Tonight’s Concert Picks: Nas and Lauryn Hill at The Electric Factory, Benjamin Gibbard at The Keswick Theatre, The Fleeting Ends at The Fire

New York rapper Nas brings his Life is Good tour to The Electric Factory tonight for a show with Lauryn Hill.  The legendary lyricist released his seventh and critically acclaimed studio album in July, following up 2010′s Distant Relatives collaboration with Damian Marley.  South Jersey’s Lauryn Hill is also sharing some new material on the tour; the influential soul/hop hop artist debuted a new track called “Black Rage”, though the ex-Fugee hasn’t released a solo album since 2002.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Jhene Aiko will open the all-ages show. Below, watch Lauryn Hill’s surprise performance with The Roots on the 4th of July.

Touring in support of his debut solo effort Former Lives, Benjamin Gibbard performs at The Keswick Theatre tonight.  This solo project is not the first time the Death Cab for Cutie frontman has struck out on his own; in 2001 Gibbard teamed up with producer Jimmy Tamborello for The Postal Service and released one album, though he was simultaneously working on material for Death Cab for Cutie.  As previously reported, Gibbard will be donating $1 from each ticket sold for this show to the ATC Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund to help those who were impacted by last week’s storm.  The all-ages show will begin at 8:00 p.m. with Advance Base opening.  Tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch the new video for Gibbard’s single “Teardrop Windows”.

Local rock outfit The Fleeting Ends play a show at The Fire tonight.  The trio has taken over MilkBoy Studios in the recent months to work on their next record, which is expected to be released in mid-November.  The new album is a follow-up to 2011′s EP Goldmine in the Gutter.  Meanwhile, the Philly band has been busy playing shows, including March’s Key Studio Sessions Live at MilkBoy.  Tickets and information for The Fleeting Ends’ show with Mansions on the Moon and Hott Tubb can be found here; the 21+ show will begin at 8:00 p.m.  Watch The Fleeting Ends’ video for “Return Address” below.