Weekend Picks: Moe. at Electric Factory, Bombay Bicycle Club at Union Transfer - WXPN
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FRIDAY, MARCH 9th
You’re never too old to boogie. And, when it comes to Buffalo-bred jam-band moe., “feel-good” is an understatement. Keeping still during a moe. performance would prove challenging, as each tune is fun-inspiring, dance-worthy, and super catchy with diverse instrument usage including washboard and cowbell. These guys have been in the game since the late ’80s but know how to keep the toes of younger generations continually tapping, all the while cultivating tradition; the band has played numerous festivals including Bonnaroo and can proudly say it’s earned its own, moe.down, which attracts thousands annually. Back with its first release since 2008, entitled What Happened To The La Las, moe. thrives on live performance and is ready for yet another round of touring – a treat for long-time enthusiasts. Moe. performs at 8:30 p.m. at Electric Factory; tickets to the all-ages show are $27. —Lisa Henderson

Also Playing: Cowboy Junkies + Joe Purdy at Keswick Theatre (8 p.m., all ages, $19–$39); Blood Feathers + Dressed Like Stolen Cars, The Workmen at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $10); Zeds Dead + AraabMuzik, Omar LinX at Union Transfer (8:30 p.m., all ages, $25); MUTEMATH + Canon Blue at The Trocadero (8 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); Making Time featuring Charli XCX, Niki And The Dove, Bear In Heaven at Voyeur (9 p.m., $10)

SATURDAY, MARCH 10th
Some acts gain popularity quickly and unexpectedly. Bombay Bicycle Club is one of them. It has taken three studio albums to land its first American television appearance (on Last Call With Carson Daly last month), but the band had already taken its homeland of England by storm with stand-out hits “Shuffle” and “Always Like This.” The indie rock band’s lively, playful sounds were clearly designed to make people move; the band puts its all into creating diverse tunes that appeal to an array of audiences with the use of heavy build-up and well-placed, sweet-sounding violin. Only time will tell the heights Bombay Bicycle Club’s talent will reach, but for now we’re still reeling in the sudden emergence of this rich foreign sound. Bombay Bicycle Club performs with The Darcys and Lucy Rose at 9 p.m. at Union Transfer; tickets to the all-ages show are $15.—Lisa Henderson

Also Playing: The Black Keys + Arctic Monkeys at Wells Fargo Center (8 p.m., all ages, $39–$55); Bobby Keys And The Suffering Bastards at The Keswick Theatre (8 p.m., all ages, $20–$29.50); Field Mouse + Slow Animal, Lockets at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $10); The Bailey Hounds + Ruby The Hatchet, Modern Colour, Transitshop at Milkboy Philly (8:30 p.m., 21+, $8–$10); The Zambonis + Ghosts In The Valley, Hey Angel at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m, 21+, $8)

SUNDAY, MARCH 11th
John K Samson And The Provincial Band + Shotgun Jimmie at Union Transfer (8:30 p.m., all ages, $15); The Friendship Lounge + White Lighters, Marathon Girl, Self Help, Ted Nguyent at The Fire (6:30 p.m., 21+, $8)

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