Live music and more, tonight through Thursday, compiled by Shaun Brady, Tom Di Nardo, James Johnson, Sara Sherr and Jonathan Takiff.


David Bryne: Opening night attraction at the Mann, Bryne is focusing on the pensive, oft mellow material he put together with longtime bud Brian Eno for the recent "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today" album. Eno won't be in the house, but the boisterous Slav rockers DeVotchKa will, in the opening slot. Another lure - Starr Catering has taken over (and upgraded) the hilltop dining tent service. Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue, 8 tonight, $25-$59, 215-893-1999,

Ellis Paul: One of New England's most seasoned singer/songwriters returns, with Robbie Schaefer opening. Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St., 7:30 tonight, $20, 215-928-0770,

Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes: King of Jersey soul rock returns. Shout out for some Tom Waits covers, subject of a recent, most excellent Southside album. Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, 8 tonight, $29.50-$42.50, 610-917-1228,

The Iguanas: New Orleans party band covers all the warm-weather bases, from good-time Louisiana rock and R&B to Caribbean jammin'. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 7:30 tonight, $23-$33, 215-222-1400,

Doves: If you like Coldplay, you'll fly high with this earnestly voiced, majestically scored and more forcefully rocking band. Opener Wild Light is equally worth your attention. Trocadero, 10th and Arch streets, 9 tonight, $25, 215-922-LIVE,

The Decemberists/Robyn Hitchock: While born in the U.S.A., the Decemberists' extended ballad tales suggest they were bottle fed on English folk rock of the 1970s. Hitchcock, working this time with his all-star (sidelining REMers) band, is the prime preserver of England's playful psychedelic pop. Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow streets, 8 p.m. tomorrow, $29.50-$32.50, 610-352-2887,

Art Brut: Jaded, sardonic sort Mark E. Smith fronts this snappy British band. With Cymbals Eat Guitars. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9 p.m. tomorrow, $15, 215-739-9684,

Todd Snider: Who sings about a baseball pitcher on LSD? About never getting your stuff together? This super-amusing and bewilderingly under-appreciated singer/songwriter. He's coming through to trumpet a new album, "The Excitment Plan," produced by Don Was. Mary Gauthier takes command in the opening spot. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 7:30 p.m. Sunday, $25-$35, 215-222-1400,

Swing Out Sister: Cool, swinging, jazz-flecked pop duo breaks out the hits and compatible newbies from their "Beautiful Mess." Upstairs at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 7 p.m. Sunday, $28-$33,

PJ Harvey: Polly Jean sharpens her acerbic, sometimes vengeful punk edge with longtime partner John Parish. Opening act: Pop Parker. Trocadero, 10th and Arch streets, 8 p.m. Sunday, $38.50, 215-922-LIVE,

Booker T: Stax/Volt keyboard legend and singer arrives sans MGs this time, yet still moving and grooving. The Dirk Quinn Band warms up. Sellersville Theater, Main and Temple streets, 8 p.m. Monday, $25, 215-257-5808,

Jenny Lewis: This sometime actress and former voice of Rilo Kiley carries on as an alt-country and gospel-attuned popster. Deer Tick (John McCauley) and Farmer Dave are walking that line, too. Trocadero, 10th and Arch streets, 8 p.m. Monday, $21/$23, 215-922-LIVE,

A.A. Bondy: This guy slowly creeps up and grabs you with a simply drawn yet ultimately effective folk/blues demeanor. With Holly Miroda. Kungfu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St., 8 p.m. Monday, $10, 866-468-7619,

Blk Jks: Pronounced "Black Jacks." A dynamic mash-up of punk, soul, dub and their native South-African flavors makes these imports one of the most unique taste sensations of the season. So So Glows opens. Kungfu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St., 8 p.m. Tuesday, $10, 866-468-7619,

Piers Faccini: Born in England, raised in France and well-traveled through Africa, this international troubadour combines elements of all three cultures in his exotic, textured sound. "Grey's Anatomy" and "Without a Trace" have used his music. Fan Ben Harper hails Piers as "Joseph Spencer meets Nick Drake meets Soundgarden." With Zach Djanikian. Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St., 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, $12, 215-928-0978,

