Philly’s Josh Pannepacker has been pretty busy with his other band, Cheerleader, for the past year and change, his solo project Shorty Boy Boy has taken a bit of a back seat. But since his other band wrapped up its 2015 tour schedule last month, a Shorty show has made it on the books, and Pannepacker takes the stage tonight at Bourbon and Branch with a solid slate of other locals, including Little Strike and Ill Fated Natives. His shows combine the quirky indie-pop of his records with unconventional stunts, like building a tent onstage and singing from inside. Wild stuff; more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.
Denver singer-songwriter John Grant has an intensely experimental side for such a reserved-looking dude. His third solo album, Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, was released last week on Bella Union Records, and it is at turns reminiscent of David Bowie, Scott Walker and Xiu Xiu. Collaborators on the album include Amanda Palmer and Tracey Thorn from Everything But The Girl; the latter appears on “Disappointing,” which you can check out the video for below. Grant plays World Cafe Live tonight with Villagers; tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
An emerging Americana duo-turned-band from the Philadelphia region, The Chip Breakers headline Ortlieb’s tonight. Their self-titled EP came out in March, and you can check it out below. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
Chuck Prophet at Harrisburg Midtown Art Center (7 p.m., $15, 21+)Bourbon and Branch, Shorty Boy Boy