Soul / funk / rock artist and Philadelphia native Bilal headlines a show at Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown tonight. In the past, he has worked with big names like Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, and Kimbra just to name a few. His last solo release was In Another Life, released last year. Opening up for Bilal will be the fellow Philadelphian Ursula Rucker. She is a poet, activist, and recording artist who has been performing for over seventeen years. This show featuring some of Philly’s finest is not to be missed. Tickets and more information about the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Check out the video for “Money Over Love” below.
MC / producer Lushlife will be bringing his unique style of contemplative and experimental hip-hop to Boot and Saddle tonight. His latest album Ritualize came out earlier this year after a long period of studio work with Philly production team CSLSX. Funk / rap crew Swift Technique opens the show, more information can be found here.
Five-man instrumental electronica group Lotus vibe out at the Mann Center tonight along with producer and instrumentalist Tycho. The boys of Lotus have been playing together since 1999, and have origins in both Boulder, Colorado and Philadelphia; their latest LP, Eat the Light came out this year. For tickets and information click here.
Dear Friend at Ortlieb’s. (8:30 p.m, $10, 21+)
Band of Horses are playing at the Fillmore. (8 p.m., $40+, AA)Band of Horses, Bilal, Boot and Saddle, Dear Friend, Johnny Brenda's, Lotus, Lushlife, Mann Center, Ortlieb's, Swift Technique, Tycho, Ursula Rucker