Weekend Picks: TV On The Radio + Broken Social Scene at The Mann Center, Peter Bjorn And John at The Trocadero

Though the members of Broken Social Scene resist the term “super-group,” they’re the closest thing contemporary indie-rock has to a Traveling Wilburys-type meeting of the minds. Founded and driven by Kevin Drew, Broken Social Scene has at various times included Feist, Amy Millan (of Stars), and Emily Haines and James Shaw (of Metric)—part of an ever shrinking and expanding line-up. The band has had incarnations both as an intimate quartet and as a stage-filling 19-member troupe. Broken Social Scene’s latest album, 2010’s Forgiveness Rock Record, continues the tradition built by previous records: layered songs about heartbreak, this time with a cohesiveness that was missing in earlier releases. Broken Social Scene performs with TV On The Radio at 7:30 p.m. at The Mann Center; tickets to the all-ages show are $25–$39.50. —Kiley Bense

Also playing: Steely Dan at Tower Theatre (8 p.m., $76–$429); Lightninging + Tutlie, Your Electric Instinct, Study Electricity at Kung Fu Necktie (7 p.m., 21+, $8); These United States + Southeast Engine, Goodnight Lights at Johnny Brenda’s (9:15 p.m., 21+, $10); Two Door Cinema Club + Bombay Bicycle Club, The Lonely Forest (7:30 p.m., $33.25)

Although Peter, Bjorn and John joined the ranks of famous whistlers such as Beck, Bowie, and Axl Rose with the song “Young Folks” back in 2006, the band’s 2011 tour is centered around a different type of crowd pleaser: food. To promote PB&J’s sixth and latest album, Gimme Some, the band is offering giveaways from food trucks throughout the country. Sadly, Philadelphia is not one of the chosen cities. (At least you can still trudge over to the Wawa around the corner from The Trocadero for a hoagie.) The band is currently dealing with other tour issues, having to cancel two recent gigs due to drummer John Eriksson’s case of rotators-cuff tendinitis. According to a recent post on the band’s blog, Eriksson can’t lift his right arm. No news yet on whether tonight’s WXPN Welcomes show will be canceled as well—but fingers crossed Eriksson’s arm will be up and running well enough to play the album’s fast-paced (if whistle-less) tunes. Peter Bjorn And John performs with Memoryhouse and Work Drugs at 9 p.m. at The Trocadero; tickets to the all-ages show are $18.50–$21. —Marielle Mondon

Also playing: Steely Dan at Tower Theatre (8 p.m., $76–$429); NewVillager + Coup Couroux (7:30 p.m., 21+, $12); The Early November at Electric Factory (7 p.m., SOLD OUT)

Kid Dynamite + No Friends, Spraynard at First Unitarian Church (5 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); Grave Babies + Xray Eyeballs, Moon Women at Danger Danger Gallery (8 p.m., all ages, $5–$10)


Just Announced: TV On The Radio and Broken Social Scene to play at The Mann Center on Sept. 9th

TV On The Radio and Broken Social Scene have just announced that they will play several US tour dates together this September. The shows will come at the tail end of large summer tours for both groups, who have each had busy years. TVOTR has been touring practically nonstop in support of Nine Types of Light, and BSS has been active on the festival circuit.

The tour stops in Philadelphia on September 9th at The Mann Center For The Performing Arts. Tickets are $30-$40 (before fees) and go on sale this Friday, June 10th, at noon EST. They will be available online at,,, and You can also purchase them by phone at (800) 745-3000 or (215) 893-1999, or in person at the Mann Center box office.

Below, the video for TVOTR’s most recent single, “Will Do.” —Claire Fishkow


Tonight’s Concerts: Lady Gaga at Wells Fargo Center + Broken Social Scene, Bilal

Lady GagaLove her, hate her, envy her meaty fashion taste: Either way, there’s no getting around the fact that we’re all living in a much better place when the Lady Gagas of the world are dominating the airwaves instead of, say, bands such as Creed, Nickleback, and Limp Bizkit. Those who’ve understandably grown weary of hearing Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” on the radio would do well to remember a darker time, back in the early ’00s, when it was impossible to drive anywhere without hearing the abysmally awful, how-did-humanity-come-to-this single, “Nookie.” (Seriously, even if you had your radio turned off, you would inevitably hear it blasting from the SUV of some fist-pumping, flavor-savor-sporting, nu-metal-loving meathead.) So, if you’re tired to death of hearing about Lady Gaga’s attention-grabbing antics, take heart in the fact that not only could it be much, much worse, but it actually used to be. Lady Gaga performs at 8 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center; tickets are $49.50-$175.

WXPN welcomes Canadian indie-rockers Broken Social Scene to Theatre Of Living Arts. The performances begin at 8 p.m.; tonight’s show is sold out, but tickets are still available for tomorrow’ nights show, $35.25.

Philly-born-and-raised soul musician Bilal celebrates the release of his new album, Airtight’s Revenge, at Johnny Brenda’s. The performances begins at 9 p.m.; tickets to the $21+ show are $20-$25.