Tonight’s Concert Picks: JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound at Morgan’s Pier (Free!), West Philly Orchestra at Penn Museum, Black Kids/Kids at Johnny Brenda’s, Rickie Lee Jones at WCL Wilmington

JC Brooks and the Uptown SoundIndie soul-funk outfit JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound are playing a free show at Morgan’s Pier tonight. The band is touring in support of their new record, Howl, which was released this May on Bloodshot Records. JC Brooks has a strong, classic soul voice that his band backs with a part funk, part indie rock, part post-punk sound. Check out their recent single, “Rouse Yourself;” the silly music video features Aubrey Plaza and Jake Johnson. Find more information on the 21 plus show here.

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Remember the Black Kids? They’re back and ready to teach your boyfriend how to dance at Johnny Brenda’s in August

blackids Remember Black Kids? No? Then how about their should-have-been-a-hit song, “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You”, that came out in 2007 (20 years ago in internet time)? Well, if you counted yourself as a fan, you’ll be happy to know the band is back and playing a show at Johnny Brenda’s on Wednesday, August 21. According to the band’s Facebook, they are “working on new music and hope to release album deux ASAP.” Continue reading →