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Chiddy Bang, with The Pack, 2AM Club, XV. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $10. Philly-based Chiddy Bang will be the first to

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Tonight: Chiddy Bang at Neumos, Eilen Jewell at the Tractor

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Chiddy Bang, with The Pack, 2AM Club, XV. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $10. Philly-based Chiddy Bang will be the first to tell you that blog buzz can be the boost that puts a group over the top. The duo of emcee Chiddy and DJ/producer Xaphoon Jones used the internet popularity of their mixtape "The Swelly Express" and its MGMT-inspired single "Opposite of Adults" to wrangle a deal with EMI. Xaphoons' unique sampling choices--from Radiohead to Passion Pit--often take a turn toward the electronic and syncopated, and the colorful melodies mesh with swagger-rich rhymes for some perfect party jams. And with an as-of-yet untitled debut full-length slotted for release this August, you can bet on hearing more new material at their notoriously spontaneous shows. NICK FELDMAN

Eilen Jewell, with Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. 9 p.m. $15. Though Eilen Jewell got her start as a purveyor of straightforward Americana, her mournful third album, Sea of Fever, marks a shift in her sound. Sultry, jazzy vocals that invoke the spirit of Ella Fitzgerald, surf-meets-spaghetti-Western guitar and doleful lyrics about cocaine and poverty make for a more nuanced, modern sound than the throwback roots of 2005's Boundary Country and 2007's Letters from Sinners and Strangers. The songs on Sea of Fever smack of tempestuous love affairs and dark times, but even when Jewell's voice drips with anguish, there's a slow-burning passion simmering beneath the surface. SARA BRICKNER
 
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