Tonight’s picks: Chiddy Bang, Ursula Rucker, Ben Arnold

Chiddy Bang
Chiddy Bang

If you’re wondering why you’ve got the overwhelming urge to see tonight’s performance by local hip hop duo Chiddy Bang—in addition to the fact that the young outfit is currently garnering national acclaim left and right and has quickly become one of the biggest names in the Philly scene—it might be because they dropped some pretty big news recently. Yesterday, the duo’s PR people issued a press release stating that—in advance of their major label debut on EMI (which has been pushed back to early 2011)—Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege and Noah “Xaphoon Jones” Beresin will digitally release an eight-song album titled “The Preview” on Tuesday, October 12. “The Preview” will feature a mix of old and new tracks, providing an “insightful look into the many things the band have experienced over the last year as well as the personal battles they have experienced by being thrown into the limelight so quickly.” Make sure to give the duo your deepest sympathies regarding their struggles with success during tonight’s performance. Chiddy Bang performs at 8 p.m. at Theatre Of Living Arts; tickets are $18.

Poet, spoken-word artist, and Philadelphia-born musician Ursula Rucker performs within the comfy confines of Johnny Brenda’s, where she’ll likely offer her crowd a preview of her upcoming album She Said, set to be released in October by King Britt’s FiveSix Media. (Did we mention she also earned a degree in journalism from Temple University? See, J-School students—there is still hope for a bright future, despite getting your degree in what is now an all-but-dead industry.) Ursula Rucker performs at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets are $10.

If you can fight through the heat, local singer-songwriter (and WXPN favorite) Ben Arnold performs for free alongside Cowmuddy and Birdie Busch as part of the outdoor summer concert series at Gorgas Park.