The Week Ahead: The Posies, Strand of Oaks, King Britt, Inara George and more

XPoNential Music Festival | photo by Joe Del Tufo |

Let’s send out January in a big way, friends. The weather is unseasonably warm and we’ve got 24 concerts over the next week for you to choose between, centered in Philadelphia with a couple day trips to locales like Bethlehem and Ardmore. Dig in below, and happy concertgoing.

Wednesday 1/24: The Posies at MilkBoy

Fuzzy power pop vets The Posies have been on and off active since the late 80s, and released their eighth album, Solid States, in 2016. Wednesday night, Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow play a duo show at MilkBoy in Center City; local staple Jim Boggia opens.  // 8:00 p.m., $25, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Wednesday 1/24: Helado Negro at The Foundry

Born in South Florida and based in Brooklyn, psychedelic auteur Roberto Carlos Lange — otherwise known as Helado Negro — reflects on Latin American identity in his vibrant songs. Live, there’s an added visual component of tinsel-clad dancers, which are a spectacle like no other — when they recorded a session for World Cafe, there was tinsel in the studio for days.  // 8:00 p.m., $13, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Thursday 1/25: Strand of Oaks at Fowler Blast Furnace Room

With his newly-released Harder Love in tow, Tim Showalter of Strand of Oaks ventures to the Lehigh Valley this weekend to headline a Thursday show at Bethlehem’s ArtsQuest complex. The record collects alternate versions of songs from 2017’s Hard Love, as well as music deemed “too weird” for that record — but it’s remarkable stuff, an adventurous record with an identity unto itself. Grab yourself a vinyl copy at this show before they’re all gone.  // 7:00 p.m., $20, AA // TIX + INFO

Thursday 1/25: Slaughter Beach, Dog at Boot and Saddle

Wrapping up the Lame-O Records Rock Residency at Boot and Saddle is a headlining set from Jake Ewald’s Slaughter Beach, Dog. The co-leader of dearly departed Philly punk rock four-piece Modern Baseball is whimsically and reflective in his new band, playing downbeat pop songs with descriptive lyrics. Eight and Three Man Cannon are also on the bill and proceeds go to the Philadelphia Education Fund.  // 8:00 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Thursday 1/25: King Britt’s Fhloston Paradigm at Johnny Brenda’s

Philly DJing legend King Britt lives a second life as a space rock experimenter, and recently appeared on WXPN’s legendary late-night Saturday night program Stars’ End. He was so happy with the performance that he released it on Bandcamp (listen below) and booked a headlining show at Johnny Brenda’s with host Chuck Van Zyl this Thursday. // 9:00 p.m., $15, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Thursday 1/25: The Fleeting Ends at MilkBoy

Upper Darby-born singer and songwriter Matt Vantine is back from a stay on the west coast, and brought some new songs in tow — so he decided to get a new lineup of his band The Fleeting Ends together. Now featuring Michael Kahana, and Anthony DelSalvatore Jr., the band plays live at MilkBoy on Thursday, opening for Peter Holmstroem of The Dandy Warhols; listen to their new single “20 Something” below.  // 8:00 p.m., $13, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Thursday 1/25: Wallace at Ortlieb’s

One of my first knockout 2018 discoveries of the Items Tagged Philadelphia project, Wallace is the stage name of singer, songwriter and guitarist Wallace Gerdy — also of Mattress Flood — and her first full band show is this Thursday night at Ortlieb’s. Take a listen to the raw-but-impressive demo, which I compared to “Lou Reed via Liz Phair via Karen O.” // 8:00 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Friday 1/26: Dan Deacon at Philadelphia Museum of art

Baltimore party rocker Dan Deacon will rock a party no other this week for the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s monthly Final Friday event. Themed “Weird Science,” the night also features a performance by Philly’s Crash Course In Science, and various interactive workshops in the gallery spaces — before Deacon takes the stage just after 7 to bring some serious interactivity to the Great Stair Hall. For more on the event, click here.  // 5:00 p.m., free with admission, AA // INFO

Friday 1/26: Inara George at Boot and Saddle

For a south Philly Friday night, Inara George of The Bird and the Bee brings her new solo album Dearest Everybody to Boot and Saddle. Give a listen to the lead single “Slow Dance” below. // 8:30 p.m., $15, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Friday 1/26: Octave Cat at Johnny Brenda’s

On a jammier tip, head to Fishtown institution Johnny Brenda’s to trip out to Octave Cat, the project of local drummer Charlie Patierno and his friends Jesse Miller of Lotus and Eli Winderman of Dopapod. // 9:00 p.m., $16, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Friday 1/26: Destroyer at Underground Arts

Dan Bejar got so in the zone with Destroyer’s latest record, ken, that he took time off from his other band — the effusively poppy Vancouver outlet The New Pornographers — to focus on his own work. Dig in to “Sky’s Grey” below and greet Bejar Friday night when he brings the record to Underground Arts. // 9:00 p.m., $22, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Friday 1/26: The Bigness at The Barbary

Philly indie rock four-piece The Bigness opens the show at The Barbary Friday night; the band does uplifting anthems in a style highly indebted to the 90s, and its 2016 record Time Traveler holds up two years later just as much as those classics. Check the dizzying video for “Beautiful Life” below.  // 9:00 p.m., $10, 21+ // INFO

