Tonight’s Concert Picks: Scissor Sisters, Coldplay, and the West Philadelphia Orchestra

Scissor Sisters play the Electric Factory tonight along with support by rapper Rye Rye and DJ Robert Drake. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available here for $27.

Coldplay is headlining the first of two nights at Wells Fargo Center tonight in support of their latest album, Mylo Xyloto, along with openers Robyn and Wolf Gang. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Ticket prices range from $46.50 to $96.50 and can be purchased here. Check out the video for Coldplay’s “Princess of China” featuring Rihanna off of their recent album.

The West Philadelphia Orchestra is hosting a reprise of their infamous Balkan Dance Parties in honor of the release of their CD, The West Philadelphia Orchestra: Live at Tritone. The 21+ event at Underground Arts starts at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover at the door. Listen to a track off the new album below.


Listen to a song from West Philadelphia Orchestra’s live album (playing Underground Arts July 5)

If you lived around Broad and South at any point in the 00’s, the weekly Balkan Dance Party gigs at Tritone starring West Philadelphia Orchestra were the stuff of legend. A scruffy young brass band, sometimes upwards to 20 people strong, playing high-energy traditional music from eastern Europe until closing time…it didn’t have a lot in common with the dance music of the era, but you knew people were going to dance.

The party called it a day last year, and Tritone stopped hosting live music earlier this year – the end of an era, for many – but thankfully, a few of those WPO throwdowns were captured in audio, and will be released as a live album next month.

Says the band of West Philadelphia Orchestra: Live at Tritone:

There was something really right about the pairing of WPO and Tritone. The acoustics were terrible, it could be insufferably hot, dance space was hard to come by and the carpet smelled like 15 years of spilled PBR. But it was very red, you could get buzzed quickly, Dave and the staff were terrific, and we do miss the place. We hope you all enjoy hearing this as much as we do. We hope it brings back memories. And if you partied real hard and have only very hazy memories, hopefully this disc clarifies things.

The album release will be celebrated next Thursday, July 5, in a show at Underground Arts; stream a track below, and get more information on the venue’s website.