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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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