Tonight’s Concert Picks: Port St. Willow at Kung Fu Necktie, Divine Hand Ensemble at PhilaMOCA for Tuesday Tune Out, XPN Welcomes Mike “Slo Mo” Brenner to World Cafe Live

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portstwillow_15april2011-9Portland’s Port St. Willow will be playing at the Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The band, formed by Nick Principe, has one release thus far – Even // Listen, released in November of 2010 – and has also been apart of Weathervane’s Shaking Through, where the band recorded their song named “Stay Even”. Primarily funneled through the musical talents of Principe, the sound bursts through with a heightened depth of melody. Although they have not released anything since their EP, they created quite an impact with “Stay Even” and the bright sound they created will join them on stage. Tickets and information for the 21 and up show with Our Griffins and Ben Seretan can be found here. Below, watch Port St. Willow’s recording experience with Shaking Through.

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Mano Divina’s Divine Hand Ensemble will be presenting  their film 21st Century Classical Music at PhilaMOCA tonight for Cinedelphia’s Tuesday Tune Out. The film chronicles the group’s first year playing together and their desire to continue classical music in the modern era. The film was shot throughout Philadelphia and will show the group playing together, as well as a inside look into the group themselves. Tickets and information for the debut of the film can be found here. Below, watch the Divine Hand Ensemble cover The Specials’ “Ghost Town”.

XPN Welcomes Philadelphia native Mike “Slo Mo” Brenner” at World Cafe Live Tonight. Brenner has been playing music for years, as he was a member of Flight of Mavis and the Low Road, and has also recorded numerous tracks with numerous record labels. He began his career as a music writer, and then continued to tour with bands such as Ben Folds Five and Barenaked Ladies. He gained the nickname Slo Mo when he began to play with electronic beats. With a recently-released album of Indian slide-guitar music, Brenner plays World Cafe Live tonight. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with Sonny Landreth can be found here. Below, watch Mike “Slo Mo” Brenner covering Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart”.

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