Musical events in the area this week

Live music and more, tonight through Thursday, compiled by Shaun Brady, Tom Di Nardo, James Johnson, Sara Sherr and Jonathan Takiff.


Alice Peacock: Superior singer/songwriter opts for a California country-rock sound on her new "Love Remains" album, with pedal-steel-scored songs worthy of comparison to the best of Sheryl Crow and Linda Ronstadt. John Francis opens for Peacock's "record release" party. Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St., 7:30 tonight, $12, 215-928-0978,

Ariel Pink: California-based basement experimentalist evokes the heady album-rock daze of David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Roxy Music and John Lennon in a low-fi yet high-impact fashion. With Vivian Girls and Tickley Feather. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9:30 tonight, $12, 215-739-9684,

Dan Deacon: Master of absurdist electronica should get you pumped with his quirky, funky sounds and weirdly appealing "squirrel" vocals. Teeth Mountain and Future Islands open. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 8 tonight, $12, 866-468-7619,

Joan Osbourne: Bluesy talent showcases material from that new album reuniting her with Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian. And another of the Hooters, John Lilley, is Joan's opening act. Sellersville Theater, Main and Temple streets, Sellersville, 6 tonight (9:30 show is sold out), $35, 215-257-5808,

Janis Ian/Karla Bonoff: Ian virtually pioneered the confessional singer/songwriter style; Bonoff's been a role model for romantic, achingly pretty folk-pop. Dennis Flyer Memorial Theater, Camden County College, Blackwood, N.J., 8 tonight, $29 & $39, 856-216-2170,

Bob Mould: He cut his teeth in punk rock with Husker Du, but the prolific Mould's also veered into hard pop and edgy electronica waters with Sugar and recent solo albums. Andrew Lipke opens. North Star, 27th and Poplar streets, 9 tonight, $18, 215-787-0488,

U.S. Rails: Three quarters of Four Way Street - Ben Arnold, Scott Bricklin and Joseph Parsons - put the collective back together with Tom Gillam providing the fourth rail. Puck, Printer's Alley, Doylestown, 8:30 tonight, $17, 215-348-9000, The group also plays Sunday at Kennett Flash, in Kennett Square.

Scot Sax and Saxploitation: Another of Philly's best kept secrets showcases his newest band. If you loved Sax in Wanderlust or Feel, check 'em out. Vantine/Amadio opens. Milkboy Ardmore, 2 East Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, 9:30 tonight, $15 & $25, 610-645-5269,

Ray LaMontagne: This haunting balladeer keeps cranking out intimate heart tuggers like his "You Are the Best Thing." The equally moody and tasteful Low Anthem opens the night. Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow streets, 8 p.m. tomorrow, $28.50 (each in a four pack), $38, $41, 610-352-2887,

Sebastien Tellier: Foppy French electro-popster is all about the "Sexuality" on his new album and in life, too, non? Starlight Ballroom, 460 N. 9th St., 9 p.m. tomorrow, $12, 866-468-7619,

Dirty Diamond: Roll over Neil Diamond, this foul-mouthed (and funny) parodist still has it in for you. Also on this show: Action Park, Keith From Up Da Block, Nitty Gritty and Stucco Lobster Breadbox. North Star, 27th and Poplar streets, 9 p.m. tomorrow, $10, 215-787-0488,

Chris Cornell: Intense rocker serves up solo-era material plus songs from his Audioslave and Soundgarden stints. Outernational warms up. Electric Factory, 7th and Willow streets, 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, $35, 215-627-1332,

Raul Malo: Distinctive, big-voiced countrypolitan singer (of Mavericks fame), evokes the sad and glad in love. Keswick Theatre, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, $29 & $35, 215-572-7650,

Ryan Montbleau Band: These guys cover all bases well, from Americana rock to ragtime and R&B. Sellersville Theater, Main and Temple streets, Sellersville, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, $17.50, 215-257-5808,

Colin Hayes: Who can it be now? Men (no, make that man) at work, all the way from the land down under. So nice, he's gotta play twice. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, $35, 215-222-1400,

Death Cab for Cutie: Hitch a ride with one of the most popular (and worthy) indie rock bands. Cold War Kids and Ra Ra Riot share the bill. Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow streets, 8 p.m. Tuesday, $26.25 (each, in a four pack), $35, $38, 610-352-2887,

Michelle Malone: Sly, sensual blues singer and great groovin' bottleneck slide guitar player piles on the "Debris" from her sharply etched 10th album of the same name. Think Bonnie Raitt bedding down with Keith Richards. OK, maybe you shouldn't. Steph Hayes shares the night. Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St., 8 p.m. Tuesday, $12, 215-928-0978,

Jeff Beck: Legendary British guitarist, about to be inducted (tomorrow) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, knocks the blues and jazz buffs off their feet, too. Opening is young blues hotshot Davy Knowles, formerly front man of Back Door Slam. Electric Factory, 7th and Willow streets, 8 p.m. Wednesday, $39.50, 215-627-1332, (View the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 9 p.m. tomorrow on the FUSE channel.)

