Live music and more, tonight through Thursday, compiled by Shaun Brady, Tom Di Nardo, James Johnson, Sara Sherr and Jonathan Takiff.
POP . . . plus
Gabe Dixon: Tenderoni, piano-centric popster has a polished, romantic approach with kinship to Billy Joel, early Elton John, Five For Fighting and Ben Folds. Perfect date night material. Wild Monica warms up. Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St., 10:30 tonight, $10, 215-928-0978, www.tinangel.com
Matt Pond PA: Given all the competition up there, it's not that surprising Matt Pond has moved his chamber pop music closer to the mainstream in the years since his split from Philly to Brooklyn. Dare we say we like his newer, less weird stuff more? Canadian exports (and Juno prize winners) Wintersleep open. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 8 tonight, $14, 215-821-7575, www.r5productions.com.
The National: Dark, pensive indie rock band of brothers (two sets!) in the David Byrne/Roxy Music vein is finally breaking out internationally with their "High Violet" project. Latecomers should also check out predecessors "Alligator" and "The Boxer," which first won them critical cred. Electric Factory, 7th and Willow streets, 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, $25, 800-745-3000, livenation.com. Hear the National live on the radio at a "Free at Noon" concert tomorrow on WXPN (88.5 FM).
Richard Julian/Amy Correia: Delaware-spawned Mr. J is back at his own thing after work with Norah Jones in the Little Willies and chronicling what went wrong in his broken love affair in dour, sharply etched and self-demeaningly funny fashion on his just-out album "Girls Need Attention." Upstairs at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8 p.m. tomorrow, $15, 215-222-1400, worldcafelive.com.
Fear Factory: Industrial metal meltdown, with support from attack dogs Prong, Silent Civilian, Thy Will Be Done, World Lost. Trocadero, 10th and Arch streets, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, $17/$20, all ages, 215-922-6888, www.thetroc.com.
Marah: Rumor has it the brothers Bielanko are veering in a radical new direction on the new album. Hear here first. Cary Hudson opens. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8 p.m. Sunday, $21-$31, 215-222-1400, worldcafelive.com.
Tamarama: Aussie duo does up breezy, reggae/folk-toned beach music, Oz-style. Yeah, throw another Jack Johnson on the barbie, mates. Upstairs at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8 p.m. Tuesday, $11-$13, 215-222-1400, worldcafelive.com.
Plants and Animals: Less is more with this vital Montreal trio, casting punchy, progressive and personalized rock with lots of ruffles and ridges, spine and spikes. While nodding to the classics (Beatles and Stones to Talking Heads), the overall feel of tunes like "American Idol" and "The Mama Papa" is way modern. Folk orchestra Lost in the Trees opens. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9 p.m. Tuesday, $10, 215-739-9684, johnnybrendas.com.
Toby Lightman: Just talking about you the other day, Toby. Thinking that if your label had pitched your soul-tinged pop first to open-eared grown-ups instead of fickle teens, you'd be a bigger deal right now. Just sayin'. Asyln opens. Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St., 8 p.m. Tuesday, $15, 215-928-0978, www.tinangel.com.
The Greencards: What are these two Aussies and a Brit doing, living in Nashville? Making quirky and sophisticated variations on string band music, veering from bluegrass to pop and even klezmer territory. (Yeah, it's the fiddler's fault.) John Byrne hits the stage first. Upstairs at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8 p.m. Wednesday, $21-23, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.
CocoRosie: Playful performance art project challenges Bjork in stream-of-consciousness indulgence. Sierra (aka Rosie) Cassady developed her serious, pop-operatic voice at the Paris Conservatory and plays guitar, piano, harp and flute. Sister Bianco (aka Coco) Cassady adds an odd, twerpy vocal sound plus exotic percussion and electronics, and often pops up in drag. Not for the timid. Trocadero, 10th and Arch streets, 8 p.m. Wednesday, $17/$19 (all ages), 215-922-6888, www.thetroc.com.
Peggy Sue: Two femmes front this UK folk punk trio - Katy Young and Rosa Slade - along with drummer Oily Joyce (surely a slippery one). The rough-hewn, soul-stylized vocals set them apart on their minimalist tales of romantic woe, also getting dished on their just-out debut long player "Fossils and Other Phantoms." Show openers include Peasant (Damien DeRose) and the duo She Keeps Bees. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 8 p.m. Wednesday, 215-739-9684, johnnybrendas.com.
