The Week Ahead: Queen of Jeans, The Diplomats, Drive-By Truckers, Lorde and more

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Queen of Jeans | photo by Jessica Lim | courtesy of the artist
Queen of Jeans | photo by Jessica Lim | courtesy of the artist

Your choices are many; your excuses are few. Here are 25 concerts you could see in Philadelphia this week; enough for you to catch one per day, or for the more enterprising of you Key readers, several per day. Starting with folksinger Sam Amidon, and going up to arena pop rocker Lorde, here are our picks for the week ahead.

Tuesday 3/27: Sam Amidon at Bourbon and Branch

Vermont-born banjo player Sam Amidon comes to town this Tuesday night to perform at Bourbon and Branch in Northern Liberties. Fresh off the release of his 2017 LP The Following Mountain, his 3rd release on Nonesuch Records and his 6th LP released overall. Tracks off the latest album mix traditional folk with ambient layers thanks to a diverse selection of instruments used. Amidon himself played both acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, fiddle, and a Moog synthesizer on the record, creating a lush atmosphere. Listen to “Juma Mountain” ahead of his B&B appearance. // 8:00 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO – Jack Madden

Tuesday 3/27: Mega Ran at PhilaMOCA

Rapper Mega Ran, whose roots run deep in Philly, returns to PhilaMOCA for a homecoming show on the back end of his Generations Tour. Ran’s bio is one of the best I’ve yet to come across, proclaiming “If you put videogames, the ’80s, hip-hop, soul music, jazz and standup comedy into a blender and hit “puree,” you’d have something close to The Mega Ran Experience.” Sure to be an event, Ran performs along a supporting cast in the form of Sammus, None Like Joshua, and Gavin Riley Smoke Machine Tuesday night. // 8:00 p.m., $12, AA // TIX + INFO – J.M.

Wednesday 3/28: Empath at Space 1026

In a full-fledged Philly affair this Wednesday night, Space 1026 plays host to Empath’s tape release show. The Philly trio’s tape, entitled Liberating Guilt and Fear, releases the day of the show on Get Better Records. The hometown show marks the first stop on Empath’s tour alongside Control Top, who just released a jamming new dance-punk single, “Type A.” Also on the bill are local staples Dark Thoughts and Ursula. // 8:00 p.m., $5 – $7, AA // INFOJ.M.

Wednesday 3/28: Satellites are Spinning at Johnny Brenda’s

Satellites Are Spinning, a monthly concert series celebrating the life and work of Sun Ra, returns to Johnny Brenda’s for this month’s event. This month’s event marks the fifth out of eight events in the series put on by the Philadelphia Jazz Project. The performance will hit music by Sun Ra, OutKast, Talking Heads, Miles Davis, Parliament/Funkadelic and more. Sign me up! // 8:00 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFOJ.M.

Wednesday 3/28: Secret Nudist Friends at Ortlieb’s

Philly psych four piece Secret Nudist Friends headline Ortlieb’s this Wednesday night. The group just released their latest single, the jammin’ psych-pop tune “Triangle.” Check it out below ahead of the gig, and be on the lookout for more new tracks in the near future, as it appears the band is in the studio working on new material. all boy/all girl and Particle Devotion also perform on the night. // 8:00 p.m., $8, 21+ // TIX + INFOJ.M.

Wednesday 3/28: Kingsley Ibeneche at World Cafe Live Upstairs

Camden-born artist, dancer, and performer Kingsley Ibeneche performs this Wednesday night upstairs at World Cafe Live in the latest installment of their World Cafe Live Spotlight Artist Series. Mixing raps with soft crooning sections of songs, notably in the opening track to his CHi mixtape, “Numb,” Ibeneche delivers a smooth yet experimental blend of sounds. Check out the track below ahead of the night. The event is free with RSVP, so be sure to mark yourself down as going ahead of the event. // 8:00 p.m., Free with RSVP, AA // INFOJ.M.

Wednesday 3/28: Commonwealth Choir at Kung Fu Necktie

Doylestown indie rockers Commonwealth Choir headline at Kung Fu Necktie Wednesday night, playing alongside Airpark and Covey. The four-piece’s last LP was 2015’s Palace, and shared a new track, “Dark Times,” last year to benefit the ACLU. The band reportedly has a new release in the works, so cross your fingers for some new tunes at Wednesday’s show. // 8 p.m., $8-$10, 21+ // TIX + INFOSarah Hojsak

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