Friday 1/26: Voss at Bourbon and Branch

Philly rapper and Key contributor Voss is readying his Lost and Crowned record for a release next month, and Friday he gives fans an early listen to it during a multimedia event at NoLibs haunt Bourbon and Branch; get a taste below with the single “Dare.”  // 9:00 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Friday 1/26: Erica Corbo at The Pharmacy

Philly singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Erica Corbo created an elaborate fiction around her I, America LP, released last year. A conceptual work based around the tales of a captain of an interplanetary traveling vessel, it also has some dang catchy songs in an early Regina Spektor kind of way. Dig into the record below, and catch Corbo as she performs music from the record and beyond tonight in South Philly all ages The Pharmacy.  // 8:00 p.m., $8, AA // INFO

Friday 1/26: Weller at Pilam

Introspective indie rock trio Weller hit the house show scene hard in 2016, and released a lively self-titled record last year. With wry observational songwriting care of Harrison Nantz, the infectious melodies and detail-oriented lyrics recall The Weakerthans, and Friday night the band rocks a set at West Philly DIY institution Pilam.  // 8:00 p.m., $7, AA // INFO

Saturday 1/27: Katie Ellen at Lava Space

So many shows to choose from this Saturday! Start out with a headlining set from Katie Ellen, who released one of our Top 15 albums of 2017 with Cowgirl Blues. Singer and songwriter Anika Pyle meditates on depression and trauma, and the barrier it can sometimes create to interpersonal connection, and she does it with asskicking indie rock with a countrified flair.   // 8:00 p.m., $7, AA // INFO

Saturday 1/27: Dead Moon Night at Liberty Vintage

Credit to our Yoni Kroll for tipping us off about Dead Moon Night — a tribute concert of sorts to the late Fred Cole, the guitarist of Dead Moon and Pierced Arrows who passed away after a long battle with cancer. An assortment of four local artists will play tribute sets at Kensington’s Liberty Vintage, highlighting Cole’s career and raising money for the Sweet Relief Fund, a charity that helps career musicians with medial bills. // 7:00 p.m., $5 – $10, AA // INFO

Saturday 1/27: Resilient at Kung Fu Necktie

No new record to speak of, no U.S. tour to kick off — Saturday’s KFN appearance from local hard rock four-piece Resilient is just a gig for the sake of a gig, and this band’s impressive live energy will make it a night well spent. // 7:00 p.m., $7, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Saturday 1/27: The Naked Sun at Boot and Saddle

It’s been a long time in the making, but South Jersey roots rock outfit The Naked Sun will celebrate the release of its new album Saturday at Boot & Saddle. Watch a new music video for their newly-recorded song “Holdin’ Back The Heart” below — it’s the tune that first grabbed us years when the band appeared on World Cafe Live’s Beta Hi-Fi competition. // 8:00 p.m., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Saturday 1/27: Ladies First Benefit for Puerto Rico at World Cafe Live

Even though the U.S. news cycle has moved on from the hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico, the island is in need of aid just as ever. Local organization Drum Like A Lady rounded up an eclectic lineup of locals to perform at World Cafe Live on Saturday — Danielle and Jennifer, Mixed People, Prima Donna, Roxy Rolls, and Sylvia Platypus — for the Ladies First showcase, with proceeds benefiting a relief organization TBD.  // 8:00 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Saturday 1/27: Great Weights at All Night Diner

Recently off tour and ready to rock a hometown gig, Great Weights plays Saturday at West Philly basement show spot All Night Diner. Fronted by Meri Haines — co-organizer of the 2016 First Time’s The Charm concert at PhilaMOCA — the band released its debut EP in May. Lead single “1992” balances quiet solitude and visceral abandon in a four-minute span; give it a listen below.  // 7:30 p.m., $5 – $10, AA // INFO

Sunday 1/28: Dreamswell at Boot and Saddle

Dreamswell is the droney doomy rock project of Madalean Gauze and Candice Martello of Hemming, and will bring heavy riffs and a generous low end to Boot and Saddle Sunday to celebrate the release of its EP Vol. 2. Watch the band’s “Temporary” video below, and arrive early to the early show — which doubles as a Planned Parenthood benefit, BTW — since artists from Black Dog Gallery will be showing and selling work in both the venue and restaurant. // 5:00 p.m., $5, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Sunday 1/28: Sun Organ at Kung Fu Necktie

Droney stoner-y Philly four-piece will make Sunday night weird with a Kung Fu Necktie gig. Their 2016 record People In The Distance was a heavy and trippy slow punk set in the vein of Creepoid; their more recent stuff has ventured even deeper into bizarroland. // 8:00 p.m., $7, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Sunday 1/28: Jeffrey Gaines at Ardmore Music Hall

Regional staple Jeffrey Gaines has more up his sleeve than a rousing cover of Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes,” which was all over modern rock radio in the 90s. He’s steadily released new music in the earnest singer-songwriter vein in the years since, and Sunday night, Gaines celebrates the release of his latest studio effort Alright at Ardmore Music Hall.  // 7:00 p.m., $28, 21+ // TIX + INFO




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