Live music and more, tonight through Thursday, compiled by Shaun Brady, Tom Di Nardo, James Johnson, Sara Sherr and Laurie
POP . . . plus
Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood: Clapton's been reconnecting like crazy with his past - Cream reunions, Yardbirds-like gigs with Jeff Beck and Blind Faith (and more!) collaborations with Winwood, who reportedly keeps up pretty well with the guitar god and wows 'em on the Hammond B3. Who says you can't find your way home? Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 8 tonight, $65-$150, 800-298-4200, www.ComcastTIX.com.
Subdudes: Solid blues, reliably Cajun-spiced and served up nice in a rural setting. With Clarence Bucaro. Appel Farm, 457 Shirley Road, Elmer, N.J., 8 tonight (pre-show picnic, 6 p.m.), $29.50, 856-358-2472, www.appelfarm.com.
Jake Shimabukuro: Crowned the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele (that's pronounced oo-koo-LAY-lay), Shimabukuro and his lightning-fast fingers have revolutionized how this instrument is viewed, taking it beyond traditional Hawaiian sounds to include funk, jazz, classical and more. Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, 8 tonight, $22-$29.50, 610-917-1228, www.thecolonialtheatre.com.
Love in October: Formed in Minneapolis by Swedish brothers Erik (vocals/guitar/moog) and Kent Widman (bass/percussion), the band throws indie and international pop-rock influences into the Waring and blends it smooth without sacrificing the blast. Doc Watson's, 216 S. 11th St., 9 tonight, $8, 21-plus, 215-397-3040.
He is Legend: He is also very, very loud - hard rock toying with stoner metal. Expect sets to pull from the band's new disc, "It Hates You," which drops July 21. Drop Dead, Gorgeous headlines, plus Before Their Eyes, Eyes Set to Kill and And Then There Were None. The Note, 142 E. Market St., 6:30 tonight, $18, all-ages, West Chester, www.thenotewc.com.
Fleetwood Mac: Billed as the "Unleashed Tour," it's really a greatest hits jaunt. There is sure to be lots of material. Rumor has it that Lindsey Buckingham steals the show. Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, 8 p.m. tomorrow. $49.50-$149.50, www.ticketmaster.com.
Kùlú Mèlé African Dance & Drum Ensemble: Last December, the troupe went to Guinea to collaborate on a dance with other artists. A documentary about the trip, "In Search of Mali Sadjo," will be screened, preceded by a live African drum performance, and followed by a discussion with artists and filmmakers. Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, $9.50, $6.75 seniors, $5 members, students free with ID, 610-527-4008, BrynMawrFilm.org.
Better Than Ezra: Earnest alt-rock from another Louisiana-spawned band. Trocadero, 10th and Arch streets, 8 p.m. Wednesday, $22.50, 215-922-LIVE, www.thetroc.com.
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band: For these prices, they should throw in a pink crustacean - or a margarita. Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, 8 p.m. Thursday and June 19, $136, $36 lawn, 215-336-2000, www.livenation.com.
The Hustle: Featuring MC Kuf Knotz with singer/songwriter Nora Whittaker, Hustle combines rock, hip-hop, soul and a few other genres for surprisingly good results. They'll be joined by fellow genre blenders Dialects, who combine hip-hop, reggae and dancehall rhythms with lyrics from rappers Arcane and Syne. Puck, 14 E. Court St., Doylestown, 8:30 tonight, $10, 21-plus, 215-348-9000, www.pucklive.com.
Scanz: Young New Jersey native has already worked with some of the biggest names in hip-hop, from KRS-One to Mr. Lif. Scanz's skills on the mike and behind the boards producing have definitely been noticed. Also performing, J. Twiz. Pub Webb, 1527 Cecil B. Moore Ave., 10 tonight, 21-plus, 267-687-8256, www.pubwebb.com.
Philadelphia Slick: Fresh off the release of their latest album, "Oil," this hometown hip-hop band is headed back to the North Star Bar along with the Jason Ager Band, Stretch Lefty and Cassoria. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 9 p.m. tomorrow, $8, 21-plus, 215-787-0488, www.northstarbar.com.