Youth Group: Australian rock group aims to start a fire with its new album "Night Is Ours" (out Tuesday) and month-long residency in our town, commencing the next night. The pensive, hook-happy music holds obvious appeal to fans of the Smiths, Coldplay, and the Replacements. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 9 p.m., $8, 215-739-5577,


Hip Hop Lives: Monthly showcase returns, featuring Philly's own Last Emperor, plus Jawnzap7, Smash Brothers and, as always, Electric City. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave., 10 tonight, $10, 21-plus, 267-671-9298,

E-Life: Veteran Philadelphia rhymer takes his act to the 'burbs, backed by AdLib, Capo, SickSix and DJ Thorobred. Liberties Old Colonial, 11 Beaver St., Hulmeville, 10 tonight, $5, 21-plus, 215-752-9878, libertiesoldcolonial.

'The Basement Chronicle' Album Release Party: Incredibly talented rapper/producer Scanz celebrates the release of his sophomore album with a party/performance featuring a set from Columbia recording artist Selina Carrera. Also scheduled to perform are Yasin, Wesley Simpson and Hakim from Channel Live. Studio 34, 4522 Baltimore Ave., 7:30 tonight, $15, 215-387-3434,

Tastytreats: Two of the city's most talented DJs will be gracing the wheels of steel as Ultraviolet and Lil' Dave serve as special guests at this long running hip-hop weekly. Hosted by Yameen Allworld. Fluid Night Club, 613 S. 4th St., 10 p.m. tomorrow, $7, 21-plus, 215-629-3686,

Saturday Night Live: Party with DJ Cru Cut and Philly rap duo Outerspace at their retitled monthly hip-hop party. Bubble House, 3403 Sansom St., 10 p.m. tomorrow, $5, 21-plus, 215-243-0804,

Kool Keith: With more alter egos than just about any other MC, the veteran Bronx rhymer prepares to do the unthinkable: let two of his aliases square off on stage. A Dr. Dooom vs. Dr. Octagon faceoff, in which the contestants are the same person, should make for a very interesting show. It's also a sold-out one. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 11 p.m. tomorrow, 215-739-9684,

The Spinners: Drawing from a discography that would make any group green with envy, the legendary Motown band's show should satiate old-school soul fans. Atlantic City Hilton, 3400 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, N.J., 8 p.m. tomorrow, $35, 609-340-7200,

Spokinn Movement: Hip-hop-meets-funk band headlined by MC iLLspoKinN rocks with Vamoose and Philly rhymers Side Effect and Nyle. A great night of music that strays a bit off the beaten path. Silk City, 435 Spring Garden St., 9 p.m. Sunday, $5, 21-plus, 215-592-8838,

Poetic Pilgrimage: Islamic female hip-hop/spoken word duo will be joined by Mozambican-born rhymer Mohammed Yahya. Hosted by Ethel Cee. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8 p.m. Wednesday, $7, 215-222-1400,

Sela: Hip-hop/rock band highlights one of the more eclectic offerings this week, along with soul singer Jeanette Berry, electronic/hip-hop act New Age Crew, funk/rocker Damien Anthony and MC Young Brizz. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave., 9 p.m. Thursday, $7, 267-671-9298,


Pink Spiders: Weezer/Cheap Trick-inspired band returns with local faves Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer and the Kiera Plan. Upstairs at the Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., 6 tonight, $10, all ages,

Garotas Suecas: Fans of all things Brazilian and '60s psych will appreciate these buzzed-about newcomers, along with Cassim & Barbaria, Philly's Prowler and an afterparty featuring DJs Gregg Foreman (Turnaround Vs. Immediate) and Kyle Miller (Ten Commandments). Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St., 7 tonight, $5, 215-291-4919,

Young Widows: Former members of Breather Resist top a bill of hardcore, punk and math rock with My Disco, Sinola and Restorations (members of Philly's Jena Berlin). Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front Street, 6:30p.m. tomorrow, $10, 215-291-4919,

