San Fran post-punk trio Grass Widow will be playing tonight at The Barbary. The bandmates – who take a firm stance against having a “front person” – are Hannah Lew on bass, Raven Mahon on guitar, and Lillan Maring on drums. All three contribute to vocals. The group started producing a collaborative 7-inch series called Common Chord and also started their own record label, HLR Records, on which they produced their third album, Internal Logic. Their all-ages show tonight begins at 7; tickets are available here. Below, watch a Twilight Zone-inspired video for their song “Goldilocks Zone” from Internal Logic.
Earth is a rare musical blessing: a band that, despite a lack of mainstream appeal, has done its own thing for over 20 years. In the late ’80s the band’s lead member, Dylan Carlson, made sonic collages with his roommate, Kurt Cobain. (On a mainstream level, Carlson is perhaps best known for introducing Cobain to heroin and purchasing the infamous shotgun.) The sonic collages lead to Earth and the establishment of the drone-metal genre—feedback driven guitars, little or no vocals, and slow, offbeat rhythms. In February the group released Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light I, which, in typical Earth fashion, features the band’s constant Carlson backed by new members. The current bunch includes Nirvana cellist Lori Goldston, and Microphones front man Karl Blau. That Carlson would collaborate with the generally poppy Blau is a testament to their dedication to uninhibited creativity. The album is a real success: Carlson stays true to that quintessential drone while effectively using the new musicians to open up his sound. Earth performs with Ô Paon, Cloud Minder at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $13. —Dave Simpson
This morning Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced the lineup for this year’s 4th of July free concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. We can now forgive the City for the past musical 4th of July sins of having to sit through performances by The Goo Goo Dolls, Sheryl Crow, and The Beach Boys. This year The Roots are headlining the concert with performances from Earth Wind & Fire, Michael McDonald, Sara Barielles, Estelle, and DJ Jazzy Jeff.