Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gracie at Johnny Brenda’s, The Wooden Sky at Kung Fu Necktie, ZZ Ward at World Cafe Live

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Electronic chillwave/pop project Gracie plays Johnny Brenda’s tonight with Snowmine and Lockets.  The moniker of local guy Andrew Balasia, Gracie has been sweeping us up and into its hypnotic beats since the For Summer EP dropped last year.  Earlier this year Balasia took the project in a more experiemental and haunting direction with his Treehouse EP.  For the upcoming Bleeder full-length, however, Balasia returned to the pop vein of For Summer and released the seductively anthematic “Creature Pleaser” this past summer.  The 21+ show begins at at 9:00 p.m., more information is available here. Below, stream “Creature Pleaser” and download the name-your-own-price track from Gracie’s Bandcamp.

Northern folk-rock band The Wooden Sky comes to Philadelphia for a show at Kung Fu Necktie tonight.  The Canadian outfit released Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun in February on Black Box Recordings and have been touring relentlessly ever since.  The Wooden Sky was formed in 2003 by Gavin Gardiner and Andrew Wyatt at Ryerson University in Toronto, though they were originally called Friday Morning’s Regret.  Playing with The Wooden Sky tonight are local projects Zach Stock and Geology.  The 21+ show begins at at 8:00 p.m., more information is available here.  Watch The Wooden Sky’s new nighttime highway video for “I’m Your Man” below.

ZZ Ward returns to Philly tonight for a show at World Cafe Live.  Though she moved to Oregon at a young age, the bluesy singer-songwriter was born in Abington, PA.  Ward was influenced by blues and hip hop at a young age, playing alongside her father in blues bands before getting into the Eugene, Oregon hip hop scene when she was older.  Ward’s 2012 record Till the Casket Drops is a confluence of the genres with some strong special guest appearances on the album, including buzzing hip hop artist  Kendrick Lamar.  The all-ages show begins at at 7:30 p.m., more information is available here.  Also performing are Seasick Mama and Taragirl.  Watch ZZ Ward’s video for “Put the Gun Down” below.