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Tonight’s Concert Picks – Kins w/ Ryley Walker at Boot & Saddle, Ratking at the Barbary and Big Sam’s Funky Nation at World Cafe Live

Big Sam's Funky Nation | Photo courtesy of the artist
Big Sam’s Funky Nation | Photo courtesy of the artist

One of our SXSW highlights last March was when Kins did an early morning World Cafe session. At the time, we remarked how great the band sounded at 7AM in the morning and how much better they would sound in a proper evening show. This promises to be the case this evening as WXPN Welcomes Kins to Boot & Saddle. Opening is Chicago singer, songwriter and guitarist Ryley Walker whose new album, All Kinds Of True is one of the best indie-folk records of the year so far. Below, watch Kins’ World Cafe performance of “Pale Faced Fear” from SXSW in March. Get more information on the XPN Concert Calendar.

Ratking, an explosive NYC rap trio are touring in support of their new album So it Goes, is performing tonight at the Barbary. Their songs are infused with electronica, reggae, jazz and plenty of organized noise. Get ready for a wild night with MC’s Wiki and Hak, and DJ Sport, young men who’ve made a record that respects the traditions of the past, yet clearly looks to the future. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.

Big Sam’s Funky Nation play World Cafe Live tonight. The New Orleans’ funkateers always throw the right kind of party. Sam and his crew have just released Evolution, an album that’s equal parts P-Funk and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. These guys could start a party in a paper bag. Below, download “Up In Here,” that they performed at the NBA All Star Weekend. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.