Music critics' picks
POP There's usually just two of them on stage. But after a decade on their own, Pete and Maura Kennedy have the musical richness and performing "umph" of a full-fledged folk-rock band. They've been recording and performing lately as the Stringbusters, a ukelele-toting swing duo, the kid-friendly Snacks, with the Celtic-flavored ensemble the Strangelings, and as solo artists.
There's usually just two of them on stage. But after a decade on their own, Pete and Maura Kennedy have the musical richness and performing "umph" of a full-fledged folk-rock band. They've been recording and performing lately as the Stringbusters, a ukelele-toting swing duo, the kid-friendly Snacks, with the Celtic-flavored ensemble the Strangelings, and as solo artists.
Maura's got one of those lilting yet fervent voices that really drill into your noggin, while Pete's a great harmonizer and string-slinger. See 'em live and be convinced.
Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St., 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, $15, 215-928-0978, www.tinangel.com.
- Jonathan Takiff
Somewhere between the novelty of Tenacious D and cheeky metal revivalists like the Darkness is Bang Camaro - it's just that the Boston collective has about 19 more lead singers than most bands. Even though their chorus is like a heavy-metal Polyphonic Spree, there's plenty of Judas Priest and Def Leppard riffage for old metal heads and young kids rocking Iron Maiden T-shirts. The perfect start to an over-the-top evening is Philly's own X-rated Neil Diamond parodist, Dirty Diamond.
North Star Bar, 27th and Poplar streets, 9 p.m. tomorrow, $12, 215-684-0808, www.northstarbar.com.
- Sara Sherr
The second entry in the Kimmel's season-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis' seminal "Kind of Blue" album finds Fred Hersch standing in for both of the session's pianists. As storied and influential as Wynton Kelly may have been, he played on only one track; it's Bill Evans' influence on the recording that weighs on history, and certainly was the reason Hersch was chosen here.
His hushed, emotional playing has long attracted comparisons to Evans, but there's no confusing the two. The mere appreciation of quiet and delicacy is not enough to tag Hersch, one of the most inventive players of his generation, as anything close to his clone, which makes him all the more appropriate to pay tribute to his trailblazing forebear. With Hersch: bassist Joe Martin and drummer Nasheet Waits.
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, $32-$38, 215-893-1999, www.kimmelcenter.org.
- Shaun Brady
The husband and wife duo of Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon - better known as Kindred the Family Soul - will mark a homecoming of sorts when they bring their unique love to the TLA. Kindred, like so many other Philly soul outfits, got its big push performing at the legendary Black Lily showcases at the now-defunct Five Spot. They have crafted a sound that echoes the Philly International vibe while incorporating relationship and marital anecdotes. Prime examples: "Surrender to Love" and "Who's Going to Comfort You," off their sophomore album, "In This Life Together." Kindred, which fronts a 10-piece band, last month released their latest album, "The Arrival."
Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St., 8 p.m. Tuesday, $20, 215-922-1011, www.livenation.com.
- Damon C. Williams
In between conducting Wagner's five-hour "Tristan und Isolde" at the Metropolitan Opera and publicizing his third book, "Music Quickens Time," multi-talented artist Daniel Barenboim is dropping into Philly for a piano recital. Few musicians flourish in both conducting and playing careers, especially at such an extraordinary level.
Barenboim has selected a challenging program of piano works by legendary keyboard titan Franz Liszt, including the second volume of "Years of Pilgrimage," and the Two Legends. He'll also play some of Liszt's Paraphrases on Verdi, rampaging embellishments of melodies he remembered after attending Verdi operas. These pieces have found the ideal interpreter.
Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce streets, 8 p.m. Monday, $35-$85, 215-893-1999, www.kimmelcenter.org.
- Tom Di Nardo