Tonight’s Concert Picks: Modern Inventors at Johnny Brenda’s, Homesick Elephant at The Fire, Chill Moody at The TLA, The Hold Steady at Musikfest Cafe

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Modern Inventors
Modern Inventors | Photo by Alicia Brown
Philly rock-and-soul outfit Modern Inventors have a fine new full-length album, Trains and Aeroplanes, and a release party tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. Joining them are Philly folk favorites Hezekiah Jones and retro-pop rockers Shark Tape, kind of reflecting both ends of the Inventors’ musical spectrum. The show begins at 9 p.m., more information is available here. Below, stream “Goodbye Northbrook Drive” from the album

Los Angeles indie-folk duo Homesick Elephant returns to the city of its birth tonight to play a set at The Fire. The duo of Sara FitzSimmons and Kevin Kelley got started by playing the venue’s open mic nights before they moved out west, and since they’ve been away they’ve recorded a handful of EPs and a great full length (2011′s The Pilgrim and the Pen). More information about the show is available at the WXPN concert calendar (powered by The Swollen Fox). Below, listen to “Quiet As A Mouse” from The Pilgrim and the Pen.

Philly rapper Chill Moody caps off a tremendous year tonight by headlining The TLA on South Street. He’s also celebrating the release of his latest album, RFM. Tickets to the show are $16 at the door, more information is available here. Below, listen to Chill’s homage to A Tribe Called Quest, “A Tribe Called Nice Things,” and read our interview with him from yesterday here.

XPN Welcomes The Hold Steady to the Musikfest Cafe in Bethlehem tonight. The ever-evolving rockers are on a round of dates to wrap up 2012, and also play Union Transfer tomorrow. Tickets and more information can be found here.