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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Nas and Lauryn Hill at The Electric Factory, Benjamin Gibbard at The Keswick Theatre, The Fleeting Ends at The Fire

New York rapper Nas brings his Life is Good tour to The Electric Factory tonight for a show with Lauryn Hill.  The legendary lyricist released his seventh and critically acclaimed studio album in July, following up 2010’s Distant Relatives collaboration with Damian Marley.  South Jersey’s Lauryn Hill is also sharing some new material on the tour; the influential soul/hop hop artist debuted a new track called “Black Rage”, though the ex-Fugee hasn’t released a solo album since 2002.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Jhene Aiko will open the all-ages show. Below, watch Lauryn Hill’s surprise performance with The Roots on the 4th of July.

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Watch a new video for Benjamin Gibbard’s “Teardrop Windows” (playing The Keswick Theatre on 11/7)

Benjamin Gibbard gets some questionable advice for re-branding his “normal” image in a funny new video for his single “Teardrop Windows.”  Gibbard’s solo record Former Lives was released on October 15th through Barsuk Records. The Death Cab for Cutie front-man comes to The Keswick Theatre on November 7th; you can pick up tickets and get more information here.  In an effort to aid those affected by Hurricane Sandy, Ben will donate $1 from every ticket sold for this show (as well as tickets for Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C.) to the ATC Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund.  All donations will be re-allocated by ATC to organizations contributing to the relief effort; a specific list of organizations will be announced once it is clear where funding is most needed.