California indie pop outfit The Bird and The Bee headline Underground Arts tonight. The duo of Inara George and Greg Kurstin released their fourth studio LP Recreational Love last year, following a 2010 Hall & Oates tribute album (check out “I Can’t Go For That” here). This tour features Inara sans Greg, though she’ll still be joined by her stellar backing band. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here. Watch “Will You Dance?” below.
Legendary singer-songwriters Billy Bragg and Joe Henry brought their collaborative new album Shine a Light to the PRX Music Stage upstairs at NonCOMM tonight. Recorded during a 65 hour train ride across America, the record digs into the country’s rich locomotive and folk music history.
Singer-songwriter Billy Bragg was a busy guy this past Saturday. He did an in-store performance at Main Street Music in Manayunk for Record Store Day, and played the Keswick Theatre in the evening. All photos by Chris Sikich; check out his website here.
The Ladyfest Philly benefit concert presented by Girls Rock Philly is happening tonight at Little Berlin. With sets by Bad Braids, Cayetana, and Girls Rock Philly bands Wrong Castle and Barracuda Club House Band, the event was organized by participants in the after school program who are learning the ins and outs of putting on a DIY show. Ladyfest, a summer festival celebrating women in arts, culture and activism, will take place at The Rotunda on June 7-9. Tickets and information for tonight’s benefit show can be found here. Stream “Clover” off of Bad Braids’ forthcoming LP Supreme Parallel below.
British singer-songwriter Billy Bragg performa at The Keswick Theatre tonight. A political activist and influential folk musician, Bragg released his first studio album of original material in five years last month with Tooth & Nail. Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here. At noon today, Bragg will be performing at Main Street Music in Manayunk for Record Store Day. Below, watch Bragg’s video for “No One Knows Nothing Anymore.”
Boy oh boy do wish the news this afternoon was that urban folksinger and activist Billy Bragg was performing at The Keswick Theatre amplified only by a pair of speakers and microphone strapped to his shoulders as he used to in the olden days. Alas it’s just a regular concert tour. Which is fine – Bragg’s populist sensibilities lend him an engaging onstage persona, whether he’s backed by a full band or simply by his own dang self. Tickets for the April 20th show go on sale this Friday, January 18th, at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Below, watch Bragg perform the classic “To Have and To Have Not” (from 1983’s Life’s a Riot With Spy vs. Spy) in Bochum, Germany on May 30, 1985.