Tonight’s Concert Picks: King Britt & Dozia’s Back2Basics at Hard Rock Cafe, Mercury Radio Theater at Ortlieb’s, Roof Doctor at Kung Fu Necktie

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King Britt & Dozia’s Back2Basic’s Reunion takes place tonight at Hard Rock Cafe. A revival of the legendary Philly nightclub night, the event hosts both live musicians as well as DJs, allowing for a genre-bending night of frenzy. Started in 1990, the event hosted names like ?uestlove, James Poyser and more. The man behind the project is Britt, who was also a part of the venerable Digable Planets and other projects. In his interview with the Key’s Sameer Rao, Britt explained the motivation behind the reunion as “We thought it would be good to do this as a reunion, but also as a reminder that this [mixing different genres] is possible”. He then went on to emphasize that the event is “not just partying…it’s existential.”  Check out this video of King Britt and The Back 2 Basics Band perform live at Silk City below. Get more details about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.

Eclectic Philly punks Mercury Radio Theater will also be playing tonight at Ortlieb’s. Last year, the band played at the NYE show at PhilaMOCA. Recently, the group did a Static Sessions TV where they played two new songs “Homeland” and “I Don’t Ow You No More.” The Eastern European musical influence blends in perfectly with the band’s theatrical punk sound and practically invites the audience to stomp around. According to the band, the show will also have a healthy dose of “Eastern European propoganda.” Listen to “Homeland” from the Static Session below. Get more details about the show here.

Irreverent rock band, Roof Doctor will be playing with Mock Suns at the Kung Fu Necktie. Last year, the band played at this year’s Human BBQ XXXVI. Back in May, the band did a fantastic Key Studio Session as well as a stint on Philly Tapes Philly. They also released the goofy track “Tell Me Bout Your Pets”, which you can listen to below. Currently, the band is in the process of recording their new EP. Get more details about the show here.

Also playing:

Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells at Bourbon and Branch ($10, 21+, 8:00 pm)

Passenger at Electric Factory ($25, all ages, 8:30 pm)

The Bailey Hounds at Boot and Saddle  ($10, 21+, 8:00 pm)

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