Kurt Vile Day | Nobody does sarcastic-but-kinda-serious ego-bombing like Kurt Vile. The Fishtown rock 'n' roller called himself a hitmaker right out of the gate. And then there's the allusions to his "childish prodigy" status, the glorious mural, the music video with the parade in his honor... Basically, anybody who says it's "too soon" for this young immortal guitar lord to get his own officially sanctioned "Day" — declared by the motherfucking mayor of Philadelphia, no less — is missing the point. Also, those people best not make their presence known when the boy king addresses his subjects at City Hall on Wednesday. He is a great man, a righteous man. But he is not a forgiving man. —Patrick Rapa 5:30 p.m., free, City Hall Courtyard, Broad and Market streets, cityhallpresents.creativephl.org.
Joan of Arc | If you’ve forgotten Tin Kinsella’s powerfully emotive and eerie, experimental brand of math rock, Joan of Arc’s new Testimonium Songs (Polyvinyl) is a gorgeous way to get reacquainted. It’s not as if Kinsella’s icily arch ensemble ever went away. Since 1997, they’ve released album after album of testy emo tracks, but this one is particularly stirring. Testimonium Songs gained began as a song cycle for the Charles Reznikoff-penned theatrical event Testimonium and poetic translation of courtroom transcripts from victim testimonies in criminal cases of workplace negligence from 1885 to 1915. While locals won’t have the benefit of seeing JoA play before the mosaic of movement and theatrical elements audiences at The Storefront Theater in Chicago have, Philly — prepare to be roused. —A.D. Amorosi 9 p.m., $12, Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 215-739-9684, johnnybrendas.com.
Pissed Jeans | With all the sleepy apathy and irked indifference running through Pissed Jeans' music and lyrics, it's a wonder anything gets done with the Allentown quartet, let alone make its' way through four albums. Yes, there's a savagery that abounds through the noisy, grunge-punk at the heart of Pissed Jeans sludgy tones that's responsible for most of the band's energy. There's desperation at work in everything Pissed Jeans' screaming lyricist Matt Korvette wants and needs, a nervous selfishness that's the centerpiece of their last album, 2009's Philly-inspired King of Jeans. Things change a little bit on PJ's fourth album, 2013's Honeys. They're still bored with daily, blue collar existence and jaded with each alternative, but its agro-ambience is bigger and more brooding than ever, giving Pissed Jeans a wider, roomier berth to be bugged. —A.D. Amorosi 9:30 p.m., free, Morgan's Pier, 221 N. Columbus Blvd., r5productions.com.
Diarrhea Planet | A lot of the fun of this Nashville sextet’s sophomore album, I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams (Infinity Cat), comes from never knowing precisely which strain of hard rock the band is going to draw from next: classic ’70s punk or power-pop, ’80s hair metal or underground noise-rock, ’90s grunge and alt-rock or turn-of-the-’00s pop-punk and emo… Not too many bands can pull off sounding like Thin Lizzy or Van Halen one minute, Sonic Youth or Dinosaur Jr. the next, Blink-182 or Green Day after that. In this case it involves a deceptive level of craft and songwriting versatility, plus a heaping ton of raw, fun-loving attitude, plus a line-up featuring no fewer than four guitarists. “Skeleton Head” even proves they can get kinda pretty when the occasion calls for it. Meanwhile, they’ve managed to make a name for themselves with their raucous, no-holds-barred live shows that comes astonishingly close to eclipsing the name they’ve made for themselves by, well, naming themselves “Diarrhea Planet.” —K. Ross Hoffman 7:30 p.m., $8-$10, with So-So Glos, Nona and Manors, West Kensington Ministry, 2140 N. Hancock St., perryshows.tumblr.com.
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