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MewithoutYou presents indie rock 'n' folk tonight at the TLA.
MewithoutYou presents indie rock 'n' folk tonight at the TLA.

What's playing tonight through Thursday, compiled by Shaun Brady, James Johnson, Sara Sherr and Jonathan Takiff.

Posted: August 13, 2010

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MewithoutYou: Bracing and all embracing Philadelphia-spawned band combines nerdy vocals and catchy/experimental indie rock 'n' folk production (with occasional flourishes of trumpet, tuba, organ, mandolin, etc.) in the service of spiritually minded story songs drawing from Jewish, Muslim and Christian imagery. Their goal - to "open wide my door" of perception and faith. Convincing even for daydream believers. Kindred emocore spirits Murder By Death and Buried Beds share the night. TLA, 334 South St., 9 tonight, $19, 800-745-3000,

Zac Brown Band: Good-time country rockers, one of the biggest breakout acts of 2009, churn 'em out for the fans. Also on the tasty bill of fare - the Wood Brothers, Casey Driessen and veteran comedian Gary Mule Deer. Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden. 7 tonight, $40.75, $26.75, $20 (lawn 4-pack individual), 800-745-3000,

Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants: Guitar player from the Foo Fighters veers down a country road, scored with pedal steel guitar, mandolin and keyboards. The Great Unknown and Ari Shine also glow under the stage lights. North Star, 27th and Poplar Sts., 9 tonight, $12, 215-787-0488,

The Two Man Gentleman Band: Old timey ragtime/swing-styled dudes Andy Bean (guitar/vocals) and Fuller Condon (string bass, vocals) get you jazzed and grinning with slap happy originals like "Wine, Oh Wine!", "There's Something in My Trousers" and "Me I Get High On Reefer." They're straight from (Dan) Hicks-ville, and better for it. Upstairs at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 7 tonight, $12, 215-222-1400,

Beth Orton: While clearly indebted to the likes of Sandy Denny and the Pentangle, this dusky-voiced British singer/songwriter has taken her fusion folk to the next plateau with a unique blending of folk and electronica on AAA radio faves like "She Cries Your Name" and "Stolen Car." And look who's opening - The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, the genteely harmonizing, surreal pop collaborations of Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8 tonight, $29-$50, 215-222-1400,

Angel Band: Vibrant female folk trio (plus band) serve it up in just the right place. Carsie Blanton makes for the perfect opener. Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St., 7:30 tonight, $15, 215-928-0978,

Girls Rock Philly: Philadelphia's first and only rock camp exclusively for girls flaunts what the kids have learned this week. Trocadero, 10th and Arch Sts., 12:30 p.m. Saturday, $10, 215-789-4879,

Gov't Mule: The busiest guitar man in southern rock/blues/jam band-dom, Warren Haynes returns to his core touring/recording project. Warm up for the night with a listen to the group's just out, red-hot "Mulennium" concert set. Also sharing our favorite outdoor stage are cult fave Jackie Greene plus New Orleans legend Trombone Shorty. River Stage at Great Plaza, Columbus Boulevard at the foot of Chestnut Street, 5 p.m. Saturday, $39.50/$42.50, 800-745-3000,

Dragonette: Sexy siren Martina Sobara fronts this bubblicious and occasionally fire breathing electropop band from Canada. With Shy Child. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9:30 p.m Saturday, $12, 215-739-9684,

Third World: One of the smoothest and most soulful of island reggae bands (must be the keyboards) serves their tropical punch. Keswick Theatre, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside, 9 p.m. Saturday, $48, $59, $69, 215-572-7650,

Maroon 5: We hear this has been one of the more disappointing shows of the summer, ticket sales-wise. Fans, rally round! With Owl City and the latest British soul pop export V.V. Brown. Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 800-745-3000,

MGMT: The Mann - and producing partners AEG - are doing a terrific job luring youthful audiences to West Fairmount Park this summer, with attractions like this rockin' hipster duo. Their debut album "Oracular Spectacular" was one of the most buzzworthy releases of 2008, while MGMT's latest gambits in new psychedelic music "Congratulations" show they're hardly resting on their laurels. The Violens open. Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, $29.50-$35,50, 215-9893-1999,

The American Carnage Tour: Mothers, lock up your daughters. Slayer and Megadeth wreak havoc. Testament, too. Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, 7 p.m. Sunday, $57.50-$29.25 (4-pack reserved), 800-745-3000,

Miniature Tigers: Indie popsters from Phoenix should make you roar with delight. With retro rockers Johnny Action Figure and The Revere. North Star, 27th and Poplar streets., 7 p.m. Sunday, $10/$12 (all ages), 215-787-0488,

