Live music and more, tonight through Thursday, compiled by Shaun Brady, Tom Di Nardo, James Johnson, Sara Sherr and Jonathan Takiff.
POP . . . plus
Get The Led Out: Philadelphia-based Led Zeppelin tribute band moves it on up to the Electric Factory. Ready to lend them a "Whole Lotta Love"? Electric Factory, 7th and Willow streets, 8:30 tonight, $25, 215-336-2000, www.livenation.com.
Philabundance Benefit: Lizanne Knott co-headlines this fourth annual fund- and food-raiser, along with fellow Philly locals Beaucoup Blue and John Conahan. Don't forget to bring a nonperishable food item. Upstairs Live, World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 9 tonight, $6, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.
Spring Standards/Gabriel Kahane: New York-based Standards (two girls and a guy) serve up a snappy, harmonious folk-pop sound that's easy on the ears and emotionally nourishing. Also venturing down from the Big Apple is highly inventive, highfalutin' chamber popster Kahane, opening with his grandly sung and sometimes psychologically twisted pop/classical/Broadway tunes. Fans of Sufjan Stevens, Rufus Wainwright and Van Dyke Parks will connect. Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St., 10 tonight, $12, 215-928-0978, www.tinangel.com.
DeSoto Rust: If you relish Son Volt and Neil Young, you're primed for this rootsy country-rockin' band, which curiously calls both our city and Hattiesburg, Miss., home. Expect lots from their new "Highway Gothic" set. With Wabi Sabi. Cherrywood Bar & Grill, 1460 Blackwood-Clementon Road, Clementon, N.J., 10 tonight, 856-227-1281, www.cherrywoodgrille.com.
Mutlu: Philly-based soul-folk singer/songwriter got wracked up in an auto accident last weekend, forcing the cancellation of tonight's Sellersville Theater show. Feel better, fella!
Chris Smither: As a young blues singer/picker, he had the weathered voice of experience. Now the rest of him has caught up in a very good way, judging from the warm, effortless sounds on Smither's aptly named new album "Time Stands Still." Should also be in his element in this intimate, vinyl and CD-perfumed retail setting, performing two sets. Record Collector, 358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown, N.J., 7:30 tonight, $20, 609-324-0860, www.the-record-collector.com.
Susan Werner: What stylistic muse is driving this creative, cabaret popster this week? Strummy folk? Piano-based singer/songwriter pop? Torchy standards? Whatever, you'll be moved and amused. Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St., 7 p.m. tomorrow, $12, 215-928-0978, www.tinangel.com.
Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash: These twangy Texans, fronted by Mark Stuart, take pleasure in being as "bad-ass" as the icon they're named for. Wink Keziah kicks off the show. Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St. 10 p.m. tomorrow, $10, 215-928-0978, www.tinangel.com.
Gwar: Costumed rockers roar, with Job for a Cowboy and the Red Chord. Electric Factory, 7th and Willow streets, 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, $20, 215-336-2000, www.livenation.com.
The Whigs: From that seemingly bottomless pit of good music - Athens, Ga. - comes this three-piece rockin' punch to the head that reverberates like six. Expect lots from their new (March 2010 release for ATO) "In The Dark." Nashville and Boston are also represented on the bill with the Features and Mean Creek, respectively. North Star, 27th and Poplar streets, 9 p.m. tomorrow, $12, 215-787-0488, www.northstarbar.com.
Dan Bern: Nothing's sacred and much is very funny in the musical musings of this righteously sarcastic singer/strummer/social commentator. Puck, Printers Alley, Doylestown, 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, $10, 215-348-9000, www.pucklive.com.
"Larger Than Life . . . in 3D": We don't usually plug concert films here, but a triple bill of the Dave Matthews Band, Ben Harper & Relentless 7 plus Gogol Bordello is just too cool to ignore. Plus, it's all in big-screen 3-D - more than lifelike. Today through Thursday at Franklin Mills 14, Plymouth Meeting 12, Marple 10, Neshaminy 24, Cherry Hill 24, Deptford 8. www.inconcert3D.com.
