Tonight’s Concert Picks: Liz and the Lost Boys at Kung Fu Necktie, Nightlands at Ortlieb’s, Former Belle at Hard Rock Cafe and more


liz_lost_boysJazz-tinged Philly four-piece Liz and the Lost Boys headlines Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Fronted by singer, songwriter and harpist Liz Ciavolino, the band just released a digital single for the songs “February” and “The Forest and the Farmer,” and the new compositions are their most expansive to date. Moving far from the folk-pop of their earliest EP, both new songs are steeped in metaphor and mythology, and harness complex structures for an almost prog vibe. Listen below, and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.

Nightlands plays its last show of 2013 tonight at Ortlieb’s Lounge. It might even be the experimental space-pop act’s last show for a long while, as multi-instrumentalist / mastermind Dave Hartley is about to ramp up activity with his other band, The War on Drugs, in the new year. Tickets and more information on the show can be found here; below, watch the music video for “So Far, So Long.”

Bucks County-based alt-folk act Former Belle will be at Hard Rock Philly tonight, playing the first collaborative show put on by local blog Tri-State Indie and upstart promoters Broad Street Music Group. The project of singer-songwriter Bruno Catrambone, Former Belle’s most recent release Cathedrals showcases the same lo-fi emotionalism and hushed intimacy as early Bright Eyes releases. Also on the bill are emerging five-piece The Burgoning, which The Key’s Elizabeth Mazenko described as Arctic Monkeys by way of Bloc Party. More information on the show can be found here; listen to “Better Off” from Cathedrals below.

Also playing:

Zoe Keating, World Cafe Live (8 p.m., all ages, $20)

The Sadies, Boot and Saddle (9 p.m., 21+, $17)