Tonight’s Concert Picks: JEFF the Brotherhood at Kung Fu Necktie, XPN welcomes Josh Ritter to The Trocadero, Faun Fables at Kung Fu Necktie

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JEFF the Brotherhood kick off a two-night stand at Kung Fu Necktie tonight.  The Nashville band of brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall got the music bug from their father, who has written / produced for Taylor Swift and Reba McEntire.  The younger Orralls’ brand of music couldn’t be much further from that of Swift’s though – with a raucous live show and a sound that inevitably finds itself described as grungy, scuzzy and sludgy, JEFF the Brotherhood attract attention through a barrage of loud and distorted but equally quirky and endearing rock songs on their latest Hypnotic Nights LP.  Tickets and information for tonight and tomorrow’s shows can be found here.  Watch them perform “Sixpack” on Late Night with David Letterman below.

XPN welcomes Josh Ritter to The Trocadero tonight.  Touring in support of his latest record The Beast in Its Tracks, Ritter has followed up his 2010 full-length So Runs the World Away with an album of deeply personal songs.  The time-frame of Beast covers the Americana / folk-rock singer’s recent divorce and a period of subsequent rebuiilding, though as NPR’s Stephen Thompson points out, the album has uplifting and happy moments to balance the darker ones.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show with The Felice Brothers can be found here.  Watch a live performance of “Joy to You Baby” on Late Night with David Letterman below and listen back to Josh Ritter’s World Cafe episode here.

Faun Fables play a show upstairs at Kung Fu Necktie tonight.  The project of Dawn McCarthy and Nils Frykdahl, the members of Faun Fables fancy themselves “songtellers,” blending the oral tradition of McCarthy’s background with experiential music environments like those of gypsies, field recordings and celtic culture.  Faun Fables are signed to Drag City and released their most recent effort, Light of a Vaster Dark, in 2010.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.  Watch the duo perform “The Balland of Limpy Glen” below.

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