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Tonight’s Concert Picks: John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders at 215 Festival, Freelance Whales at Union Transfer, Spirit Family Reunion at The Abbey and more

The fantastic spectacle that is John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders hits Underground Arts tonight in conjunction with the 215 Festival.  Bringing in special guests Dean and Britta, Elizabeth & The Catapult, Doogie Horner, Paul Muldoon, Alec Ounsworth, Carla Rhodes and The Spinto Band, the Cabinet is sure to entertain with its quirky, vaudevillian mix of comedy, music and storytelling.  Tickets are $15 here for the 21+ show; doors will open at 9:00 p.m.  Watch a promo video for the Cabinet of Wonders below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Old 97′s at Union Transfer, El Ten Eleven at North Star Bar, A.C. Newman at First Unitarian Church, Banjo Summit with Bela Fleck and more at The Keswick Theater, Birdie Busch at World Cafe Live

XPN welcomes the Old 97′s to Union Transfer for a special Too Far to Care 15th anniversary show tonight.  The Texas alt-country pioneers are touring in support of the classic 1997 album, which was re-issued with bonus outtakes and demos earlier this month.  According to the band’s website, tonight’s event will feature a Rhett Miller solo set and two sets by the full band, including a run-through of Too Far to Care in its entirety.  Also performing is Dallas-based musician Salim Nourallah.  Tickets for the all-ages show are $20 here; doors will open at 8:00 p.m with music beginning at 9:00 p.m.  Below, watch a live video of the band performing “Broadway” and download a free Too Far to Care E.P. via Noisetrade here

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Titus Andronicus at First Unitarian Church, Rufus Wainwright at The Pullo Center, Kopecky Family Band at MilkBoy Philly, The Lawsuits at PhilaMOCA’s Tuesday Tune-Out, Des Ark at Goldilocks Gallery

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New Jersey punk band Titus Andronicus make a stop in Philly tonight for a show at the First Unitarian Church that coincides with the release of their third studio album Local Business.  Led by Patrick Stickles, Titus Andronicus’ live shows are a force to be reckoned with and this one will be no exception, with support coming from hardcore punk outfit Ceremony and local post-punk band Psychic Teens.  Tickets to the all-ages show are $15 here; doors open at 8:00 p.m with music beginning at 8:30 p.m.  Below, watch a live-session video of Titus Andronicus’ “In a Big City” off of the new record.  Read Stickles thoughts on food fights, punk rock and Local Business in an interview with The Key here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Free Energy at Johnny Brenda’s, Primus at The Tower Theater, Flobots and Rone at MilkBoy

Local pop-rock outfit Free Energy play Johnny Brenda’s tonight for a show presented by Out of Town Films.  Tonight’s event is the first in what Out of Town Films hopes to be a regular event, a showcase bringing high-caliber acts to smaller, more intimate venues.  Free Energy recently announced details for their forthcoming sophomore record called Lovesigns, which will be released through the band’s own label on January 15th.  Tickets for tonight’s 21+ show are $12; the doors will open at 8:00 p.m.  Below, watch Out of Town Films’ video with Free Energy for “Hold You Close” from the summer.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wanda Jackson at The Sellersville Theater, DRGN King at PhilaMOCA’s Tuesday Tune-Out, Daughter at Kung Fu Necktie

XPN welcomes rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson to The Sellersville Theater tonight.  Credited as being one of the first popular female rock and roll singers, Jackson paved the way for future musicians with hits including “Let’s Have a Party” and “In the Middle of a Heartbreak.”  Earlier this month Jackson released her thirty-first studio album Unfinished Business, which was produced by Justin Townes Earle.  Wanda Jackson performs tonight with Daniel Romano; tickets for the 8:00 p.m. show are $29.50 to $40, available here.  Watch the Unfinished Business preview video below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bleeding Rainbow at Johnny Brenda’s, Rush at Wells Fargo Center, Calexico at Union Transfer, John Hiatt and The Combo at McCarter Theater

The fact that their forthcoming album release date got pushed back by a few months should give you even more incentive to see Philly’s Bleeding Rainbow tonight at Johnny Brenda’s.  The punk quartet will no doubt be playing tracks from Yeah Right (which comes out on January 29th through Kanine Records) when they take the stage with Far-Out Fangtooth and Heavy Medical.  Tickets to the 21+ show are $10; doors open at 8:00 p.m. and music starts at 9:15 p.m.  Watch the video for Bleeding Rainbow’s single “Pink Ruff” below.

Bleeding Rainbow – “Pink Ruff” from stereogum on Vimeo.

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This Weekend: XPN Welcomes Justin Townes Earle with Tristen at Theatre Of The Living Arts on Saturday, May 20th

Singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle released his latest album, Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now, on Bloodshot Records on March 27th. It’s the followup to 2010′s Harlem River Blues. On Saturday, May 19th, WXPN Welcomes Justin to the TLA. Tickets for the show go on sale today at 1pm. For more information and tickets click here. The title song to the album (which you can download below) has a soulful flavor, with some Stax-Volt-sounding horn arrangements and very tasty electric guitar playing. Justin Townes Earle performs with Tristen at 8 p.m. at Theatre Of The Living Arts; tickets to the all-ages show are $16. —Bruce Warren