Detroit Cobras: Defrosted from a cryogenic state, the Cobras warm up the primordial sounds of early '60s garage rock and tremulous girl groups. Blondie fans will dig 'em. With Dex Romweber Duo and Love City. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9 p.m. Wednesday, $12, 215-739-9684,

John Vanderslice: Crafty singer/songwriter is known as a prankster and for his breezy/haunting variants on indie pop. Expect some of the former and a heap of the latter from his new "Romanian Names" album. The Tallest Man on Earth opens. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9 p.m. Thursday, $12, 215-739-9684,

No Doubt: Gwen Stefani knows that variety isn't just the spice of life, it's also the secret to career longevity. So catch her reuniting with her old buds to celebrate their bouncy mix of punk rock, pop and Caribbean rhythms. Pramore opens. Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, $80, $10 lawn, 215-336-2000,


Mary J. Blige: Nine-time Grammy winner and platinum-selling artist couples her powerful voice with relatable lyrics that have made her a fan favorite for over 15 years. Borgata Event Center, One Borgata Way, Atlantic City, 8 tonight, sold out, 1-866-692-6742,

The Poet Tree: Come out and celebrate the first installment of what looks to be a compelling spoken word poetry meets R&B event. This edition features singers Rachel Raquel and Josh Banks, as well as Philadelphia's own Just Words. Hosted by Temple Radio's Brown B. Damani, 639 N. 66th St., 8 tonight, $10, 215-476-1600.

Hors d'oeuvres Pre-Picnic Jam: ?uestlove puts down the drumsticks and picks up his turntables at this pre-show jam featuring jazz/funk trio Soulive and longtime Roots collaborator Jaguar Wright. Hosted by Amanda Diva. TLA, 9 tonight, $15 in advance, $28 day of the show, 334 South St., 215-922-1011,

The Bounce: DJs Emynd and Bo Bliz offer their monthly mash-up of hip-hop, reggae, R&B and whatever else you can dance to. Expect an eclectic mix of new and old sounds. Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave., 9 tonight, free before 10 p.m., $5 after, 215-634-7400,

Hip Hop Lives: All good things must end, and it looks like that time has come for this long-running first-Friday showcase. They're going out with a bang with performances from Outerspace, Reef The Lost Cauze, Robothouse, Jawnzap7 and Beat Garden. Mighty Flipside Esq. and DJ Skipmode host and also celebrate Flipside's birthday. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave., 10 tonight, $10, 21-plus, 267-671-9298,

Chrisette Michele: Singers this talented don't come around too often. Listen to songs like "If I Have My Way," and you'll be a believer. Her Billboard chart-topping sophomore effort, "Epiphany," was released last month. House of Blues, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, 8 p.m. tomorrow, $30 and $35, 609-236-2583,

'Pain Poems' Album Release Party: Philly rhymer Sick Six celebrates his latest album and his birthday with Block McCloud, Charlie K, Chief Kamachi, Doap Nixon, Burke, Vas, Ill Aphillyates, Capo, Soulkwest, Rellik, Equinox, Nico The Beast and Alie. Hosted by Big O and DJ Akshun. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 9 p.m. tomorrow, $10, 21-plus, 215-739-5577,

Roots Picnic Afterparty & Prince Birthday Tribute: ?uestlove mans the wheels of steel for the second time this weekend when he joins Mike Nyce for a special edition of Tastytreats - also the Roots Picnic afterparty and a celebration of one of ?uestlove's biggest influences. Fluid Night Club, 613 S. 4th St., 10 p.m. tomorrow, $10, $5 with Picnic ticket stub, ladies free until 11 p.m., 21-plus, 215-629-3686,

Back 2 Basics Roots Picnic Afterparty: The Roots Picnic is so massive that it's getting two afterparties. This one features Back 2 Basics DJs King Britt and Dozia, as well as New Orleans-based DJ Soul Sister and Miami's DJ Lumin. Arts Garage, 1533-35 Ridge Ave., 10 p.m. tomorrow, $10, $5 with Roots Picnic Stub, 215-765-2702,

