Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti at Union Transfer, The Dude Hates Cancer! benefit at Johnny Brenda’s, Lotus at FDR Park, River City Extension at The Blockley, Void Vision at Pageant: Soloveev Gallery


Experimental weird-pop visionary Ariel Pink released his sophomore record Mature Themes in August, following up his 2010 4AD breakout Before Today.  Pink has become infamous for his paradoxical anti-pop approach to music, creating mind-bending sounds that have been described as masterful by his peers.  Pink and his Haunted Graffiti band play Union Transfer tonight, along with the Greek mythology-inspired Phèdre.  The event is all ages and doors open at 8:00. Tickets are $18, available here.  Watch Pink’s video for the single “Only in My Dreams” below.

Now in its seventh year, The Dude Hates Cancer! Charity Bowling Tournament is back and ready to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  If you want to contribute to the cause but aren’t quite ready to showcase those bowling skills you worked on all summer, head over to Johnny Brenda’s where WXPN welcomes the benefit afterparty.  This year’s lineup features local heavy hitters Swift Technique, Cheers Elephant and Orbit to Leslie.  The 21+ event is free for tournament participants and $10 for the public.  Tickets are available here, and you can take a listen to “Route One to Route One” from Swift Technique’s Studio Session below:

Philadelphia-by-way-of-Indiana jam band Lotus bring their string and horn infused electronica to FDR Park tonight for a beat filled hometown event.  Now three albums deep into their career, Lotus’ latest self-titled release was recorded with Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man) at his Philadelphia studio.  Joining them down in the park is electro-funk fusion outfit Ghostland Observatory along with MiMOSA, Michal, Menert and Sonic Spank.  Tickets for the all-ages concert are $41 and they are available through Ticketmaster.  Doors are at 3:00pm, music starts at 4:00pm.  Watch a live music video for “In an Outline” here:

Over at The Blockley, River City Extension headlines the Bombs and Bedlam Benefit to Secure the Planet.   The New Jersey natives, who have toured with The Avett Brothers and were label-mates with The Gaslight Anthem, released their second full-length Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Your Anger in June.  They are joined by supporting acts Illinois, Dangerous Ponies, Brick + Mortar, Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang and Spirit & Dust.  Tickets are available here for the 18+ show, and doors open at 8:00.  You can stream songs from River City Extension’s latest record below:

Down in South Philly, the Pageant: Soloveev Gallery is hosting a showcase headlined by Void Vision.  Void Vision is the title project of Philadelphian Shari Vari, specializing in minimalist synthpop.  Vari, who recently performed at PhilaMOCA’s David Lynch tribute Eraserhood Forever, ventures down to artist Daniel Dalseth’s contemporary and experimental art gallery on Bainbridge along with Black Marble, Unur, The Bad Doctors and Space Trash.  The event begins at 8:00pm, and tickets are available at the door.



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