Live music and more, tonight through Thursday, compiled by Shaun Brady, Tom Di Nardo, James Johnson, Sara Sherr and Jonathan Takiff.
POP . . . plus
Flyleaf: Texas-based rockers churn passionate, Goth-heavy anthems bleeding with the knife-sharp vocals of Lacey Mosley. Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th St., 8:30 tonight, $28, 216-627-1332, www.electricfactory.info.
XFS Philly Song Cycle: Think a game of "musical chairs" transformed into a concert. This Fringe fest fave features dozens of local performers, each given mere seconds to get on (and off) and just one song in the spotlight to "score." World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 7:30 tonight, $22 (students and anyone under 25, with ID) and $27, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.
G.Love & Special Sauce: Philly's super popular folk blues/hip-hop/jamsters bring it back to the hood. Revolution breaks out first. River Stage at Great Plaza, Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street, 7 tonight, $27.50, 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com.
Airborne Toxic Event: Edgy anthemists go acoustic with help from the Calder Quartet. Keswick Theatre, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside, 8 tonight, $20-$29.50, 215-572-7650, www.keswicktheatre.com.
Shemekia Copeland: Once referred to as "Johnny's kid," now reigning "Queen of the Blues." Sellersville Theater, Main and Temple streets, 8 tonight, $29.50, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com.
Corinne Bailey Rae: Of all the artists working that cool 'n' breezy, Lady Day-revisited sound, Rae achieved the biggest success with her four-million-selling debut album, highlighted by the hits "Put Your Records On" and "Like a Star." The Brit's new sophomore set is more akin to the darker side of Billie Holiday, thus equally true. Harper Blynn, a four-piece with harmonies evoking Simon & Garfunkel, fills out the bill. Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th St., 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, $27.50/$30, 215-627-1332, www.electricfactory.info.
Somebody Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin: Maybe it's the Springfield (Missouri) connection that made these jangly pop rockers summon up with a name that sounds like something from "The Simpsons." Because there's sure nothing Slavic about their cartoon-cute music. With Telekinesis. The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave., 6 p.m. Saturday, $10, 215-634-7400, www.r5productions.com.
Jackson Browne with David Lindley: Just the way the sensitive singer/songwriter started, with his ace sideman filling out the melody lines. Sure to inspire all the classics, from "Rock Me on the Water" and "These Days" on down. Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow streets, 8 p.m. tomorrow, $41, $56, $76, 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com.
Stew and the Negro Problem: We liked Stew and his collaborator Heidi Rodewald even before they got famous as the creators (and he, the star) of the Broadway rock musical "Passing Strange," also chronicled in film form by Spike Lee. So we're thrilled he 'n' she are back to perform their wryly funny, sophisticated, pop-soul-Broadway mashups, including previews from their next stage venture, as part of the Live Arts/Philly Fringe fest. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8 p.m. Monday, $17 (students), $22 (WXPN members), $27, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.
Lady Gaga: Mix the killer instincts of Madonna, ABBA and Queen and what do you get? The reincarnation of Joanne Germanotto as the edgy, dance pop superstar who makes the world's radio stations go gaga, over and over again. And live, the "Monster Ball Tour" (heavy on material from M'lady's "The Fame Monster" deluxe set) offers equal parts flamboyant visual stimulation. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., 8 p.m. Tuesday (sold out) and Wednesday, $52.50, $88, $178, 800-298-4200, www.comcasttix.com.
Broken Social Scene: Darlings of the Canadian alt-rock set, this florid, ever dynamic (now jangly, now jarring, now techy, now tropical) troupe commands rapt attention, suggesting a next-gen Talking Heads. Making new friends with its multi-scene "Forgiveness Rock Record," personnel have honed their craft in bands like Metric, Stars and Feist. A calmer, equally arty start is promised from show openers The Sea & Cake. TLA, 334 South St., 8 p.m. Tuesday (sold out) and Wednesday, $25, 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com.
