Spring Fling

After the thaw, Philly plays host to bands a-plenty.

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Alarm Will Sound

Sat., April 25, 7:30pm. $19-$32. Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 260 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999. www.kimmelcenter.org

It takes Olympian chops, but also something of a cracked sensibility, to pull off a classical homage to Aphex Twin (Acoustica, 2005). This chamber ensemble throws away the conservatory rule book, performing Aphex’s “Cock/Ver 10” along with works by Derek Bermel, John Adams, David Lang, Gavin Chuck and Sir Harrison Birtwhistle. (D.R.A.)

King Khan & the Shrines

Thurs., April 30, 8:30pm. $12-$14. With BBQ. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. 866.468.7619. www.r5productions.com

Even in the frequent company of the Black Lips and Vice Records, King Khan is the coolest dude in the room. Gobbling vintage genres and spitting them out in a soulful rapture, the self-styled cult superstar evokes James Brown amid a freakishly well-oiled band and a smokin’ horn section. (D.W.)

Peter Bjorn and John


Fri., May 1, 9pm. $22-$32. With Chairlift + Luke Top. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. www.worldcafelive.com

Peter Bjorn and John made a splash with the pristine, whistling pop of single “Young Folks” in 2006, but their live show has always been more raucous. “Lay It Down” off upcoming Living Things ups the aggression further, with the fighting chorus, “Hey, shut the fuck up boy, you’re starting to piss me off.” (J.K.)

Franz Ferdinand

Wed., May 6, 8pm. $25. With Born Ruffians. Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. 215.627.1332. www.livenation.com

A louche bunch of lounge lizards hell bent on bringing back a certain level of flair and panache to pop, Franz Ferdinand are Glasgow’s very own rock royalty, dealing in effortless white-boy funk and art-school smarts. Not since the halcyon days of Edwyn Collins have a bunch of young Scots seemed so gloriously foppish. (N.F.)

Peter Brötzmann/Nasheet Waits

Wed., May 6, 8pm. $12. Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St. 215.545.4302. www.arsnovaworkshop.com

The German saxophonist/clarinetist and free-jazz icon unites with the far younger Waits, a drum MVP with Jason Moran and countless others. Lately they’ve been trio-ing with Eric Revis, Branford Marsalis’ bassist, but here they’ll be a pair. Expect an aural kick in the gut, with elusive structural elements. (D.R.A.)

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings


Wed., May 6, 8pm. $30. Keswick Theatre, 291 Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215.572.7650. www.keswicktheatre.com

Time to testify! An unashamedly retro, old-school soul revue (and all the better for it), the Dap Kings also moonlight as Amy Winehouse’s band. Jones, meanwhile, is 110 percent pure dynamite, a genuine pocket rocket and force of nature. Why in God’s name isn’t she huge? Oh yeah, forgot—she’s not a crack- and smack-addled tabloid train wreck. (N.F.)

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