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

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.

Thursday 2/08: Open Mike Eagle at Union Transfer

Continuing on the Rap/R&B trend on Spring Garden St this week, Union Transfer plays host to Open Mike Eagle this Thursday as he opens for WHY? The LA-based artist’s latest release, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream, landed on many 2017 best-of lists ranging from NPR to Pitchfork, and Rolling Stone. (The Key’s Sarah Hughes ranked it as one of the best album covers of the year.) Check out his Tiny Desk concert from last month for a taste of his live set. // 7:30 p.m., $15, AA // TIX + INFO – J.M.

Thursday 2/08: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at Keswick

Funk masters George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic perform Friday in Glenside. Genre trailblazers in the 70’s, releasing three platinum albums, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic’s legacy has been nothing short of legendary. Check out a fan video of the group’s last performance at the Keswick Theater in 2014 below. // 8:00 p.m., $39.50, AA // TIX + INFO – J.M.

Thursday 2/08: BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet at Sellersville

Cajun / Zydeco torch-bearers BeauDoleil Avec Michael Doucet stop by the Sellersville Theater this Thursday, with April Mae & The June Bugs also on the bill. This lineup is shaping up to produce a rip-roaring night filled with Bluegrass, Roots & Americana jams. // 7:30 p.m., $29.50, AA // TIX + INFO – J.M.

Friday 2/09: The Ok Ok’s at The Pharmacy

Lancaster’s bluesy indie rockers The Ok-Ok’s will be headlining a local bill tonight at The Pharmacy. The four-piece released their new album 22/17 back in June, which shows them flawlessly swan diving into heavy hard rock territory; a move that allows lead singer Sadie Swartz’ ferocious vocals to blaze on without fear. Philly’s own Qwark, STOOPS, and The Key’s crunchy faves, Soft Idiot, will open the gig.  // 7:00 p.m., $8, AA // TIX + INFO – Megan Cooper

Friday 2/09: Coin at TLA

Looking for a carefree indie dance party? Of course you are. Look no further than the bright n’ shiny catchiness of indie pop-sters, Coin. These four lads will be hitting the TLA tonight to bring some neon-splattered, cheery vibes care of infectious tunes likes the foot-tapper, “Talk Too Much,” which you can jam to below. // 8:00 p.m., $20, AA // TIX + INFO – M.C.

Friday 2/09: múm at Union Transfer

Experimental soft-folk-ish outfit, múm, will be at Union Transfer tonight to remind us all that Iceland is a mecca of wondrously unreal, otherworldly instrumental music. The group hasn’t released any new material since their last record — the most heavily electro of their albums, Smilewound — which was back in 2013. So let’s hope this bout of touring is a signal for more mystical songs to come. Stream their 2002 record, Finally We Are No One, below.  // 8:30 p.m., $25, AA // TIX + INFO – M.C.

Friday 2/09: Grandchildren at PhilaMOCA

Philly art-pop outfit Grandchildren are bringing the whole clan down to PhilaMOCA tonight for a stacked show with The RetinasGrubby Little Hands, and Kingsley Ibeneche. The local collective inducted longtime friend and collaborator Shari to the band last year; hear her creative impact in the video for one of their newer tracks, “Phantom Pains” below. // 8:00 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFO – M.C.

Friday 2/09: The Philadelphia Tom Petty Appreciation Band at Johnny Brenda’s

To celebrate the life and music of Tom Petty, you gotta bring out the big guns. Philly’s Tom Petty Appreciation Band does just that as it’s a super-crew of Philly artists. The band includes Pat Finnerty of Son Little and the Mike Quinn Band; Justin Mazer of American Babies, Patrick Berkery of the War on Drugs and Clap your hands and say yeah; Mike Quinn of Purples and Quiet Life;  Zach Miller of Dr Dog, and Todd Erk of Clap your hands and say yeah, Birdie Busch, and Hoots and Hellmouth. Join in paying tribute with the power-group through jamming to some Petty covers. // 9:00 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFO – M.C.




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