Blues Control: New York duo has nothing to do with the blues as we know it, instead mixing ambient soundscapes with piano, feedback and loops. With Growing, Meg Baird, Birds of Maya, Eric Copeland and Grandchildren. Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Avenue, 8 p.m. tomorrow, $10, all ages,

Victoria Fest II: Local rockers raise money to help the I Don't Cares' Victoria Blandina, who is battling cancer. Includes Malcolm Tent, Mr. Unloved, the Handsome Petes, Blessed Muthas and Tophat Chainmail Knife Gang. El Bar, Front and Master streets, 8 p.m. tomorrow, $5, 215-634-6430,

Judah Friedlander: The "30 Rock" actor and VH-1 talking head brings his World Champion Concert. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St., 8 p.m. tomorrow, $26.50-29.50, all ages, 215-922-1011,

Brian Jonestown Massacre: Charismatic frontman/ringleader of these '90s psych-rockers, Anton Newcombe has about nine lives. Or 13. Philly musical brethren Asteroid #4 open the show. Trocadero, 10th and Arch streets, 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, $15-17, all ages, 215-922-LIVE,

Deadmau5: Canadian DJ/producer Joel Zimmerman is joined by dance rockers the Whip and the extra-flamboyant Late of the Pier and DJ Justin Paul (PEX/Playloop). TLA, 334 South St., 11 p.m. tomorrow, $25-30, all ages, 215-922-1011,

Nathan Explosion: The creator of Adult Swim's "Metalocalypse" jams with the Paul Green School of Rock All-Stars. Also: metal Bee Gees tribute Tragedy, and all-female King Diamond and Metallica tributes Queen Diamond and Misstallica. Trocadero, 10th and Arch Streets, 6:30p.m. Sunday, $13-15, all ages, 215-922-LIVE,

Vincent Black Shadow: Punk-metal band, a cross between Motorhead and the Sex Pistols, lists its influences as "Iggy Pop and Dennis Hopper." With Drunkdriver, Gunslingers and Dog on the Loose. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St., 8 p.m. Sunday, $10, 215-291-4919,

Lissy Trullie: New York newcomer is one to watch. Like a cross between the Strokes, Chrissie Hynde and Nico, and impossibly cool. With Gang and Cortez! Cortez!!. Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., 8 p.m. Tuesday, $8-10, 215-238-5888,

Whales and Cops: Unique, Beefheart-inspired Philly band jams with the similar Bobo, which should make for a weird, wonderful night. Silk City, 5th and Spring Garden streets, 9 p.m. Wednesday, $5, 215-592-0838,

Gregg Attonito: Bouncing Souls leader unplugs, along with his wife and children's book author Shanti and the Slackers' Vic Ruggiero. Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave., 6:30 p.m. Thursday, $10, all ages,

Comet Gain: From the Vivian Girls to Pains at Being Pure at Heart, indie pop is back in a big way. If you are digging these bands, check out their legendary UK predescessors, playing their first Philadelphia show in ages. Also: the deeply atmospheric Crystal Stilts and Cold Cave. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Frankford Ave., 8 p.m. Thursday, $12, 215-291-4919,

Extra Golden: Kenyan Afro-pop sensations return, along with Brazilian percussionist and singer/songwriter Xande Cruz and Philly's Remote Islands. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Ave., 9 p.m. Thursday, $10, 215-739-9684,


Blue Note 7: Blue Note Records has assembled a legendary roster of recordings over its 70-year history and has assembled a fine septet to explore it to celebrate the anniversary: pianist Bill Charlap, guitarist Peter Bernstein, saxophonists Ravi Coltrane and Steve Wilson, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Lewis Nash. Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce streets, 8 tonight, $26-$64, 215-893-1999,

Julian Lage: The 21-year-old guitarist celebrates his debut CD, an acoustic chamber-jazz set where the former child prodigy alternates between his own quartet, playful duets with pianist Taylor Eigsti and a folky trio with Bela Fleck and mandolinist Chris Thile. Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., 8 & 10 p.m. tomorrow, $20, 215-568-3131,

Branford Marsalis: Over eleven years, Marsalis' quartet has evolved into one of the most intuitive units in jazz. Pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts join the New Orleans-based saxophonist. Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., 7 p.m. Sunday, $20-$55, 215-898-3900,

Charlie Hunter: Guitarist brings his latest quartet - with drummer Eric Kalb, trumpet player Eric Biondo and saxophonist Cochemea Gastelum - to perform tunes from his latest set of psychedelia-laced funk-jazz, "Baboon Strength." World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8 p.m. Sunday, $15, 215-222-1400,


