Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Flaming Lips at Festival Pier, Blondie / X at Keswick Theater, Wesley Stace at World Cafe Live and more

Hailed for their dense psychedelic compositions and exuberant nature, experimental alt-rock legends The Flaming Lips play alongside Tame Impala tonight at Festival Pier. Although the Oklahoma native, five piece outfit toned down their never-leave-a-dull-moment-untouched attitude with April release The Terror, front man Wayne Coyne tells Rolling Stone that the album is “possibly the best Flaming Lips record ever made.” However bleak the release may be, it has not stifled the internationally acclaimed band’s over the top personality; which can be seen in their recent “Turning Violent” and Devo cover “Gates of Steel” videos seen below. Find details and tickets for tonight’s show at the XPN concert calendar.

American new wave pioneers Blondie are playing at The Keswick Theater tonight with SoCal punk legends X for their No Principals Tour. Releasing new single “A Rose By Any Name” in June, front woman of Blondie, Debbie Harry, and guitarist Chris Stein sat down with Mark Radcliffe of BBC Radio 6 to discuss the forthcoming album that features collaborative artist Beth Ditto; planned to be released later this year. Listen to the full discussion here. Find tickets ans information for tonight’s performance here. Prepare for the show by listening to Blondie’s track and watching X’s studio performance of “White Girl” below.

An established singer/songwriter, author, and NPR personality, Philly local Wesley Stace (formerly known as John Wesley Harding) will be performing at World Cafe Live tonight. Stace is currently on a headlining tour in support of his September debut album Self-Titled; which features 16 new songs backed by The English UK and produced by longtime collaborator Chris von Sneidern. Get ready for the show by listening to Stace’s single “Stare At The Sun,” off of his self-titled album below. Find tickets and information here.

Also tonight…
Bill Callahan at First Unitarian Church (8:30 p.m., all ages, $15)

XPN Welcomes Communion showcase at Johnny Brenda’s (7:30 p.m., 21+, $12-15)

XPN Welcomes Richard Thompson at Levoy Theater (7:30 p.m., all ages, $29-39)

XPN Welcomes Robert Randolph & The Family Band at Fed Live (7:30 p.m., 21+, $25-30)



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