Holly Golightly & the Broke Offs: The distinctive Ms. G serves up the dark, ominous side of garage rock and twangy honky-tonk laced with lotsa vibrato guitar and organ. Also coming in after their shifts, Midnight Beat, DJ Nattie Ice and the Invisible Friends. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 8 p.m. Wednesday, $10, 2150739-5577, www.themanhattanroom.com.
Guggenheim Grotto: Most worthy Dublin folk-pop duo digs in for round two of their Thursdays in June residency. If you loved Simon and Garfunkel . . . Chris O'Brien entertains early arrivals. Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St., 8:30 p.m. Thursday, $10, 215-928-0978, www.tinangel.com.
Robbers on High Street: While born in the U.S.A., the Robbers' snappy, airy sound and drily tossed off narratives suggest lots of listening to smug British rockers (think Ray Davies, Elvis Costello) whilst strolling down London's High Street. Rip-offs in a good way. With the Bloodsugars and Fleeting Ends. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 9 p.m. Thursday, $10, 215-739-5577, themanhattanroom.com.
Benyaro: Ben Musser, Bobby McCullough and Meg Chamberlin deliver the folk gospel according to Benyaro, a crunchy granola, campfire hoot of a sound endowed with warm tunes and tight harmonies, launching instant sing-alongs. As their new album promises, makes a "Good Day Better." With the Whispering Tree and Sarah Blacker. Milkboy Ardmore, 2 E. Lancaster Ave., 8 p.m. Thursday, $8/$10, 609-645-5269, www.milkboycoffee.com.
James Taylor & Carole King: "The Troubadour Tour" reunites two vets who played on each other's breakthrough albums and jump-started the sensitive singer/songwriter movement. And hey, they're bringing along the same backup musicians from back then, for the total flashback experience. This gig's sold out, though they're lapping back soon for a second show. Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St., 7:30 p.m. Thursday; also June 22, $39.50-$275, 800-298-4200, www.comcasttix.com.
Midnight Creeps: Howling, slutty he-'n'-she punk rockers serve a highly caffeinated buzz for your hardly-late-night listening and body slamming pleasure. With Loafass and the Percs. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, $7, 215-291-4919, www.kungfunecktie.com.
The Antidote: DJ Brother Jamar and Danophonic's recently launched party welcomes guest DJ Sparklesupstairs. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes. Elena's Soul Lounge, 4912 Baltimore Ave., 9:30 tonight, free, 215-729-9575, www.elenassoul.com.
SOJA: Veteran reggae band from D.C. will be joined by New Jersey-based ska/reggae band Tsunami Rising and Philly's Among Criminals. House of Blues, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J., 8 p.m. tomorrow, $15, 609-236-2583, www.hob.com.
Tastytreats: The official after party for the Roots Picnic, this special edition of Tastytreats features ?uestlove hitting the turntables alongside DJ Mike Nyce. Plus a special performance from the Money Making Jam Boys (Black Thought, Dice Raw, Truck North, P.O.R.N. and STS). Fluid Nightclub, 613 S. 4th St., 10 p.m. tomorrow, $10 ($7 with Roots Picnic ticket stub) 215-629-3686, www.fluidnightclub.com.
Funky Fresh Flashback Tour Vol. 1: Old school hip-hop will definitely be in the building as Special Ed, Schooly D, EST, Sweet Tee and Chubb Rock highlight a show of hip-hop legends. Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St., 8 p.m. tomorrow, $35, $50 VIP, 21-plus, 215-922-5483, www.thetroc.com.
Louis Logic: Fresh off the release of his latest album, "Me & Everyone You Know," Logic is winding down his East Coast tour with a stop in Philly. Joining him will be iCON the Mic King, Al Mighty, Ceschi Ramos and VOSS with DJ Bizz spinning between sets. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 Front St., 8 p.m. Monday, $5, 215-291-4919, www.kungfunecktie.com.
Erykah Badu: The opening acts may be as compelling as the main event here. Openers include Philly's own Bilal Oliver, whose long-awaited sophomore album, "Airtight's Revenge," will be releasing later in the year, and Janelle Monae, whose "The ArchAndroid" is one of 2010's best releases so far. Tower Theater, 19 S. 69th St., Upper Darby, 8 p.m. Tuesday, $40.50, $60.50 and $76, 610-352-2887, www.tower-theatre.com.
Party & . . . : While the full name for this party can't be printed here, if
you're familiar with Notorious B.I.G.'s early material you can probably figure out the missing word. This new biweekly event will feature music from AfroDJiak and DJ Phsh. Elena's Soul Lounge, 4912 Baltimore Ave., 10 p.m. Thursday, free, 215-729-9575, www.elenassoul.com.
