Tonight’s Concert Picks: Icky Blossoms at Milkboy, Joe Pug at Boot & Saddle, A Day Without Love at Kung Fu Necktie

Icky Blossoms
Icky Blossoms | photo via Facebook

Icky Blossoms play Milkboy tonight. The Nebraska-based band released its debut self-titled record in 2012, which will be followed by Mask next month through Saddle Creek. Single “In Folds” captures the band’s dance-focused songs that echo both club vibes of the eighties and contemporary electro-pop outfits like Friendly Fires. Listen to the track below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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The Week So Far: 9 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Kurt Vile, Grandchildren, Khari Mateen and Dave Hartley’s Top of The Key)


Grandchildren‘s Golden Age is featured in this week’s Unlocked series [link]

It’s been a big week for show announcements, with The Monkees [link], Patty Griffin [link], Pet Shop Boys [link] and The Olms [link] unveiling Philly dates

Joe Pug played a show at Johnny Brenda’s this week – check out a free download of five tracks from the Chicago singer-songwriter [link]

Khari Mateen will kick-off Brewerytown’s summer jazz concert series on May 15th [link]

Take a listen back to this year’s Key Studio Sessions with Volume 7, featuring Waxahatchee, Pissed Jeans and Ruby the Hatchet [link]

Kurt Vile shares a new video for “Never Run Away” – he’ll be at Union Transfer on May 18th [link]

Dave Hartley presents an overview of the NBA playoffs in a new edition of Top of Key [link]

Mount Moriah highlighted their sophomore album Miracle Temple during this week’s Folkadelphia session [link]

Download a compilation of music from local bands including Cheers Elephant, Roof Doctor and Norwegian Arms c/o Beat the Indie Drum [link]


Tonight’s Concert Pick: Joe Pug and Hezekiah Jones at Johnny Brenda’s (download a free EP from Pug)


With tonight’s Bassnectar and Limp Bizkit shows sold out, and John Medeski’s World Cafe Live show postponed until next December, it makes tonight’s pick pretty easy. Chicago’s folk hero Joe Pug plays a 21+ show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight, along with one of our most favorite local singer-songwriters Hezekiah Jones. Joe Pug plays a brand of folk with a Dylanesque focus on lyrical content, and Hezekiah Jones has his own unique style of story-telling. Go here for tickets to the show. Below, download Pug’s In The Meantime EP for free.


Download a free sampler from Joe Pug (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 5/1)

PugIt’s not really a surprise that Chicago’s Joe Pug used to be a carpenter and playwright student before taking up music full-time.  Not when just one listen to his 2008 debut Nation of Heat EP or either of his full lengths reveals a rugged, hard-worn voice and delicately precise guitar picking, with lyrics composed with as much thought and attention to detail as it would take to build a house.  Since his debut in 2008, Pug has toured with friend and Philadelphia favorite Strand of Oaks, music legend Levon Helm and was signed to Lightning Rod Records in advance of his 2010 LP Messenger.  Currently, Pug is touring behind last year’s follow-up album The Great Despiser.  Tickets and information for his 21+ show at Johnny Brenda’s on May 1st can be found here.  Below, watch Joe Pug perform “Hymn #101” and download a free five track sampler in exchange for your email address.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Joe Pug at Johnny Brenda’s

Joe Pug—who, a little over a year ago, released a split 7-inch with Philadelphia’s own Strand Of Oaks—is currently touring behind his new LP, The Great Despiser. You can listen to the title track (which features The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn on backing vocals) below. Joe Pug performs with Vandaveer at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $12.


Strand Of Oaks releases a new 7-inch split single with Joe Pug

Philly’s Strand Of Oaks and Chicago singer-songwriter Joe Pug set off on a 47-date tour starting March 31st. (The Philly show is Thursday, April 14th at Johnny Brenda’s.) To celebrate the tour, the pair decided to release a 7-inch tour single in which they cover each other’s songs; Pug covers Strand Of Oaks’ “End In Flames”, and Strand Of Oaks records Pug’s “Hymn #101” (which you can listen to below). And in case you missed it, listen to and download songs from The Key Studio Session we did with Strand Of Oaks last December here.