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Coming pop concerts: Paul Simon/Sting, Art Garfunkle, Mark Mulcahy, and Nipsey Hussle/Gillie Da Kid

Musicians Sting, left, and Paul Simon perform together in concert at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Musicians Sting, left, and Paul Simon perform together in concert at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Sting & Paul Simon/ Art Garfunkel


Simon and Garfunkel are in town Friday night. Only thing is, they're not playing together. Paul Simon is sharing the Wells Fargo Center stage with an unlikely musical cohort - Sting - and a slew of backing musicians, while Art Garfunkel is doing the first of two "intimate evening" performances at the Art Museum.

Funny how these things work out: Sting and Simon, former New York neighbors who announced late last year that they were joining forces for a U.S. tour, seem about as improbable a pairing as, say, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss (and we all know how that ended up).

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  • Indeed, the lanky Brit and the diminutive Yank have earned raves for their impressively cohesive shows, which Simon has called "our little experiment." Blending their respective repertoires and expansive bands into a two-plus-hour evening of world-rhythm-infused pop/rock, Sting and Simon have charmed audiences as they perform separate sets, as well as duets of each other's best-loved tunes, including "Fields of Gold," "America," and "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

    Garfunkel, meanwhile, is offering stripped-down, acoustic renditions of Simon and Garfunkel tunes, his solo work, some prose, and a Q&A with the audience. Decisions, decisions. - Nicole Pensiero

    Paul Simon & Sting: On Stage Together, 8 p.m. Friday at the Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. Tickets: $40-$250. Information: 1-800-298-4200,

    Art Garfunkel performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Van Pelt Auditorium, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Tickets: $65. Information: 1-800-298-4200,

    Mark Mulcahy

    Mark Mulcahy is a songwriter's songwriter. From his start 30 years ago, leading Miracle Legion, Mulcahy has penned catchy, compassionate, and often jangly songs. He cemented his cult status when Miracle Legion morphed into Polaris and became the house band for the beloved but short-lived TV show The Adventures of Pete & Pete, for which their "Hey Sandy" was the theme song. He released a clutch of solo albums before going on hiatus to care for his children after his wife's death in 2008. His peers - including Michael Stipe, Thom Yorke, the National, and Dinosaur Jr. - showed their support with a tribute album, Ciao My Shining Star. Last year, Mulcahy reemerged with the wistful, thoughtful Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You, and he brings his vast and witty songbook to World Cafe Live Monday.

       - Steve Klinge

    Mark Mulcahy with Chris Harford play Monday at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets: $15. Information: 215-222-1400,

    Nipsey Hussle/Gillie Da Kid

    Los Angeles rapper and mixtape marvel Nipsey Hussle bases his name on that of Nipsey Russell, stand-up comic, very frequent TV game-show panelist, and noted "poet laureate of television." Hussle, Gillie the Kid, and a sparkling cast of artists hold forth Saturday at TLA. Unlike his namesake, Hussle has a fast, hard flow and a set of criminal references reminiscent of gangsta rap icon Ice-T before he became a TV cop. His rep rests heavily on said mixtapes, including the Bullets Ain't Got No Name series, The Marathon, and its seriously stark follow-up The Marathon Continues. But this year, look for his full-length album Victory Lap to drop. Gillie Da Kid (non-rap name Gill Smith), self-proclaimed King of Philly, has long been one of this city's fastest and most furious mouthpieces. With last year's back-and-forth feud with local rapper Meek Mill at a stalemate, expect Gillie's next mixtape to be ferocious, with this show acting as a nice preview.

    - A.D. Amorosi

    Nipsey Hussle, with Gillie Da Kid, Ape Gang, Al 1 Thing, and Bigg Homie & Major, plays 9 p.m. Saturday at Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. Tickets: $18, $21. Information: 1-800-745-3000,

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