Ballet X: The company presents two world premieres, including one by co-founder Christine Cox, who was inspired by her new son to develop Dr. Seuss characters into "The Striped Hat." The other premiere, by famous guest choreographer Edwaard Liang, as yet untitled, is set to music by Bach. The other co-founder, Matthew Neenan, has adapted his 2004 gem, "Wonder Why," to suit his company's cast. Wilma Theater, 8 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Thursday and April 10-11 plus 2 p.m. Sunday, $30, 215-546-7824,


Network for New Music: Always inventing new ways to combine music with other disciplines, the ensemble presents two world premieres inspired by artworks, some of which will be displayed. Jan Krzywicki leads Temple prof Richard Brodhead's "Concerto in Light and Shadow," and David Laganella's "Unattainable Spaces." The program also boasts John Harbison's "Six American Painters." Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118 N. Broad St., 8 tonight, $20 (Galleries are open at 7 p.m. to the Network audience); also, Marshall Auditorium, Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, 3 p.m. Sunday, free. 215-848-7647,

Curtis Institute Musicians: Accomplished young musicians present a Vivaldi feast. Exhibition Hall, Longwood Gardens, Route 1, Kennett Square, 8 tonight, $40 ($35 for garden passholders, 215-893-1999,

Ysaye String Quartet: French ensemble returns to perform two Gallic gems and a Hungarian powerhouse: quartets by Franck and Faure (Op. 121) and the Sixth Quartet by Bela Bartok. Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 8 tonight, $23, 215-569-8080,

Haverford-Bryn Mawr Orchestra: Heidi Jacob leads the orchestra in Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony and Luciano Berio's "Folksongs," sung by Lyric Fest mezzo Suzanne DuPlantis, plus an appearance by the winner of the annual student concerto competition. Marshall Auditorium, Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford, 8 tonight, free, 610-896-1000,

David Kim & Robyn Bollinger: Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Bollinger, daughter of colleague bass trombonist Blair Bollinger, will be accompanied by pianist Sonya Ovrutsky. Kim will perform Gluck's "Melodie" in a setting by Fritz Kreisler, Bollinger will play Tchaikovsky's Waltz-Scherzo and all three musicians are on tap for the rarely heard Suite for two violins and piano by Moritz Moszkowski. Markheim Arts Center, Lincoln Avenue and Walnut Street, Haddonfield, N.J., 8 tonight, $75, 856-429-8585,

"L'Incoronazione di Poppea": Big-screen broadcast of Monteverdi's final opera from 1642 comes from the Glyndebourne Festival production. Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, 1 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. April 15, $25, 610-527-4008,

Celebration of Bach: The master's birthday was March 21, but it's not too late for this homage, which includes the Drexel University Chorus, directed by Steven Powell, in two choruses from the Magnificat. The conclusion is jazz arranger Oliver Nelson's 1973 concert piece "Fugue and Bossa Nova," based on the first section of "The Art of the Fugue" and played by the Drexel Student/Faculty Brass Quintet. Solo and ensemble dancers will also perform in four pieces set to Bach's music. Mandell Theater, 33rd and Chestnut streets, 3 p.m. Sunday, free, 215-895-ARTS,

Society of Ancient Instruments: 80th annual festival kicks off its three-Sunday schedule. The six players performing on 12 ancient viols team with theorbo player Daniel Boring on works by Buxtehude, Marais, Telemann and five other composers from the early days of the musical catalog. First Reformed Church, Fourth and Race streets, 3 p.m. Sunday, $15, 610-935-4579.

Philadelphia Singers: David Hayes leads the chorus in an unusual and fascinating program: Loeffler's "By the Rivers Of Babylon," Debussy's "Trois Chansons de Charles d'Orleans," plus Brahms' Four Songs, Ross Lee Finney's "Spherical Madrigals," William Schuman's Carols of Death and Aaron Copland's "In the Beginning." Holy Trinity Church, 1904 Walnut St., 4 p.m. Sunday, $20, 215-569-8080,

Jonathan Biss: Pianist who will solo later this month with the Philadelphia Orchestra performs a recital of Sonatas by Mozart (K.457) and Schubert (D.840), as well as selections from "Jatekok," a book of childrens' pieces by Gyorgy Kurtag. The second half features the Barcarolle, Three Mazurkas, the Op. 62/2 Nocturne and the Fourth Ballade, all by Chopin. Independence Seaport Museum, Columbus Boulevard and Walnut Street, 8 p.m. Tuesday, $23, 215-569-8080,