7:30pm. $15. Central Library, 1901 Vine St. 215.686.5322. freelibrary.org
It’s no accident that Neon Indian’s first release, 2009’s Psychic Chasms, leads with a track titled “(AM).” The musings of musician Alan Palomo, Neon Indian’s tunes combine the aural nostalgia of AM radio—feel-good, idyllic melodies suited to cross-country drives through the Golden State—with the timely penchant for lo-fi, synth driven tunes. Both Psychic Chasms and last year’s Era Extrana are imbibed with a sunny, carefree nectar well-suited for New Order-influenced electronic pop and preternaturally cheery 8-bit melodies. It’s the ideal soundtrack for a city with a winterless winter and a summery spring—quirky, endearing, and a bit unnerving. -K.S.
8:30pm. $15. With Friends. Union Transfer, 1024 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com
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