Tastytreats: This long-running weekly hip-hop jam has had a string of great guests in recent weeks. This time it's legendary producer Pete Rock, who will serve as guest DJ along with regular contributer Mike Nyce. Hosted by Yameen Allworld. Fluid Night Club, 613 S. 4th St., 10 p.m. tomorrow, $10, 21-plus, 215-629-3686, www.fluidnightclub.com.
Uprock: Local rhymer Jawnzap7 hosts this benefit b-boy dance party featuring DJ Razor Ramon, Cramske, Seedless and Duiji 13. The party is presented by King Hannibal, one of the city's best breakers, and proceeds will go towards supporting the Lancaster Avenue Autonomous Space. LAVA, 4134 Lancaster Ave.,10 p.m. tomorrow, $3 in advance, $5 at the door, 215-387-6155, lavazone.org.
Ill Bill: This hardcore rhymer pulls no punches with lyrics that tackle everything from government conspiracies to racism to the horrors of drug addiction. Fellow La Coka Nostra member Slaine and DJ Eclipse will be coming along for the ride, as well as Philly-based band Black Landlord. The Note, 142 E. Market St., West Chester, 7 p.m. Wednesday, $13 in advance, $15 at the door, 21-plus, 484-947-5713, www.thenotewc.com.
HeartBeat Da Producer Album Release Party: The name doesn't quite say it all in this case, since HeartBeat also rhymes, but the part about him releasing an album is correct. Come celebrate his latest work, "Spotless Mind," along with P.O.R. and DJ Tactics. Fluid Night Club, 613 S. 4th St., 8 p.m. Wednesday, $15, 21-plus, 215-629-3686, www.fluidnightclub.com.
Legrand: Multilingual, multitalented, Philadelphia-based MC headlines, while a host of acts keep the stage warm. Opening acts include Napoleon Suarez, Syn the Villian, Joe Cation! and more. Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St., 9 p.m. Thursday, $5 in advance, $10 at the door, 215-922-5483, www.thetroc.com.
Paint it Black: The Philly punk faves celebrate the release of their latest single, "Amnesia" with Ceremony, Crime in Stereo, Title Fight and the Ardmore Assault. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 7:30 tonight, $10, all ages, www.r5productions.com.
Creep Records Showcase: West Chester punk label presents the legendary Flag of Democracy, Wally, Backwoods Payback, Greater Enemy and Jet Fighter. 941 Theater, 941 Front St., 8 tonight, $13, 215-235-1385, www.941theater.com.
Get Positively Sick on South Street: Punk-and-roll monthly's focus this time out is power pop with the Figgs, Washington's D.C.'s the Charm Offensive and the Thirteen, who were recorded by the Figgs' Pete Donnelly. Tritone, 1508 South St., 9 tonight, $8, www.tritonebar.com.
Sir Richard Bishop & His Freak of Araby Ensemble: The former Sun City Girls member focuses on the music of Middle East and North Africa, especially from the late 1960s and early 1970s. With Oaxacan and Kensington guitarist Jack Rose. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9:30 tonight, $10, 215-739-9684, www.johnnybrendas.com.
Art for the Cash Poor: In Liquid's annual party and art sale includes music by Illinois, the Cobbs, Iron, Oud Blues, Leana Song, Gentleman Christ and DJs Deejay and Royal T. Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American St., 1-6 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, free, all ages, 215-235-3405, www.inliquid.com.
Philly Dyke March: For the past 11 years, this has been an alternative to the male-dominated, corporate sponsored Gay Pride event. Women from all walks of life and persuasions are welcome to attend a rally and take over the streets. Kahn Park, 11th and Pine streets, 3-6 p.m. tomorrow, free, all ages, www.myspace.com/philadelphiadykemarch.
Art + Soul Food: Brewerytown galleries and restaurants open the doors, offering pottery, video, painting, light shows, jewelry, water ice and, of course, soul food. Girard Avenue between 26th and 30th streets, 6-9 p.m. tomorrow, free, all ages, http://artplussoulfood.blogspot.com.
