Tonight’s Concert Picks: Commonwealth Choir at Communion Night, Mutual Benefit at Boot and Saddle, Dancetorium at International House

Commonwealth Choir | Photo by Ryan Boswell
Commonwealth Choir | Photo by Ryan Boswell

Swaggery Doylestown rock crew Commonwealth Choir are one of nine acts tapped for this month’s installment of the Communion Club Night series at Underground Arts. The band is prepping a new EP for release later this spring, meaning new songs will likely be in the cards for tonight – hopefully “Pacers,” the single they premiered at their recent Key Studio Session which you can watch below. Also on the bill are Cruiser, Modern Inventors, Caveman and more. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

Pacers by Commonwealth Choir from James Powers on Vimeo.

Mutual Benefit makes its way through Philly tonight for a show at Boot and Saddle. The project of prolific singer and songwriter Jordan Lee was founded in 2009, and blends solitary songwriting with atmospheric electronic textures. As Lee told Beth Ann Downey in The Key’s interview this week, the recent success of the band was unexpected – he saw it as more of a playing-in-living-rooms project – and he tries to keep each performance straightforward, intimate and free of rock show gimmickry. Listen to “‘Let’s Play’ / Statue of a Man” below and get tickets and more information on the show here.

International House’s Spring Preview event tonight features a peek at the University City arts venue’s programming plans for the next few months, as well as a screening of Dancetorium – a collection of historic punk and new wave footage from New York City in the 1980s. Videographers Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong will be in attendance, and the band Crash Course in Science will play a live set. Tickets and information can be found here.

Also tonight…

Jeremy Messersmith at World Cafe Live ($10, all ages, 8 p.m.)

J.D. Sansom and Men at Johnny Brenda’s ($12, 21+. 9 p.m.)



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