This week we get something of a break in the live music landscape on Sunday, when there are pretty much zero shows of note and a couple cancellations due to the Eagles making it to the Super Bowl. There are more than enough options the rest of the week to keep you entertained, though. From two double headers packing the house (Brockhampton at TLA, G. Love at The Fillmore) to solid showings from local faves (Vita and the Woolf tonight, T.J. Kong on Friday), you’ve got no excuse for staying in.
Tuesday 1/30: Knitee at World Cafe Live
New Jersey musician/motivational speaker Knitee brings a veil of positivity to his music while talking about some heavy struggles such as his experience with depression. His EP Ques es Love dropped in 2017, fusing rap and pop together into 5 tracks. The EP takes the listeners on a journey into the artist’s mind where they can listen to the struggles of him trying to find love and his place in life. The catchy beats and hooks will make you feel some type of way and you can experience those feelings in person tonight at World Cafe Live. // 8:00 p.m., $8, AA // TIX + INFO – Shannon Vo
Tuesday 1/30: Vita and the Woolf at Johnny Brenda’s
Vita and the Woolf returns to the stage with their soulful pop and alternative music. The band’s 2017 LP Tunnels reminded listeners how intensely powerful lead singer Jennifer Pague’s vocals are, and that’s multiplied with the contribution of drummer Adam Shumski and guitarist Dane Galloway. The album tells an emotional storyline of empowerment and self discovery that is definitely worth hearing in person, and you can tonight at Johnny Brenda’s when Vita and the Woolf and Brooklyn-based Yoke Lore will be filling the venue with angelic vocals and musically shapeshifting energy that are sure to stir up some feels. // 8:00 p.m., $10-$12, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.V.
Tuesday 1/30: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at Union Transfer
San Francisco rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club come to Philly Tuesday at Union Transfer with Night Beats, a bluesy group from Seattle. The trio embodies the spirit of rock n’ roll, creating a sense of rebellion with their looping basslines, grimey guitar riffs, and steady drums; their eighth album, Wrong Creatures, was released earlier this month on Vagrant Records. B.R.M.C. can bring out the rebellious rocker inside of you and throw you back to when people lived to defy “the man” // 8:30 p.m., $26, AA // TIX + INFO – S.V.
Wednesday 1/31: Brockhampton at TLA
The 15 strong crew Brockhampton, known as the “Internet’s First Boy Band”, is coming to the Theatre Of Living Arts on Wednesday for the Love Your Parents Tour. Within a year, the LA-based group self-released a trilogy of albums: Saturation, Saturation II and Saturation III. The trilogy has gained a lot of traction on the rap scene, particularly in Philly. Brockhampton has such a huge fan base in Philadelphia that Tuesday’s show immediately sold out. However, the band decided to add a second show on Wednesday for fans who weren’t able to grab a ticket to the first show. // 9:00 p.m., $50, AA // TIX + INFO – S.V.
Wednesday 1/31: Kimbra at Union Transfer
New Zealand singer-songwriter Kimbra brings her soulful, funky, and psychedelic vocals to Union Transfer this Wednesday, January 31st with Arc Iris, a Rhode Island indie rock band. The artist’s sound is a blend of multiple elements of R&B, jazz, psychedelic and pop. The melting pot of genres create a hypnotizing blend of sounds, and her performance this Wednesday will definitely put you into a trance. // 8:30 p.m., $25, AA // TIX + INFO – S.V.
Thursday 2/01: Brandee Younger at Johnny Brenda’s
Avant-garde Jazz harpist Brandee Younger is set to kick off the 2018 Ars Nova Workshop series Thursday in Fishtown. Younger will open for local group Desertion Trio + Jamie Saft, who are celebrating the release of their second album entitled Midtown Tilt. Younger recently backed Moses Sumney in his Tiny Desk set — find more info on the harpist here. // 8:00 p.m., $15, 21+ // TIX + INFO – Jack Madden
Thursday 2/01: Emily Wells at PhilaMOCA
Fresh off her 2017 release, In The Hot, Los Angeles-based virtuoso electronic musician Emily Wells stops by PhilaMOCA this Thursday as the last night of her 7-date solo tour. Wells utilizes live-sampling violin loops mixed with drum machines and vocals in her live performance. For fans of local duo Marian Hill, electro-pop contemporaries Phantogram, or trip-hop pioneers Portishead, this show is for you. Be sure to show up early as there are only 2 acts performing on the night. Joining Wells to open the night is local act Ryan M. Todd aka Darklord Disco. // 8:00 p.m., $14, AA // TIX + INFO – J.M.
Thursday 2/01: Sea Offs at Boot and Saddle
Dreamy folk rock group and Key favorites Sea Offs are slated to perform at S. Broad’s Boot & Saddle this Thursday. At its core they’re a duo, but Thursday Sea Offs will be performing with a full band in tow. View their latest music video below to get yourself prepared for their set. // 7:30 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.M.
Thursday 2/01: Razor Boomerang at The Barbary
Local Hip-Hop duo Razor Boomerang set things off upstairs at The Barbary on this fire night. The duo recently re-worked and re-released their debut EP, taking out some of the skits so that fans can blast just the songs when handed the AUX cord. Check out the re-release here. The show will feature 4 acts on the night – set times and more information are available through the info link below. // 7 p.m., $7 – $10 at the door, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.M.
