A folk-rooted duo with a punk edge, Philly’s Church Girls headlines a show tonight at Boot and Saddle. Primarily the work of singers and songwriters Mariel Beaumont and Evan Anders, the five-piece band celebrated the release of its self-titled debut EP last month at MilkBoy. Tonight they’ll be joined by Sonnder, who are in the midst of their single-a-month project that will culminate in a new LP by December. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
It’s another one-hour ‘Compact’ edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade, tonight at 11pm on XPN! Stay tuned after Land Of The Lost with Robert Drake for a concentrated dose of the latest and greatest from the wide world of independent music. Punk rock, electro-dance, lo-fi jams: you’ll hear it all in one convenient hour. Here are a few things you’ll hear in the mix tonight:
The Fire’s stage bounced under the feet of Juston Stens and The Get Real Gang as they finished out Sundrop Music Festival on Saturday night. Despite sparse attendance, both the band and the audience seemed to enjoy the set with dancing and smiles. Stens’ songs featured beautiful four-part harmonies at times; check out a gallery from their set below.
Philly dancepunk act GANG is hailing the holidays with an energetic interpretation of “Little Drummer Boy.” Singer Amanda Damron’s frenzied vocals soar against spacey scratches and hard beats, giving the classic holiday song an anthemic electronic twist. Stream the song below, and check out some more of GANG’s tracks here.
Toronto’s LIGHTS will take the stage at The TLA tonight. Lights Poxleitner reached early success with a Best New Artist Juno Award in 2008 but hasn’t let the pressure of living up to expectations hold her back musically. Her latest record, Siberia, is a step in the experimental direction and infuses dub-step drops with her usual pop-oriented melodies for a grittier final product. LIGHTS performs alongside Arkells at tonight’s all-ages show. Tickets are $15 and doors open at 7:00 p.m., more information here. Below, watch LIGHTS’ latest video for “Timing is Everything.”
Young Statues are a five-piece band from Philly who makes acoustic sounding beats that sound like early pop punk rounded off with a softer, gentler side. Their self-titled debut album came out in late 2011, hefty with sweet rock vibes honing in their truthful and simplistic lyrics. They venture to The Barbary tonight for an all ages performance along with Turnover and PJ Bond. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here. The night starts out early at 6:30 p.m. Below you can listen to an acoustic EP they released in February.
Starting out as the frontman for the alt-country rock band Vigilantes of Love, and continuing as a solo artist after their disbandment, Bill Mallonee has always enjoyed writing and singing. The band has since reconvened but Bill still continues to write and record his own music. He will be playing the early show tonight at 7:30 at the Tin Angel. The 21+ show is $12, snag your tickets here.
The non-profit art and culture space, Little Berlin hosts a music series entitled ‘Dream Oven’ and the series continues tonight with a performs from Juston Stens & The get Real Gang. Juston, former drummer of Dr. Dog, always had a head full of songs, and he was finally able to extract them with the creation of his band The Get Real Gang. Their debut album Trash or Treasure was released in March of this year, an eclectic combination of rock genre similar to dreamy 60’s rock bands like Zeppelin or Jefferson Airplane. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and there is a $5-7 donation.
The dream pop duo, Lockets will be performing a 21+ show this evening at Kung Fu Necktie. Although Lockets is a duo they do live performances as a full band featuring drums, bass, synthesizer, and guitar. You can catch them along with Attia Dancers and Language Problems at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are only $10.
Last but not least, XPN welcomes the Philadelphia-based ensemble mewithoutYou back home for the last stop on their tour at the TLA. They released their fifth studio album, Ten Stories this past May. They have been touring along with Kevin Devine and Buried Beds, you can buy tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show here.
There’s no denying that brother-sister synthpop duo She Came Crashing studied at the school of Siouxie, but their nervy, textured sound stretches beyond the conventional boundaries of goth high drama to incorporate Jonny Greenwood style minimalist electronic music ambiances and hooky, danceable structures. All of those elements can be heard in today’s Philly Local Phile, “Doppelganger,” which you can stream below. She Came Crashing performs tomorrow night Jan, 10 at the North Star Bar’s New Music Series. Tickets to the 21+ show are $5.
Tonight’s concert picks:
When it comes to indie-rock bands that are composed of romantically involved couples (Mates Of State, The Rosebuds, Handsome Furs), Hank And Cupcakes offers something slightly off-kilter. For one thing, the married pair hails from Israel; for another, along with their silly adopted monikers, the two sport a cheerfully irreverent sensibility. The video for “Hit” features Hank And Cupcakes cavorting in nothing but body paint. With growing popularity and a new album in the works, Hank And Cupcakes is poised to spread its dance party aesthetic beyond the band’s Brooklyn base. Hank And Cupcakes performs with Gang and Pink Skull at 9 p.m. at Milkboy Philly; tickets to the 21+ show are $10. —Kiley Bense
Blayer PointDuJour + The National Rifle, Adam And Dave’s Bloodline at The Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (8 p.m., $10)
Purples + White Birds, Mike Quinn at Johnny Brenda’s (9:15 p.m., 21+, $10)
Mutlu + George Stanford at World Cafe Live (Downstairs) (8 p.m., $21–$31)
The Zombies + Acoustic Strawbs at Keswick (8 p.m., $29.50-$48.50)
Ian Axel, Bess Rogers and Allie Moss at World Cafe Live (Upstairs) (7:30 p.m. $10 plus $3 service charge) Download a tour sampler from Axel, Rogers and Moss right below.