San Fermin is the chamber-pop project of classically trained songwriter and recent Yale graduate Ellis Ludwig-Leone. The Brooklyn group's self-titled debut album has a narrative through line partly inspired by Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, about an overeager male suitor pursuing the guarded female object of his affection, with the principal characters voiced by baritone singer Allen Tate (who's from Chalfont) and Holly Laessig of the band Lucius. The album's fetching lead "Sonsick" is a breakout hit with the NPR crowd, and its tricky arrangements and arresting harmony singing are (perhaps too) reminiscent of other Brooklyn indie darlings such as Dirty Projectors and Grizzly Bear. Friday at the Boot & Saddle, the band is joined by Philly bands Literature and Panic Years, and it's free.
- Dan DeLuca
San Fermin with Literature and Panic Years at the Boot & Saddle, 1131 So. Broad St.. at 8 p.m. Friday. Free. Phone: 1-877-435-9849, www.bootandsaddlephilly.com.
- Nick Cristiano
Peter Wolf, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Sellersville Theater, 24 W. Temple Ave. Sellersville. Tickets: $49.50. Phone: 215-257-5808.
In the more than 15 years since her much-praised debut album, chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux has somehow managed not to become a household name, despite a legion of devotees, decent record sales, and consistent critical kudos. Comparisons to Billie Holiday notwithstanding, the 39-year-old Georgia-born, New York-based singer-guitarist is a distinctive talent, breezily fusing together varied genres - jazz, blues, pop, and country among them - to create a retro-hip sonic mix that transcends easy categorization. Peyroux's latest album, The Blue Room - her fourth Larry Klein-produced effort - started out as a reinterpretation of Ray Charles' classic 1962 Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, but broadened its scope to include covers by John Hartford ("Gentle on My Mind"), Leonard Cohen ("Bird on a Wire"), and Randy Newman ("Guilty"), among others. Onstage, Peyroux, backed by a quartet of top-flight jazz musicians, is an unassuming presence whose one-of-a-kind vocals make both her interpretations of others' songs and her own compositions uniquely memorable.
- Nicole Pensiero
Madeleine Peyroux plays at 8 p.m. Friday, at the Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. Tickets, $55, $40, $30. Information: 215-893-1999, www.kimmelcenter.org.