Thursday 2/01: Lightninging at Kung Fu Necktie
Glam-tinged local indie rock group Lightninging are hitting the downstairs space at KFN for a night of psych-influenced sounds and surf-rock vibes, thanks to this well rounded lineup. Joining the Philly four-piece are Burger Records artist Lola Pistola and local surf-punk artist F. Woods and The Fellow Humans. An amalgam of sunny sounds provided from each of the acts, this indie melting-pot looks like one good show on paper. // 8:00 p.m., $8, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.M.
Thursday 2/01: The Morning Herald at Ortlieb’s
Villanova bands are few and far between, but this modern rock trio is showing that the ‘burbs can jam a lil too. Influenced by The Killers and Frank Turner, The Morning Herald shine when they’re driving home their anthemic, catchy choruses that fizz and bubble with the excited energy of a hoopla-filled night ahead. See them with indie punks Free Kittens and Bread along with local live-wire rockers, Breaklite, at Ortlieb’s this Thursday. // 8:00 pm, $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO –Megan Cooper
Friday 2/01: The Whips at Kung Fu Necktie
Along with cranking out some good old rock ‘n’ roll, this Philly four-piece writes some pretty accurately fun bios. So, to kindly borrow from these fellas’ social media descriptors, The Whips sound like “the exact moment Blues met Country” and more specifically “power-pop sleaze, glammed-up garage, raw surf and unlimited hooks with innocent self-aware knack for pop, while harnessing the spirit of pre-punk and 50’s rock rebellion.” I concur, my dudes. Catch em at KFN this Friday. // 7:00 pm, $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO –M.C.
Friday 2/01: Rostam at Union Transfer
The eclectic solo project of a former Vampire Weekend member, Rostam Batmanglij’s debut full-length Half-Light allows him to fully infuse his classical training, penchant for electro jams, multi-cultured, first generation American experience, and his all-around banging production skills into this versatile record which easily melds beautiful string-led ballads with airy, indie pop catchiness and earnestly smiled lyrics. See him along with local indie strange-pop four-piece Joy Again at Union Transfer this Friday. // 8:30 pm, $20, AA // TIX + INFO –M.C.
Friday 2/01: Conjunto Philadelphia at World Cafe Live
If you’re in a zesty mood, jot Conjunto Philadelphia’s free show at World Cafe Live into your plans this Friday. Continuing their Havana Nights residency, the Philly ensemble will no doubt get you dancing with their infectious performance of pre-revolutionary-era Cuban tunes. Added bonus: there’ll also be a feast of Cuban food specials. // 8:00 pm, Free admission, AA // TIX + INFO –M.C.
Friday 2/01: TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb at Johnny Brenda’s
Frequently dubbed as a “post-apocalyptic blues” band, Philly’s TK Kong & the Atomic Bomb lives up to the name as they create no-frills, grittily rockin’ tunes. The local staple released their latest album, Dancing Out the Door, back in the fall, and you can listen to one of the record’s tracks, the vibrant and crackled party of “California Basement Blues,” below. This Friday, see them with The Builders And The Butchers and Squawk Brothers at Johnny Brenda’s. // 9:00 pm, $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO –M.C.
Friday 2/02: Aime at Underground Arts
Queens born Philly rapper Aime made a splash at the earlier end of the teens with 2011’s single “Who Can’t Rap?” This year, he’s back with the new Book Of David EP and a Friday night headlining gig at Underground Arts. Below, check the lead single “99,” via its video impressively shot and edited in 99 minutes. // 9:00 p.m., $18, 21+ // TIX + INFO
Saturday 2/03: Ellen Siberian Tiger at Ortlieb’s
Imaginative Philly rock voyagers Ellen Siberian Tiger are on an Ortlieb’s bill this Saturday night with Aurora and more. The band blends studied composition with bold rock energy and vivid, allusive lyrics under the leadership of singer-guitarist and songwriter Ellen Tiberio Schulz; check their latest single, “When Men Explain Things To Me,” which merges feminist discourse with pop sensibilities. // 8:00 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO
Saturday 2/03: RFA at Boot and Saddle
Yowza, Philly rock and roll boy-o’s RFA are readying the release of their long in the works debut full length, out later this spring! Saturday night they will preview the new jams in South Philly when they open for Nude Party at Boot and Saddle. // 8:30 p.m., $11, 21+ // TIX + INFO
Saturday 2/03: G. Love and Special Sauce at The Fillmore
Hard to believe they’ve been at it for a quarter century, on and off, but Philly blues / alt rock faves G. Love and Special Sauce celebrate their milestone Saturday night at The Fillmore in Fishtown. The matinee show is sold out; get tickets to the later show and party hard on Super Bowl eve. // 9:00 p.m., $27.50, AA // TIX + INFO
Saturday 2/03: Tin Bird Choir at Dawson Street Pub
On the more mellow front, Central PA barn rock faves Tin Bird Choir venture down to Philly for an intimate gig at Manayunk’s Dawson Street Pub. Warm up for their free show by revisiting their 2015 album Homesteady below. // 9:00 p.m., FREE, 21+ // TIX + INFO
Monday 2/05: Control Top at Boot and Saddle
Asskicking punk rock four piece Control Top opens the show at Boot and Saddle on Monday night. The band’s 2016 debut EP is raw and gripping, and they are in the studio right now putting finishing touches on a follow up. Get to the show early to hear new ragers. // 8:00 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO
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