Carolina Chocolate Drops
XPN Welcomes a Holiday Concert with The Gathering featuring Rhiannon Giddens at Sellersville tonight. The string band’s enchanting harmonies weave a different set of carols to celebrate the yuletide. The Gathering, which is Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Laurelyn Dossett, Mike Compton, Joe Newberry, and Jason Sypher, started playing together in 2011 as a seasonal project of the North Carolina Symphony. Their reputation escalated and they were soon being commissioned for more performances, finding their own among the embrace of holiday tours. Tickets for tonight’s all-ages performances can be found here; below, watch the band perform “Breaking Up Christmas.”
We’ve shown Purling Hiss quite a bit of love this week, so why stop now? Especially given that the Philly-based rock trio is performing with a pair of other local acts: Watery Love and the garage-goth quartet Far-Out Fangtooth. If you haven’t given Purling Hiss’ Key Studio Session a listen yet, you can do so here. Purling Hiss performs with Watery Love and Far-Out Fangtooth at 8 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $8.
Also playing: Marnie Stern + Tera Melos, Many Arms at First Unitarian Church (8 p.m., all ages, $12); Carolina Chocolate Drops + Birdie Busch, The Great Unknown at TLA (8 p.m., $19); Free Energy + The Spinning Leaves, Hezekiah Jones, Toy Soldiers, Kuf Knotz at Drexel University’s Mandell Theater (7 p.m., $10)