This Weekend’s Concert Picks: Holy Ghost! at Union Transfer, Nightlands at PhilaMOCA

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25
In case you missed it, yacht house is now a genre of music. Or at least, that’s what techno-pop duo Holy Ghost! (and its contemporaries like Chromeo and Washed Out) would have you believe. After meeting in high school, band members Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser were first inspired by the day’s popular hip hop, eventually mixing those influences with a palate of ‘70s and ‘80s-era keyboard dance. Though not as innovative as James Murphy (founder of DFA Records, to which the band is signed, and the mastermind behind LCD Soundsystem), Holy Ghost! maintains a mostly sample-free existence, inching ahead of other neo-house acts who fail to make anything noteworthy or new. Original or not, the band’s self-titled debut album, which was released earlier this year, delivers many tunes for a good time—particularly if you find yourself on a boat. Holy Ghost! performs with Jessica 6, Midnight Magic, and Eli Escobar at 8:30 p.m. at Union Transfer; tickets to the all-ages show are $13-$15.—Marielle Mondon

Also Playing: Allman Brothers Band at Tower Theatre (7:30 p.m., $49.50–$125); Snowing + Algernon Cadwallader, 1994!, Glocca Morra, The World Is… at First Unitarian Church (7:30 p.m., all ages, SOLD OUT); Sick Of It All + Trapped Under Ice, Hundreth, Back Track, Take Offense, Betrayal at Broad Street Ministry (7 p.m., all ages $15)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26
Nightlands + Dustin Wong, Norwegian Arms at PhilaMOCA (all ages, $7–$10); Reading Rainbow + Woven Bones at Johnny Brenda’s (9:30 p.m., 21+, $10); The Bailey Hounds + Ruby The Hatchet, Wendy at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m., 21+, $8)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27
Simple Plan + Forever The Sickest Kids, The Cab, Marianas Trench at Electric Factory (6 p.m., all ages, $30.90)

  • Honestpanda

    Wait are Reading Rainbow and Woven Bones playing Johnny Brenda’s this Saturday? I thought the West Philadelphia Orchestra were playing that night.