The Young Dubliners: OK, maybe not so young anymore after eight years at the game, but the Dubliners are still considered one step beyond the "old school" traditional style of hearty Irish folk singing/playing, with some good rockin' vibes. The John Byrne Band also lands. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, $20-$32, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com. (The Dubliners also stop in, 8 p.m. tomorrow, at the Sellersville Theater, Main and Temple streets, $19.50 and $24.50, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com.)
Colour Revolt: Their devilishly dour, three-guitar crankers are more distinctive than their pleasant Southern Gothic ballads, but variety keeps listeners from revolting. Garage-rock revivalists Turbo Fruits rev up first. Kungfu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8 p.m. Tuesday, $10, 215-291-4919, www.r5productions.com.
Todd Rundgren: Upper Darby's legend (and true star) serves up two of his classic albums in entirety - "Todd" and "Healing." Keswick Theatre, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, $75, 215-572-7650, www.keswicktheatre.com.
Cake: New wave, funk and hip-hop spiced rockers always offer just deserts, with that icing of sardonic humor. Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, $35, 215-893-1999, www.manncenter.org.
Charlie Musselwhite: Legendary harmonica blower, songwriter and growly-toned singer keeps cranking out a snappy, easygoing (yet oft-revealing) style of blues music, ripely demonstrated on his just-out Alligator CD "The Well," which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard blues chart. Zach Caruso Band opens. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, $27-$40, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.
Charlatans UK: They're one of those very British bands that's a tad too poppy, polished and sweetly harmonic for American rock radio, yet also a little too pounding for morning drive on our adult alternative album outlets. Nonetheless, a treat for any die-hard Anglophile. Also welcome the femme-fronted (Tanyo Horo) Australian electro-popsters Sherlock's Daughter. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9 p.m. Wednesday, $25, 215-739-9684, www.johnnybrendas.com.
Ed Kowalczyk: Known better as front guy of the now deceased, York, Pa., band Live, Ed proves equally earnest, faith-based and otherwise impassioned on his own. Thriving Ivory and Miggs are also on tap. TLA, 334 South St., 9 p.m. Thursday, $19.33/$25, 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com.
Acoustic Strawbs: Seasoned British folk rockers serve their "Benedictus." Sellersville Theater, Main and Temple streets, 8 p.m. Thursday, $25, 215-257-5808, www.st94.com.
Beats & Rhymes: 215hiphop.com's producer/MC showcase is making its return with an awesome lineup of great local talent. Featuring beats producers DJ Kwestion, DJ Skipmode, Dumhi and Luke Raws, the show will also have special performances from the Might Flipside Esq. and Ethel Cee. with DJ Akshun on the wheels. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Ave., 9 p.m. tomorrow, 215-739-9684, www.johnnybrendas.com.
Westbound: Representing one of the city's best DJ crews, the talented Lil Dave of the Illvibe Collective's monthly jam in West Philly offers funk, afrobeat, soulful house and other good tunes to get your body moving. Elena's Soul Lounge, 4912 Baltimore Ave., 10 p.m. tomorrow, $5, 215-729-9575, www.elenassoul.com.
Little Brother After Party at Tastytreats: Mr. Sonny James of the Illvibe Collective and resident DJ Mike Nyce give attendees of the LB show more music to dance to right around the corner from the TLA. Hosted by Yameeen Allworld. Fluid Nightclub, 613 S. 4th St., $7 before midnight, $10 after, 215-629-3686, www.fluidnightclub.com.
Bilal Album Release Party: After an Internet leak and a label deal gone sour shelved his incredible sophomore disc, "Love For Sale," Bilal will finally release his first official studio album in nine years. Dropping the same day as this party, "Airtight's Revenge" will definitely be something worth celebrating. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Ave., 8 p.m. Tuesday, $20 in advance, $25 day of the show, 21-plus, 215-739-9684, www.johnnybrendas.com.
