Cabinet of Wonders below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Old 97′s at Union Transfer, El Ten Eleven at North Star Bar, A.C. Newman at First Unitarian Church, Banjo Summit with Bela Fleck and more at The Keswick Theater, Birdie Busch at World Cafe Live

XPN welcomes the Old 97′s to Union Transfer for a special Too Far to Care 15th anniversary show tonight.  The Texas alt-country pioneers are touring in support of the classic 1997 album, which was re-issued with bonus outtakes and demos earlier this month.  According to the band’s website, tonight’s event will feature a Rhett Miller solo set and two sets by the full band, including a run-through of Too Far to Care in its entirety.  Also performing is Dallas-based musician Salim Nourallah.  Tickets for the all-ages show are $20 here; doors will open at 8:00 p.m with music beginning at 9:00 p.m.  Below, watch a live video of the band performing “Broadway” and download a free Too Far to Care E.P. via Noisetrade here

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Titus Andronicus at First Unitarian Church, Rufus Wainwright at The Pullo Center, Kopecky Family Band at MilkBoy Philly, The Lawsuits at PhilaMOCA’s Tuesday Tune-Out, Des Ark at Goldilocks Gallery

Photo by Kyle Dean Reinford
New Jersey punk band Titus Andronicus make a stop in Philly tonight for a show at the First Unitarian Church that coincides with the release of their third studio album Local Business.  Led by Patrick Stickles, Titus Andronicus’ live shows are a force to be reckoned with and this one will be no exception, with support coming from hardcore punk outfit Ceremony and local post-punk band Psychic Teens.  Tickets to the all-ages show are $15 here; doors open at 8:00 p.m with music beginning at 8:30 p.m.  Below, watch a live-session video of Titus Andronicus’ “In a Big City” off of the new record.  Read Stickles thoughts on food fights, punk rock and Local Business in an interview with The Key here.

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