The English Beat with Bad Manners: Tropical ska rock beats and skewered lyrics are delivered in soulful tones and British accents. Both bands were leading lights of the Two-Tone movement what first stole hearts in the late '70s, and transitioned many into the grittier reggae music that grew out of ska. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8 p.m. Monday, $28-$40, 215-222-1400,

Creed: Another comeback act that's begging for your attention. At least the tickets are "popularly priced." Skillet and Theft share the night. $26.15, $16.25, ($20 "all-in" reserved, including service charge, while supplies last). Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, 800-745-3000,

Mary Chapin Carpenter: Pensive, polished singer/songwriter is newly returned to the performing scene with the best album ("The Age of Miracles," do tell) in her career. Another area fave, Dar Williams, serves up the first set. Keswick Theatre, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside, 7:30 p.m Wednesday, $36, $46, $55, 215-572-7650,

PFF Camp Concert: Philly's backporch hell-raisers Hoots and Hellmouth help kick off the Philadelphia Folk Festival with the special "Camp Concert" open only to early arrivals who've booked to stay the whole weekend at the Old Pool Farm. Also on tap - hillbilly cats Cadillac Sky, Audra Mae (author of Susan Boyle's hit and grand niece of Judy Garland) and Tennessee rockers Glossary, with David Dye as your host. Old Pool Farm, Upper Salford Township near Schwenksville, 7 p.m. Thursday, all weekend (through Sunday) ticket with camping, $181, 215-247-1300.


Rihanna: As one of the best-selling R&B artists in recent history, this Def Jam singer has seen three of her four albums go platinum since debuting in 2005. Ke$ha, who released her debut album "Animal" this year seems to be following in Rihanna's footsteps in terms of sales, already achieving platinum status on her first try. The tour makes two stops in the area this week. The Borgata Event Center, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, $125 and $155, 1-866-692-6742, Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, $31-$225, Camden, 856-365-1300.

Tastytreats: The long-running weekly hip-hop party will be inviting in guest DJs Lil Dave and AfroDJiak for an evening of great hip-hop. Hosted by Yameen Allworld. Fluid Night Club, 613 S. 4th St., 10 p.m. tomorrow, $7 (ladies free before 11 p.m.), 215-629-3686,

The Whispers: This classic, L.A. based soul/funk group has enjoyed a 40-plus-year career with hits like "And The Beat Goes On" and "Rock Steady." Also performing are R&B singer Regina Belle and Philly-based soul vocalist Carol Riddick. Robin Hood Dell, 33rd Street and Ridge Avenue, 215-685-9560,

B Side: Featuring a band composed of some of the city's best musicians, including Anthony Tidd on bass and Carlos Iziguirre on percussion, this weekly jam session always features Philly's best talent. Previously at West Philly's Mar Bar, the party is now calling Fishtown's M Room home. The M-Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 10 p.m. Tuesday, $5, 215-739-5577,

Superdope: Featuring DJ Phsh on the turntables, this is one of the best weekly parties in the city. Hosted by F.A.M.E. One with photography by Vanache. Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St., 10 p.m. Tuesday, free, 21-plus, 215-840-3577,

Lee "Scratch" Perry: A musical icon, Perry is credited as one of the originators of the dub subgenre in the 1960s. Also performing is Maryland-based group, Lionize, with DJs Ruder1 and Rob Paine of Solomonic Sound on the turntables throughout the evening. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 7 p.m. Thursday, $25 and $35 in advance, $28 and $38 day of show, 215-222-1400,


The Girls At Dawn: Fans of the Dum Dum Girls should check out this latest Girl Group-inspired Brooklyn trio. They open for Philly buzz bands Reading Rainbow and Creepoid, plus Austin psych band Rayon Beach. JR's, 22nd Street and Passyunk Avenue, 8 to 11:30 tonight, $5,

Positively Sick On South Street: Jukebox Zero Pete Santa Maria's punk 'n' roll monthly includes the high-energy shoutalongs of Howling Fantoids, The Accelerators (openers for the likes of Marky Ramone, Bad Religion, and L7), and the unstoppable Prisoners. Tritone, 1508 South St., 10 tonight, $6, 215–545–0475,

The Armchairs: The Philly psych-pop band celebrates the release of "Science & Advice" with The Extraordinaires, Hop Along, Queen Ansleis, and Agent Moosehead. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9 tonight, $10, 215-739-9684,

Girls Rock Philly Showcase: The weeklong, rock camp for girls ages 9-17 teaches the would-be Runaways everything from songwriting to stage presence. This year, the camp has swelled to 80 participants and 18 bands who will rock the Troc for the very first time. Trocadero, 10th and Arch streets, 1 p.m. tomorrow, $10, all ages, 215-922-LIVE,

Sweet Jane Vintage Grand Re-opening: After last month's benefit at the Barbary, the South Philly clothing and record store debuts its new space with a collection of prints by Nick Kulp. 1820 E. Passyunk Ave., 6-10 p.m. tomorrow, free, 215-339-0882.

