Tonight’s Concert Picks: Made in America, Ruin at Union Transfer, HogMaw at The Depot, Beta Hi-Fi finals at World Cafe Live Wilmington

Philadelphia welcomes the highly-anticipated Made in America festival today, which will take over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the weekend. The gates open at noon, and indie rock bands Walk the Moon (Rocky Stage) and Haim (Liberty Stage) will be among the first sets. Headliner Beyoncé won’t perform until the end of the night, so catch earlier acts like alternative rock band Phoenix and legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy on the main stage. And if you want to get your electronica fix, walk over to the Liberty Stage for Australia’s Empire of the Sun or the Freedom Stage for the UK’s Rudimental. But make sure you don’t miss out on homegrown hardcore punk bands, Balance & Composure and Restorations, who will take to the smaller Skate Park Stage.

Look forward to Sunday’s line-up, which will include a performance by industrial rock headliners Nine Inch Nails and sets by indie pop Fitz and The Tantrums, house and electronica musician Robert DeLong, and New Jersey’s indie punk The Front Bottoms.

Check out Balance & Composure’s video for “Quake” and find tickets and information here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Beta Hi Fi Finals at World Cafe Live, Salt N Pepa at Dell Music Center, Rosanne Cash at Sellersville Theater

A1RIdAICcAEi4n3.jpg_largeAll this week, the annual Beta Hi-Fi competition has showcased a variety of new, local bands at World Cafe Live.  The shows have been a great way to get to know emerging artists in the region and tonight marks the final set of performances for the week.  The groups were chosen by the audience’s votes, so all your favorites will be on stage tonight.  The show starts at 7 and best of all (besides the great new music) is that it’s free. Click here for more information about the show.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Carsie Blanton at MilkBoy, Dead Can Dance at the Kimmel Center, Mischief Brew at the Barbary and Beta Hi-Fi Finals at World Cafe Live

XPN welcomes local singer-songwriter Carsie Blanton to MilkBoy Philly tonight with South Carolina band Shovels & Rope. Doors open at 7 p.m. and show show starts at 8. Tickets for the 21+ show are available here for $15. You can watch her Key Session below.

London-based world music/fusion duo Dead Can Dance gained world-wide success when their 1996 album Spiritchaser reached number one on the Billboard Top World Music Albums Chart. After calling it quits in 1998 and a short reunion in 2005, the band recently re-formed and released their eighth studio album Anastasis earlier this month. The pair will be bringing their ambient vibes to Philly tonight for a show at the Kimmel Center as part of their reunion world tour. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available here for $44.50. Download the title track from Dead Can Dance’s new album for free below.

Local DIY punk band Mischief Brew will be rocking the Barbary tonight with fellow Philly punk rock bands The Adults and Dead People Screaming. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30. Tickets are available here for $10. Listen to Mischief Brew’s song “Drinking Song for the Home Stretch” below.

And finally, after a week full of free shows from emerging local artists, the Philadelphia Beta Hi-Fi Emerging Music Festival concludes upstairs at World Café Live tonight. The top bands of the week will be performing starting at 7 p.m. and at the end of the night the winners of the festival will be announced. Stop by to see free performances by the best-of-the best of the festival’s artists and say “hi” to The Key editor John Vettese who will be on the judging panel.


Helen Leicht’s Open Mic: Riley Road

Riley Road is a young blues rock band from Pottstown, PA. Guitarist Nick Cianci, drummer Isaiah Weatherspoon and bassist Brandon Walker have been playing the local Philadelphia area since the Fall of 2010.

Take a look at this poolside live video for “Tied To Me” from their new self-titled EP. The band is playing the Beta Hi-Fi Emerging Music Festival at the World Cafe Live on August 23rd.