Editor’s note: instead of a daily “Who’s playing tonight?” preview, we’ll be doing two previews a week—every Monday and Friday. Each Monday, check in to see suggestions for who to see during the week (Monday through Thursday). Then come back on Friday’s and see who’s worthy of your valuable weekend time.
And this week’s recommendations are…
Tuesday, January 22 – Birdie Busch & Carl Cheeseman @ PhilaMOCA – The Key Presents: Tuesday Tune-Out – 7:30/$5 – INFO
A quick explanation for the uninitiated: “Tuesday Tune-Out” is a weekly series at PhilaMOCA that features a live music performance and a screening of a film chosen by the performer. Each month, PhilaMOCA has a different curator put together a lineup. This month’s lineup was curated by The Key’s John Vettese and this week’s musical guest is the exceptionally talented Birdie Busch. To be more specific, Birdie and guitarist Carl Cheeseman will be performing a “live, freeform instrumental set.” After what will surely be a captivating set, you can hang around and watch a documentary about boxcar hobos.
Stream Busch’s new album Birdie Busch & The Greatest Night here.
Wednesday, January 23 – Ultraista, Prefuse 73 @ Underground Arts – 9:00/$15/21+ – TICKETS
You might know Nigel Godrich as the Radiohead’s trusted producer, who’s also produced albums for Beck, Pavement, Here We Go Magic, and others. But now, Godrich’s got his own band–Ultraista. Working with drummer Joey Waronker and singer Laura Bettinson, the electronic trio released a well-received debut album, self-titled, last fall. Producer Prefuse 73 is joining the group for a few dates on their brief North American tour and has also remixed their song “You’re Out,” which you can listen to here.
Stream Ultraista’s self-titled LP and some remixes here.
Thursday, January 24 – Ra Ra Riot, w/Guards @ Union Transfer – 8:30/$15 – TICKETS
Ra Ra Riot’s third and newest album, Beta Love (out tomorrow on Barsuk), represents a major shift for the indie-pop group from New York. Gone is cellist Alexandra Lawn and much of the group’s defining orchestral baroque pop. Ra Ra Riot, it seems, is now a snyth-pop group, though surely one that stills know how to write a catchy song. Expect a much different live show than what you’ve seen from them before–and make sure to get there early to catch up-and-comers Guards.
Thursday, January 24 – Joe D’Amico @ Kung Fu Necktie – 8:00/$10/21+ – TICKETS
Philadelphia singer-songwriter Joe D’Amico will celebrate the release of his new record A Short Time’s A Long Time by playing some songs at Kung Fu Necktie. If that new-look, new-sound Ra Ra Riot effort has turned you off, you can’t get much further away from snyth-pop than good old fashioned folk music.
Stream D’Amico’s new album here.
Also playing this week: Matt Duke, Robert Earl Keen, The Growlers, Nigel Hall Band. Check out the Concert Calendar for complete listings.