Tonight’s Concert Picks: Thom McCarthy and Ron Gallo at PhilaMOCA for Tuesday Tune-Out, Dispatch at The Tower Theater, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at First Unitarian Church

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This month’s Tuesday Tune-Out series at PhilaMOCA is curated by The Swollen Fox’s Kevin Kennedy, so you know each night will feature some stellar local acts (read an interview with Kennedy previewing the series here).  Tonight’s event is a doubleheader with Thom McCarthy and Toy Soldiers’ Ron Gallo each playing a set, followed by a screening of a film that “may not be directed by (and starring) a legendary silent-film era comedic star.” The event is open to all ages; doors are at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. with the movie screening beginning at 9:00 p.m.  Tickets are $5 at the door.  Below, watch Thom McCarthy perform his song “Tiempo” at PhilaMOCA from May 2011.

Dispatch, the stereotype-defying trio from Boston that has disbanded and re-banded a few times over the last decade, has joined together once more for the release of Circles Around the Sun and a national tour that brings them to The Tower Theater tonight.  Even after so many years they’re still a little bit reggae, a little bit funky and totally rock ‘n’ roll as fans happily experienced at the band’s Free at Noon performance back in August.  Tonight’s show is with local favorites Good Old War.  Tickets are $46 and available here; doors open at 8:00 p.m. Watch a new video for the title track from Circles Around the Sun below.

After headlining the first show at Union Transfer last year and playing the XPoNential Music Festival a couple of months before that, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah come back to Philly to play a special show at the First Unitarian Church tonight.  The partially-local rock band released their latest album, Hysterical, last year.  Tickets to tonight’s show with SKATERS are $20 and available here.  Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and the event is open to all ages.  Below, watch the video for Hysterical‘s title track.  (You can also download a free EP from Skaters here).

Hysterical from CYHSY on Vimeo.