Live music and more, tonight through Thursday, compiled by Shaun Brady, Tom Di Nardo, James Johnson, Sara Sherr and Jonathan Takiff.
POP . . . plus
Tim Fite: With killers like "Forty Five Remedy," and the blood-strewn "Flowers Bloom," this sardonically funny, musically off kilter singer/rapper comes off like a postmodern Randy Newman. Wouldn't want to meet him in a dark alley, but Fite should be OK in this stage confrontation, shared with Wailing Wall (multi-instrumentalist Jesse Rifkin). Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St., 7:30 tonight, $8, 215-291-4919, kungfunecktie.com.
Free Energy: Talk about "bang pop" rock energy. These guys have got megawatts worth. Ditto piano pounding Philly sensation Jukebox the Ghost, in the featured slot. Miniature Tigers are let loose, too. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 7:30 p.m. tonight, 215-821-7575, r5productions.com.
Gil Scott Heron: It's no longer "Winter in America" at least in some regards, allowing this legendary, jazz tinged protest singer/songwriter to make good on early 2010 dates brought down by the snowstorms. Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St. 7 and 9:30 p.m. tomorrow, 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Sunday, $25, 215-928-0978, tinangel.com.
Angel Band: Seasoned female vocal trio moves effortlessly from old-timey mountain music to new rock-and-roll. Supercool backup band has David Bromberg (hubby of an Angel) on guitar and fiddle. Psalm, 5841 Overbrook Ave., 8 p.m. tomorrow, $20/$25, 215-477-7578, thepsalm.org.
Of Montreal: Athens, Ga.-based (co-figure), Beatles-lovin' band revels in and renews the head-bobbin, flower-power-pop styles of the late '60s. Shagalicious, baby! Show openers are Noot D'Noot and James Husband. TLA, 334 South St., 9 p.m. tomorrow, $24/$26, 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com.
Besnard Lakes: Shimmery, spacey rockers rise from the dark depths of Montreal. With the equally appealing (and likewise Canadian) female-fronted dream pop Land of Talk, plus Holopaw, country folksters from equally faraway Florida. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9 p.m. tomorrow, $10/$12, 215-739-9684, www.johnnybrendas.com.
Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby: This intriguing hubby-and-wife team - he from the early punk-pop era of Stiff Records, she the auteur of "Diary of a Mad Housewife," do a house concert, sure to spotlight their new "Two-Way Family Favorites" covers album reshaping tunes from ABBA to Tom Petty. Concerts@SixthSt., Media, 8 p.m. Sunday, suggested donation (all going to the artists) $15, 610-627-0670, Concerts@SixthST.com.
Mono: Japanese soundscapists do their now dreamy, now dynamic instrumentals for the movie in your mind. Scottish noise popsters Twilight Sad also supply night vision, with distinctively accented vocal embellishments. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut, 8 p.m. Tuesday, $13, 215-821-7575, r5productions.com.
Kings of Convenience: Norweigan duo Erlend Oye and Eirik Glambek Boe pointed many to a new pop direction with their 2001 release "Quiet Is the New Loud," and they're still doing it in their hushed and intimate, sharing, caring fashion. Call the opening act Franklin for Short. TLA, 334 South St., 8 p.m. Tuesday, $25, $22 and $16.50 (4-pack individual), 800-745-3000, livenation.com.
Blue Rodeo: While sometimes lumped in the rootsy Americana scene, these Canadians are more of a pop band with twangy accents, with nice vocal harmonies in the CS&N vein. Kindred countrymen Cuff the Duke open. Johnny Brenda's, 1201. N. Frankford Ave., 8 p.m. Wednesday, $20, 215-739-9684, johnnybrendas.com.
Chase Coy: One of those heart-tugging storytellers who make the girls cry and download - he's already scored 18 million MySpace plays - the not so Coy one introduces material from his major label debut, "Picturesque." Sharing this all-ages (that's the audience, not the talent) bill are Brendan James and Me and This Army. The Note, West Chester, 7 p.m. Wednesday, $10/$12, 800-594-TIXX, www.thenotewc.com.
Athlete: If you like Coldplay, Gomez and Gabriel (Peter), offer a warm welcome when this ballad-centric UK poprock band shows off its soaring "Superhuman Touch." Carney opens. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 8 p.m. Thursday, $12, 215-739-9684, johnnybrendas.com.
