Tonight’s Concert Picks: STS at Underground Arts, Belle and Sebastian at The Tower Theater, B.C. Camplight at Union Transfer and more

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STS in the World Cafe studio | Photo by Rich McKie
STS in the World Cafe studio | Photo by Rich McKie

Philly rapper STS (aka Sugar Tongue Slim) opens the stacked lineup tonight at Underground Arts, joining Heems of Das Racist and Afrobeat electronic group The Very Best. This is STS’ first Philly show since the release of his latest, STS x RJD2, and the collaborative album joins his witty and oft-introspective rhymes with RJD2’s funky, party-ready backings and the occasional surprise guest hook from, oh, I don’t know, Amos Lee. Tickets and more info on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

Glasgow indiepop dynasty Belle and Sebastian headline the Tower Theater in support of their ninth LP, Girls In Peacetime Just Want To Dance. It’s one of the band’s liveliest and most direct releases, and lead single “The Party Line” gives the impression that the band who recorded the lo-fi “Electronic Renaissance” in 1996 learned some high-end techno production tricks. Lucius opens the show; tickets and more info can be found here.

Brian Christinzio makes his long-awaited homecoming tonight at Union Transfer in support of his new How To Die in the North, released in the spring on Bella Union Records. While it keeps true to B.C. Camplight‘s pop roots, there’s a dark undercurrent we haven’t heard in Christinzio’s music in the past. Southwork and The Get Real Gang open the show, tickets and more information can be found here.

Also playing:

Aphra and The Dø at Boot and Saddle (8 p.m., $10, 21+)

Femi Kuti and The Positive Force at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $25, all ages)

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