The Week Ahead: Shannen Moser, Dream Syndicate, Stratus Quartet, Greg Sover and more

Shannen Moser | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN |

Welcome to 2018, and welcome to our new concert picks! To aid in your advance planning, we’ll be coming at you weekly with a roundup of shows not to miss for the next seven days — hence, The Week Ahead. This week, indie folksinger Shannen Moser kicks off the Lame-O Records residency at Boot & Saddle, while string-laden new music ensemble Stratus Quartet plays World Cafe Live, bluesman Greg Sover hits The Twisted Tail, plus six other shows. Dig in below.

Thursday 1/4: It’s been almost a year since we were knocked sideways by Shannen Moser‘s Oh, My Heart, a moving set of delicately arranged and introspective songs that reflects on emotional detachment as well as personal growth — it’s sad, it’s inspiring, and it did some good things for Moser in the year since, as they spent time on tour with Sorority Noise, played one of Modern Baseball’s farewell shows at Union Transfer, and is now kicking off night one of Lame-O Records’ January Residency at Boot and Saddle alongside Cherry and Big Nothing. Proceeds from the show will benefit Planned Parenthood. // 8 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Friday 1/5: When we last saw reunited 80s psych rockers The Dream Syndicate, they were making some serious multi-guitar arcs of illuminating sound at last summer’s XPoNential Music Festival. This week, they bring it indoors for a more intimate gig at Sellersville Theater — though it certainly won’t be a quiet one, especially with like-minded Philadelphian Chris Forsyth in the opening slot. // 8 p.m., $25, all ages // TIX + INFO

Friday 1/5: Philly rocker Madalean Gauze is one for doing whatever the heck she wants these days. After releasing the weird and wild Cool and Fun EP and launching the stoner rock outfit Dreamswell last year, she’s back with a new EP — possibly a response EP to Cool and Fun — dubbed FUNeral. It’s out Friday, and she headlines Boot and Saddle that night to celebrate alongside Queen of Jeans, Louie Louie and Empath, all while raising money for Valley Youth House, which provides services to abused, neglected and homeless youth and their families. // 8 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Saturday 1/6: We were recently introduced to Sarah Ponton’s solo electronic project Overwinter via the Condor EP, which channels late 90s R&B and electronic vibes in the vein of Thievery Corporation and Massive Attack. It’s atmospheric and chill, but not chill like the temps in the teens we’ve been experiencing of late. On the contrary, Overwinter will warm your heart this Saturday night, when Ponton brings the project to South Philly house venue Tralfamadore for an all-ages appearance alongside Trash Boy, Aerial View and Gerogey V. // 8 p.m., $5, all ages // INFO

Saturday 1/6: A bit of bookish new wave, a bit of indie rock cool, Philly jangle-pop five-piece Earthboy releases its debut EP this Friday, and celebrates with a gig Saturday night at The Sound Hole in West Philly. Joining them are the like-minded Family Volleyball, along with Krispy Kareem and more. // 8 p.m., $10, all ages // INFO

Saturday 1/6: Perennial Americana faves Frog Holler make their semi-annual trek from Reading to Johnny Brenda’s this Saturday; their most recent outing is 2016’s Souvenir and they will be joined by Hezekiah Jones and Dem Hills. // 8 p.m., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Sunday 1/7: New York new music ensemble Stratus Quartet delivers a blend of studied composition and exploratory improv with cello, violin and viola. They dabble in folk tradition as well as classical and avant-garde tones on November’s EP The Passer, and Sunday night they perform at World Cafe Live upstairs. // 8 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Sunday 1/7: Regional blues-rock fave Greg Sover makes a Sunday afternoon appearance at The Twisted Tail in old city in a pep rally of sorts for his winter road trip to compete in the Memphis Blues Challenge later this month. Bonus for the brunch crowd: you’ll be able to get an early copy of his new EP Jubilee. // 3 p.m., FREE, all ages // INFO

Sunday 1/7: And finally, just because you’ve got work in the morning doesn’t mean you can’t get weird. Ambient guitarist Dan Malloy opens for local drone duo Slenko and Mckeys at Bourbon and Branch. // 7 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO


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