Stars: Members of the Broken Social Scene collective also serve in this shimmering, lyrically witty band. You might know dreamy singer Amy Millan from her own projects and leader Torquil Campbell from acting stints on "Law and Order" and "Sex and the City." Campbell also performs in the warm-up band Dead Star Child. First Unitarian Church Sanctuary, 2125 Chestnut St., 8 p.m. Thursday, $20, 215-821-7575, r5productions.com.
Jordin Sparks: Since winning "American Idol" in 2007, she's grabbed an American Music Award, a Grammy nomination and a platinum debut. Her dance friendly style of R&B on singles like "No Air" and "S.O.S." has garnered praise. Tropicana Showroom, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J., 9 tonight, $35-$55, 609-340-4000, www.tropicana.net.
Electric Butter: In a city full of great DJs, Phsh has made a name for himself with his diverse mixes of hip-hop, dubstep and anything else you can dance to. Monthly party features local producer/rapper Scanz as host, and $1 mixed drinks for the first hour. PYT, 1050 N. Hancock St., 10 tonight, free, 215-964-9009, www.pytphilly.com.
The Bullbuckers: Wilmington-based band hits home so audiences can check out its smooth ska- and soul-influenced take on reggae. Firestone, 110 S. West St., Wilmington, Del., 10 tonight, no cover 302-658-6626, firestoneriverfront.com.
LA News & Ed Blammo: Monica Montalvo and Nicole La Marca host. Medusa Lounge, 27 S. 21st St., 10 p.m.-2 a.m. tomorrow, no cover, 215-557-1981, medusalounge.com.
Soul Travelers Anniversary: Ed Lover, of "C'Mon Son" and "Yo! MTV Raps" fame, makes his way down from New York to help DJs Brendan Bring 'Em and Joey Blanco at this holiday weekend bash. Sign up for the guest list online and get half off the cover charge. Walnut Room Redux, 1709 Walnut St., 9 p.m. Sunday, $10, 215-751-0201, walnutroomredux.com.
Kidz In The Hall: Chicago-based duo of Naledge and Double-O met while attending the University of Pennsylvania in 2000 and released their third album, "Land of Make Believe," earlier this year. With 88-Keys and Keys n' Krates. The Note, 142 E. Market St., West Chester, 8 p.m. Tuesday, $12 in advance, $15 day of show, 484-947-5713, thenotewc.com.
The Harvest: Monthly event from Spoken Soul 215 fuses hip-hop, soul and spoken word. Featured poets: Just Greg, Lyrispect, Rhapsode, Reuben Jones and Vision. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8 p.m. Wednesday, $12, 215-222-1400, worldcafelive.com.
Jim Stephens' Soul Series: While The Harvest is going on upstairs, Jim Stephens will kick off his new soul/jazz series downstairs. With Janae Michell Paden, Selina Carrera, Jessy Kyle, Mayaeni, Wyldlyfe and Lee Mekiah. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8 p.m. Wednesday, $18 and $20, 215-222-1400, worldcafelive.com.
Stilettos: Queer rap duo Sgt. Sass performs at a night dedicated to divas. Barbary, Frankford and Delaware avenues, 10 tonight, $5, myspace.com/thenewbarbary.
Robotique: Disco funk party has Soft Rocks, four Brighton-based DJs who make unusual sources danceable, from psych-rock to boogie. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St., 10 tonight, $5, 215-291-4919, www.kungfunecktie.com.
King Sick-A-Billy: Manic one-man band brings his ruckus to a rockabilly bill with area faves Full Blown Cherry and the McGunks. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St., 9 p.m. tomorrow, $9-$12, 215-291-4919, kungfunecktie.com.
Safari: Three popular DJ nights on three floors: the '50s and '60s, psych and surf of Bouffant Bangout, the indie dance of Tiger Beats, and the house/disco/funk grooves of Bodyshine. Barbary, Frankford and Delaware avenues, 9 p.m. tomorrow, $5, myspace.com/thenewbarbary.
Aesop Collective: Monthly Sound Fountain indoor/outdoor series includes guest DJs Deep C, Christian James and house DJ Bill Gat. Singing Fountain, Passyunk and Tasker avenues and 1601 Café, 10th Street and Tasker Avenue, 1-8 p.m. Sunday, 215-218-3840.