Lyrically Fit Series: The long-running underground hip-hop showcase always gives plenty of bang for your buck with Oliver Twist, Jermaine, Natural Born Leaders, Jimmy Bonds, SneakerBox Chock, Ant Nyce, Bloody Tribe of Murder and more. Hosted by T.H.E. and DJ Soulbuck. Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St., 9 p.m. Thursday, $10, 215-922-5483, www.thetroc.com.
Made In America: Univox, Tigersapien and Dragonzord play this group art show. Trust Gallery, 249 Arch St., 6-11:30 tonight, free, all ages, www.phrequency.com/blog/Made_in_America.html.
Million Young: The newest entry in the lo-fi, electro-pop band movement that includes Neon Indian and Washed Out. Philly shoegazers Pilot Cloud open. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St., 7:30 tonight, $10, 215-291-4919, www.kungfunecktie.com.
Gil Mantera's Party Dream: Partially clothed, '80s-style dance band returns with Florida's Sunbears and faux German rapper MC Digga. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9:30 tonight, $10, 215-739-9684, www.johnnybrendas.com.
Sex Dwarf: New wave dance party, hosted by Robert Drake and Marilyn Thomas, pays tribute to the Pet Shop Boys. Fluid, 613 S. 4th St., 9 tonight, free before 10 or $5, 215-629-3686, www.fluidnightclub.com. Drake debuts a weekly goth-leaning party this month at the Barbary on Thursdays with Dave Ghoul and John Spaceboy. The Barbary, Frankford and Delaware avenues, 10 p.m. Thursday, free or $5 after 11, www.djrobertdrake.com.
Robotique: Making Time's Dave P is the guest at the weekly disco party. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St., 10 tonight, $3, 215-291-4919, www.kungfunecktie.com.
Best Fest: Sixth annual West Philly rock fest includes U.S. Girls, Reading Rainbow, My Mind, Skeletonbreath, Far-Out Fangtooth, Joshua Marcus, Attia Taylor and even a Dead cover band. Clark Park, 43rd Street and Chester Avenue, 1-7 p.m. tomorrow, free, all ages, www.yelp.com/events/philadelphia-best-fest-2010.
Mercury Program: Tortoise and the Sea & the Cake fans should take notice of this band. With Fin Fang Foom and Thinking Machines. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St., 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, $10, 215-291-4919, www.kungfunecktie.com.
Howlies: Atlanta, Ga. garage-rockers shake up rock history with the Dexateens and Onufrak. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 9 p.m. tomorrow, $8, 215-739-5577, www.themanhattanroom.com.
England Belongs To Twee: WPRB's Julia Factorial is the guest DJ at the indie-pop and oi DJ night. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St., 10 p.m. tomorrow, free, 215-291-4919, www.kungfunecktie.com.
Joey Roy Benefit: Roy is a 30-year-old father two who is currently in a coma after an April attack outside Mayfair's Hammerheads Bar and Grill. Clashing Plaid and Smoker & the Rollers are just some of the bands pitching in to help the uninsured Roy family pay his medical bills. El Bar, Front and Master streets, 5 p.m. Sunday, $10, 215-634-6430, www.myspace.com/clashingplaid.
Fear Factory In-Store Signing: Metal band will sign music and hang out with fans here before its show at the Trocadero. Digital Ferret, 732 S. 4th St., 5-6 p.m. Sunday, free, all ages, 215-925-9259. Trocadero, 10th and Arch streets, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, $17-$20, all ages, 215-922-LIVE, www.thetroc.com.
Premonition: One of the few DJ nights that features post-punk, cold wave, synthpop and industrial. Tritone, 1508 South St., 10 p.m. Monday, free, 215–545–0475, www.tritonebar.com.
The Asteroid #4: Philly's psych-rock pillars join like-minded Montreal group High Dials and Solaram, which includes members of Three 4 Tens, Beretta 76, Kilroy and Like A Fox. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9 p.m. Thursday, $10, 215-739-9684, www.johnnybrendas.com.
Matt Davis' Aerial Photograph: The guitarist's 12-piece jazz/chamber music ensemble revisits music from the yearlong "Philadelphia 2008" project, recently compiled on their new CD "Ways and Means." Chris' Jazz Café, 1421 Sansom St., 8 & 10 p.m. tonight, $12, 215-568-3131, www.chrisjazzcafe.com.
Elio Villafranca Quartet: Cuban-born pianist has always fused the music of his homeland with his jazz influences, and his latest quartet is comprised of musicians who can navigate both worlds: drummer Francisco Mela, bassist Luques Curtis and saxophonist Greg Tardy. Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., 8 & 10 p.m. tomorrow, $20, 215-568-3131, www.chrisjazzcafe.com.