Savoy Brown: Front man/guitarist Kim Simmonds is still at the wheel, keeping this longtime British blues-rocking vehicle a-rollin'. Sellersville Theater, Main and Temple streets, Sellersville, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, $29.50 & $40, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com.
Michael Londra: Refined, verging on operatic pop singer, famous from "Riverdance," puts his handsome Irish tenor tones to the holiday faves. Pipers will be piping, tin whistlers a-blowin' and dancers a-jigging, too. The Celtic Yuletide sensibility is likewise subject of Londra's tasteful album "Beyond The Star." Sellersville Theater, Main and Temple streets, Sellersville, 8 p.m. Tuesday, $35, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com.
The Bobs: Harmonious fun is this a cappella quartet's reason for being. For this return gig, they're sure to feature lots of holiday hoots, including the new Hanukkah song, "8 Days." Patriot's Theater at the War Memorial, 1 Memorial Drive, Trenton, N.J., 7 p.m. Thursday, $25, 609-984-8400, www.onpatriotsstage.com.
Wreck The Halls: Boston punk-rockers Street Dogs grab you by the ankles and don't let go, in a clenched-teeth fashion sometimes evoking the Clash. Roger Miret & the Disasters, and Stigma also perform at this "5th annual" bash. North Star, 27th and Poplar streets, 7 p.m. Thursday, $14/$16 (all ages), bring a Toys for Tots donation, 215-787-0488, www.northstarbar.com.
The Jam with Bodega: This funk/soul four-piece band gets busy with rapper Akilles and abstract vocalist Ryat, while DJ Phsh spins on the ones and twos. Marbar, 201 S. 40th St., 8 tonight, $7, 215-222-0100, www.marathongrill.com.
Flavor Ade Release Party: MiC K!NG & Chum celebrate the release of their latest album. Also catch performances by Parts of Speech, Has-Lo and Al Mighty of MAGr, with DJ Fishr Pryce playing between sets. Hosted by PackFM. Arts Garage, 1533-35 Ridge Ave., 9 tonight, $5, 21-plus, 215-765-2702, www.theartsgarage.com.
Grind Harder Hip-Hop Show: Grind Partnerz bring a massive indie showcase to Temple's campus featuring Just P, Shelliano, B Eazy, Skip-Dawg, E-Hos, Killateral Ent., Certified Family and South Mob. Hosted by T.H.E. Pub Webb, 1527 Cecil B Moore Ave., 10 tonight, $5, 267-687-8256, www.pubwebb.com.
The Zodiac Sagittarius Edition: It's the fourth anniversary of DJ Roxy and Nex Millen's monthly, astrology-themed hip-hop party. DJ Cru-Cut is the special guest and Mighty Flipside Esq. hosts. Medusa, 27 S. 21st St., 10 tonight, $5 (free for Sagittarians), 21-plus, 215-557-1981, www.medusalounge.com.
the FUZE Poetry Slam: Yolanda Wisher, host of G-Town Radio's "umüvme" show, is the featured act at this spoken-word open-mike event. Infusion Coffee & Tea Gallery, 7133 Germantown Ave., 8 tonight, $5, 215-248-1718, www.infusioncoffeeandtea.com.
Philadelphyinz: DJ Apt One and Skinny Friedman celebrate four years of this monthly hip-hop party that has featured some of the country's biggest DJs. Hosted by Lexie. Medusa, 27 S. 21st St., 10 p.m. tomorrow, free, 21-plus, 215-557-1981, www.medusalounge.com.
Tastytreats: Legendary DJ Cash Money stops by this weekly hip-hop party, sharing turntable duties with resident DJ Mike Nyce. Hosted by Yameen Allword. Fluid Nightclub, 613 S. 4th St., 10 p.m. tomorrow, $10, 21-plus, 215-629-3686, www.fluidnightclub.com.
