Tonight’s Concert Picks: Summer Fiction at Johnny Brenda’s, Birds Of Maya at Kung Fu Necktie, An American Chinese at Danger Danger

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Bill Ricchini

Whenever some seriously inclement weather—like, say, a freakish rainstorm—takes over the city, having a lack of worthwhile arts-and-entertainment options later in the evening is usually a good thing. That way, you don’t feel so bad about staying in the entire night, drying out your soaked clothes while drinking hot tea and watching re-runs of Law & Order. Unfortunately, there’s not one, not two, but three can’t miss shows going on tonight, all of which feature amazing local acts. So, Philadelphia: Get ready to get wet—again. At Johnny Brenda’s, Bill Ricchini celebrates the release of Summer Fiction, the debut album by his new indie-pop recording project of the same name (you can listen to the album here); In Grenada, which (re-)released its own stellar debut two months ago, opens (9 p.m., 21+, $10). Mike Polizze has recently been drawing a lot of attention with his latest side project, Purling Hiss. (Last month, he toured with Kurt Vile and The Soft Pack in support of Purling Hiss’ new album, Public Service Announcement.) Tonight at Kung Fu Necktie, however, he’s back with his main band, the loud-as-hell blues-rock trio, Birds Of Maya; Australia’s Taco Leg (yes, the band is really called “Taco Leg”) opens (8 p.m., 21+, $6). Finally, An American Chinese—which John Vettese highlighted last week in the Philly Local Philes (“Metropolitan” off the band’s new Utopian Trees is definitely worth checking out)—performs with Univox and The Naked Hearts at Danger Danger Gallery (8 p.m.)

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