Tonight’s Concert Picks: LIGHTS at The TLA, Blonde Gang at PhilaMOCA’s Tuesday Tune-Out, Thee Nosebleeds at Kung Fu Necktie, Duncan Shiek at World Cafe Live, Jackie Paper at the North Star Bar


Toronto’s LIGHTS will take the stage at The TLA tonight.  Lights Poxleitner reached early success with a Best New Artist Juno Award in 2008 but hasn’t let the pressure of living up to expectations hold her back musically.  Her latest record, Siberia, is a step in the experimental direction and infuses dub-step drops with her usual pop-oriented melodies for a grittier final product.  LIGHTS performs alongside Arkells at tonight’s all-ages show.  Tickets are $15 and doors open at 7:00 p.m., more information here.  Below, watch LIGHTS’ latest video for “Timing is Everything.”

PhilaMOCA‘s Tuesday Tune-Out series continues with curators JUMP Philly bringing in Blonde Gang and DJ Lisa Love to help celebrate the launch of the magazine’s winter issue.  The Philadelphia via Los Angeles Blonde Gang are a collective of musicians and artists with a singular goal of making people happy, which they achieve with their eclectic mix of dance/hip hop/rock music. DJ Lisa Love, a Philadelphia institution who has DJ’d for Jill Scott and LL Cool J, will be on hand to spin alongside one of her DJ school proteges.  For the film portion of the evening, Blonde Gang will screen an 80’s break-dancing sequel called Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo.  The Tuesday Tune-Out is open to all-ages and there is a $5 suggested donation at the door.  More information can be found here.  Below, watch Blonde Gang’s video for “Red Light Green Light.”

Kung Fu Necktie will play host to Thee Nosebleeds tonight.  The West Philadelphia trio makes thrashing rock music that’s every mosh-pit enthusiasts’ dream, fronted by Kermit Lyman III’s “gluttonous tone” and backed by “the nastiest rhythm sections this side of The Cramps.”  Thee Nosebleeds will open for Screaming Rattler and Clamfight; doors open at 8:00 p.m. for the 21+ show.  Tickets are $8 and more information can be found here.  Below, listen to “Valhalla Express” from Thee Nosebleeds latest album Brown Liquor for Blood Brothers.

Perennial songwriting favorite Duncan Sheik brings The Sunset Sessions Tour to World Cafe Live tonight.  Sheik’s recent projects include writing the music for the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening and releasing an 80s cover album, which he remixed this year and released as Covers 80s Remixed.  Also performing is Laura Warshauer.  Tickets to the all-ages show are $23-$33 and doors will open at 6:00 p.m.  More information can be found here.  Below, watch Sheik perform “Half a Room” for The Song That Changed My Life series.

Philadelphia indie psych outfit Jackie Paper plays The New Music Series at the North Star Bar tonight.  The project of Joshua Dowell, Jackie Paper pulls bits and pieces of influence from psych-rock bands and shoegazers, landing their April 2012 EP in the realm of a dusty Western shot in outer space.  Also featured in tonight’s New Music Series are Dirty Cartoons, Sonja Sofya, The Externals and Nicholas Piccari.  Tickets are $7 for the 21+ show, and more information can be found here.  Below, watch Jackie Paper’s video for “All is All.”



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