Expressionistic noir rock army Northern Arms performs in the grand staircase of the Philadelphia Museum of Art tonight as part of the museum’s Art After 5 Friday night series. The band released its self-titled debut LP last year to much acclaim, and has been taking is booming and brooding show – which project the blues, gospel, and Americana through a cinematic lens – to unconventional spaces like the Fleisher Art Memorial in the fall. The sonorous acoustics of the Grand Staircase should make for a thrilling setting for the band’s slow-burn story songs tonight. Information on the show can be found here.
South Jersey indie rock four-piece Young Statues headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight in support of their late 2014 release The Flatlands are Your Friend. Whereas the band’s debut launched them into the pop-punk arena with singalongable Jimmy Eat World-esque refrains, the new album finds the band exploring more introspective and cinematic alleyways to great effect. Tickets and more information on the 21+ show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
Tonight at Kung Fu Necktie, a showcase themed “The Art of Noise Hip Hop Project” brings together a collection of Philadelphia MCs to celebrate Carl Madison‘s record release party. In addition to performances from Baccyard Records and Grand Agent, the evening will feature an art exhibit by Rob Woods, Ebony R and Emerge. Tickets and more information can be found here.
Conjunto Philadelphia at World Cafe Live (9 p.m., $12, all ages)
Steve Reilly and the Mamou Playboys at World Cafe Live(6:30 p.m., $20, all ages)
RJD2 at Chameleon Club (8 p.m., $20, 18+)
New Sweden at World Cafe Live at the Queen ($15, 8 p.m., all ages)
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