Last year, electro-pop duo City Rain premiered its single for “The Optimist,” a unique blend of synth and rock that tells a story of loss and positivity. Since its release, the song has garnered more than 200,000 views on YouTube and has been nominated for an Independent Music Award. It’s just one song off the duo’s latest album, Songs For a High School Dance, which is being featured all week in The Key’s Unlocked series. The album officially drops on May 6, but celebrate at their album release show tonight at Underground Arts. The show starts at 8 p.m. and the $7 tickets can be purchased here.
Robert Glasper Experiment‘s sound is part jazz, part electro, part blues, but all around soulful. In 2012, Glasper released a 12-song album, Black Radio, which won a Grammy for Best R&B Album last year. This past October, the band followed up their success with the release of their sixth studio album, Black Radio 2. Read more about it in Shaun Brady’s interview here, and check out The Robert Glasper Experiment tonight at Tower Theater as they play with Leidisi. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $46.50.
It’s easy to identify the North Carolina roots in Greensboro-based band Holy Ghost Tent Revival. With a full sound decorated in banjos, horns and harmonies, the six-piece that addicting, foot-stomping feel down pat. Tonight, they’re swinging by Philly (where they’ve recorded with Bill Moriarty) to play a show at MilkBoy. The show starts 8 p.m. and the $10 tickets can be purchased here.
The Whigs at Mauch Chunk Opera House (8 p.m., $15)
Bondage & Discipline at Boot & Saddle (8 p.m., $12)
Slint at Union Transfer (8:30 p.m., $25)