Tonight’s Concert Picks: Port St. Willow at Union Transfer, Los Lobos at The Keswick Theatre, Carsie Blanton at Psalm Salon

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Bi-coastal outfit Port St. Willow sails into Union Transfer tonight for a show with The Antlers.  Excelling in ethereal, ambient music, Port St. Willow’s Nick Principe has recorded two albums – 2010’s Even//Wasteland and 2011’s full-length Holiday.  Each record traces Principe’s memories of childhood and cloaks them in a heavy fog of white noise and dreamy vocals.  Port St. Willow performs ahead of The Antlers at tonight’s all ages show.  Doors are at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are $17 here.  Below, watch Port St. Willow’s Shaking Through episode, recorded in 2011 (and then download the song for free here).

WXPN welcomes Los Lobos to The Keswick Theatre tonight.  The Latin-American band will be performing the 1992 fan and critic favorite Kiko in its entirety to celebrate the record’s 20th anniversary.  Kiko marked an innovative turning point for Los Lobos and its anniversary comes one year ahead of the band’s 40th year together, an achievement compounded by the fact that Los Lobos’ lineup has remained the same since 1984. Tickets are $38 to $48 here and the doors open at 7:30 p.m with opening music from Amy Helm.  Below, watch a video of “Kiko and the Lavender Moon” from the 20th anniversary live DVD.

Carsie Blanton performs at The Psalm Salon tonight in partnership with Americans United for Separation of Church and State.  Blanton’s music has been labeled everything from folk to jazz to rock, but she calls it “classic American pop” and serves it with a generous scoop of nostalgia.  Tickets to the 8:00 p.m. show are $16 in advance here, $20 at the door.  Below, stream Carsie Blaton’s name-your-own-price album Idiot Heart and then download it here

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