Pretty Things Peep Show: Traveling vaudeville burlesque and sideshow returns with New York/Philly transplants the Sex Slaves. Mojo 13, 1906 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, 8 p.m. Monday, $10, 302-798-5798, www.myspace.com/mojothirteen.
Grouper: The woman behind this mysterious Portland dreamdrone duo is Liz Harris, someone to watch. Art-rockers Taco open the show. First Unitarian Church Side Panel, 2125 Chestnut St., 8 p.m. Tuesday, $13, all ages, 215-821-7575, r5productions.com.
Vroomm Vroom Vespa Tour: Meet, rock out and ride scooters with the Bouncing Souls' Gerg Attonito, 7 Seconds' Kevin Seconds, and the Groovie Ghoulies' Kepi Ghouli. They'll ride from the Princeton Record Exchange to the Barbary for an early all-ages show. Meet at Princeton Record Exchange, 20 S. Tulane St., Princeton, N.J., 1 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, free, 609-924-3472. The Barbary, Frankford and Delaware avenues, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, $8, all ages, vroomvroomvespatour.com.
Mimi Jones: Comparisons to Esperanza Spalding are inevitable. Otherwise known as Miriam Sullivan, Jones is a singer and bassist who combines jazz chops with soul hooks. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street & Ben Franklin Parkway, 5:45 and 7:15 tonight, free with regular museum admission of $16, 215-763-8100, philamuseum.org.
The JT Project: Led by the duo of bassist/keyboardist Jacob Webb and saxophonist Todd Schefflin, both in their early 20s, JT is a blend of soul-jazz, R&B and hip-hop. Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., 8 & 10 tonight, $15, 215-568-3131, chrisjazzcafe.com.
Koboku Senju: Translated as "selection of dead trees," Koboku Senju is an electroacoustic collaboration between Japanese and Norwegian improvisers. Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, 1616 Walnut St., 8 tonight, $10, www.arsnovaworkshop.org.
Webb Thomas Quartet: Philly drummer leads a project called the Johnny Witler Band. Chris' Jazz Café, 1421 Sansom St., 8 & 10 p.m. tomorrow, $20, 215-568-3131, chrisjazzcafe.com.
Philadelphia Orchestra: Back from their wildly successful Asian tour, the Orchestra continues under Charles Dutoit with Mozart's Symphony No. 39 and Bright Sheng's "The Phoenix," featuring soprano Shana Blake Hill as soloist. The Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 is the mighty closer, featuring Nikolai Lugansky in his subscription debut as the 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.
Savoy Company: 110th season of Gilbert and Sullivan evergreens presents "Ruddigore, or the Witch's Curse." John Burrows conducts, with direction by Roberta Morrell. Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets, 8 tonight and tomorrow, $10-$55; and Longwood Gardens, Route 1, Kennett Square, 8:30 p.m. June 11-12, $24 includes Gardens admission. 215-715-3972, www.savoy.com.
Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra: Founder Jeri Lynne Johnson leads her ensemble in works by American composers. The program includes Copland's "Quiet City" featuring English hornist Geoffrey Deemer and trumpeter Rodney Mack, Bloch's Concerto Grosso No. 1, George Walker's lovely Lyric for Strings and Ellis Marsalis' "Fourth Autumn" with Mack as soloist. Mack's Philadelphia Big Brass ensemble will also perform selections by Francis Johnson and others. Baptist Temple, Broad and Berks streets, 7 p.m. tomorrow, free but reservations recommended, 215-767-0204, www.blackpearlco.org.
New York Chamber Ensemble: Works inspired by Mozart make up this program: Hoffmeister's Duo-Concertante, the Devienne Trio and Arriaga's Third String Quartet. The wrap is one of Mozart's masterpieces, the glorious Clarinet Quintet. Episcopal Church of the Advent, Washington and Franklin streets, Cape May, N.J., 8 p.m. Tuesday, $20, 800-275-4278, www.capemaymac.org.
Bay-Atlantic Symphony: Jed Gaylin leads the ensemble in Mozart's Adagio and Fugue and the indestructible "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," plus Grieg's "Holberg" Suite. John Dooley is the baritone soloist in the famous Bach Cantata No. 82, "Ich habe genug." First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St., Cape May, N.J., 8 p.m. Thursday, $25, 800-275-4278, capemaymac.org.