The Week Ahead: Jay Electronica, George Clinton, Girlpool, Muscle Tough and more

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Girlpool | photo by Koof Ibi Umoren for WXPN

From a hip-hop throwdown at Union Transfer on Tuesday night to a benefit for Suicide Prevention to close things out on Sunday, here are 18 shows to see in Philly over the next week.

Tuesday 2/06: Jay Electronica at Union Transfer

New Orleans-born rapper Jay Electronica is set to make a rare live appearance in Philly this week as part of a short US tour. Honing an elusive aura like that of British Electronic/R&B artist Jai Paul, and garnering a fanbase hungry for an album similar to (if not greater than) what Dr. Dre has amassed with Detox, Jay Elec’s presence in the rap scene for a decade plus has been fairytale-like. Jay Electronica has released two singles (back in 2009), supposedly apart of his still-unreleased debut full-length album. Tonight’s show at Union Transfer may be a once in a lifetime show, or maybe even a snapshot of what’s in store for the future. // 7:30 p.m., $25, AA // TIX + INFO – Jack Madden

Tuesday 2/06: John Oates at World Cafe Live

John Oates, one half of legendary Philadelphia duo Hall & Oates, plays World Cafe Live this Tuesday night. Oates is touring in support of his 2018 LP, Arkansas, out February 2nd. Speaking on the album with ABC Radio, Oates claims its “the best record I’ve ever made in terms of the work I’ve done by myself, and it stands right up there with anything I’ve done with Daryl [Hall] as well.” Check out an interview we did with John Oates, published to The Key this week. // 7:00 p.m., $35, AA // TIX + INFOJ.M.

Wednesday 2/07: Falsa at Franky Bradley’s

Inspired by a state of separation and a longing for union comes Falsa’s music. The group’s music is described as “14th century Sufi music in an eclectic chamber fusion ensemble; music that isn’t about means to ends, but about meaning and transcendence.” Learn more about the group in an interview between Falsa’s Umer Piracha and WHYY ahead of its Wednesday night performance alongside Hartford Hot Several Brass Band at Frankie Bradley’s. // 8:00 p.m., $15, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.M.

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