Wiz Khalifa: Pittsburgh-based rapper will be making Philly the second stop on his 50-city "Waken Baken" tour Thursday night. Also performing will be Big K.R.I.T. Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St., 7 p.m. Thursday, $18.50 in advance, $21 at the door, 215-922-5483, www.thetroc.com.
Pagan Babies: Influential Philly hard core band reunites with a CD/DVD anthology, "Last." Also: Wisdom in Chains, McRad, Violent Society, Common Enemy and Thee Nosebleeds. Trocadero, 10th and Arch streets, 7:30 tonight, $15, 215-922-LIVE, www.thetroc.com.
Exotic Fever Presents: The DC-to-Philly label showcase includes South Carolina's Thank God, To Tremble (ex True If Destroyed), Trophy Wife and Pink Coffins. The unusual selection at Germ Books is perfect for browsing between bands. Germ Books & Gallery, 2005 Frankford Ave., 8-11 tonight, free, all ages, 215-423-5002, www.exoticfever.com.
Blayer Point Du Jour: Sample-heavy and inspired by both punk and dub, this show, including an 11-piece live band, is a fundraiser for an upcoming album. With Adam & Dave's Bloodline, Faux Slang and Voss. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 8 tonight, $10, 215-739-5577, www.themanhattanroom.com.
Tobacco: Black Moth Super Rainbow's groovier, more hip-hop alter-ego is back and Beck-approved. With Junk Culture, DJ signed to Girl Talk's Illegal Art label, and Ryan Graveface, the label owner and part-time guitarist for Black Moth Super Rainbow. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 8 tonight, $12, all ages, 215-821-7575, www.r5productions.com.
Sex Dwarf: Hosted by WXPN's Robert Drake and Marilyn Thomas, the new wave dance party encourages creative uses of the skinny tie just in time for back to school. Fluid, 613 S. 4th St., 9 tonight, free before 10 or $5, 215-629-3686, www.site.djrobertdrake.com.
Northern Liberties Music Festival: Includes the Northern Liberties Dance Band, Black Landlord, Blood Feathers, the Friggs, Baby Flamehead, Dressed Like Stolen Cars and Ports of Call. Liberty Lands, 3rd Street between Poplar and Wildey, 5-11:30 p.m. tomorrow, free, all ages, www.nlna.org.
Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School: In this cabaret meets art school, would-be students sketch models like Little Darling, who founded Pin-Ups for Pitbulls, an organization that encourages education and responsible ownership of the breed. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 3-6 p.m. tomorrow, $15, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.
Second Saturdays: Businesses on East Passyunk Avenue like Sweet Jane, Black N Brew, Philadelphia Scooters, South Philly Comics and others offer live music, art, food, special sales and more. East Passyunk Avenue between Dickinson and McKean streets, 6-10 p.m. tomorrow, free, www.visiteastpassyunk.com.
Cuddle Magic Gardens: Experience the Philly mini-orchestra's multimedia presentation of North Indian, West African, Balkan and Appalachian music in the center that houses Isaiah Zagar's mirrored mosaics. Philadelphia Magic Gardens, 1020 South St., 7 p.m. tomorrow, $10, all ages, 215-733-0390, www.phillymagicgardens.org.
Strapping Fieldhands: Resurfaced '90s Philly psych-pop band plays with the similar-minded Brit The Doozer and West Philly's reverb-drenched U.S. Girls. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St., 7:30 p.m. Tomorrow, $8, 215-291-4919, www.kungfunecktie.com.
Woods: Brooklyn band is inspired by Jad Fair, the Grateful Dead and Neil Young. Psych destroyers Birds of Maya and the Espers' Meg Baird open. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St., 8 p.m. Monday, $5, 215-291-4919, www.kungfunecktie.com.