Heathers: Surprisingly, no one had named themselves after the classic mean-girl flick til the name went to this sprightly tart acoustic female duo from Dublin. They even have a song called "What's Your Damage." With Grandchildren, Ghost Mice and Best Friends. Pi Lam, 3914 Spruce St., 8 p.m. tomorrow, www.myspace.com/thepilam.
Sunset Rubdown: Wolf Parade side project joins Montreal/Japan duo Elfin Saddle and Witchie. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9 p.m. tomorrow, $12, 215-739-9684, www.johnnybrendas.com.
Hell Under The El: Motorhead-like New Yorkers Midnight Fistfight play their first El Bar show, along with the very loud Nirvana/Black Sabbath-influenced Mourning Electra and Parachuting Apostles. El Bar, Front and Master streets, 9 p.m. tomorrow, $5, 215-634-6430, www.hellundertheel.com.
Mika Miko: If you can't get Ida Maria tickets, go see this L.A. coed punk band, which has really grown into its own. Garage rockers the Strange Boys are worth checking out, too. Also: Pegasuses-XL. Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., 8-11 p.m. Monday, all ages, myspace.com/dangerdangergallery.
Clues: This Montreal, Arcade Fire and Unicorns spin-off band makes its debut with Philly psych-pop faves Drink Up Buttercup and the Bee Team side-project Conversations with Enemies. Barbary, Frankford Avenue and Columbus Boulevard, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, $10, all ages, www.r5productions.com.
Telekinesis: Sunny power pop from Merge Records joins another must-see, An Horse, and Philly's Steve Goldberg & the Arch Enemies. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St., 8 p.m. Tuesday, $10, 215-291-4919, www.kungfunecktie.com.
Bill Callahan: If you didn't get to cram into AKA Records to see him the last time around, the man who used to be Smog returns with his literate storytelling. Lights open. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9 p.m. Tuesday, $12-13, 215-739-9684, www.johnnybrendas.com.
Bachelorette: The one-woman synth band from New Zealand makes her Philly debut with Pikelet. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St., 8p.m. Wednesday, $10, 215-291-4919, www.kungfunecktie.com.
Girl in a Coma: Austin group is like a female Smiths with a rockabilly twist. With the Lopez, Miss Derringer and Dear Althea. Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., 8 p.m. Wednesday, $8, 215-238-5888, www.thekhyber.com.
Dirty Projectors: This band has shifted gears more than a few times, from freak folk to Black Flag covers, but their left-field pop is the best incarnation so far. With Ali Farke Toure's son Vieux Farka Toure and Skeletons. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, $13, www.r5productions.com.
Sick of It All: The legendary New York City hardcore band returns with Wisdom in Chains, Capital and My Turn to Win. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 7:30 p.m. Thursday, $14, all ages, www.r5productions.com.
The Capitol Years: It's the local indie fave's first show in a year to warm up for a European tour. With Detroit power-poppers the High Strung, War on Drugs and Donny Hue & the Colors. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St., 8 p.m. Thursday, $10, 215-291-4919, www.kungfunecktie.com.
Battle of the Blogs: Philly blogs Bag of Songs, Popwreckoning and Teenage Kicks pick their new favorites - the Bye Byes, Splash1 and Lima Research Society. North Star Bar, 27th and Poplar streets, 8 p.m. Thursday, $8, 215-684-0808, www.northstarbar.com.
Julian Pressley Trio: Philly altoist and his trio (drummer Edgar Bateman and bassist Calvin Hill), joined by the Clef Club Senior Ensemble. Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz, 738 S. Broad St., 7 & 10 tonight, $12-$15, 215-893-9912, www.clefclub.org.
Odean Pope & Sunny Murray: Two of the leading lions of 1960s free jazz reunite, but don't expect much in the way of nostalgia. Philly tenor titan Pope and drummer Murray aren't much for looking backwards. Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St., 8 tonight, $12, arsnovaworkshop.com.
Tessa Souter: Elegant vocalist Souter, of Trinidadian and British heritage, follows up her 2005 effort with two upcoming discs, an all-star standards affair on a Japanese label and a U.S. disc with her own tunes, flirting with flamenco and Middle Eastern influences. Chris' Jazz Café, 1421 Sansom St., 8 & 10 p.m. tomorrow, $20, 215-568-3131, www.chrisjazzcafe.com.
