The Week Ahead: The Wombats, PnB Rock, The Dove and the Wolf, Passion Pit and more

PnB Rock at The Roots Picnic | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Now this is a bit more like it. Last Tuesday’s edition of The Week Ahead was a bit tighter, a quiet first week of year. This week, though, we’ve got 18 shows for your consideration, from Brit rockers The Wombats at Union Transfer to the heavy atmospherics of True Widow at Johnny Brenda’s, Philly rapper PnB Rock headlining a homecoming gig at The Fillmore, and a lot more. Add into the mix a healthy slate of continuing Philly Loves Bowie Week activity, and you’ve got plenty of reasons not to stay in from the cold.

Tuesday 1/9: The Wombats at Union Transfer

The Liverpool trio of Dan Haggis, Tord Øverland Knudsen, and Matthew Murphy have been kicking out some of the catchiest modern rock anthems of the past ten years, spinning serious observational tales about love, letdown and obsession to pogo-worthy jams. The Wombats’ latest, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life, is out next month, and they bring it to Philly early with a show tonight at the TLA.  // 8:30 p.m., $25, AA // TIX + INFO

Wednesday 1/10: Endless Taile at Ortlieb’s

Acid thrashers of the Black Sabbath / Queens of the Stone Age school, local trio Endless Taile impressed last year with their Blood From A Stone EP, and they’ll turn it up for maximum impact Wednesday at Ortlieb’s.  // 8:00 p.m., $8, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Thursday 1/11: True Widow at Johnny Brenda’s

In the spirit of Philly vets Creepoid, Dallas trio True Widow turn their amps up loud but stretch the noise into dreamlike expanses of drone and melody. Their most recent outing is 2016’s Avvolgere, released via tastemaking heavy label Relapse, and the band takes another pass through Philly Thursday to headline Johnny Brenda’s alongside Philly coldwave outfit Remote / Control.  // 9:00 p.m., $15, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Thursday 1/11: The Superweaks at Boot and Saddle

Fuzz pedal rockers The Superweaks are a fixture of the Lame-O Records roster, so it makes sense that they’ll headline night two of Lame-O’s benefit residency at Boot & Saddle. Their last full length, Better Heavens, came out in fall of 2016, a tribute of sorts to departed bandmate Corey Bernard, who passed away after the album’s recording. With No Thank You and Loose Tooth also on the bill, this show will support Beyond the Bars, a nonprofit providing music education in the Philly prison system. // 8:00 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Friday 1/12: Sheena and Thee Nosebleeds at The Grape Room

Man, this is the week of riffs and thrash, amirite? No problem with that — we have to keep warm somehow. Kicking off a jam-packed Friday of shows are the heavy rock scene vets Sheena and Thee Nosebleeds, who will bring a mix of racing guitars and glorious vocals to Manayunk fixture The Grape Room.  // 8 p.m., $10, 21+ // INFO

Friday 1/12: Native Harrow at MilkBoy

Or, if your mood be more mellow, make your way to MilkBoy in Center City, where onetime Philadelhpians / current nomadic music makers Native Harrow will open the show for The Parsnip Revolt and Katie Barbato. The band released Sorores last year, a double LP that will make any fan of Laura Marling swoon.  // 8:00 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Friday 1/12: Jordan Brown at Johnny Brenda’s

On the funky soul tip, there’s a great night of music at JBs with vocalist and songwriter Jordan Brown in the center slot. He first came on our radar as a hook man for Sugar Tongue Slim’s World Cafe session; he later teamed up with electro-rock mastermind RJD2 for the infectious “Peace of What,” and last fall released his debut EP, Where We Were. It’s uplifting, it’s fun, and it’ll be a treat seeing Brown bring it to the stage tonight alongside Philly’s Frankie Vado, The Joey Stix Experiment (a solo outing from the drummer of psych rock trio Ill Fated Natives), and more.  // 8:00 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Friday 1/12: Dominy at KFN

Speaking of psych rock, local dudes Dominy have a verve and irreverence in the vein of early Dr. Dog (and it seems like their musical spirit animals trip back to the same 60s and 70s influences). Get amped for their Ortlieb’s show with the stylishly retro video for “Leather Jacket Song,” a Bob Sweeney Production.  // 7:00 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Friday 1/12: Destroying Angel at PhilaMOCA