2009 Ya Dig?? Record Festival: Record enthusiasts, samplers and collectors buy, sell and trade rare vinyl and CDs. Plus a Youth Sampling Workshop at 11 a.m., and Collecting 101 at 1 p.m., before some of the area's best DJs take over - Lil' Dave, Ultraviolet, Mike Nyce, Dot.|Matic, Femstar, Roc-Da-Spot, Ambush, Damage, Uncut and AfroDJiak. There will also be a panel discussion on the future of vinyl hosted by Laiya St. Clair and featuring DJs Skeme Richards, Junior, Stylus, Adam Porter and more. Arts Garage, 1533-35 Ridge Ave., 1 p.m. Sunday, free, all ages, 215-765-2702,

Ray J: Singer and star of VH1's "For The Love of Ray J," the son of gospel singer Willie Norwood and little bro of singer Brandy performs and does a model search. Also performing, BizM!GHTY, Untouchablez, the Castronauts and Mario Efrain. Crocodile Rock, 520 W. Hamilton St., Allentown, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, $20 advance, $30 day of, 610-434-4600,

Beat Society - The Return: Beat Society is back with a very strong lineup featuring producers Chad "Wes" Hamilton, Marco Polo, Shish Boom Bah and Analogic as well as MCs Freeway, Skyzoo and Torae with DJ Sat-One. There are a lot of great hip-hop shows this week, but this one stands out as a great value. Silk City, 435 Spring Garden St., 10 p.m. Wednesday, $10, 21-plus, 215-592-8838,


Philly AIDS Thrift Garden Fundraiser: Includes live music from the Dangerous Ponies, DJ TransAm, food, booze, fabulous people and prizes in the gorgeous South Street mosaic garden. Magic Garden, 1022 South St., 5-9 tonight, $25-$50, 215-922-3186,

Denali: Like a rock-based Portishead, the stunning band recorded a pair of albums for Wilmington's Jade Tree and called it quits in 2004. They're back together with new tunes. Robes and Autocue open. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 8:30 tonight, $12, all ages,

Sgt Sass: Queer hip-hop duo who know their Lil' Kim from Le Tigre, celebrate the release of their latest EP, "Body Rock," joined by Yo Majesty's Shunda K, Benni E and Gang for the ultimate party bill. 941 Theater, 941 N. Front St., 9 tonight, $10, 215-235-1385,

Sex Dwarf: '80s new-wave dance party celebrates all things Far East for its "Big in Japan" theme. Fluid, 614 S. 4th St., 9 tonight, free before 10 or $5, 215-629-3686, http://djrobertdra

White Rabbits: Brooklyn buzz band and friend of Spoon's Britt Daniels refers to its music as "honky-tonk calypso," mixing up the old dance rock formula with good '80s ska, not the bad ska from the '90s. With the Subjects and Busses. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9:30 tonight, $12, 215-739-9684,

Best Fest: Enjoy the grassy hills of Clark Park at this 5th annual fest with Meg Baird, U.S. Girls, Paul Green School of Rock, Brown Recluse Sings, Pony Pants and many others. Clark Park, 43rd Street and Chester Avenue, 1-7 p.m. tomorrow, free, all ages,

Northern Liberties Music Festival: The other great outdoor local music fest is now in its 9th year, with Audible, Sweatheart, R.E.M. tribute band Twisted Kites, Beat Jams, Sir Charles Latham and more. Liberty Lands Park, 913-961 N. 3rd St., 4-10 p.m. tomorrow, free, all-ages,

Belle & Sebastian Dance Party: Dance to the beloved Scottish pop group and Scotland's other pop, punk and post-punk offerings, as well as a preview of Stuart Murdoch's solo debut, "God Help the Girl." National Mechanics, 22 S. 3rd St., 9 p.m. tomorrow, free, 215-701-4883,

England Belongs To Twee: Delicate indie-pop rubs shoulders with working-class oi anthems at this unlikely DJ night. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St., 10 p.m. tomorrow, free, 215-291-4919,

