Tonight’s Concert Picks: RJD2 / Sugar Tongue Slim at Underground Arts, Banks at Union Transfer, Dark Blue at Boot and Saddle and (much) more

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RJD2 | Photo via Philly.com
RJD2 | Photo via Philly.com

DJ and electronic dance artist RJD2 headlines the Jump Philly-curated Sound Select show tonight at Underground Arts with Sugar Tongue Slim and Marian Hill. After gaining popularity for his song “Ghostwriter” from 2002’s Deadringer, RJD2 has continued to catch people’s attention with his jazzy, throwback mixes. Many might know his song “A Beautiful Mine,” which was featured as the theme song for AMC’s hit show Mad Men. Infused with samples from big band music and jazz standards, his songs takes from the old and mixes it in a fresh, current style. The artist has most recently been working with rappers on his latest album, More Is than Isn’t, including Philly’s Sugar Tongue Slim, who will be sharing the stage tonight. STS has become one of the top hip hop artists in Philadelphia and continues to maintain his presence in the music scene here. For more information on tonight’s show, check out the XPN Concert Calendar and watch RJD2’s music video for “1976” below.

Up and coming LA pop artist Banks will perform this evening at Union Transfer. Earlier this month, Banks released her debut album, Goddess. Since it’s release, the album was hailed for its blunt and honest nature with tracks like “You Should Know Where I’m Coming From” and “Fuck ‘Em Only We Know”. After staying hidden for some time, it seems that Banks is now ready to step out into the limelight via her recent online presence and touring. Check her music video for “Beggin’ For Thread” below and click here for more information on tonight’s show.

Philly post-punk outfit Dark Blue will be playing Boot and Saddle tonight. Made up of members from a variety of Philly bands including Strand of Oaks, Clockcleaner and Paint It Black, Dark Blue takes on post punk in a powerful way and is not one to miss. Their upcoming album Pure Reality set to be released October 7th; listen to their single “Here on My Street” below, read Brian Wilensky’s interview with band leader John Sharkey III here and check out the XPN Concert Calendar for more information on tonight’s show.

Also Playing:
City Bisco at Mann Center ($125, All Ages, 8:30 PM)

Younger Me at Tellus360 ($5, 21+, 8 PM)

Can Jam at Sly Fox Brewery ft Cheerleader (free, all ages, begins at 1 p.m.)

Broken Bells at Electric Factory ($29.50, All Ages, 8:30 p.m.)

Reef the Lost Cauze at The Fire ($10, 21+, 9 p.m.)

Joan Osborne at Sellersville Theater ($35-$49.50, All Ages)

Mo Lowda at Bourbon and Branch ($10, 21+)

Ill Fated Natives at The Fire (free, All Ages, 2 p.m.)

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