Chris Brown: Fresh off the release of his latest album, "Graffiti," Brown is working to win back fans after his messy domestic-violence scandal involving Rihanna earlier in the year. Joining him will be California-based duo New Boyz and Audio Push. Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th St., 8 p.m. Sunday, $33.50, 610-784-5400, www.electricfactory.info.
The Ill Part II: Philly underground MC Q Logic hits the stage with Roots crew affiliate Dice Raw, The 88 Lions and Chamber. The event also features an open mike, so come ready to rock. Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., 8 p.m. Sunday, $8, 21-plus, 215-238-5888, www.thekhyber.com.
No Delay Release Party: Phatman & Likkle Bwoy, better known as DJ Ambush and Curly Castro, respectively, celebrate the release of their mixtape with performances from Magnum O, Clean Guns, Society Park and 84. Hosted by Ethel Cee and Zap, this looks to be a great show for fans of raw lyricism. Arts Garage, 1533-35 Ridge Ave., 10 p.m. Thursday, $7, 215-765-2702, www.theartsgarage.com.
Hell Under the El: Toys for Tots Benefit, metal-style, with Hangman's Cry, Mane Attraction and Eric 13. Diner at the Plaza, Front Street and Snyder Avenue, 8 tonight, free with a toy or $5, 215-755-7899, www.myspace.com/hellundertheel.
Positively Sick on South Street: Jukebox Zero Pete Santa Maria's monthly event is also a Toys for Tots benefit with a set of holiday tunes from his band, plus the Victims, Full Blown Cherry and the Peek-A-Boo Revue Burlesque Girls between bands. Tritone, 1508 South St., 9 tonight, $6 or free with a toy, 215–545–0475, www.tritonebar.com.
Chris Garneau: Brooklyn singer/songwriter is recommended for fans of the Smiths, Sufjan Stevens and Xiu Xiu. Side Chapel of the First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. 9 tonight, $10, all ages, 215-821-R5R5, www.r5productions.com.
The Destruction of Dore and Grey: In this rock comedy, Santana and the Hostess of Hell attempt to seduce and corrupt the souls of two young musicians in love. Trocadero, 10th and Arch streets, 9 tonight, $20, all ages, 215-922-LIVE, www.thetroc.com.
Sorted: Indie Brit-pop dance party focuses on Big Beat, the sub genre that bridged indie rock and dance. Barbary, Frankford and Delaware avenues, 10 tonight, $5, www.myspace.com/thenewbarbary.
Sex Slaves Christmas Party: South Philly punk rockers move their holiday bash to the Starlite with Haley, Live Not On Evil, Clashing Plaid, Hellbent Hookers, Wizard Eye and Della Zucca Dancers. Starlite Ballroom/Club Polaris, 460 N. 9th St., 7 p.m. tomorrow, all ages, $5, www.myspace.com/hellundertheel.
Holly Golightly & the Broke Offs: The former Headcoat has collaborated with Billy Childish, Rocket From the Crypt, the Greenhornes and the White Stripes. Here, she strips down her garage, blues and country cool with multi-instrumentalist partner-in-crime and Lawyer Dave. With the Tough Sh-ts and Far Out Fangtooth. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 9 p.m. tomorrow, $12, 215-739-5577, www.themanhattanroom.com.
A Sunny Day In Glasgow: Led by Philly's Ben Daniels and rotating members, the dream-pop group released its second full length, "Ashes Grammar," to rave reviews in Pitchfork for lush soundscapes akin to the Cocteau Twins and Grizzly Bear. With Reading Rainbow and Ape School. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 6 p.m. Sunday, $10, 215-739-9684, www.johnnybrendas.com.
Monday Nightclub: Hosted by Needles Jones and booked by City Paper's AD Amorosi. This week's installment marks the debut of Baptist preacher/Drug Bunny promoter John Cecil Price's new soul collaboration with funkateer Robin Renee. National Mechanics, 22 S. 3rd St., 10 p.m. Monday, free, 215-701-4883, www.nationalmechanics.com.
