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Who’s playing this weekend? (January 25-27)

This weekend’s recommendations…

Friday, January 25 – Riley Road, The Districts @ World Cafe Live Wilmington – 8:00/$10 – Tickets
There’s certainly plenty to do in Philly tonight, but those with the proper means of travel (read: a car) should consider taking a short trip to Wilmington tonight. World Cafe Live’s young Delaware location will host two bands that won last year’s Beta Hi-Fi competitions. The two bands have another thing in common: they’re both full of high-schoolers, and are much more mature than your average teen rockers. Riley Road is a blues rock trio that took home the Beta Hi-Fi award in Philly, while four-piece Americana/indie-rock group The Districts won the Wilmington competition.

Stream Riley Road’s latest EP here. Stream The Districst’s debut LP Telephone here.

Saturday, January 26 – Nightlands @ Kung Fu Necktie – 7:30/$10/21+ – Tickets
Nightlands is Dave Hartley, a side project while he’s not busy playing bass for The War On Drugs. He’s just released an already-acclaimed new album, Oak Island, on Secretly Canadian. The effort has raked in a 7.7 rating from Pitchfork and praise from just about every other blog to write about it. Saturday night, there will be a record release party at Kung Fu Necktie with special guests, including a solo set from Sun Airway’s Jon Barthmus.

Check out Nightlands’ new video for “I Fell in Love with a Feeling” here.

Sunday, January 27 – The xx @ Electric Factory – 8:00/SOLD OUT – INFO
After their acclaimed debut LP in 2009, The xx faced the potential for a sophmore slump follow up and delivered Coexist last September. Unlike many bands under that same pressure, The xx managed to grow and turn in a worthy new effort, receiving further acclaim Spin (8/10), NME (8/10), Pitchfork (7.5/10), The Independent (5 stars), and plenty more. More importantly, the fans clearly like it, as the band rolls into Philly this Sunday night ready for a sold out crowd at the Electric Factory.

Watch the video for “Chained” here.

Others playing this weekend: Bryan Adams, Ellie Goulding, Catnaps, Christopher Owens, Catnaps, and more. Check out complete concert listings for Philadelphia, the surrounding area, and Central Pa on the XPN Concert Calendar powered by The Swollen Fox.

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