Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kishi Bashi at The Fire, Pissed Jeans at Morgan’s Pier, Blood Feathers at Milkboy, The Sun Ra Arkestra at 40th Street Field, and Safari Dudes at Fergie’s

Seattle-born musician K Ishibashi, who goes by the stage name Kishi Bashi, is a singer and multi-instrumentalist. He has toured and recorded as a violinist with Regina Spektor, of Montreal, and Sondre Lerche and started performing as a solo artist in 2011. The experimental indie pop artist put out an EP in 2011, followed by his first full-length solo release, 151a, in 2012. Kishi Bashi (along with bandmates from of Montreal) is playing The Fire tonight with openers Tall Tall Trees and Archer Sounds. The 21+ show is presented by Sunny Day Music and starts at 9PM. Tickets are available here for $10. Listen to the first track off Kishi Bashi’s new album in the player below.

Pissed Jeans are a hardcore/noise rock band from Allentown, PA who have released two full-length albums on Sub Pop Records. The band is playing a free 21+ show tonight at Morgan’s Pier with Brooklyn band A Place to Bury Strangers. The show starts at 6PM and is the last in the R5 Free Saturday Summer Concert Series. Download tracks from Pissed Jeans on Sub Pop’s website here.

The Sun Ra Arkestra, which formed under the leadership of Sun Ra in 1958 and now lead by Maestro Marshall Allen, is a Philly avant-jazz improvisation collective. They are playing a free show at 40th Street Field as part of the 40th Street Summer Series that starts at 6PM.

Philly rock band Blood Feathers have toured with The Walkmen and AA Bondy, now the group is playing a 21+ show at Milkboy tonight with Quiet Corral and St. James & the Apostles. Doors open at 8:30PM and the show starts at 9:30PM. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased here. The band’s album, Goodness Gracious is available for purchase here.

Finally, local indie two-piece group Safari Dudes are playing at Fergie’s Pub with Austin band Good Field and Philly’s Ghost Craters. The show starts at 7:30PM and there is a recommended $3 to $5 donation for the touring band. Download Ghost Craters’ album for free here. Check out Good Field’s video for their song “When You Walk” below.


This Weekend’s Concerts: Tobacco, Strapping Fieldhands, Northern Liberties Music Festival, + more


Tobacco Maniac MeatEver find yourself listening to Black Moth Super Rainbow‘s Dave Fridmann-produced, analog-synth-heavy 2009 release Eating Us and think, “This is all fine and dandy, but what this album really needs is more distortion. And even more drugs.” If so, BMSR frontman Tobacco‘s latest solo release, Maniac Meat, is for you: 16 tracks of synth-saturated, groove-oriented, acid-trip electronica that saunters through the dancier side of psychedelic music. Tobacco performs with Junk Culture and Dreamend at 8 p.m. at First Unitarian Church; tickets are $12.

Also playing: Lelia Broussard + Bess Rogers and Allison Weiss at 10:30 p.m. at Tin Angel; tickets to the 21+ show are $10.


Fans of the current crop of lo-fi revival acts can pay their respects to Strapping Fieldhands, the Philadelphia quartet (formerly a five-piece) that—along with bands such as Pavement, Guided By Voices, and The Grifters—was one of the early progenitors of the genre back in the ’90s. The band performs tonight in continued support of the re-release of its 1994 debut, Discus—voted one of the top ten albums never heard of by Spin. (And if you haven’t seen the video from the Shaking Through session the band did at Miner Street Recordings earlier this year, make sure to check it out.) Strapping Fieldhands performs with The Doozer and U.S. Girls at 7:30 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets are $8.

Also playing: After stuffing yourself with all-you-can-eat ribs during A Full Plate’s Rib Cook Off at the Northern Liberties Music Festival, pick up a bottomless beer cup and take in local acts such as Black Landlord, Blood Feathers, The Friggs, and more. The performances begin at 5 p.m. at Liberty Lands.


Philly folk duo The Spinning Leaves performs with bike-riding, cello-playing, Sub Pop recording artist Ben Sollee as part of his “Ditch The Van Tour 2010”; members of the Bicycle Coalition Of Greater Philadelphia will be on hand during the show, which also serves as the after-party for the organization’s Bike Philly ride. The Spinning Leaves perform with Ben Sollee at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $10-$12.

Also playing: The Bang On A Can Marathon, featuring performances by Keepers Of The Chaos, Bang On A Can All-Stars, Asphalt Orchestra, and more at 2 p.m. at World Cafe Live; tickets are $25.


Blood Feathers Give You Free Music and Rock & Roll Love

Philly’s Blood Feathers hit Philly hard at the end of the month after they a trip through the South and dates with The Walkmen (including October 23rd at The Troc). Last year, they released a downright swaggerish collection of Stones-fueled rock & roll called Goodness Gracious that got some good old fashioned love on the airwaves here and they tear it up live. They’ll be rocking Philly greatly towards the end of September as part of the first annual Philadelphia Film and Music festival AKA Philly F/M. Their Philly dates include: September 11: Northern Liberties Festival; September 24: Johnny Brenda’s w/ Field Music and Creeping Weeds; September 25: Philly F/M Music Festival/Crane Art Building; October 23: The Trocadero w/ The Walkmen & Japandroids

In case you missed it, check out Blood Feathers performance for WXPN & NPR Music’s weekly Free At Noon concert series here.