Tonight’s Halloween Concert Picks: The Spinto Band at Johnny Brenda’s, The Dead Milkmen at Union Transfer, A Tribute to Halloween at The Fire, Kuf Knotz’s BoomBox Collective at World Cafe Live

Indie poppers The Spinto Band are playing the spooky-scary “Dress Up and Make a Sound” event tonight at Johnny Brenda’s.  The Deleware outfit has promised to scare your face off and give you goosebumps (what else could you ask for?) with the help of Philadelphia rock ‘n’ rollers Toy Soldiers, Pittsburgh’s Delicious Pastries and DJ Langor. Tickets are $10 here; doors will open at 8:00 p.m. for the 21+ show.  Check out The Spinto Band’s video for “Muesli” below.

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Catch some jazz, funk, and more at the Magic Gardens’ July Music & Mosaic Concert Series

South Philly’s Magic Gardens‘ ongoing summer music series is back for its July installment with a full day of jammin’ tunes and jammin’ vibes. Check out funk n’ jazz acts like Hot Bijouxx, Ollin Yolizti Calmecac, and The Really Cooks during the daytime street fair today, which begins at 12:30 p.m. Later, starting at 5 p.m., swing by for more music from the likes of Brooklyn avant-pop outfit Cuddle Magic, indie poppers Catnaps, and the infectiously energetic 20Somethings, among others. Check out the full line-up and get more information here. Admission to the evening show is $12 at the door, Magic Gardens is located at 1020 South Street. Below, stream “Jason,” from Cuddle Magic’s latest album, Info Nympho.


Saturday’s Concert Picks: WXPN Welcomes Shawn Colvin to World Cafe Live and the Clark Park Music & Arts Festival

The Clark Park Music & Arts Festival has rocked the neighborhood at 43rd and Chester Ave for many years. The festival takes place every year right around the Summer Solstice and features live music, vendors, food trucks, children’s activities, crafts, and more. This festival is a chance to celebrate the artistic community that exists in Philadelphia; it is an opportunity for local non profit organizations to come together to discuss various issues in the surrounding neighborhoods. All of the musical acts are brought to you by Cloud Events-Philly , some which include Break it Up, The Really Cooks, City Wide Specials, Power Animal, and more. The event goes from noon to sunset.


Over at World Cafe Live, WXPN welcomes the grammy award winning, international singer/songwriter, Shawn Colvin. The Royal You opens the show downstairs live at 7:30 PM. You can purchase tickets to the all ages show here.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: WXPN Welcomes Sharon Van Etten to Union Transfer, Aaron Freeman at World Cafe Live, and the PhilaMOCA Summer Solstice

Sharon Van Etten first hit our radar as the inaugural artist in Shaking Through, the video and audio collaboration between Philly’s Weathervane Music and WXPN. In many ways, the seeds of her recent acclaim were born in that session for Shaking Through at Brian McTear’s Miner Street Studios in Fishtown in December, 2010. The song she recorded, “Love More,” was included on her gorgeous and intimate October, 2010 release Epic. Since then, Sharon’s career has grown significantly, solidified by an extensive touring schedule and her February 2012 release, Tramp on Jagjaguwar Records. Over the past couple of years Sharon has released hushed, indie folk tunes that reveal intimate truths; easily making audiences swoon. Tonight WXPN welcomes her along with Meg Baird to Union Transfer at 9 PM; purchase tickets here.

Also tonight:

PhilaMOCA Summer Solstice Ice Cream Social with performances from Arctic Splash, The Really Cooks, Attia Taylor, Shorty Boy Boy, and MC Juliet Hope Wayne. Tickets to the all ages show will be sold at the door and are $8. Doors open at 6 PM.

And over at World Cafe Live, previous singer of the late, great Ween, Aaron Freeman performs songs from his new Ben Vaughn produced album, The Marvelous Clouds. The 8 PM show tickets are $20