Sci-Fi Philly: A solo set by bassist Christopher Williams from Barcelona, tenor saxist Dave Sayers' Trio, Richhmond-based five-piece Glows in the Dark, and a group led by drummer John Testa. Gojjo, 4540 Baltimore Ave., 8 p.m. Sunday, $5, www.scifiphilly.com.
Bill Frisell Trio: Frisell's uncanny blend of Americana and jazz has gone from being a beautiful curiosity to virtually a genre on its own, and with longtime trio-mates Tony Scherr (bass) and Kenny Wollesen (drums), it's easy to understand why, as improvisational sparks fly from country twang and rock squeals. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 7:30 p.m. Sunday, $40-$50, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.
DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival: At 21, the Wilmington festival has definitely come of age, featuring appearances by heavyweights like Roy Haynes, Jason Moran, the Bad Plus and Ivan Neville, alongside smooth jazz crowd-pleasers and the annual Duke Ellington sacred music concert. Rodney Square, 11th & Market streets, Wilmington, Del., June 15-21, free, 302-576-3095, www.cliffordbrownjazzfest.com.
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 p.m. tonight and noon tomorrow, $24-$129, 215-893-1999, www.paballet.org.
Philadelphia Orchestra: Charles Dutoit conducts the complete "Images" of Debussy, one of his orchestral masterpieces. The bookend sections, "Gigues" and "Rondes de Printemps," surround the sumptuous three-section "Iberia." Shostakovich's fiery Fifth Symphony completes a program not to be missed. Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce streets, 2 p.m. today, 8 p.m. tomorrow and Tuesday, $39-$125, 215-893-1999, www.philorch.org.
Opera Company of Philadelphia: The final two performances of Benjamin Britten's "The Rape Of Lucretia" mark the company's chamber opera debut at the Perelman Theater.
This staging is blessed with a dream cast, boasting mezzo Tamara Mumford in the title role and superstar company favorites William Burden, tenor, and baritone Nathan Gunn as rival generals. David Hayes is the conductor in this new production, with direction by Will Kerley and sets and costumes by Nicholas Vaughn. Perelman Theater,
Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 8 tonight and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, $30-$119, 215-893-1999, www.operaphilly.com.
Mendelssohn Club: As part of the Hidden City Festival, the chorus will present the world premiere of David Lang's "Battle Hymns." Led by its music director Alan Harler, the Mendelssohn voices will present their third collaboration with the Leah Stein Dance Company. Armory of the First Troop, Philadelphia City Cavalry, 22 S. 23rd St., 4 and 6 p.m. tomorrow and June 20, $20, 267-597-3808, www.mcchorus.org.
Savoy Company: This Gilbert and Sullivan company, founded in 1901, continues its tradition with the popular "Pirates Of Penzance." Dan Rothermel conducts in his 29th season of G&S classics.
The show will be directed by Roberta Morrell, formerly of the famed D'Oyly Carte Opera Co., with a new design by the great illustrator and cartoonist Arnold Roth.
Longwood Gardens, Route 1 in Kennett Square, 8:30 tonight and tomorrow, $25 includes admission to the gardens, 215-735-7161, www.savoyshop.com.
Commonwealth Youthchoirs: For their 5th annual gala, the Keystone State Boychoir and the Pennsylvania Girlchoir will team up in a special program. Guest artist is the superstar mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, who'll thrill the youthful voices in this memorable collaboration. Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 7 p.m. Tuesday, $70-$75, 215-893-1999, www.cychors.org.
Rossini's "Il Viaggio a Reims": Rossini's comic masterpiece, about a group of foreign visitors on their way to an 1825 coronation, gets a rare performance in this recent production from Milan's La Scala opera house.
Patricia Ciofi and Daniela Barcellona star, with Ottavio Dantone at the podium. In this show, designed by Gae Aulenti, screens inside and outside La Scala show a procession across Milan that enters the fabled theater.