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.


Calling all bands! The Grateful Dead wants you to cover their songs

The Grateful Dead has announced the “Dead Covers Project” contest. From the band’s website:

“Think you have what it takes to do the Grateful Dead? Show off your musical chops and you just might get your music video featured on as part of The Dead Covers Project! The rules are simple – all video submissions must contain a song either written by or recorded by the Dead. How that song is interpreted, however, is entirely up to you! Upload your video to YouTube, tag it “DeadCoversProject,” then we’ll make it available to view on the band’s official YouTube channel, Not so musically inclined? Join the fun by ‘liking’ your favorites.

During the entire month of February, we’ll be highlighting a new fan-made video every day on and Facebook. In March, five of the videos featured in February will be chosen and we’ll profile each artist on all of the Dead’s online properties and in the 2012 edition of the Grateful Dead Almanac.”

If you decide to post of video of you solo or with your band, drop us a line and let us know.