Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes The James Hunter Six to World Cafe Live, The Lawsuits at Chameleon Club, Double King at Kung Fu Necktie

James Hunter Six at The Rivoli Ball Room, London, December 2012Ahead of their Free at Noon appearance tomorrow, The James Hunter Six play an XPN Welcomes show at World Cafe Live tonight.  The British R&B musician released his full-length Minute By Minute earlier this week, his first studio album in five years.  Hunter got his start playing in the clubs of Central London and eventually caught the ear of Van Morrison, who took the soul singer on tour with him and sang on some of Hunter’s early records.  Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here.  Stream “Minute By Minute” below and download the new single here.

Local roots-rockers The Lawsuits head out to Lancaster’s Chameleon Club tonight for a sure-to-be-rowdy show with Toy Soldiers, The Districts and People’s Blues of Richmond.  Taking a cue from Philly music leaders Dr. Dog and Man Man (just to name a few), The Lawsuits worked with local engineer Bill Moriarty on their forthcoming LP, following up November’s Numbers EP.  Don’t let the laidback and introspective nature of that recent release fool you though, The Lawsuits are just as loud and lively as always, as evidenced by their on-going collaboration with Philly hip hop outfit Ground Up.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 18+ show can be found here.  Watch The Lawsuits video for “Ebony Rose” below.

New York’s Double King play Kung Fu Necktie tonight.  Formerly of Philly band The Powder Kegs, Double King frontman Ryan Dieringer moved to New York after the band broke up and quickly started work on his new project, which released their debut self-titled LP on Kill the Messenger Records last September.  With a solid rock & roll sound, Double King take jaunts into the many facets of the genre over the albums eight tracks including the surfy “Runaway” and the twangier “Hurricane & Harriet.”  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Cold Fronts and TJ Kong can be found here.  Below, watch Double King’s video for “Monsters.”

Double King – “Monsters” [Official Video] from Couple 3 Films on Vimeo.