A goth-forward night at the Eraserhood’s favorite mausoleum-venue is headlined by Philly five-piece Destroying Angel (six pieces if you count their projectionist), who will bring some serious Bauhaus feels to the celebration of their new 7″, Let The Season Find You. Opening the show is Void Vision, the awesome one-woman project of Philly vet Shari Vari, as well as True Body and Keep. // 8:00 p.m., $8, AA // INFO

Friday 1/12: Wildhoney at Everybody Hits

Indie pop faves from 90 minutes or so down I-95, Wildhoney plays an all-ages gig alongside Hurry and Empath Friday night. Last October, the Baltimore five-piece released a cassingle for “Horror Movie,” a solid stopgap while we wait for them to follow up 2015’s Your Face Sideways.  // 8:00 p.m., $10, +AA // TIX + INFO

Friday 1/12: Purling Hiss at Kung Fu Necktie

Philly guitar wizard Mike Polizze has always been one to follow his muse down whatever weird corner it takes him. So while Purling Hiss might be most galvanizing as a high-octane riff rock trio circa Water On Mars, the band has tripped in some oddly engaging territory before and since that record. Their latest EP, Breeze, sounds like it’s a show of acoustic arrangements and warped tape speeds, for a delightfully head-spinning effect, and the celebrate this weekend at KFN. // 8:00 p.m., $9, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Friday 1/12: Sophie Coran at Ortlieb’s

A singer-songwriter who draws from pop as much as vocal jazz, Philly’s Sophie Coran welcomes her new EP All That Matters into the world this Friday with a headlining engagement at Ortlieb’s. To get a sense of the vibe (though Ortlieb’s, sadly, has no grand piano), give a watch to the below live session of the title track. // 8:00 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Friday 1/12: Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven at the TLA

Like clockwork, you can expect David Lowery to bring a dual-headlining tour of his two bands — college rock faves Cracker Van Beethoven, alternative-era twang rockers Cracker — around Philly way every January. Though neither has released any new music of note in the past few years, the show is typically a memory lane hit parade, complete with covers and all. If you’ve never been and you dig either band, it’s worth checking out. // 8:00 p.m., $25, AA // TIX + INFO

Saturday 1/13: PnB Rock at The Fillmore

Though his Atlantic Records release Catch These Vibes was technically Philly rapper PnB Rock’s debut LP, he had plenty of music under his belt before last November. Depending on what you consider the self-released GTTM: Goin’ Through The Motions, which hit Spotify last January, it might have been his second album of 2017. Whatever the case, PnB (who hails from Pastorius and Baynton in the Germantown section of the city) is a busy guy, mixing up melodic rap in the vein of Drake and Future with party-level energy, and his homecoming show was in such high demand, The Fillmore added a 4 p.m. set in addition to an 8 p.m. set.  // 4:00 and 8:00 p.m., $49 – $87, AA // TIX + INFO

Saturday 1/13: The Dove and the Wolf at Johnny Brenda’s

Speaking of hometown faves, the Parisian-born, Philly-residing indie rockers The Dove and the Wolf have a homecoming of their own this Saturday night, after being on tour across the U.S. and Europe all fall and winter. Joining them are Harpooner and Carroll, and the night is sure to be packed with dreamy guitar licks and hooks galore. And for the fans with schedule conflicts: shhhhh, don’t tell anyone, but it’s TD&TW’s first of two shows in a week, as they’ll also play the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Art after 5 showcase on January 19th. // 9 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Saturday 1/13: Antibalas at Ardmore Music Hall

Long-running afrobeat orchestra Antibalas brings the party to Ardmore Music Hall Saturday night, in celebration of their 2017 album Where the Gods are in Peace. Arrive early to snag an upclose spot for dancing and observing how Antibalas fits  all 12 of its members on the Ardmore stage. // 8:00 p.m., $25, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Sunday 1/14: Passion Pit at The Fillmore

Michael Angelakos’ emotionally driven one-man outing Passion Pit is now four albums deep into a discography filled with dance and romance. This Sunday, they bring last year’s Tremendous Sea of Love to the Fillmore, the perfect setting for the lights and spectacle of the band’s live show. Be prepared for a sweaty exit at the end of it all. // 8:30 p.m., $35, AA // TIX + INFO

Monday 1/15: Fetty Wap at TLA

This Garden State rapper broke out in a big way a couple years ago with “Trap Queen,” one of the most earwormy jams to cross over from hip-hop to pop playlist of late. Fetty Wap’s followup, King Zoo, is supposedly on the way this year, and he’ll hold court Sunday night at the TLA. // p.m., $40, AA // TIX + INFO




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