Soundscaping punk army The World Is A Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die (mercifully abbreviated to The World Is) headline World Cafe Live tonight. The band, currently a ten-piece, is firmly rooted in late 90s emo but blends it with a post-rock sensibility, amplifying the catharsis to impressive levels. Their latest, Between Bodies, was released in October to much frenzy, and scene faves The Hotelier open the show. Also worth noting is the setting: World Cafe Live is one of our favorite Philly venues, but it doesn’t hold punk shows too often, so when it happens, you know it’s something special. Tickets and information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar.
Neo-soul queen Jill Scott last released a new record in 2011 (The Light of the Sun, but she’s been busy at work on her fifth studio album, and hopefully we’ll get to hear a sneak preview tonight at her hometown show headlining the Liacouras Center. Tickets and more information on the show can be found here.
Philly post-punk power trio Dark Blue play their last show of 2014 tonight at Kung Fu Necktie. It’s the after party for the sold-out Cock Sparrer show at Union Transfer, and is quite a fitting pairing. Tickets and information on the show can be found here. Download the band’s Key Studio Session below.
3LAU at District N9NE ($25, 8 p.m., all ages)
The New Deal at Electric Factory ($27, 8:30 p.m., all ages)
Really Fast Automobiles at The Balcony ($19, 6 p.m., all ages)
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