The City Hall Courtyard summer music series comes to a close tonight with a free solo performance by Kurt Vile. Today has been dubbed Kurt Vile Day by the City of Philadelphia, which will present the Philly native with the Liberty Bell Award in recognition of his “outstanding professional achievements and civic generosity.” Vile released his highly-regarded Wakin’ On a Pretty Daze LP earlier this year and will be back for a full-band show at Union Transfer on October 25th. More information for tonight’s free concert can be found here. Watch Vile’s video for “KV Crimes” below.
Pissed Jeans will be at Morgan’s Pier for a free show, playing alongside Big Mouth and Ultramantis Black. The Allentown-born punk rock outfit released its third LP Honeys via Sub Pop earlier this year, which was highlighted in a Key Studio Session the four-piece recorded in February (check out those tracks here). More information for tonight’s 21+ event can be found here. Watch Pissed Jean’s perform “Romanticize Me” live at the Pitchfork Music Festival below.
Taj Mahal performs in New Hope at Havana tonight. The American blues musician (born Henry Saint Clair Frederkicks) has recorded and performed for almost 50 years, getting his start in California in the band Rising Sons with Ry Cooder and Jessie Lee Kincaid. Fredericks latest studio release was 2008′s Maestro, which earned the already two-time Grammy Award winner another nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Tickets and information for the New Hope show can be found here. Watch a live video of Taj Mahal playing Penn’s Landing in 1993 below.