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

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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.

Saturday 2/10: Girlpool at First Unitarian Church

The local-for-a-hot-sec folk-punk duo Girlpool will bring their crunchy harmonies to The Church tonight with support from a solo Land of Talk and Palberta. The two released the track, “Picturesong,”last weekend in collaboration with Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes, which melds the best of both artists into an insane jam. Listen to that loveliness below, and then pray to the concert overlords that it’ll make a live appearance at the show. // 8:00 p.m., $15, AA // TIX + INFO – M.C.

Saturday 2/10: Muscle Tough at MilkBoy

Over the past few years, Philly music scene regulars Ross Bellenoit, Jonathan Coleman and Joe Baldacci have combined their individually honed chops into one major force of sound and groove, Muscle Tough. The band is expansive and jammy in the vein of Medeski, Martin and Wood and fellow locals Octave Cat, but with a tremendous sense of humor and crowd participation. Catch them this Saturday at MilkBoy in support of their new LP Magical Achievements.  // 8:30 p.m., $12.00, 21+ // TIX + INFO – John Vettese

Saturday 2/10: The Warhawks at Ortlieb’s

Jersey rockers The Warhawks claim that they’re chartering a busload of fans from across the river to see their Saturday night headlining slot at Ortlieb’s, so you know it’s going to be a wild time. The band has evolved from grunge / punk beginnings to muscular Kings of Leon-style anthems and an even more refined sound today. They recently appeared on Beach Slang’s Quiet Slang EP as backup singers, they opened for The Menzingers’ gig at Neshaminy Creek and they’re putting the finishing touches on a new LP at Jersey’s Gradwell House Recording. Catch them rocking out a set of songs from it at Ortlieb’s this Saturday. // 8:30 p.m., $10.00, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Sunday 2/11: Overwinter at J.J.’s Diner

Sarah Ponton will bring chill Sunday night vibes to West Philly DIY space J.J.’s Diner with their electropop project Overwinter, which caught our attention this winter with the breathtaking Condor EP. It’s reminiscent of Thievery Corporation and Massive Attack, but spun in a current day context thanks to Ponton’s introspective perspective. Sharing the bill are Philly rock force Grayling and touring New Yorkers Fox Hollow. // 7:00 p.m., $7.00, AA // INFO – J.V.

Sunday 2/11: Greg Mendez at Boot and Saddle

Local punk scene singer and songwriter Greg Mendez caught some good looks opening for Modern Baseball’s last-show-for-now at Union Transfer back in the fall; this Sunday, he celebrates the release of Gum Trash, his new LP of jangling guitars and world-weary ruminations. // 8:00 p.m., $10.00, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Sunday 2/11: Winter Doldrums at Ardmore Music Hall

The annual Winter Doldrums benefit for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention changed venues this year to rock out for a good cause on the Main Line this Sunday. Beginning at 3 p.m. and going till 10 p.m., 17 artists will appear, from Doldrums regulars Black Horse Motel, Christine Havrilla, Andrea Nardello, Vilebred and headliners Mason Porter, to folks like Kuf Knotz and Everything Turned to Color, making their first Doldrums appearances.  // 3:00 p.m., $20, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Sunday 2/11: Juice Crew Reunion at Electric Factory

It’s true, $75 is a steep ticket price, but this lineup tho: Queensbridge friends and fam Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, MC Lyte and more will deliver a hip-hop hit parade at the Electric Factory Sunday night to close out your weekend. Also in the mix is Philly’s MC Breeze, who was “the singing MC” like decades before Drake, known for the somewhat ridiculous late 80s single “Your Cranium’s Cracked.”  // 7:00 p.m., $75.00, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.

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