Live music and more, tonight through Thursday, compiled by Tom Di Nardo, Shaun Brady, Sara Sherr, Jonathan Takiff and Damon C. Williams.
Langhorne Slim: Bucks County's newest gift to the blues follows in the footsteps of Leon Redbone, with a twisted, post-modern take on old-timey music. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 7:30 tonight, $22-$27, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.
M83: This haunting French band with faraway vocals (in English), shimmering guitar and washes of electronica just begs to be the soundtrack of your late-night drive down a rainy highway to Nice. But before that, enjoy A Sunny Day In Glasgow, opening. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 8 tonight, $12, 866-468-7619, www.r5productions.com.
Swervedriver: This reunited British quartet sounds like their name, with a careening, guitar-fueled acceleration that sometimes veers out of control but never hits the wall. With Longwave and Terra Diablo. TLA, 334 South St. 7 p.m. tomorrow, $20, 215-922-1011, www.livenation.com.
Hayden: Toronto-based singer/songwriter follows in the spare, tremulous tracks of fellow Canadian Neil Young in his folkie days. Haley Bonar and Hezekial Jones are also featured. North Star, 27th and Poplar streets, 9 p.m. tomorrow, $14, 215-684-0808, www.northstarrocks.com.
"Love Train - The Sound of Philadelphia Concert": The O'Jays, Stylistics, Jerry Butler, Harold Melvin's Blue Notes, the Soul Survivors, Bunny Sigler and lots more perform at this celebration of TSOP, being captured on high-definition video for a future PBS special and DVD. Borgata Events Center, Atlantic City, 8 p.m. Saturday. Sold out, they say, but where there's a will... 800-866-MYBORGATA, www.theborgata.com.
"Jamaica": The year is 1957. Harry Belafonte is topping charts with "Day-O" and Broadway follows suit with a musical also exploiting the island calypso craze. Even with script revisions, the beach-set story remains slight in this revival. But there are some treasures to dig up in the wry, rarely heard score (plus a couple notable ringers) by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. You know, the "Over the Rainbow" guys. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St., preview tonight at 8, opens tomorrow at 8 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m., $30-$55, 215-569-9700, www.princemusictheater.org.
Dan Bern: Sarcastic,sardonic singer-songwriter provided the best musical parodies for the film "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," but him doing his own stuff is even better, snarling with spot-on social/political commentary. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 7:30 p.m. Sunday, $25-$40, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.
The Young Knives: Sharpen your ears on the bristling post-punk of this Oxford, England, trio. Why aren't they bigger over here? Everest and Greyhounds also climb the stage. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 8 p.m. Sunday, $10, 215-739-9684, www.johnnybrendas.com.
Ryan Cabrera: This Texan's life was transformed when he heard Dave Matthews. Out went the punk, in came the sensitive emo-pop. Lord knows, he's got the voice for it. Ferras and Cory Lamb share the show. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 7:30 p.m. Monday, $22-$32, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.
James Hunter: The ghosts of Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson live on in the horn-pumped, deliciously retro-soul music of this British transplant. His fresh set of newbie oldies, "The Hard Way," will just be hitting record shops, going online and at Starbucks the same day. Exceptional alt-country singer/songwriter Tift Merritt opens, solo this time. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., $25-$40, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.
Voodoo Love Skulls: Third-wave California ska band will get you jumping out of your skin with their feisty brew, stirring in the powders of punk, psychobilly and metal. With Whole Wheat Bread, Knockout and On Display. North Star, 27th and Poplar streets, 8 p.m. Wednesday, $12, 215-684-0808, www.northstarrocks.com.
Death Cab For Cutie: Our favorite emo-rock band is back with a new album ("Narrow Stairs") about facing life alone. But feel free to come share the lovely ache. Rogue Wave opens. Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue, 8 p.m. Thursday, $35, 215-893-1999, www.manncenter.org.
Tinsley Ellis: Master bluesman is facing the "Moment of Truth" on his new album, rocking and stomping in veins that seem both classic and fresh. A great writer, confident singer and killer-diller guitar player. Sellersville Theater, Temple and Main streets, Sellersville, 8 p.m. Thursday, $19.50, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com.
Alex's Lemonade Stand Benefit: The Cobbs, Dark Horse & the Carousels, AR Duval, It's A King Thing, An American Chinese and DJ Deejay rock to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., 8 tonight, $10, 215-238-5888, www.thekhyber.com.
Bells Bells Bells: Punk band shows off its new, proggy psych sound on "Throw Down Your Anchor." With House of Fire, In Secrecy and Dr. Powerful. North Star Bar, 27th and Poplar streets, 9 tonight, $8, 215-684-0808, www.northstarbar.com.
Best Fest: Soft People, Serpents of Wisdom, Kurt Vile, Beat Jams and dance troupe Club Lifestyle are just part of the all-day West Philly event. Clark Park, 43rd Street and Chester Avenue, 1-7 p.m. tomorrow, free, all ages, www.myspace.com/bestfest.
Paul Green School of Music Presents Frank Zappa's 'Joe's Garage': Playing Zappa is no easy feat for adults, so give these kids a hand, and a time signature or seven. Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St., 8 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, $10, all ages, 215-573-3234, www.foundationarts.org.
Pontiak: The latest in a series of free shows at West Philly record/comic book store the Marvelous features three brothers from Virginia who play heavy psych as well as John Cale covers. The Marvelous, 208 S. 40th St., 8 p.m. tomorrow, free, all ages, 215-386-6110, www.myspace.com/
War on Drugs: Psych tunesmith Kurt Vile does double duty, playing solo and helping his band celebrate the release of "Wagonwheel Blues" on Secretly Canadian. Also on the bill is Ape School, featuring members of the Lilys, Human Television and Holopaw. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9 p.m. tomorrow, $10, 215-739-9684, www.johnnybrendas.com.