Girls Rock Philly Silent Auction: Summer rock camp for girls is in its third year, and it's looking for your support. There's music by Nora Whittaker, Frisky or Trusty, Victor Victor Band, Kitten Disaster, Attia Taylor and the Lopez, plus goodies from local businesses. 117 South St., 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, free, all ages, 484-433-6678,

Dark Meat: 18-piece psychedelic cult band from Athens returns with the Popo, now on Diplo's Mad Decent label, and Nymph. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front Street, 8p.m. Sunday, $8, 215-291-4919,

Mondo Topless: Philly garage giants are joined by Jersey mod rockers the Black Hollies and Midnight Beat. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9 p.m Sunday, $10, 215-739-9684,

Pink Mountaintops: It's Stephen McBean of Black Mountain's solo project. Quest for Fire opens. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9 p.m. Monday, $10, 215-739-9684,

Robes: Philly newcomers, frequently compared to My Bloody Valentine and Joy Division, start their monthlong residency at Silk City. With the Picture, the Immediate's Brothers Geida and DJ Robair. Silk City, 5th and Spring Garden streets, 9 p.m. Tuesday, $5, 592-8838,

Fiery Furnaces: Quirky brother-sister act returns for a super-intimate show. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St., 8 p.m. Wednesday, $10, 215-291-4919,

Dillinger Escape Plan: R5's favorite math/spazz/metal weirdo band plays with The #12 Looks Like You and Knife the Glitter. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 8 p.m. Wednesday, $15, all ages,

Natalie Portman's Shaved Head: Cheeky electro-rockers from Seattle continue their June residency at the North Star with Gang and A's Rage. North Star Bar, 27th and Poplar streets, 8 p.m. Wednesday, $10, 215-684-0808,

Apostle of Hustle: Broken Social Scene side project joins Forro on the Dark and Native Black. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front Street, 8 p.m. Thursday, $10, 215-291-4919,


Gaida: Raised in Damascus, the one-name vocalist blends Arabic music, Syrian folksong and an invigorating openness to inspiration born of her adopted New York, where influences come fast and furious. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street & Ben Franklin Parkway, 5:45 and 7:15 tonight, free with regular museum admission of $14, 215-763-8100,

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Brooklyn-based blogger/band-leader brings his 18-piece "steampunk big band," an eclectic ensemble that blends gorgeous jazz arrangements with indie-rock electricity. International House, 3701 Chestnut St., 8 tonight, $12, 215-387-5125,

Guitars & Saxes 2009: Annual smooth jazz package tour offers axeman Jeff Golub, saxists Euge Groove and Jessy J, plus keyboardist Jeff Lorber. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside, 8 tonight, $35-$45, 215-572-7650,

Jeff "Tain" Watts: Trumpeter Terrell Stafford joins the powerhouse drummer and his quartet for a show at the recently revitalized Clef Club. Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz, 738 S. Broad St., 8 & 11 p.m. tomorrow, $25-$30, 215-893-9912,

Jed Levy Quartet: NY-based saxophonist leads a down-to-business group featuring drummer Billy Drummond, pianist George Colligan and bassist Ugonna Okegwo. Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., 8 & 10 p.m. tomorrow, $20, 215-568-3131,

Artists of the City Awards Benefit: Among the Painted Bride's annual awards honorees is saxophonist Odean Pope, whose legacy as an educator is almost as important as his musical one. Also being honored, actor/director German Wilson and choreographer Kun-Yang Lin. Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St., 3 p.m. Sunday, $50-$500, 215-925-9914,

Sci-Fi Philly: NY-based quintet Floriculture Music, led by pianist Carl Maguire; Anomolous Warmth, featuring members of Shot x Shot and the Sonic Liberation Front; and trombonist Dan Blacksberg's Synthesis Music. Gojjo, 4540 Baltimore Ave., 8 p.m. Sunday, $5,

Diane Monroe Quartet: Violinist who worked alongside drummer Max Roach and continued as a member of the Uptown String Quartet, which Roach founded, returns to her native Philly leading a quartet including vibist Tony Miceli. Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., 8 p.m. Tuesday, $12, 215-568-3131,


