The Week Ahead: Deer Tick, Gospel Roots, Skull Eclipses, Beth Ditto and more

Beth Ditto | photo by Mary McCartney | courtesy of the artist

In like a lion, right? But the Philly concert calendar is like that all the time anyway — though, with another nor’easter poised to hit our region tomorrow, a handful shows in our weekly roundup are question marks. So here are 17 and maybe even 20 concerts you can see locally in the next seven days, from the kickoff of XPN’s Gospel Roots of Rock and Roll series to a set from legendary jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb at South, and beginning tonight with the farewell show from Philly indie rockers Callowhill.

Tuesday 3/6: Callowhill at Boot and Saddle

Philly neighborhood-namesake rockers Callowhill headline South Philly’s Boot & Saddle tonight, their last show for the foreseeable future. The band announced earlier this year that after this show, they plan on taking a “long and indefinite hiatus.” Make your way over to the gig for one final taste of Callowhill’s post-punk crossed indie-rock tunes. Stream the title track to their 2017 LP, The Way Out, below. Opening the night are local acts Arc Divers and Iffy. // 8:30 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFOJack Madden

Tuesday 3/6: Deer Tick at Musikfest Cafe

Deer Tick are set to bring their blend of folk and punk rock to Bethlehem’s Musikfest Cafe this Tuesday on their “Twice is Nice: Part II” tour. The Providence rockers will be performing two sets on the night, an acoustic set and an electric set, sourcing material from all of their albums but focusing on 2017 releases Deer Tick Vol. 1 & Vol. 2. In an already interesting and appealing concept, Deer Tick have also brought along comedian Solomon Georgio to open the night. // 8:00 p.m., $30, AA // TIX + INFOJ.M.

Tuesday 3/6: Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Sellersville Theater

South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo perform at the Sellersville Theater Tuesday night. Ladysmith Black Mambazo recently brought home their 5th Grammy this year, winning Best World Music Album for Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration. The album was re-recorded in the years following founder Joseph Shabalala’s retirement from the group in 2014. Leading the current iteration are his four sons, who decided to re-record the group’s debut album “to honor their father and other members of the original group, who have retired or passed away.” // 8:00 p.m., $35, AA // TIX + INFOJ.M.

Wednesday 3/7: Public Access TV at MilkBoy

NYC group Public Access TV is touring behind their sophomore 2018 LP, Street Safari, the follow up to 2016’s debut Never Enough. PATV pump out groovy indie rock tunes, infusing steel drums, synths, and saxophones into the traditional 4-piece rock band getup. Their sounds reflect both the grime and grit of dark New York streets as well as the glow and grooves of nightclubs scattered about the city they call home. Check them out while they head south to Texas for a few showcases at SXSW before ultimately returning north for a homecoming show in Brooklyn in April. // 8:00 p.m., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFOJ.M.

Wednesday 3/7: Mannequin Pussy at PhilaMOCA

Over at PhilaMOCA Wednesday night Mannequin Pussy headlines, capping off their impressive run of recent shows in Philly, playing on bills with Creepoid, The Wonder Years, and The Districts over the last three months. MP’s prepping to tour with Turnover, so get to the gig before they hit the road. Opening acts Peaer and Strange Ranger have both released fantastic albums recently, Peaer’s s/t debut in 2016, and Strange Ranger’s sophomore effort Daymoon, out last year. Both albums are required listening for anyone unfamiliar ahead of Wednesday night’s gig. Don’t forget your earplugs! // 8:00 p.m., $15, AA // TIX + INFOJ.M.

Wednesday 3/7: OMD at The TLA

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys’ electronic / synth-pop group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. The group released LP The Punishment of Luxury last year, their third album since their 2006 reformation. OMD’s stop at the TLA is sure to be a time-travelling dance party, thanks to their decades worth of material to select from. For those with tickets to the show, check out the band’s website to vote on one song to be added to the setlist that night. You’ll need a password only offered at the merch table, fyi, so head there first and log on to pick which song you think the band should play. // 8:00 p.m., $30, AA // TIX + INFOJ.M.



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