Evans/Walter/Blancarte Trio: Trumpeter Peter Evans, drummer Weasel Walter and bassist Tom Blancarte combine for what should be an earsplitting evening. Powel House Museum, 244 S. 3rd St., 8 p.m. Thursday, $8-$10, www.bowerbird.org.
Stephan Crump's Rosetta Trio: Bassist's all-string trio with guitarists Liberty Ellman and Jamie Fox is a unique, intimate folk-jazz unit crafting an engaging, individual sound out of what would seem to be very minimal elements. Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., 8 p.m. Thursday, $10, 215-568-3131, www.chrisjazzcafe.com.
Brandywine Ballet: Three new works, choreographed to music of Samuel Barber in celebration of the West Chester native's centenary: "Sure on This Shining Night," the remarkable early Overture to "The School for Scandal" and the familiar Adagio for Strings. Longwood Gardens, Route 1, Kennett Square, 7:30 tonight, free with $16 Gardens admission, 610-388-5200, www.longwoodgardens.org.
Philadelphia Orchestra: Charles Dutoit conducts two of Richard Strauss' brilliantly scored tone poems: the scorching "Don Juan" and the musical depiction of "Don Quixote," with principal cellist Choong-Jin Chang representing the knight of the woeful countenance and Finnish violist Arto Noras as sidekick Sancho Panza. German violinist Arabella Steinbacher makes her Orchestra debut as soloist in the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5. Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets, 8 tonight, tomorrow and Tuesday; 2 p.m. Sunday, $39-$125, 215-893-1999, www.philorch.org.
Musicopia String Orchestra: Daniela Pierson leads the young artists in a Vivaldi Concerto, excerpts from works by Bizet and Grieg, Sarasate's "Zigeunerweisen" and more. First Presbyterian Church, 201 S. 21st St., 4 p.m. tomorrow, free, 215-829-9522, ext. 16, www.pyos.org.
Bucks County Choral Society and African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas choirs: Thomas Lloyd leads combined group with the Cancel Choir (headed by Jay Fluellen) and the Gospel Choir (directed by Waltier Blocker of the West Philadelphia parish. Music by Haydn, Randall Thompson, Copland, Nathaniel Dett, Robert Maggio and much more. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 235 E. State Street in Doylestown, 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, $20, and African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, 6361 Lancaster Ave., free-will offering, 2 p.m. Sunday, 215-598-6142, www.buckschoral.org.
Philadelphia Youth Orchestra: For its 70th annual festival concert, Louis Scaglione will lead Saint-Saens' rarely heard "La Muse et le Poete," with violinist William de Pasquale and cellist Gloria de Pasquale as eminent soloists. The program's bookends are Shostakovich's aptly-named "Festive Overture" and Beethoven's mighty Ninth Symphony. Soloists are soprano Jessica Julin, mezzo Lorie Gratis, tenor Blake Smith and bass Scott Conner. Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, $16-$30, 215-893-1999, www.pyos.org.
New Jersey Symphony Chamber Players: Ensemble presents String Quartets by Mozart (K.157), Janacek (No. 1, "Intimate Letters") and Mendelssohn (Op. 44/1). Episcopal Church of the Advent, Washington and Franklin streets, Cape May, N.J., 8 p.m. Sunday, $20, 800-275-4278, www.capemaymac.org.
Prism Saxophone Quartet: Group closes its 25th season with the "Dave: The Premiere" program the day after tonight's New York opening. The premieres are by six composers named Dave: David Biedenbender, David Laganella, David T. Little, local composer David Ludwig and Ilana (Davey) Rainero-de Haan. David Lang's "Revolutionary Etudes" receives a local premiere. Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St., 8 p.m. tomorrow, $20, 215-436-5282, www.prismquartet.com.
New York Chamber Ensemble: Unusual program combines Telemann's Trio Sonata, Crusell's Flute Quartet, Villa-Lobos' "Jet Whistle" and Dohnanyi's Serenade for String Trio. Episcopal Church of the Advent, Washington and Franklin streets, Cape May, N.J., 8 p.m. Sunday, $20, 800-275-4278, www.capemaymac.org.
Philadelphia Orchestra: Charles Dutoit wraps up the subscription season with a flourish, tackling the enormous challenges of Mahler's sprawling Third Symphony, the longest in the standard repertory. Japanese-born mezzo-soprano Mihoko Fujimura makes her orchestra debut, with the women of the Philadelphia Singers performing in the final movement. Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, 8 p.m. Thursday and June 11-12, $39-$125, 215-893-1999, www.philorch.org.