Lissy Trullie: Sounding like Nico, Chrissie Hynde and a female Stroke all rolled into one, and looking like the epitome of tomboy cool, the New Yorker will most likely debut songs from her upcoming full-length, due out early next year. With Xylos and Mike Bones. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St., 8 p.m. Thursday, $10, 215-291-4919, www.kungfunecktie.com.
Grant Hart: Former Husker Du/Nova Mob man releases his first album in a decade, collaborating with members of Godspeed You Black Emperor and Silver Mt. Zion. Taggart opens. World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8 p.m. Thursday, $10, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.
The Willowz: California garage rockers return, mixing power pop light and Stooges heaviness. M Room, 15 W. Girard Avenue, 9 p.m. Thursday, $8, 215-739-5577, www.themanhattanroom.com.
Weston: Beloved local punk-pop band reunites with the 2nd Ward, Danger O's and Pots & Pans (members of Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer and Metroplex). Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., 9 p.m. Thursday, $8, 215-238-5888, www.thekhyber.com.
Riffing on the President's House: Saxophonist/composer Bobby Zankel, choreographer Germaine Ingram and visual artist John Dowell offer a work-in-progress preview of their new performance piece commemorating George Washington's slaves, once housed on the current site of the Liberty Bell Pavilion. African-American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St., 3 p.m. today, free, 215-574-0380, www.aampmuseum.org.
Afro Bop Alliance featuring Dave Samuels: Spyro Gyra vibraphonist teams with Maryland-based septet to further explore the juncture of Afro-Cuban rhythms and smooth-fusion jazz. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street & Ben Franklin Pkwy., 5:45 and 7:15 tonight, free with regular museum admission of $16, 215-763-8100, www.philamuseum.org.
Holiday Show with the Swing Club Band: Not wanting to drag out yet another version of "A Christmas Carol" or "The Nutcracker," Theatre Horizon creates a 1947 jazz club offering an evening of swing-fueled holiday tunes. Centre Theater, 208 DeKalb St., Norristown, through Jan. 3, $15-$28, 610-283-2230, www.theatrehorizon.org.
Regina Carter: Jazz violinist presents "Reverse Threads," music inspired by the African Diaspora featuring music from Mali, Senegal and other areas. Montgomery County Community College, Science Center Theater, 340 De Kalb Pike, 8 tonight, $10-$25, 215-641-6505, www. Mc3.edu.
Composer Portrait: Tim Berne: Over two nights, Ars Nova Workshop profiles the compositional diversity of the alto saxophonist, including a new large ensemble, his longtime trio Big Satan, solo piano pieces performed by Matt Mitchell and two pieces for the Collide Saxophone Quartet. Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St., 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, $15, www.arsnovaworkshop.com.
Lucky Old Souls: Monthly concert series presents a jazz/classical hybrid, with a new American Composers Forum-commissioned suite by pianist Tom Lawton for his trio and a performance presented by Classical Revolution featuring music by Astor Piazzolla and J.S. Bach. Moonstone Arts Center, 110 S. 13th St., 2nd Floor, 9 tonight, $8-$10, www.luckyoldsouls.com.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Legendary New Orleans ensemble spikes the eggnog southern-style with "A Creole Christmas." Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., 8 p.m. tomorrow, $20-$45, 215-898-3900, www.pennpresents.org.
Captain Black Big Band: Pianist Orrin Evans continues his electrifying Tuesday-night big-band residency at Chris', expanding this week to two sets. Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., 8 p.m. Tuesday, $12, 215-568-3131, www.chrisjazzcafe.com.
Katie Eagleson: Local cabaret singer celebrates the recent release of her second CD, "On the Other Hand." Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., 8 p.m. Wednesday, $10, 215-568-3131, www.chrisjazzcafe.com.
