Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tuesday Tune-Out with Thee, Idea Men and Katie Frank at PhilaMOCA, XPN Welcomes Raul Malo at World Cafe Live, Gretchen Lohse at Johnny Brenda’s

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December’s Tuesday Tune-Out hosts Bands in the Backyard welcome the colorful indie rock of Thee, Idea Men and the folk rock of Katie Frank to PhilaMOCA for this week’s music and film event.  Both bands released new music this year – Thee, Idea Men put out Getcho Groo Von in May and Katie Frank shared her debut EP Covered Bridge Road in September.  Admission is $5 at the door for the all-ages show, and more information can be found here.  Below, stream and download Thee, Idea Men’s “She’s Got the Wand.”

XPN welcomes Raul Malo to World Cafe Live tonight for a special solo acoustic holiday show.  Holiday music has been a part of Malo’s catalog throughout his career and in 2007 he released Marshmallow World & Other Holiday Favorites, which he recorded with his three sons helping out on vocals.  The Cuban musician reunited with his longtime band The Mavericks recently and the country group will be releasing a new record in January called In Time.  Tickets for Raul Malo’s show with Seth Walker can be found here.  Below, listen to Malo’s version of “Blue Christmas.”

Philadelphia multi-instrumentalist Gretchen Lohse performs at Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Lohse may be better known as the front-woman for the local psychedelic folk outfit Yellow Humphrey, though lately she’s been striking out on her own, contributing a set to Folkadelphia’s Tuesday Tune-Out series in August and paying tribute to Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman at the Ron Gallo Revue in September.  Currently, Lohse is recording a solo record expected out next summer.  Gretchen Lohse opens for Sera Cahoone and Rayland Baxter tonight.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.  Below, listen to “Primal Rumble.”



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