Pennsylvania Ballet: After 21 years, the company again presents the classic "La Sylphide," considered the oldest classical and first Romantic ballet. Restaged by the famed Peter Martins, the tale set in Scotland was given more characterization but retained the demands of the original choreography. Martins' setting of Samuel Barber's lush Violin Concerto, a company premiere, compares classical ballet and modern moves with fascinating insight into dance. Allan Lewis is on the podium, and the violin soloist is Philly native Luigi Mazzocchi. Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets, 8 tonight, tomorrow, Thursday and June 12, noon tomorrow, 2 p.m. Sunday and June 13, $24-$129, 215-893-1999,


Philadelphia Orchestra: Charles Dutoit takes the podium in an extroverted quartet of audience favorites, including Rachmaninoff's glowing Symphonic Dances and Ravel's sumptuous post-World War I take on the crumbled Austrian empire, the throbbing "La Valse." French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, solos in Ravel's brooding Piano Concerto for the Left Hand and Liszt's keyboard juggernaut "Totentanz" ("Dance of Death"). Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 2 p.m. today and Sunday, 8 p.m. tomorrow, $39-$125, 215-893-1999,

Peter Nero and the Philly Pops: Nero stacks the deck for this 30th anniversary concert, bringing in Broadway stars Ann Hampton Calloway and Christiane Noll, television sweetheart Lucie Arnaz and Grammy-winner Jack Jones. Congratulations to this famous emblem of Philly pride. Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, 7 tonight, $38-$113, 215-875-7699,

The Crossing: Donald Nally's excellent chorus performs seven pieces to varied texts, including works by local composer Kile Smith. Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave., 8 tonight, $25, 609-828-2877,

Sinfonietta Nova: Gail H. Lee conducts the orchestra in an Italian program that includes sacred music by Gabrieli, Rossini's famous Overture to "William Tell" and Mendelssohn's Fourth Symphony, the "Italian." Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 177 Princeton-Hightstown Road, Princeton Junction, N.J., 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, $15, 609-918-1205.

New York Chamber Ensemble: A diverse offering of the Op. 4 Violin Sonata by Mendelssohn, Schumann's Op. 47 Piano Quartet, John Harbison's "Songs America Loves to Sing" and Paul Schoenfeld's Sonatina for flute, clarinet and piano. Episcopal Church of the Advent, Washington and Franklin Streets, Cape May, N.J., 8 p.m. Tuesday, $20, 800-275-4278,

The Crossing and Princeton Singers: Opening the Chorus America conference, two ensembles demonstrate the spectrum of vocal music. St. Peter's Church, 3rd and Pine streets, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, free, 215-925-5968.

Philadelphia Singers: As hosts of the 32nd annual Chorus America Conference, David Hayes' singers present a major program. The 50-voice chorus will perform Donald Martino's a cappella Seven Pious Pieces and Charles Martin Loeffler's "By the Rivers of Babylon." Expanded to 150 voices as the Philadelphia Singers Chorale, they will offer Bruckner's stirring Mass in E Minor, with winds and brass from the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, 8 p.m. Thursday, $36-$61, 215-893-1999,

Network for New Music: Ensemble led by Jan Krzywicki joins in the Hidden City Philadelphia arts festival with part of a program called "Re-Sounding." Todd Reynolds' world premiere, "The New Royalty," will feature a visual design by Laurie Olinder and film design by Bill Morrison. Ars Nova workshop presents a video by Anri Sala accompanied by saxophonists Jameel Moondoc and Marshall Allen. Royal Theater, 1524 South Street, 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, $20, 267-597-3808,

Bay Atlantic Symphony: Jed Gaylin wraps the Cape May Music Festival with a program for strings, including Gershwin's Lullaby, Holst's lively "St. Paul's Suite," Tchaikovsky's Andante Cantabile and the familiar "Four Seasons" by Vivaldi. First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St., Cape May, N.J., 8 p.m. Thursday, $25, 800-275-4278, *