Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sharon Jones at Union Transfer, Northern Arms at Johnny Brenda’s, Red Fang at The Trocadero and more


On their latest release, Give the People What They Want, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings showcases the dynamic frontwoman’s high energy and resolve more than ever. The band returns to Philadelphia tonight to play Union Transfer and for her fans, Jones’s return to the stage is a triumph, given that the singer was diagnosed with cancer just last year. Regardless, the new album is full of great tracks like “Retreat!” and “Stranger to My Happiness.” Join Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and James Hunter for a night of classic soul. Get more info here at the XPN Concert Calender.

Philly based noir-rock band, Northern Arms headlines Johnny Brenda’s tonight, celebrating the release of their debut What You’ve Got OnAfter an unusual start in 2004, the band went on hiatus for several years. Flash-forward to 2013, when the band began playing local shows, was spotlighted a Key Studio Session, and worked on finishing their record. At its very best, their music tells a moving, complex story, especially on tracks like “Last Horse”; following the show, Northern Arms heads out on a short east coast tour. Get more information on tonight’s album release party here. 

Metal trailblazers Red Fang will headline The Trocadero tonight, in support of their third record, Whales and Leeches, which came out in the fall. Crank your speakers for the single “Blood Like Cream” below, and get tickets and more information on tonight’s all-ages show at the XPN Concert Calendar.

Also tonight:

Terence Blanchard at Musikfest Café (6:30 pm, $44-54, all ages)

Ladybird at Boot and Saddle (8:00 pm, $10-12, 21+)

World Party at World Café Live (8:00 pm, $28, all ages)

Eels at Keswick Theater (8:00 pm, $25, all ages)

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