Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN’s Big Day Out at World Cafe Live, The Black Angels at Union Transfer

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Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Tonights is XPN’s Big Day Out at World Cafe Live, featuring a number of live musicians, auctions and imbibing. Starting at 2 p.m., the afternoon will feature beer and whiskey tasting from various areas such as California and New England with brands such as Dogfish, Troegs, Otter Creek, and many more. Accompanying the tasting will be live performances from musicians such as Lianne La Havas, and a hobnobbing with celebrity guests which include the folk band Good Old War, Alec Ounsworth from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Tad Kubler from The Hold Steady and others. There will also be an auction for prizes, including a meet-and-greet with Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, a week vacation at Johnny Cash’s house in Jamaica, to name a few. (Those alone should be incentive enough.)  Tickets and information about XPN’s 21+ Big Day Out can be found here. Below, watch Lianne La Havas performing at Free at Noon last fall.

The Texas indie/experimental band The Black Angels will be playing at the Union Transfer tonight to celebrate the release of their most recent album Indigo Meadow. The four-piece’s latest album was released on April 4th through Blue Horizon Records. As member of the band Alex Maas said about the new record (specifically the single “Don’t Play With Guns”), “Our music has always tried to shed light on issues that may be hard to deal with or confront … Don’t play with guns, don’t touch a hot stove, don’t give your child a poisonous snake, don’t turn the cheek when artists are willing to discuss these issues.” Their spring tour will span April and May, with the band playing dates all across the United States and two dates in Canada. Tickets and information about the all-ages shows with Allah-Lahs and Elephant Stone can be found here. Watch The Black Angels’ music video for their single “Don’t Play With Guns” off their new album Indigo Meadow through the below link.