Seattle Surf rock / doo wop quartet La Luz headlines MilkBoy tonight. The band formed in 2012 with Shana Cleaveland on guitar (who’s also a part of the Curious Monkeys), Marian Li Pino on drums, Alice Sandahl on keyboard and Lena Simon on Bass. Two years ago, it released a spectacularly catchy album Dump Face. Last year, they followed it up with another more rock-oriented album, It’s Alive. Listen to the sultry pop ballad “Call me in the Day” below. Get more details about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.
The amazing (and completely free) 2nd Street Festival returns for its sixth year today. The festival takes place on 2nd Street, between Germantown Avenue and Green Street. Musical highlights include TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, who recently did a spectacular Key Studio Session. Also playing are Needle Points, who released the trippy video for “Cocoanuts” earlier this year. Rounding out the day are performances from Joey Sweeney and the Long Hair Arkestra, Black Landlord, DRGN King, Weird Hot and Lovers League. Listen to “Cowboy” from Lover’s League below. Get more details about the festival here.
Grammy nominated pop artist Matisyahu returns to Philly to play the Mann Center. Last year, the artist played as a part of Penn Hillel’s Festival of Light. The artist is known for taking Judiasm’s traditional hazzan vocal styles and mixing it with modern beat-boxing. Recently, Matiyahu released his newest album Akeda. He also released a lyric video for “Broken Car” off of Akeda. The song is more toned down than his earlier work, but just as catchy. Listen to it below. Get more details here.
Nellie McKay at Sellersville ($25 to $40, All Ages, 7:30 pm)
The Hotelier at The Fire ($10, All Ages, 7:00 pm)
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