Tonight’s Concert Picks: The National Rifle at Johnny Brenda’s, Everyone Everywhere at The Barbary, The Weeks at MilkBoy, JD Malone at Burlap and Bean, XPN Welcomes Lee Fields & The Expressions to World Cafe Live

With an album release a mere two weeks away, The National Rifle headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Almost Endless will be the Philly band’s first full-length, following up four EPs that span a seven year career.  With glam rock vocals, spacey synths and a pulsing bass line, The Nationals Rifle’s new recordings move the quartet away from the punk vibes of their previous releases and into the world of Bowie and M83 dipped in dream pop.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with The New Connection and Crills Wilson can be found here.  Below, stream “Glass Line” from Almost Endless.

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Philly Local Philes: The New Connection’s “Times Like”

Fans of reggae-informed, radio-friendly pop rock need look no further than The New Connection’s latest record. The songs bounce and cavort in a new wavey kinda way – think The Police, circa Ghost In the Machine. Tomorrow night, the band celebrates its CD release at Johnny Brenda’s with longtime buddies The National Rifle, who just played a Key Studio Session for us. Tonight on Y-Rock on XPN, both TNC and TNR  join us on air for a double-header interview about the parallel paths they’ve taken together, and a playback of the sessions each has recorded with us this spring. Below, you can get a taste of The New Connection’s session, “Times Like”; tune in tonight at 10 p.m. to hear the entire thing, and look for more tracks from it on The Key later this summer.