Music this week


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


Squeeze: Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook have been tempted by the fruit of their previous identity. Isn't it strange how the same music attracts a much bigger audience, when served under a more familiar brand name? (See, also, Sting versus the Police, Conor Oberst vs. Bright Eyes and Pete Townshend vs. the Who.) Keswick Theatre, Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside, 8 tonight, $39.50 & $49.50, 215-572-7650,

High Strung: Quirky, quivering players could make you giddy with their twisted variants on golden-age prog rock. National Eye, the Shalitas and the New Motels share the bill. North Star, 27th and Poplar streets, 9 tonight, $10, 215-787-0488,

Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen: An original mover/shaker of the L.A.-based folk-rock and alt-country scene, Hillman cut his chops in the Hillmen, the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers and the Souther Hillman Furay Band before joining with Pedersen in the aromatic Desert Rose Band. Man, the stories (and songs) they can share! Sellersville Theater, Main and Temple streets, Sellersville, 8 tonight, $29.50, 215-257-5808,

Hush Sound: Keyboard-centric band with female and male vocalists has a sassy, snappy, good-timey thing going on. With the Cab, Steel Train and the Morning Light. TLA, 334 South St., 8 tonight, $14, 215-922-1011,

Radiators: Rock out with "The Rads," one of New Orleans' finest, in this celebratory, 30th-anniversary run around the circuit. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 7:30 tonight, $30-$40, 215-222-1400,

Crucial: Philly-based reggae band sounds like the real deal from JA. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8 p.m. tomorrow, $13 & $18, 215-222-1400,

Jesse Cook: Rhumba Flamenco guitarist shares a bill with our own gypsy jazzsters Beau Django. Sellersville Theater, Main and Temple streets, Sellersville, 8 p.m. tomorrow, $33, 215-257-5808,

Kate Voegele: This favorite of CW viewers (she had a recurring role on "One Tree Hill") and MySpace recording artist heads a tasteful singer/songwriter bill with Matt White and Brendan James. It's a Back2School celebration sponsored by the University (of Phoenix) that lets you attend in your jammies. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, $17 -$19, 215-222-1400,

Marshall Crenshaw: Drive a little, enjoy a lot as this genial pop-rock master plays an intimate venue. John & Peter's, 96 S. Main St., New Hope, 9:30 p.m. tomorrow, $25, 215-862-5981,

Valencia: Philadelphia pop punksters celebrate the release day of their major-label debut (and second album), "We All Need a Reason to Believe." It's a pumped up, but bittersweet lesson in growing up fast, sparked by the sudden, unexpected death of singer Shane Henderson's girlfriend. Balcony at the Trocadero, 10th and Arch streets, 6 p.m. Tuesday, sold out, 215-922-LIVE,

Bitter Bitter Weeks: Woe-is-we country rockers will make you happy with their free show. Jotto shares the outdoor showcase. Rittenhouse Square Concerts in the Square, 18th and Walnut streets, 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Liz Phair: To mark the re-release of her 1993 breakthrough (and biggest ever) album "Exile in Guyville" in newly expanded form, Ms. Phair returns to perform her feminist rock classic one more time. But then and now, she's still the queen of true confessions, telling it like she is. TLA, 334 South St., 8 p.m. Wednesday, $25, 215-922-1011,

Peter Tork: Original Monkee is still fooling around with his band Shoe Suede Blues. Adam Marsland & His Chaos Band open. North Star, 27th and Poplar streets, 9 p.m. Thursday, $15 215-787-0488,


Defiance, Ohio: Described as the next Against Me, they are a blast of politically conscious acoustic punk. The Brooklyn klezmer punk of Guignol features members of the Hold Steady and World Inferno Society. Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave., 5 tonight, $7, all ages, 267-765-5210,

This is Hardcore 2008 Festival: Madball, Paint It Black, 100 Demons, Comeback Kid, Blacklisted, Terror, Ceremony, Vision and many more descend on Philadelphia this weekend. Starlight Ballroom, 460 N. 9th St., 5:30 tonight, 11:30 a.m. tomorrow and Sunday, $20-$55, all ages, 267-765-5210,

Nebula: Southern California stoner rockers return with their aptly titled "Heavy Psych" EP. With Totimoshi, Serpent Throne and El Toro De Oro. Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., 9 tonight, $10, 215-238-5888,

Don Caballero: If you're a Battles fan, check out Ian Williams' old band, Pittsburgh innovators known for math rock - basically a safe haven for punk rock kids with Rush albums. The manic noise rockers An Albatross are on the bill, as well as the must-see, Baltimore up-and-comers Ponytail. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9:30 tonight, $10, 215-739-9684,

