Brad Paisley with the Band Perry and Scotty McCreery play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden. Tickets: $25-$80. Information: 1-800-745-3000, www.livenation.com.
Busy lady, Shawn Colvin: Earlier this month she released her first studio album in six years, All Fall Down
, on the same day as her ultra-dishy memoir, Diamond in the Rough
, a book she calls her "keep-pushing-through survivor story." In the 15 years since the release of the South Dakota-bred/ New York-based Colvin's only major record - 1996's platinum-selling, Grammy-winning A Few Small Repairs
- she remains something of a word-of-mouth success. All Fall Down
is a relatively dark album lyrically, but there's unmistakable sonic energy in these 11 songs about loss and redemption. With longtime friend and guitarist Buddy Miller at the helm, the 56-year-old Colvin's gone for a more rocking, guitar-based sound for the new record - and it totally works. Miller has performed onstage with her in recent weeks, but Colvin's on her own in Philly, a move that will keep the focus on her agile vocals and between-the-songs banter. - Nicole Pensiero
Shawn Colvin with the Royal You performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets $50. Information: 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.
For those whose tastes run to punkish rock-and-roll made by dudes old enough to feel their innocence slipping away but still young enough to rock out with a desperate abandon that recalls, yes, the Replacements, the Japandroids are the band of the moment. Celebration Rock
(Polyvinyl), the second full-length by the Vancouver duo of Brian King and David Prowse, is entirely of a piece with, and a great leap forward from, the band's rough-cut, excellently titled debut, Post Nothing
, and it's also one of the best records of the year.
- Dan DeLuca
Japandroids with Cadence Weapon play 9 p.m. Friday at Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. Tickets: $13. Phone: 215-739-9684, www.johnnybrendas.com.
Like the first fans of Phish and the Grateful Dead, early adopters of Umphrey's McGee must have a closet full of quality bootlegs to go with their hazy but happy memories of concerts gone by. Though adored for rollicking progressive jam compositions, the South Bend, Ind., six-piece started life as a quartet in 1997, covering everything from Vince Guaraldi's "Linus and Lucy" to Guns N' Roses. The UM wore its inspirations on its collective sleeve and waved a freak flag in devotion to the heaviest of heavy metal and prickly prog gods such as Frank Zappa and Robert Fripp. If that sounds like a mess, correct: a bloody good mess. Luckily, singer/guitarist Brendan Bayliss and keyboardist/vocalist Joel Cummins, UM's leaders from the start, have winnowed all those influences into a cohesive pop whole throughout their career, thrown big dollops of electronica and modern jazz into the mix, and come up with albums such as the now-classic studio album Anchor Drops
(2004) and 2011's Death by Stereo
. Beyond the boundaries of studio prowess, Umphrey's McGee does its best, most brazen work on stage. Philly's G. Love, no slouch when it comes to funky jams, opens the show.
- A.D. Amorosi
Umphrey's McGee and G. Love play at 8 p.m. Friday on Electric Factory's outdoor stage, 421 N. Seventh Street. Tickets: $29.50 in advance, $35 day of show. Information: 215-627-1332, www.electricfactory.info.