Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Indigo Girls to Scottish Rite Auditorium, Father John Misty at Union Transfer, Kimbra at TLA, Sea Wolf at North Star Bar

XPN Welcomes the Indigo Girls to the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood tonight. The folk rock duo, whose career spans over two decades, are on tour playing old favorites like “Closer to Fine” and “Power of Two” in addition to tracks from their 2011 record Beauty Queen Sister. Tickets for the 7:30 show are available here. Below, check out the video for their “Making Promises” from Beauty Queen Sister.  Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Boom Room Studio’s first anniversary party, Zammuto at Johnny Brenda’s, Cheers Elephant and more at Maysie’s Farm Fest, Gotye at The Tower Theatre, Melody Gardot at The Merriam Theatre

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To celebrate its one-year anniversary, Fishtown recording studio Boom Room has booked a monster of a show.  Headlined by hip hop group Camp Lo, The W.E. featuring R&B singer Jaguar Wright, psych-jazz trio Grimace Federation and Kuf Knotz, the event will have an outdoor stage, an indoor dance party and an after party.  Complementary food and beverages will be provided by Vitamin Water, Pabst Blue Ribbon and the Local 215 food truck so really, you have no excuse to not dance your feet off.  Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here for the 21+ party, which kicks off at 1:00 p.m.  Below, watch a promo video for Boom Room Studios.

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Weekend Picks: Gotye at Tower Theatre, Odd Future at Electric Factory, Dr. Dog at Electric Factory

Gotye (that’s pronounced go-ti-yay, or Wally De Backer) had already made a splash in the singer’s home of Australia. But his recent single “Somebody I Used To Know” featuring Kimbra and its music video (which has over 100 million views on Youtube) shot him into international fame. He’s held the number one spot on the UK for five weeks and made it to number five in the US. The singer, whose voice has drawn parallels to The Police and Peter Gabriel, mixes genres from rock to pop to folk, creating a different sound for each of his songs. They’re not all as good as “Somebody”, but they’re all worth a listen. Gotye performs with Kimbra at 9 p.m. at the Tower Theater at 9 p.m.; tickets to the all-ages show are sold out. —Nicole Soll

Lovers of all things crude and crazy are Odd Future-fanatic shoo-ins. Originating from L.A., this hip-hop group is composed of rapper Tyler The Creator and the smooth-voiced Frank Ocean, among other rising lyricists. Odd Future (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, also known widely as OFWGKTA) capitalizes on well-produced, bass-laden beats while simultaneously freaking out its listeners with straight-forward, often violent wordplay. (Not to mention the group’s nightmare-inducing music videos, brimming with creepy crawlers, digitally manipulated centaurs, and insane plotlines.) Most distinctly, the deep, fluid voice of 21-year-old Tyler The Creator contrasts the vulgar banter of the verses that have already earned him a cult-like level of popularity. Weird as Odd Future is, its music blasts speakers with an unmistakably laid-back Californian flow. Odd Future performs at 8:30 p.m. at Electric Factory; tickets to the all-ages show are $30. —Lisa Henderson

Also Playing: Bruce Ice Cream And The Freeze Street Band + Adult Content at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $15); Miniature Tigers + Geographer, The Chain Gang of 1974, Pretty And Nice at Milkboy Philly (8:30 p.m., 21+, $12–$14); Dave Barnes + Andrew Ripp at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., all ages, $17–$25)

Dr. Dog at Electric Factory (8:30 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); Polica + Sweet Lights at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, SOLD OUT); Psychic TV/PTV3 + Kim Phuc at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, SOLD OUT); Thomas Dolby + Aaron Jonah Lewis, Ben Belcher at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., all ages, $21.50-$41.50);

Dr. Dog at Electric Factory (8:30 p.m., all ages, $23); Andrew Lipke And The Carpe Diem String Quartet at World Cafe Live (7:30 p.m., all ages, $20); Members Only + DRGN KING, Stinky Smelly, DARK at The Fire (5 p.m., all ages, $8); Son Step + Tygerstrype, Banned Books, United Kingdom at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $8)