Tonight’s Concert Picks: Carsie Blanton at MilkBoy, Dead Can Dance at the Kimmel Center, Mischief Brew at the Barbary and Beta Hi-Fi Finals at World Cafe Live

XPN welcomes local singer-songwriter Carsie Blanton to MilkBoy Philly tonight with South Carolina band Shovels & Rope. Doors open at 7 p.m. and show show starts at 8. Tickets for the 21+ show are available here for $15. You can watch her Key Session below.

London-based world music/fusion duo Dead Can Dance gained world-wide success when their 1996 album Spiritchaser reached number one on the Billboard Top World Music Albums Chart. After calling it quits in 1998 and a short reunion in 2005, the band recently re-formed and released their eighth studio album Anastasis earlier this month. The pair will be bringing their ambient vibes to Philly tonight for a show at the Kimmel Center as part of their reunion world tour. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available here for $44.50. Download the title track from Dead Can Dance’s new album for free below.

Local DIY punk band Mischief Brew will be rocking the Barbary tonight with fellow Philly punk rock bands The Adults and Dead People Screaming. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30. Tickets are available here for $10. Listen to Mischief Brew’s song “Drinking Song for the Home Stretch” below.

And finally, after a week full of free shows from emerging local artists, the Philadelphia Beta Hi-Fi Emerging Music Festival concludes upstairs at World Café Live tonight. The top bands of the week will be performing starting at 7 p.m. and at the end of the night the winners of the festival will be announced. Stop by to see free performances by the best-of-the best of the festival’s artists and say “hi” to The Key editor John Vettese who will be on the judging panel.


My Morning Download: “Amnesia” by Dead Can Dance (playing Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall in August)

Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard – Dead Can Dance release their new album Anastasis on PIAS Recordings on August 13th. The album is the band’s first since 1996’s Spiritchaser. The band play Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center on Sunday, August 26th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, in exchange for your e-mail address, download a new song, “Amnesia.”


Just announced: Dead Can Dance playing Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in August

The world music-infused ambient music group Dead Can Dance are releasing their first new album since 1996’s Spiritchaser this summer. Founding members Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry will also go on a worldwide tour including 15 shows in North America. They’ll be performing at Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, August 26th. Go here for tickets and information. Tickets are on sale now. Below, watch the video for “The Carnival Is Over,” and, in exchange for your e-mail address you can download a four live songs.