Tonight’s Concert Pick: Placeholder at Kung Fu Necktie

Placeholder | Photo by Aud Lew |

Harrisburg emo punks Placeholder, who were recently named The Deli’s Philadelphia Artist of the Month, play at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. This is the hometown stop on a mini-tour that will take the band down to Maryland and out to Pittsburgh, and it’s sure to be loud and fast. Placeholder might have a sound that blends together emo and punk, but live they are a punk band that plays on the double. Seeing them The Billiard’s Room earlier this year was an experience; they played sped up versions of every track in their catalog, including an even catchier and heavier version of “Mary” off Thought I Would Have Been Somebody By Now. With the recent release of their full length albumI Don’t Need Forgiveness, Placeholder’s more developed sound is sure to get this amped-up treatment live as well. Begging to be screamed along to, make sure you listen to their album below and get to the gig tonight. Placeholder will be playing alongside Brooklyn noise rock band Hunters and Philly locals Albondigas and Eureka Driver. Tickets are available at the door for $8.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: 7 Walkers, Rasputin’s Secret Police, Swift Technique, and (film) Hedwig and the Angry Inch

7 Walkers is a collaboration between former Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, guitarist/vocalist Papa Mali, legendary New Orleans bass player George Porter Jr., and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard. The band is playing an all ages show downstairs at World Cafe Live tonight. Doors open at 7 P.M. and the show starts at 8 P.M. Ticket prices range from $26 to $36 and are available for purchase here. Watch the jam band perform their self-titled song below.

Local grunge rock band Rasputin’s Secret Police (RSP) is made up of guitarist/vocalist Brandon Ayres and drummer Josh Phillips. The pair grew up on the same block in Drexel Hill where they’ve been neighbors for 13 years, and have been band-mates for ten of those years. Prepare for a crazy show because the band’s live shows have been known to incorporate, “lighting effects, blood (real and fake), robes, talk of chalices, broken everything, smoke, jokes, barf bags and ear plugs.” They are set to play North Star Bar tonight with Killjoy, Shark Tape, Eureka Driver. The 21+ show starts at 8 P.M. Tickets are $5 to $7 and can be purchased here. Listen to/dowload the song “This is My Cave” from their album Lost Rhino below.

Philly funk ensemble Swift Technique are playing The Blockley tonight with Hamburger Hunt and Black Stars. The band played World Cafe Live last week. Watch a video of their set below or download the band’s Key Studio session here.

If you’re in the mood to watch a movie tonight, World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington is offering a free screening of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The film is a cinematic adaptation of the popular off-Broadway musical about an “internationally ignored” transexual rock singer from Communist Berlin who dreams of making it big in the American music scene. Hedwig features several songs by composer Stephen Trask, who also appears in the film as a member of Hedwig’s band. Check out the trailer below.