Cults: The mysterious Brooklyn duo, a cross between '60s Girl Groups and 'tween pop, makes its debut with Maps & Atlases and Laura Stevenson & The Cans. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St., 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, $10, 215-291-4919,

Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret: Led by Pig Iron Theater's Dito van Reigersberg, the cabaret drag queen and company celebrate their five-year anniversary. Guests include fire-and-brimstone gospel-lounge singer Mr. Unloved and Pyramid $keem, a Tony Robbins-inspired dirty-Memphis-rap-meets-inspirational seminar solo project from Jay Purdy of The Extraordinaires. Tritone, 1508 South St., 9 p.m. tomorrow, $10, 215–545–0475,

Get Your Hair Cut, Kick Cancer in the Butt: The Sex Slaves' Eric 13, David Cohen, the Della Zucca Dancers and others perform this benefit to raise money for breast-cancer-vaccine research. Beautyworx Salon & Day Spa, 7242 Frankford Ave., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, $10, 215-332-1112,

Making Time Pool Party: Dave P and the gang leave the hot confines of the club and the city with Atlanta's self-proclaimed ambient punks Deerhunter. Flying W Airplane Pool, 60 Fostertown Road, Medford, N.J., 3 to 11 p.m. Sunday, $15-20, all ages, 215-821-7575,

Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque Calendar Release Party: Philly's only drag-king troupe releases its second calendar, which will be clever and sexy if last year is anything to go by. World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8 p.m. Sunday, $13, 215-222-1400,

Javelin: The Pitchfork- and David Byrne-approved bring their dizzying found sounds and eclectic jams to town with Warpaint, who are frequently compared to The Cure and Cocteau Twins. The Galaxie 500-inspired Beach Fossils open the show. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9 p.m. Monday, $10, 215-739-9684,

Delta Mirror: The L.A. band is eliciting a lot of Interpol comparisons but they are slower and more shoegazey. With The Ropes and Soars. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St., 8 p.m. Tuesday, $10, 215-291-4919,

Birds of Maya: The Philly psych trio jam with Cave, a new Drag City band influenced by Kraut Rock and post punk, and West Philly's Signals. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9 p.m. Tuesday, $10, 215-739-9684,

Philadelphia Weekly Concerts in the Park: Next week is a good one: The flamboyant indie pop band The Homophones with the much louder A Place to Bury Strangers. Rittenhouse Square, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, free, all ages,


Elio Villafranca: The Cuban-born pianist's first home after leaving the island was Philly, and he still maintains ties to the city as a resident professor at UArts. Villafranca leads his quintet through a unique blend of modern jazz, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and classical composition. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and Ben Franklin Parkway, 5:45 and 7:15 tonight, free with regular museum admission of $16, 215-763-8100,

Eric Mintel Quartet: Enjoy the Dave Brubeck-inspired piano stylings of Mintel along with a glass of locally-produced vino. Crossing Vineyards and Winery, 1853 Wrightstown Rd., Washington Crossing, Pa., 7 tonight, $10-$15, $25 with VIP seating and buffet, 215-493-6500, ext. 19,

Jackiem Joyner: The saxman plies his soul balladry as part of the Smooth Jazz Summer Nights series, sharing a bill with the Urban Jazz Coalition. Great Plaza, Penn's Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Market Street, 7:30 tonight, free, 215-928-8801,

Lucky Old Souls: This month's show features saxophonist Dan Peterson's Truth & Consequence Quartet, the latest in a series of performances geared toward generating new material for the band; and Classical Revolution, an ensemble dedicated to presenting chamber music in nontraditional venues. Moonstone Arts Center, 110 S. 13th St., 2nd Floor, 9 tonight, $8-$10,

Jump City Jazz Orchestra: Vocalist Karen Wilhelm joins the local classic-swing big band to perform vintage torch songs from the 1930s and '40s. Chris' Jazz Café, 1421 Sansom St., 8 and 10 tonight, $15, 215-568-3131,

Ameranouche Trio: A two-guitar and acoustic bass trio performing Django Reinhardt-influenced gypsy jazz. PSALM Salon, 5841 Overbrook Ave., 8 p.m. tomorrow, $16-$20, 215-477-7578,

Avant Ascension: The monthly avant-jazz showcase features percussionist Toshi Makihara, cornetist Todd Margasak, drummer Tim Conley and others. Tritone, 1509 South St., 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, $5, 215-545-0475,

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