Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Retinas at MilkBoy, Trans Am at Boot and Saddle, Suzanne Vega at Levoy Theater

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The Retinas | photo courtesy of the artist
The Retinas | photo courtesy of the artist

A rock four-piece made up of childhood friends, The Retinas busted onto the Philly scene last year with their debut LP Hello…My Name Is The Retinas. Like a slew of similar-minded Philly up-and-comers, the band has a fuzzy lo-fi garage rock sound a la Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes, and this winter released the new single “Take Me By the Hand,” which you can check out below. They play MilkBoy tonight opening for Lee Baines III and The Glory Fires; tickets and more information on the show can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar.

Back in the 90s when “post-rock” was a new and (relatively) European thing, Trans Am came out of Bethesda, Maryland, with a song that was pulsing, psychedelic and undoubtedly indebted to the exploratory 70s sounds of Can and Kraftwerk. Last year, the band released its tenth album – Volume X – and it headlines Boot and Saddle tonight with Philly space rock faves Spacin’. Tickets and information can be found here.

When I first heard Suzanne Vega‘s classic “Tom’s Diner” sampled on the Fall Out Boy hit “Centuries,” my mind was somewhat blown. While it shows some surprising and impressive taste on the part of these pop punk veterans, Vega’s own music thankfully has aged impeccably by comparison. Her eighth album Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles was released last year, her self-titled debut celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and she plays the Levoy Theater in in Millville, NJ tonight. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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