Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rodrigo Y Gabriela at The Electric Factory, Illinois at Hard Rock Cafe, Joey Sweeney, Judson Claiborne, and Lewis & Clarke at Ortlieb’s, The Mighty Paradocs at Kung Fu Necktie

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04.12-Rodrigo-y-Gabriela-@-Chicago-TheaterHailing from Mexico, Rodrigo Y Gabriela makes for an incredible acoustic duo, playing an acoustic fusion of flamenco, metal, folk, rock and so much more. Gaining popularity in Ireland, the duo has since received wide critical acclaim for their prodigious musical skills.  Last winter, they released their fourth studio album, Area 52, which included a Cuban orchestra.  Tonight, the group plays The Electric Factory.  Click here for ticket info and get a taste of the two musicians’ guitar skills below.

Bucks County indie outfit Illinois play a lively mix of folk, and pop rock.  To date, the group have released twp LPs and several EPs, and are set to release new music this year.  Although each song sounds almost unrelated to the others in terms of style and genre, the band somehow manages to take these various influences and combine them into a catchy and unified sound.  Tonight, the group plays the Hard Rock Cafe.  You can get more information about the show here and check out their album Lemonade Stand below.

Tonight, we’ve got a triple header at Ortlieb’s Longue.  First up is Joey Sweeney, the Philadelphia musician/publisher who makes sweet lo-fi folk heavily reminiscent of 70s singer-songwriters. Though he spent many years shying away from the stage, Sweeney returned with a new rock band (Arctic Splash) new solo material, a small tour and some recordings with his The Long Hair Arkestra.  Next up is Judson Claiborne, a wistful folk band, not too far off from Blind Pilot, hailing from Chicago who released their most recent LP, We Have Not Doors You Need Not Keys a few weeks back.  Last but certainly not least is Delaware Water Gap band Lewis & Clarke.  Starting their own label, La Société Expéditionnaire (also home to Judson Claiborne), the group is known for what they call “new-folk.”  Together, these groups will make for a folk-infused show too good to pass up.  Click here for more information and check out a song from each group below.

And at Kung Fu Necktie, we’ve got the punk-funk crew The Mighty Paradocs.  The group’s music often wavers between heavy and hazy to fast-paced and intense.  It’s the kind of music that will leave you on the edge of your seat or dancing along to the various vibes of the Philadelphia group.  Tonight, the group plays as part of Rockers, a long-running local afro-punk music and style show.  Check out the video for their song “Nada” below and click here for more ticket information.”

The Mighty Paradocs “Nada” from Bryan Green on Vimeo.

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