Our Weekly Concert Picks: September 11–september 17

American rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs performs at the Big Day Out music concert in Sydney Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Marilia Ogayar)

Thirlwell 24-year-old Nika Roza Danilova (a.k.a., Zola Jesus) craft gorgeous, haunted, electro-goth ballads, which have evolved, over the years, from moody, reverb-heavy concoctions to lush, orchestral explorations, such as those found on her 2013 record, Versions. Arranged with the help of veteran producer and no wave pioneer J. G. Thirlwell (whos worked with the likes of Nick Cave, Thurston Moore, and Nine Inch Nails, in addition to releasing more than a dozen solo records as Foetus)Versions adds a string quartet to the mix, recasting previously raw tunes with cinematic splendor. Ive always felt like I let the songs fall short [before Versions]; like they were never able to become final, she tells Pitchfork. In Spring 2012, she performed the songs live at NYCs Guggenheim Museum to critical appealand now will bring the same enchanting performance to Phillys International House, during their first ever silent art auction. Bid on works from around the world, sip on cocktails, and prepared to be transformed by a breathtaking Danilova. All proceeds will benefit the iHouse arts program 7:00 at International House, 3701 Chestnut St., $25$30. Tickets available here . Friday, September 13: Toy Soldiers Since forming in 2007, Phillys Toy Soldiers have proven an unstoppable force on the local scene, bringing rootsy, ramshackle melodies, high spirits, and a sense of old-fashioned, rockn roll revelry to each and every performance. The brainchild of front man/guitarist/harmonica-ist Ron Gallo, Toy Soldiers spent the past year touring and playing more than 120 shows, winning fans with their energy and songwriting, and will release their second full length,The Maybe Boys,this Friday.

Concert to benefit heart transplant recipient

Stan Beard leads children in song at Calvary Lutheran Church in Solana Beach.

11, 2013 Stan Beard leads children in song at Calvary Lutheran Church in Solana Beach. Comments NORTH COUNTY A benefit concert to rally support for multiple transplant patient Heidi Beard and her husband Stan Beard, longtime music minister at Calvary Lutheran Church in Solana Beach, is 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Hilton Del Mar, 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Heidi Beard at a Mother’s Day Tea Heidi, a veteran member of the Calvary Choir, had a heart and kidney transplant in August, and community members are surprising the couple with a benefit concert. Stan is probably best known in North County for the annual Christmas concerts he led over several decades at Calvary. His scores range from Broadway tunes to sacred anthems. As musical director of “Disney on Ice,” Stan has written and directed recordings in fifteen languages. His credits include two albums, “A Gospel State of Mind” and “The Quiet of Christmas”. He is working on a third album based on the healing qualities of music, titled “Healing Hands. The entertainment lineup features Eve Selis, Mattie Mills, Amick Byrun, Leonard Tucker, Jeff and Vangie Gunn and the Beard children. Festivities start at 3 p.m. Free concert; donations appreciated.