Tonight’s Concert Picks: Titus Andronicus at First Unitarian Church, Rufus Wainwright at The Pullo Center, Kopecky Family Band at MilkBoy Philly, The Lawsuits at PhilaMOCA’s Tuesday Tune-Out, Des Ark at Goldilocks Gallery

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Photo by Kyle Dean Reinford
New Jersey punk band Titus Andronicus make a stop in Philly tonight for a show at the First Unitarian Church that coincides with the release of their third studio album Local Business.  Led by Patrick Stickles, Titus Andronicus’ live shows are a force to be reckoned with and this one will be no exception, with support coming from hardcore punk outfit Ceremony and local post-punk band Psychic Teens.  Tickets to the all-ages show are $15 here; doors open at 8:00 p.m with music beginning at 8:30 p.m.  Below, watch a live-session video of Titus Andronicus’ “In a Big City” off of the new record.  Read Stickles thoughts on food fights, punk rock and Local Business in an interview with The Key here.

At another record release show, folk-rock six-piece Kopecky Family Band take over MilkBoy Philly tonight to celebrate their first full-length Kids Raising Kids.  Though not a biological family, the Nashville collective has been making music together since 2007, building a strong following thanks to non-stop touring and down-right fun live shows.  Tickets for tonight’s get-together are $10 here.  Doors will open at 8:00 p.m. with Marigolds and Juston Stens and The Get Real Gang kicking things off at 9:00 p.m.  Check out the video for the infectious “Heartbeat” below.

XPN Welcomes Rufus Wainwright to The Pullo Center at Penn State York.  The son of musicians Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle returns to Philadelphia after entertaining XPN fans at Penn Park last May for the XPN Listener Appreciation Free at Noon, which brought the 2012 Non-COMMvention to a close.  Shortly before, Wainwright released his most recent album called Out of the Game, which was produced by Mark Ronson.  Tickets for tonight’s show with special guest Lucy Wainwright Roche are $48 here; doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the all-ages performance.  Below, watch the video  for the title track to Out of the Game (featuring Helena Bonham Carter).  You can also listen back to Wainwright’s set at WXPN’s Non-COMMvention in May via the XPN Media Player here.

If you haven’t checked out this month’s Tuesday Tune-Out series at PhilaMOCA yet, now would be a great time to change that.  Curated by The Swollen Fox, the series continues tonight with a set from local Americana/folk band The Lawsuits followed by a screening of a surprise movie.  The Lawsuits will be releasing an acoustic EP called Numbers soon; you can check out a video for “Fine Quality (Coffee Flour Sugar Tea)” below.  Admission for tonight’s all-ages event is $5 at the door.  Music begins at 8:00 p.m.

Durham, North Carolina’s Des Ark will perform at the Goldilocks Gallery above Morimoto tonight.  The project of one-time Philadelphia resident Aimée Argote, Des Ark released its sophomore LP Don’t Rock the Boat, Sink the F*cker on Lovitt Records last year.  Argote sings about “awkward subjects” in a straightforward and confident way, connecting with her audiences by breaking silences.  Tonight, Argote will perform with The New Trust and Xanax.  Tickets are $8 for the 9:30 p.m. show; for more information, go to the event’s Facebook page.   Watch a live video of Des Ark performing in Boston below.

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