Avant Ascension: Monthly avant-jazz series welcomes guitarist Ric Iannacone back for the holiday season, along with a set by pianist Anam Owili-Eger. Tritone, 1509 South St., 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, $5, 215-545-0475, www.tritonebar.com.
Drugbunny Holiday Party: One-night-only celebration led by drummer Billy Martin and featuring a host of Philly free-funk-jazz luminaries: drummer G. Calvin Weston, bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma, guitarist Jef Lee Johnson and other surprise guests. Trocadero Balcony, 1003 Arch St., 7 p.m. Wednesday, $9.50, 215-922-6888, www.thetroc.com.
Daniel Levin Trio: Cellist Levin leads an unusual improvising trio, alongside Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten and Detroit-born drummer Gerald Cleaver. Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St., 8 p.m. Thursday, free, www.arsnovaworkshop.com.
Pennsylvania Ballet: The spectacular production of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" is a welcomed annual ritual, coming this year after performances at Washington's Kennedy Center. One of the few companies licensed to use the brilliant choreography by George Balanchine, Pennsylvania Ballet's production boasts a recent update of sets and costumes and stunning dancing, plus the Philadelphia Boys Choir and that sumptuous music. Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow and Dec. 19; noon and 4 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 20, 27, 29 and 30; 7 p.m. Dec. 18 and 23; noon Dec. 24 and 31; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 26 and 28. $24-$129, 215-893-1999, www.paballet.org.
Brandywine Ballet: The company celebrates 30 years with a fully-staged and costumed production of "The Nutcracker." Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, High Street and University Avenue, West Chester, 2 p.m. tomorrow, Sunday and Dec. 19; 6 p.m. Dec. 20, $18, 610-696-2711, www.brandywineballet.com.
Philadelphia Orchestra: Neeme Jarvi returns to lead meaty, stirring excerpts from Wagner's "Ring" cycle. Plus the world premiere of George Walker's Violin Concerto, with his son Gregory Walker as soloist. Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 2 p.m. today and 8 p.m. tomorrow, $39-$125, 215-893-1999, www.philorch.org.
Trio Cavatina: Female piano trio won this year's prestigious Naumberg Award and returns with a diverse program including the local premiere of Donald Martino's Trio. The standard Trio works include Schumann's Op. 110 in G Minor and Brahms' Op. 87 in C Major. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St., 8 tonight, $17, 215-569-8080, www.pcmsconcerts.org.
Peter Nero and the Philly Pops: "Holiday Pops" is a surefire audience pleaser and this year Nero, the recent recipient of the Mario Lanza award and Lifetime Achievement honor from the Musicians Union, has decorated his musical tree with an abundance of guests: vocalist Lauren Kennedy, the Pops Festival Chorus, the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas' Gospel Choir, the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Wanamaker organist Peter Conte, plus some promised surprises. Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, 8 p.m. tonight, Sunday and Wednesday; 3 p.m. tomorrow; 2 p.m. Dec. 18-19; and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, $27-$104, 215-893-1999, www.phillypops.org.
Vox Ama Deus: Handel's revered "Messiah" gets a treatment with original Baroque instruments under the baton of Valentin Radu. Soloists are soprano Kemper Florin, alto Tatyana Rashkovsky, tenor Timothy Bentch and bass Ed Bara. Holy Trinity Church, 1904 Walnut St., 7 tonight; and Daylesford Abbey, 220 S. Valley Road, Paoli, 4 p.m. Sunday, $25, 610-688-2800, www.voxamadeus.org.
Philadelphia Singers: Annual "Christmas on Logan Square" concert, led by David Hayes, includes a repeat of the Jennifer Higdon "O Magnum Mysterium" for chorus, flutes, crystal glasses and chimes, commissioned by the group in 2002. The program also includes Respighi's sumptuous "Laud to the Nativity," the traditional candlelight procession and an audience carol sing. St. Clement's Church, 20th and Cherry streets, 5 p.m. tomorrow and Dec. 19, $20-$45, 215-751-9494, www.philadelphiasingers.org.
