Kendrick Lamar is an emerging rapper from Los Angeles who’s been praised for balancing hard-hitting contemporary hiphop sounds with a message behind the music. His album good kid, m.A.A.d city is being released on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Records in October, and he plays The TLA on South Street tonight. The all-ages show begins at 7 p.m. and admission is $36; tickets and information are available here. Below, check out a video for Kendrick Lamar’s song “Swimming Pools.”
Former Mott The Hoople frontman and David Bowie collaborator Ian Hunter has penned a number of songs you probably don’t even realize are his – for instance, “Cleveland Rocks” (better known as the theme from The Drew Carey Show) and “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” (popularized by 80s hard rockers Great White). His latest solo record, When I’m President, came out on September 4, and he plays World Cafe Live downstairs tonight. The all-ages show begins at 7 p.m., admission ranges from $28 to $43; tickets and information are available here. Below, check out the title track from Hunter’s new album.
Philly alt-rock four-piece Panic Years are back from their recent tour in support of the excellent new full-length The Month’s Mind, and they play MilkBoy tonight. The 21+ show begins at 8 p.m., admission is $8, tickets and information are available here. Below, grab a free download of Panic Years’ song “Qualia” from The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 5.
New Philly three-piece Attic Dancers released an impressive LP back in April called Carrier. It mixed driving, catchy alt-rock structures with dreamy, textured soundscapes, and we’re pretty psyched to find out how it translates live. See for yourself when the band plays The Fire tonight with Wilmington’s New Sweden. The 21+ show begins at 8 p.m., admission is $7, tickets and information are available here. Below, listen to “Soaked Survivors” from Carrier – it sounds like Lush in all the best ways.
Across the bridge at Old Cedar Campground in Monroeville, N.J., XPN Welcomes the 14th Annual Camp Jam In the Pines. The three-day festival kicks off tonight and features performances from an eclectic array of artists including Roomful of Blues, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Entrain. Tickets and information on the festival available here.