And the Moneynotes: Some of Philadelphia's best power-pop bands are from Scranton, in the case of this Okay Paddy offshoot and the equally excellent Swims. The Teeth's Brian Ashby opens with a solo set. Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., 9 p.m. tomorrow, $8, 215-238-5888, www.thekhyber.com.
Philadelphia Dyke March: In its 10th year, Philly Pride's scrappy younger sister celebrates the ladies and their allies in punk-rock, grassroots fashion. Kahn Park, 11th and Pine streets, 3 p.m. tomorrow, free, all ages, www.myspace.com/philadelphiadykemarch.
Young Knives: Britpop post-punkers rise above the more stylish pack. With Everest and Greyhounds. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9 p.m. Sunday, $10, 215-739-9684, www.johnnybrendas.com.
Black Hollies: In the style of '60s Kinks or the Who, the Jersey City band brings their smart mod pop to the Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., 8 p.m. Sunday, $8, 215-238-5888, www.thekhyber.com.
Samantha Barrow: Philly native is the kind of poet who'd ride cross country on a motorcycle and teach bad poetry-writing classes for fun. She joins Monica McIntyre, Maleka Fruean, CA Conrad, Victoria Pearson and Gweny Love. Robin's Book Store, 108 S. 13th St., 7 p.m. Monday, free, 215-735-9600, www.robinsbooks.com.
Retribution Gospel Choir: Side project from Low's Alan Sparhawk and Matt Livingston dabbles in psychedelic improv and dub. Arty, keyboard-heavy punk band Voodoo Economics opens. North Star Bar, 27th and Poplar streets, 8 p.m. Monday, $8, 215-684-0808, www.northstarbar.com.
Monday Night Club: This week's installment of the Needles Jones-hosted soiree is the Live Arts Fringe Festival Meet and Greet. The Balcony, 10th and Arch streets, 10 p.m. Monday, free, 215-922-LIVE, www.thetroc.com.
Greg Ginn: Former Black Flag guitarist debuts two new projects, Jam Bang and the Taylor Texas Corrugators. Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., 8 p.m. Tuesday, $8, 215-238-5888, www.thekhyber.com.
Ignite Philly: An open mike of five-minute presentations includes local movers and shakers such as Kristin Thomson (Future of Music Coalition, Ken), Pete Tridish of Prometheus Radio Project, and more. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 6 p.m. Wednesday, free, 215-739-9684, www.johnnybrendas.com.
Young Love/Inner Party System: Two dance-rock combos (from New York and Philly) do it for the kids. The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave., 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, $10, all ages, 267-765-5210, www.r5productions.com.
Jamie Lidell: Formerly underground techno DJ broke out in a big way with the Prince-ly electro-funk of 2005's "Multiply." His latest, "Jim," expands to gospel, disco and folk. Biting singer-songwriter Jennifer O'Connor opens the show. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 10 p.m. Wednesday, $23-35, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.
Buried Beds: The alt-country band kicks off the opening of the new location for the Green Line Cafe, along with Your Midway Host, Joshua Marcus and Physics of Meaning, which features multi-instrumentalist Daniel Hart (St. Vincent and John Vanderslice). Green Line Cafe, 4426 Locust St., 7 p.m. Thursday, $7, all ages, 215-222-0799, www.shermanarts.org.
Clark Park Benefit: Fear tribute band Beer, the excellently named Crackula (former members of Scribbler, Bobbykork and Wally), EDO and One Red Molly raise money for the long-running, annual West Philly festival. Millcreek Tavern, 4200 Chester Ave., 9 p.m Thursday, $5-10, 215-222-1255, www.millcreektavernphilly.com.
John Densmore's Tribaljazz: Former Doors drummer finally realizes his lifelong Elvin Jones-inspired dream of becoming a jazz drummer. Co-founded with saxophonist Art Ellis, Tribaljazz is a multi-ethnic mix of performers who fuse world music and jazz (and even, albeit grudgingly, a Doors cover). Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside, 8 tonight, $32.50-$39.50, 215-572-7650, www.keswicktheatre.com.
Fred Lonberg-Holm: Chicago cellist Lonberg-Holm plays within that city's free-jazz, experimental and avant-rock communities. For this visit, he'll duet with Philly guitarist/accordionist Alban Bailly. UCAL, 4226 Spruce St., 8 p.m. tomorrow, $5-$10, www.bowerbird.org.
Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra: Louis Scaglione and Timothy Fawkes lead these talented youngsters in the ensemble's 13th annual program. The bill includes the "Leonore" Overture No. 3 and the Eighth Symphony by Beethoven and Schumann's Second Symphony. Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce streets, 8 p.m. Saturday, $10-$18, 215-893-1999, www.pyos.org.
Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra: Daniel Spalding leads this ensemble in Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir of Florence" and the Concerto grosso by Philadelphia-born composer Vittorio Giannini. Gabriela Imreh solos in Bach's Keyboard Concerto No. 1, the mighty D Minor. First Presbyterian Church, 21st and Walnut streets, 2 p.m. Sunday, $20, 866-403-6844, www.philadelphiavirtuosi.com.
Commonwealth Youthchoirs: This fourth annual gala brings together the local voices from the Keystone State Boychoir and the Pennsylvania Girlchoir. Famed mezzo Frederica von Stade will make a special appearance, singing with each choir and then doing one song with all 100 choristers. Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 5 p.m. Sunday, $70-$80, 215-893-1999, www.cychoirs.org.