Symphony in C: Rossen Milanov conducts the holiday program, featuring local soprano Julianne Baird in Handel's "Gloria in Excelsis Deo" and Handel's "Si Pieta" from "Giulio Cesare." Plus Corelli's Christmas Concerto, Pachelbel's Canon, Biber's "Battalia" and Bach's Suite No. 2. Gordon Theater, Third and Cooper streets, Camden, N.J., 8 p.m. tomorrow, $29-$45, 856-429-1880, www.symphonyinc.org.
Mendelssohn Club: "A Feast of Carols" reflects the season-long spotlight on American choral works. Alan Harler leads the 140-voice chorus, with organist Michael Stairs and the Mendelssohn Brass in this program, which features the world premiere of composer-in-residence Donald St. Pierre's "A Visit from Saint Nicholas." The concert also includes St. Pierre's arrangements of hymns by William Billings, Daniel Pinkham's Christmas Cantata and Eric Whitacre's "Lux Aurumque." St. Paul's Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., 4 and 8 p.m. tomorrow, $25-$30, 215-893-1999, www.mcchorus.org.
Vox Ama Deus: Valentin Radu conducts a program of holiday motets and carols, celebrating the Renaissance traditions with works for single and double chorus, solo voices and musical ensemble. Instrumental soloists are Rainer Beckmann, recorder; Daniel Boring, theorbo; Vivian Barton Dozor, cello; and Bronwyn Fix-Keller, harpsichord. Old St. Joseph's Church, 321 Willings Alley, 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, $25, 610-688-2800, www.voxamadeus.org.
Philadelphia Orchestra: Handel's "Messiah," in the large-orchestra version, conducted this year by Briton Paul Goodwin. Soprano Celena Shafer, mezzo Kelley O'Connor, tenor Anthony Dean Griffey and bass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams are the soloists, along with the Philadelphia Singers Chorale. Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, 2 p.m. Sunday, $18-$105, 215-893-1999, www.philorch.org.
Schumann Trio: This esteemed group, founded last year, features illustrious Curtis alumni: clarinetist Anthony McGill, now principal at the Metropolitan Opera; violist Michael Tree, a founding members of the Guarneri String Quartet; and the busy, acclaimed pianist Anna Polonsky. They'll perform Clarinet Trios by Mozart (K.498, the "Kegelstatt") and Brahms (Op. 114), Schumann's "Marchenerzalungen" (Op. 132) and four of Max Bruch's "Romantic Pieces." American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut St., 3 p.m. Sunday, $23, 215-569-8080, www.pcmsconcerts.org.
Duo Parisienne: Violinist Nancy Bean and harpist Anne Sullivan perform works by Schubert, Vivaldi, Bach and Vaughan Williams, as well as Astor Piazzolla's "L'Histoire du Tango." German Society of Pennsylvania, 611 Spring Garden St., 3 p.m. Sunday, $20, 215-627-2332, www.germansociety.org.
Academy of Vocal Arts: Annual Evening of Russian Romances features 16 resident artists in arias and scenes from Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin," Rimsky-Korsakov's "Tale of the Tsar Sultan," Rubinstein's "Demon" and Stravinsky's glowing "Le Rossignol." Music director Gennady Meirson accompanies at the piano. Helen Corning Warden Theater, 1920 Spruce St., 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, $23, 215-725-1685, www.avaopera.org.
Philadelphia Orchestra: Assistant conductor Danail Rachev leads this year's "Glorious Sound of Christmas," timeless classics with the choral voices of the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia. With instrumental and choral gems by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Reger and many carols, plus Humperdinck's heartfelt "Children's Prayer" and the "Dream Pantomime" from "Hansel and Gretel." Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, 7 p.m. Thursday and Dec. 18-19, $18-$105, 215-893-1999, www.philorch.org.