Tonight’s Concert Picks: Birdie Busch at Philadelphia City Institute, Grayscale at Ortlieb’s

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Birdie Busch | via twitter.com/birdadoo
Birdie Busch | via twitter.com/birdadoo

Birdie Busch has kept a bit on the quiet side since relocating uptown from West Philly (where she lived for almost a decade) to Germantown. But she emerges every now and again, like a slot opening for Israel Nash at Johnny Brenda’s earlier this year, and tonight’s free show at the Philadelphia City Institute – the Rittenhouse Square branch of the Free Library. Last we heard from Bird, she was enjoying the trees up in the northwest, getting involved in some pretty right-on neighborhood activism and beginning to write her next album – which she told her email list was going to have a Nick Drake vibe to it. We are like 1,000,000,000% okay with that. Tonight’s free show starts at 6:30 p.m. at 1905 Locust Street, more information can be found here

Kennett Square pop-punk five-piece Grayscale comes to town tonight for a show at Ortlieb’s. The band debuted in 2013 with their album Leaving, which they followed up this spring with the Change EP on LA’s Anchor Eighty Four records. Their sound is bold and anthemic in the vein of local faves The Wonder Years, and if they haven’t yet played a Warped Tour, they would totally fit right in. Tickets and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar.

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