Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mischief Brew at Underground Arts, The Chairman Dances at MilkBoy, Midge Ure of Ultravox at World Cafe Live, XPN Welcomes Paula Cole at The Sellersville Theater

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Carnivalesque folk / punk band Mischief Brew play Underground Arts tonight.  Born out of former Orphans front-man Erik Petersen’s basement, the local rockers released Rhapsody for Knives in 2012, an EP comprised of three songs that were not included on 2011′s full-length The Stone Operation.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Mucca Pazza and On the Water can be found here.  Below, watch a live video of Mischief Brew rocking out at The Barbary from last August.

Art-rock five-piece The Chairman Dances support Maiden Creek Lodge at MilkBoy tonight.  Though they have only been in existence since 2011, the Philly band has already released two ambitious albums – 2012′s concept record A Promise and the previous year’s double album Long Lost / A History of Iniquity.  Set apart by their dramatic storytelling and intricate instrumentation, The Chairman Dances echo the depth and emotiveness of The Decemberists and The Smiths.  Also playing at tonight’s 21+ show are Cotton Tail.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Below, watch the video for “A Voice in the Night.”

A Voice in the Night – The Chairman Dances from Steady State Productions on Vimeo.

Eighties superstar and philanthropist Midge Ure will perform at World Cafe Live tonight.  As a former member of legendary groups Ultravox, Thin Lizzy, The Rich Kids and more, the Scotland native had a hand in some of the biggest hits of the decade including “Fade to Grey” and “Dancing With Tears In My Eyes.”  In 1984 he co-wrote the benefit song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” with Bob Geldof for Band-Aid and subsequently organized Live Aid in 1985 and Live 8 in 2005.  Performing with Midge Ure at tonight’s all-ages show are Right the Stars.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Watch the video for Ure’s solo hit “If I Was” below.

XPN welcomes Paula Cole to The Sellersville Theater tonight.  The pop singer-songwriter had a top ten hit with 1997′s “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone,” earning her a Best New Artist Grammy Award the following year.  Over the next twenty years Cole released five records, with a sixth one in the works called Raven, expected out this Spring and funded via KickStarter.  Tickets and information for tonight’s performance can be found here.  Below, watch the video for “Something I Gotta Say” from 2010′s Ithaca.

Something I’ve Gotta Say from Paula Cole on Vimeo.

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