DJ Cash Money opens this week’s free concert at Rittenhouse Square, presented by Philly Weekly. The legendary turntable master started his DJ career in Philadelphia in the eighties, coming up alongside DJ Jazzy Jeff. He’s credited with creating a number of DJ techniques, including the “Pee Wee Herman” scratch and the “Babuggamas” scratch. Check out his moves tonight, along with Pablo Batista and Worldtown Sound System – more information can be found here.
Local countrified outfit Katie Frank & the Pheromones will be rocking out Bourbon and Branch tonight. The band, whose LP Counting Your Curses was released in March, have steadily been standing out as an artist to watch on the Philly scene, and will appear on the lineup of the Philadelphia Folk Festival later this summer. Information for tonight’s show is available on our concert calendar here, and below you can watch Frank’s smooth cover of Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock’n'Roll.”
Self-proclaimed “acid gospel power trio” St. James and the Apostles continue their residency (which takes place every Wednesday of this month) at Ortlieb’s tonight. The band plans to release the follow-up to 2012′s Baphomet in September. With religious undertones, the band’s garage rock sound takes the listener to church and back. Listen to “Kiss & Tell” below, hear frontman Jamie Mahon’s appearance on the Going to Hell podcast here and come out to see the band for free.
Local favorite Birdie Busch is set to rock Boot and Saddle tonight with her dreamy folk tunes and magnetic appeal. Busch released her album Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night last year and has played tons of shows in the area, establishing her presence in the Philly scene. Watch “Far From the Tree” below and get tickets here.
Brooklyn-bred emcee Louis Logic will present his rhymes to a crowd at Kung Fu Necktie tonight on The Rhymin’ Gosling Tour. Formerly a member of rap group Demigodz, Logic began his solo career over 10 years ago and has earned the coveted dual stamp of critical acclaim and underground approval. Watch him perform “The Idiot Gear” and get tickets tonight at the door before showtime at 8:00pm.
“I heard that he got the idea for this song because he and his wife had been out on the road a lot together,” country singer/songwriter Suzy Bogguss says before starting off today’s Free At Noon performance with a Merle Haggard cover. “…He saw her from across the airport and remembered how lucky he was. And he walked over and he touched her on the shoulder and he said to her, Today I started loving you again.”
Today Bogguss and her back-up boys stopped by the World Cafe Live to celebrate her latest release Lucky. Narrating why she chose each song on her Haggard tribute, Bogguss crooned to the crowd with pure elegance performing well known Merle tunes like “Silver Wings” and “The Bottle Let Me Down.” Tonight, catch the entire entourage again at Sellersville Theater. Check out today’s performance by viewing the setlist and photo gallery, and listening to the archived performance here (via the WXPN media player).
Tonight, Sellersville Theater welcomes singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Grant Lee Phillips to its stage. Earning comparisons to Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, the California native made a name for himself through lyrical storytelling and killer guitar skills. Watch him perform the title track from his latest album Walking In The Green Corn for Capital Public Radio’s Insight Studio Sessions below and get tickets here.
Memphis rapper Juicy J gets trippy with fans tonight at the TLA on his Never Sober tour. After releasing his Stay Trippy LP last summer, he was featured on Katy Perry’s urban-leaning smash hit “Dark Horse”. With Three 6 Mafia, Juicy J snagged a “Best Original Song” Oscar for “It’s Hard out Here for a Pimp” from Hustle & Flow. Watch “Bounce It” below and get tickets here.
Synth-pop prince Com Truise (aka Seth Haley) will play an electrifying set at Boot and Saddle tonight. Check out the title track from his new Wave 1 EP below and get tickets here.
Philly-based newcomers Cheerleader will bring their psych-pop to the Kung Fu Necktie stage tonight and judging by the demos up on their Soundcloud page, they’ve got something fresh to add to the local music scene. In a recent interview with Philadelphia Weekly, frontman Joe Haller says of the band’s mantra: “We try to be a little more light-hearted. We don’t want to take ourselves too seriously. We’re trying to create a friendly, happy atmosphere and get more people interested.” Check out “New Daze” below and get $5 tickets at the door. Show time is 8:00 p.m.
The ever soulful jazz/ R&B singer/instrumentalist Meshell Ndegeocello will perform a tribute to Nina Simone at World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington tonight. Backed by a full band, Ndegeocello will incorporate her unique jazz and gospel flair into Simone’s large repertoire of classic tunes, breathing new life into the iconic music written by or associated with Simone. Ndegeocello’s 2012 tribute album Pour Une Âme Souveraine (For a Sovereign Soul): A Dedication to Nina Simone features covers of “Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” among countless other classics, and the tribute performance this evening is not to be missed. Read The Key’s interview with Ndegeocello here. Find tickets and more info on the performance here.
As Philly digs out of last night’s snow storm, we’re not yet sure which of these shows are still on and which may be postponed. As of right now, the venue websites still list these shows as happening – and we’ll keep you informed of any changes. But assuming you’re in a position to see live music tonight, this is the live music you should go to.
Tonight at Union Transfer, members of Fleet Foxes, Beach House, Iain Matthews, Grizzly Bear, and The Walkmen join forces to play and honor No Other, the classic folk-rock LP from late Byrds founder Gene Clark. Released in 1974, the record was originally panned by critics and didn’t perform well commercially but proved to be a grower as many fans and musicians became fond of it years later. The performance will follow a screening of Four Sons Productions’ new documentary, “Gene Clark: the Byrd who Flew Alone” to give more background on the record’s birth. Listen to “No Other” below and get tickets here.