Tonight’s Concert Picks: Thievery Corporation at the Tower Theater, Shlohmo at Johnny Brenda’s, Art Star Craft Bazaar and more

Thievery Corporation | Photo via
Thievery Corporation | iPhoto via

DC-born downbeat electronic duo Thievery Corporation is closing in on two decades of activity, and the scope of their influence is massive. Without the collaboration of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, there would be no Air, no Four Tet and no Pretty Lights. Their ninth album, Saudade, was released in the fall, and the band headlines the Tower Theater tonight with guests Polica and Break Science. Get tickets and more info at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, listen to “Depth of My Soul” from their recent album, Saudade.

In a similar vein of downbeat electronica, albeit less vocal and more vibey, you’ll find Shlohmo. The project of 24-year-old Henry Laufer, a master builder of transportive tapestries and serene soundscapes, pulls equally from dub, ambient, glitch and more. He’s also scored some sweet collabos in the hip hop and R&B world, including with crooner Jeremih (read about it in Bill Chenevert’s interview in Wednesday’s Philly Weekly). Tickets and info for Shlohmo’s Johnny Brenda’s show tonight can be found here. Below, vibe to “Big Feelings.”

Philly artists and free concerts are two of our favorite things, so it’s awesome to see them come together every year at the Art Star Craft Bazaar. Our friends at Philebrity curated the lineup again this year, and once again, they did an outstanding job; today there’s music on the Great Plaza stage at Penn’s Landing from noon to 6 p.m. including Khari Mateen, Liz and the Lost Boys, Joey Sweeney and the Long Hair Arkestra (or the Long Hair Arkitects, if the sign in front of the other night’s Communion Philly show is to be believed), Levee Drivers and more. Info here. Check out “Where Did They Go” from Khari Mateen’s Qualia EP below.

Also tonight…
Mo Lowda and the Humble at Bourbon and Branch (8 p.m., $10, 21+)

Lefty’s Deceiver at Boot and Saddle (8:30 p.m., $10, 21+)

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