Bon Iver with the Rosebuds play 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Tower Theater, 69th & Ludlow Sts, Upper Darby. Tickets: $47.20-$57.60. Information: 610-352-2887, www.livenation.com.
BAD / H.R.
When Mick Jones was fired from the Clash in 1983, he rebounded pretty well, forming the similarly influenced Big Audio Dynamite. Although the lineup changed over the next decade, as did the band's name, Jones and his rotating cast of bandmates released nine studio albums, culminating in 1997's self-released Entering a New Ride
. With influences including funk, reggae, and the aggressive punk pioneered by the Clash, BAD (as they're commonly known) had hits both in the U.K. and United States. Their music and attitude were multicultural and edgy, rollicking and raucous. Jones' vocals were simultaneously sung and snarled, while tunes were simple and highly melodic. Their activity petered out in the late 1990s, but they announced early this year that the original crew would be reuniting and touring eight U.S. cities with their old material. For their Philadelphia date, they've pulled Bad Brains singer H.R. (actual name: Paul Hudson) to open. He specializes in mellow, groove-heavy reggae.
- Katherine Silkaitis
Big Audio Dynamite and H.R. play 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. Tickets: $29.50-$32. Information: 215-627-1331, www.electricfactory.info.
Richard Bush & the Peace Creeps
In the late '70s/early '80s, singer/guitarist Richard Bush led the A's to a decent measure of regional fame and plenty of critical acclaim, then disappeared from the music scene for more than a decade, only to reemerge five years ago, fronting a new band, the Peace Creeps. Since then, Bush & Co. have built a fervent Philly following, making the Tin Angel their home base for inspired live performances that showcase his still-dynamic stage presence and the band's penchant for '60s-tinged power-pop. Bush and songwriting partner Anthony "Ajay" McLaughlin have continued their somewhat backward-looking/forward-sounding pop/rock mix for the band's second album, Time Machine
, the focus of its Tin Angel CD-release show Saturday. The disc's title is a nod to what McLaughlin has called "our little 1968 rock-and-roll band reenactment society." With song titles like "Meet the Beatles" and "When the Revolution Comes," it's an unashamedly sincere yet utterly original-sounding homage to their musical forebears.
- Nicole Pensiero
Richard Bush and the Peace Creeps play 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tin Angel, 20 S. Second St. Tickets: $10. Information: 215-928-0770, www.tinangel.com.