Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Citizen Cope to World Cafe Live at The Queen, Hound at Kung Fu Necktie, Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Musikfest Cafe

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XPN welcomes Citizen Cope to World Cafe Live at The Queen.  Cope (off-stage name: Clarence Greenwood) released One Lovely Day last year.  Though primarily focusing on an acoustic singer-songwriter style these days, the Memphis-born musician and producer blends his background in hip hop with the occasional electronic flourish to amp up his laid-back delivery.  Tickets and information for tonight’s full-band show in Wilmington can be found here.  Below, watch Citizen Cope and his band perform “Bullet and a Target” live at the Austin City Limits Festival.

Local punk rock band Hound help get things started at Kung Fu Necktie tonight.  Led by self-professed nacho eater, t-shirt hobbyist and JEFF the Brotherhood roadie Perry Shall, Hound are a bit of an enigma with just one demo EP up on their Bandcamp, but it’s more than enough to satisfy any headbanging urge you might have.  The lack of online presence for Hound could be due to the fact that Shall is a busy man, creating artwork for the aforementioned Brotherhood as well as a number of record labels when he’s not rocking out with his other (beachy-er) punk trio Dry Feet.  Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Illegals, Dope Stroke and GA$H can be found here.  Stream “Cold Blooded” from Hound’s demo EP below.

South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo will perform at Musikfest Cafe tonight.  Boasting a career of over forty years, Black Mambazo were introduced to the global community through Paul Simon’s mid-eighties album Graceland, which featured the all-male group’s harmonies.  In 2011 Black Mambazo released Songs From A Zulu Farm, earning them both a Grammy Award nomination and a South African Music Awards nomination.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show in Bethlehem can be found here.  Below, them perform “Wentomb’unecala.”