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

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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.

Thursday 3/8: Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul kickoff concert at First Unitarian Church

For the first in a year-long series of free concerts exploring the connection between gospel music and rock music, The First Unitarian Church Choir, under the musical direction of John B Hedges, will be joined by the Mother Bethel AME Mass Choir, under the direction of Jonas Crenshaw, Jr. The program will consist of performances by both church choirs along with a full band that illustrate the roots of gospel and gospel’s influence on contemporary music. // 8:30 p.m., Free, AA // TIX + INFOJohn Vettese.

Thursday 3/8: Pine Barons at PhilaMOCA

Pine Barons return to PhilaMOCA for the first time since August’s record release show of their sophomore LP, The Acchin Book. The Jersey-natives’ brand of psych rock translates from the album to a live setting flawlessly, capturing the crunchy layers and bright vocals found in their studio recordings. Since the summer show, Pine Barons toured behind their record, rocked out at the first PHL Music Fest at World Cafe Live, and joined their pals The Districts on tour in the Fall (while also playing support on NYE at JB’s). Also appearing on the bill Thursday night are Philly acts Secret Nudist Friends and Curtis Cooper, along with Chicago crunch rock duo NorthbyNorth. // 7:30 p.m., $12, AA // TIX + INFOJ.M.

Thursday 3/8: Red Baraat at World Cafe Live

New York Bhangra fusion party band Red Baraat is coming to World Cafe Live on Thursday. The band features a range of both musicians and instrumentation that helps make all their music festive and easy to dance to. With their blend of jazz, hip hop, rock, funk, and bhangra there’s something for everyone in their catalogue. // 8 p.m., $18-20, 21+ // TIX + INFOMadorne Lemaine

Thursday 3/8: Kool Keith at Kung Fu Necktie

Veteran rapper Kool Keith is performing at Kung Fu Necktie on Thursday night. With his experimental, ever-changing sound, his colorful rhymes, and U-God of Wu Tang on the bill, this is one for the hip hop heads. // 8 p.m., $20-$50, 21+ // TIX + INFOM.L.

Thursday 3/8: Philapalooza at World Cafe Live

Local bands Caligula, Beach Bod, Z by Z and Whine Moms, Philapalooza will be raising funds for the Emily and Yvonne Selke Memorial Fund which honors Emily Selke, a former Drexel MIP student who loved live music and was tragically killed in a plane crash in March of 2015. The funds are awarded to a Drexel Westphal student to help them study abroad. Since Emily Selke’s favorite band was Modest Mouse, each of the Philly bands will be covering a Modest Mouse track. // 8:00 p.m., $12 – $14, AA // TIX + INFOM.L.

Friday 3/9: The Skull Eclipses at Johnny Brenda’s

A collaborative project of Philadelphia rapper Lushlife and Austin producer Botany, The Skull Eclipses blend atmospheric beats and socially aware lyricism to create their own heavy sound. Their album The Skull Eclipses is out this day as well, which is sure to propel a lot of energy into this show. // 9:00 p.m., $12.00, 21+ // TIX + INFOM.L.

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