Erykah Badu at the Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St., at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $61.40. Phone: 215-627-1332, www.electricfactory.info.
Murder by Death / Man Man / Northern Arms
Murder by Death, Indiana's noisy self-acknowledged proponents of "whiskey devil music," are the night's headliners. And they're a solidly spooktacular bunch touring on the back of 2012's Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon. Where the macabre meets the rubber that meets the dark and scary road, nobody does eerie mash-rock like Philly's Man Man. Still, it's Philly's noir pop Northern Arms that is this show's darkest delight. Headed by songwriter/singer Keith Richard Peirce and Eric "W.H." Bandel, Northern Arms is ambient atmospheric music with grandly poetic lyrics that provokes its players (now featuring a local superstar membership of guys from bands like Lefty's Deceiver, Black Landlord, and Sugar Skulls) to act like a congregation in a church of Peirce's making. They're on a mission. Their coming full-length The Nail and the Rope will prove that. Add the fact that its latest single "Last Horse" is dedicated to the late Rick "D" (the co-owner of Tritone) and the whole Northern Arms affair is ghostly and holy indeed.
- A.D. Amorosi
Murder by Death, Man Man, and Northern Arms play Saturday at 8 p.m. at Union Transfer, 1024 Spring Garden St. Tickets: $22/$24. Information: 215-232-2100, www.utphilly.com
For now, Anton Zaslavski, the German DJ and composer known as Zedd, is known primarily within the growing electronic dance music community. That's all about to change, however. When the classically trained mixologist appeared on Late Show With David Letterman
this year, you might not even have guessed he was a dance music maker: Instead, he tickled the ivories on a grand piano, backed up by live strings and accompanied by the lone female vocalist known as Foxes. And if you haven't heard of Foxes, you're surely familiar with Zedd's next collaborator: He's producing ARTPOP,
the Lady Gaga album that will likely marry the pop superstar's natural tendency toward bombast with ecstatic EDM catharsis.
- Dan DeLuca
Zedd with Fareoh at Lit Ultrabar, 460 N. Second St., at 10 p.m. Monday. 18 and over. Tickets: $15-$30. Phone: 215-238-0170, www.litultrabar.com.