Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kwesi Kankam at North Star Bar, Hot Guts at Kung Fu Necktie

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KwesiKwesi Kankam is a singer-songwriter and photographer who has dropped a number of introspective, breathtaking tracks on Bandcamp in the past year. With a voice reminiscent of David Gray (with the same knack for sparse, haunting arrangements), Kankam’s latest offering is the acoustic number “By My Side,” released as a free download in advance of Valentine’s Day. Tonight he appears on the North Star Bar’s new music series showcase with Charles Keith Sztyk and This Old Ghost. The 21+ showcase begins at 7 p.m., more information at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, download “By My Side.”

Primal Philly doom-rock outfit Hot Guts appear tonight at Kung Fu Necktie. Their 2012 LP Edges was driving and intense, with goth and drone flourishes, and the band is heading out on tour with SGNLS. The 21+ show with Philly’s The Chickens begins at 11 p.m., more information at the venue’s website. Below, listen to their song “Da’ rat Hessla,” recorded by Arc in Round’s Matt Ricchini and found on a 2010 split 7″ with Brooklyn’s Pop. 1280.

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