Pop concerts: Jam on the River, Reigning Sound, and Lower
Jam on the River
In 1986, a Louisiana-focused festival called the Jambalaya Jam first took place on Penn's Landing. Ten years later, that fest merged with another called RiverBlues, and the Jam on the River was born. Over time, it evolved into a jam-band rather than roots-music fest, until petering out and disappearing from the concert calendar. Now, after a six-year hiatus, the JOTR is rebranded and reborn as - what else? - an electronic dance music party. It's now a one-day all-day affair on the Great Plaza, headlined by partly Philadelphia hip-hop-flavored EDM band Lotus, and featuring local DJ-folkie Chris "Griz" Grunwald, as well as Papadosio and Grimace Federation.
- Dan DeLuca
Jam on the River, with Lotus, Griz, Papadosio, Conspirator, and Grimace Federation, begins at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the River Stage at Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd and Chestnut St. Tickets: $53.50. Information: 1-800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
- Dan DeLuca
Reigning Sound, with Residuels, play at 8 p.m. Friday at Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St. Tickets: $14. Information: www.undergroundarts.org.
Copenhagen's Lower can trace their lineage to the post-punk sound of Joy Division, Mission of Burma, and the Cure (not the pop Cure, but the dark, heavy one of 1982's Pornography). Their intense, noisy songs seethe with dissonance. Guitars crackle with electricity and edgy grandeur, and vocals are urgent and emphatic. But the quartet also conveys an artful sense of structure and dynamics. Their debut full-length, Seek Warmer Climes, comes out next month on the venerable American independent label Matador, also home to Lower's Copenhagen compatriots Iceage. It's powerful and ominous, whether marching heavily on "Expanding Horizons (Dar es Salaam)" or hurtling forcefully on "Lost Weight, Perfect Skin." This is music that is loud at any volume, and it's sure to be all the more forceful live, when the band comes to the Golden Tea House on Thursday.
- Steve Klinge
Lower, with the Bad Doctors, Haldol, and Blank Spell, play at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Golden Tea House, Baring and N. 40th Sts. Tickets: $8. Information: www.facebook.com/goldenteahouse.