Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Birdie Busch to Johnny Brenda’s, Night Moves at Kung Fu Necktie, Acres of Diamonds and Univox at PhilaMOCA, Billy Martin and Wil Blades Duo at Underground Arts


XPN welcomes Birdie Busch to Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Celebrating the release of Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night, the local singer-songwriter presents her fourth annual Philly Opry variety show.  Greatest Night was recorded in a live setting right to tape, an experience that made Birdie’s Top Five Things About 2012 list for The Key’s Year End Mania.  The new LP was also The Key’s featured album in the Unlocked series this week; read the interview here and the album review here.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Joy Kills Sorrow and Jason Loughlin can be found here.  Below, watch video of Bridie’s Opry performance from 2011.

Domino Records psychedelic artists Night Moves play Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Their jangly arrangements and warbly vocals recall to mind psych artists like Vetiver and Devandra Banhart. The 21+ show begins at 7:30, admission is $10, more information can be found here. Below, download “Country Queen” from Night Moves’ current album Colored Emotions.

Cheeky, eclectic garage rockers Univox perform their first Philadelphia show in almost six months tonight at PhilaMOCA. They’ll be playing songs from their forthcoming LP The Attic, as well as some older numbers – watch a video for their song “Tonight” here, download their Key Studio Session here. Also on the bill is Philly’s Acres of Diamonds, who have moved in a decidedly post-punky, atmospheric direction on their latest EP, Animal Trust, which you can stream below. The all-ages show begins at 7:30, admission is $10, more information at the venue’s website.

An impromptu live collaboration led to an album and tour for the Billy Martin and Wil Blades Duo, who perform tonight at Underground Arts. Their 2012 record Shimmy bridged the experimental jazz and jam band worlds, and captivated fans of Martin’s other group – Medeski, Martin and Wood. The 21+ show begins at 8 p.m., admission is $12, more information at the venue’s website. Below, watch a video for Martin and Blades’ “Toe Thumb.”



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