Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lydia Loveless at MilkBoy, J Mascis and Kneebody at World Cafe Live

Lydia Loveless | photo by Rachel Del Sordo |
Lydia Loveless | photo by Rachel Del Sordo |

There are plenty of reasons why Rolling Stone names Lydia Loveless as one of it’s “10 New Artists You Need to Know” back in January. She mashes punk rock, classic country and honky-tonk together, creating a unique sound that catches a listener’s ear. Another reason could be her talent as a songwriter, writing as if she was writing in her journal. Maybe it’s her courage to be bold enough to expose all of her qualities, whether good or bad. Whatever reason appeals the most to you, Lydia Loveless is definitely an artist check out. She’s also the artist that will be rocking the house down at MilkBoy tonight with songs like “Somewhere Else,” “Head,” and “Can’t Change Me.” This is definitely a show that you won’t want to miss! Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Check out her video “Somewhere Else” below.

If there’s one thing J Mascis’ music can do for a listener, it makes them feel relaxed. There’s something about this singer-songwriter / guitarist / 90s icon that makes one feel like they don’t have a care in the world. The Dinosaur Jr. frontman released his album Tied To A Star this year, and if you see him at World Cafe Life tonight, you should check your stress at the door. Plus, Philly’s own Purling Hiss will be opening for him. With their new album Weirdon just released, this a perfect chance to catch Purling Hiss in their hometown. Tickets and more information on the show can be found here. Checkout J Mascis’ “Every Morning” & Purling Hiss’s “Midnight Man” below.

Kneebody consist of keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, electric bassist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood. But what’s interesting is that there’s isn’t a leader. The band acts like a community, meaning everyone leads and does an equal amount of work (and makes even greater music). But their sound can’t be categorized with one genre, even though they have roots in the jazz scene. Maybe that’s the reason why the New York Times had called Kneebody “a band thoroughly acquainted with 1960s free-bop, 1970s jazz rock, 1990s hip-hop and postmillennial indie rock; along with classical postminimalism.” Whatever sound they create you can enjoy it tonight at World Cafe Live upstairs. Get tickets and information on the show here and check out their video “Blue, Yellow, White” below.

Also Playing:

Emmylou Harris at the Grand Opera House (8 p.m., $55-$64)

The Rentals at Union Transfer (8 p.m., $20)

Sondre Lerche at Underground Arts (8 p.m., $15, 21+)



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