Moon Duo: Kraut-rock inspired new project for Ripley Johnson from Wooden Shjips. With Gondola and Ether Island. Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St., 8 p.m. Thursday, $8, 215-291-4919, www.kungfunecktie.com.
Power of 10: UArts big band offers "Mix and Remix," as they take on a repertoire of new music and reconfigured jazz and pop classics arranged by the school's dean of the College of Performing Arts, saxophonist Rick Lawn. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street and Ben Franklin Parkway, 5:45 and 7:15 tonight, free with regular museum admission of $16, 215-763-8100, www.philamuseum.org.
Ken Fowser & Behn Gillece: Though both left their native Philly for New York a few years back, saxophonist Fowser and vibraphonist Gillece maintain the partnership that started here and brings them back often. The latest fruit of that music partnership is "Little Echo," the release of which will be celebrated tonight. Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., 7:30 & 9:30 tonight, $15, 215-568-3131, www.chrisjazzcafe.com.
Dave Burrell: Philly piano great continues the celebration of his 70th birthday with two heavy-duty friends: bassist William Parker and saxophonist Sabir Mateen. Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St., 8 tonight, $12, www.arsnovaworkshop.com.
Lucky Old Souls: Monthly series features the CD release party for Philly saxophonist Maxfield Gast's "Side By Side," featuring his trio with bassist Brian Howell and drummer Mike Pietrusko, and a modern take on tango by the Oscuro Quintet. Moonstone Arts Center, 110 S. 13th St., 2nd Floor, 9 tonight, $8-$10, www.luckyoldsouls.com.
"Wake Up Clarinet!" Clarinetist Oran Etkin aims his considerable jazz chops at engaging children with his Timbalooloo project. His kids' music classes have attracted high-profile parents like Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber. World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 11:30 a.m. tomorrow, $7-$10, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.
Avant Ascension: This month's show features guitarist Ryan Blotnick and trumpet great Herb Robertson's trio, Improvisers for the Abolition of Wayne Newton. Tritone, 1508 South St., 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, $5, 215-545-0475, www.tritonebar.com.
Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte": Comedy or morality play? Lorenzo Da Ponte's brilliant libretto lets you decide, with Mozart's magnificent score giving clues. In this simulcast season opener from London's Opera House, director Jonathan Miller has updated the setting in this opera about universal behavior, with Thomas Hengelbrock on the podium. Veteran Thomas Allen is Don Alfonso, coaching Pavol Breslik and Staphane Degout in their manipulations, with Rebecca Evans as Despina reminding Maria Bengtsson and Jurgita Adamonyte that all's fair in love - and conniving. Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, 2 p.m. today, $25, 610-527-9898, www.brynmawrwfilm.org.
Fairmount Chamber Ensemble: Haydn's "Lark" Quartet, Op. 3/7 from Vivaldi's "L'Estro armonico," two Dvorak waltzes and pieces by Duke Ellington and film composer Ennio Morricone are on the bill. The musicians are violinists Taia Harlos and Barbara Jaffe, violist Beth Dzwil and cellist Lynne Beiler. Crossing Vineyards and Winery, 1853 Washington Crossing Road, Washington Crossing, 7 tonight, $15, 215-493-6500, ext. 15.
Center City Opera Theater: A music workshop and libretto reading of Jack Perla and Rob Bailis' new comic chamber opera, "Love/Hate," a part of the Live Arts/Philly Fringe festival. Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, 3 p.m. Sunday, $16, 215-238-1555, www.operatheater.org.
Wagner's "Gotterdamerung": Finale of the massive four-opera "Ring" cycle comes from the controversial 2009 Valencia production, with fanciful staging by the theatrical wizards La Fura dels Baus. Zubin Mehta conducts this nearly five-hour marathon, as far from a traditional presentation as you're ever likely to experience, with Lance Ryan as Siegfried. Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, 7 p.m. Wednesday and 1 p.m. Sept. 19, $25, 610-527-9898, www.brynmawrwfilm.org.