Inciting Two-Year Anniversary: Fishtown collective celebrates two years of booking various DJs, electronic and experimental acts with Detroit's DJ Surgeon, Jason Carr, Vytear, Mincemeat or Tenspeed, Dave Smolen, Joe Lentini and others. Inciting, 940 Delaware Ave., 9 tonight and tomorrow, $5-10,

Oak Oak Okay: Last year's Girls Rock Philly graduates rock the Beta Hi-Fi Music Festival. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 10 tonight, free, 215-222-1400,

New Radiant Storm King: Decade-plus Massachusetts indie-rockers are about to release "Drinking in the Moonlight," after appearing on the soundtrack to "Catch and Release." With Ports of Call and the Photon Band. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 10 tonight, $8, 215-739-5577,

Turnaround Vs. Immediate: Cat Power's Gregg Foreman, the Brothers Gieda and Russ Alexander spin mod pop and maximum R&B. Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave., 10 tonight, $5,

Weston: Bethlehem power-pop band's show doubles as a live video shoot. With Metropex, Brass and Jena Berlin offshoot Restorations. Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., 9 p.m. tomorrow, $12, 215-238-5888,

West Philadelphia Orchestra: Over a dozen musicians from all different backgrounds (jazz, classical, experimental, indie) play music from Romania, Hungary, Serbia and Macedonia, as well as some originals. Leana Song opens. North Star Bar, 27th and Poplar streets, 9 p.m. tomorrow, $10, 215-684-0808,

Monday Night Club: The Needles Jones-hosted weekly is the Live Arts/Fringe Festival Unofficial Fringe Cabaret, with Liz Rywelski, the Love Show and Mikronesia. Balcony, 10th and Arch streets, 10 p.m. Monday, free, 215-922-LIVE,

Torched: DJs Brown and Davis are joined by a live set from hard-psych trio Birds of Maya. Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave., 10 p.m. Tuesday, free,

'Girls Rock!' Screening & Show: This is the rescheduled rain date for the screening of the documentary on the rock-camps-for-girls phenomenon, plus performances by Girls Rock Philly campers. Liberty Lands Park, 3rd and Poplar streets, 7 p.m. Tuesday, free, all ages,

Nine Inch Nineties: The junior rockers of Paul Green School of Rock perform alternative hits made before they were born. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 9 p.m. Thursday, $8, 215-739-5577,


Johnny T & the Reflex Band: Here are two of the best Bob Marley tribute bands out, offering two versions of Marley-flavored music: Johnny T will play a straight reggae show, while Reflex will chip in with the Americanized R&B versions. North By Northwest, 7165 Germantown Ave., 8 p.m. tomorrow, $10, 215-248-1000,

Tailgate 2008 Tour: Renowned iconic reggae producers Sly & Robbie, the duo responsible for too many reggae classics to mention, will display their skills, as will decidedly reggae-flavored rock bands Slightly Stoopid and Pepper. Penn's Landing Festival Pier, Columbus Boulevard at Spring Garden Street, 6 p.m. tomorrow, $30, 215-569-9400,

Lifted Sundays: A trifecta of DJs exhibit their skills during this weekly affair. DJ Sojo will blend up the reggae and hip-hop, while DJ Big does the groove/jazz sessions. DJ 54 tops things off with a house-and-dance blend. Shampoo, 417 N. 8th. St., 9 p.m. Sunday 215-922-7500.


Sci-Fi Philly: Chicago-based ensemble Herculaneum headlines the weekly showcase of avant-garde jazz at this West Philly Ethopian joint. The group, led by drummer Dylan Ryan, with a horn section that doubles as Wilco's, plays big, knotty compositions that should amply fill the intimate space. Also on the bill are the duo of violinist Carlos Santiago and drummer Eli Litwin; and Gina Ferrera, playing West African xylophone. Gojjo, 4540 Baltimore Ave., 8 p.m. Sunday, $5,

Dirty Dozen Brass Band: New Orleans institution has been going strong for three decades and now looks back even further with their latest, "What's Going On?" - both a tribute to Marvin Gaye and a question that's been asked often in their hometown over the past few years. The show closes the Camden waterfront's Sunset Jazz Series with a bang. Wiggins Waterfront Park, foot of Mickle Boulevard, Camden, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Free, 856-216-2170,

Gjerstad/Nilssen-Love Duo: Norwegian duo of saxophonist Frode Gjerstad and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love are a free-jazz dynamo, conjuring torrents of sound. They'll be joined by 84-year-old Sun Ra Arkestra leader Marshall Allen, whose stamina is at least the younger pair's equal. Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St., 8 p.m. Thursday, $12,