Okay, so you slept on tickets for Hop Along at Johnny Brenda’s, and Yo La Tengo at Union Transfer, and Khruangbin at Underground Arts, and now all those shows are sold out. It’s tough, we feel that. But thankfully there are no shortage of gigs this week, starting tonight with Supercunk and Swearin’ art Union Transfer and Mirah at JBs and going all the way through the road-trip-worthy Broken Social Scene show Sunday at Montclair, NJ’s Wellmont Theater. Read on for our picks of 19 concerts to see in and around Philly this week.
Wednesday 4/4: Superchunk & Swearin’ at Union Transfer
Superchunk’s set at Union Transfer kicks off a concentrated week of 90’s bands making local stops (alongside Yo La Tengo, Ja Rule, and Broken Social Scene all later this week). The Merge Records founders are back with their latest LP, 2018’s What a Time to Be Alive, their 11th studio album to-date. Local legends Swearin’ reform to open the show and will join the 90’s rockers on tour. Since the Swearin’ breakup in 2015, singer songwriter Allison Crutchfield toured in her sister’s band Waxahatchee and released 2017’s Tourist In Town under her own name, drummer Jeff Bolt continued ripping in Radiator Hospital, and singer/guitarist Kyle Gilbride recorded a whole host of local DIY staples. // 8:30 p.m., $20, AA // TIX + INFO – Jack Madden
Wednesday 4/4: Mirah at Johnny Brenda’s
Philadelphia-born and Brooklyn-based pop artist Mirah returns to Philly this Wednesday night. Last year, Mirah teamed up with artist Jherek Bischoff to rerecord some of her older songs with additional string arrangements. Those reworked songs appear on the EP Sundial, and you can stream the updated haunting and winding track “Fleetfoot Ghost” below ahead of the gig. The show at Johnny Brenda’s marks Mirah’s second date on this tour alongside the percussion and noise group Secret Drum Project, who open the show tonight. // 8:00 p.m., $16, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.M.
Thursday 4/5: Alice Coltrane Tribute at Underground Arts
Local musician David Fishkin of the West Philadelphia Orchestra and his ensemble Righteous Aquarium, will be performing an Alice Coltrane Tribute this Thursday. Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda, wife of John Coltrane, was an amazing musician in her own right, and much of her music was influenced by the gospel music she grew up with, the classical music she studied, and the Hinduism she embraced after her husband’s death. Fishkin established Righteous Aquarium in 2017 to play John Coltrane, and now they’re back to give you a dose of Alice. This time they’ll be featuring violin, viola, and cello in the mix. // 9:00 p.m., $15 – $18, 21+ // TIX + INFO – Madorne Lemaine
Thursday 4/5: Screaming Females at Union Transfer
Jersey bred DIY punk band Screaming Females will be at Union Transfer this week. With 13 years under their belt and over 6 albums, the band will be jamming out to material from their latest project All At Once. The album is an impressive double EP full of dark, punchy anthems. Marissa Paternoster’s regal and expressive vocals over fiery guitar, even-handed bass, and cathartic but tasteful drums make up the band’s unique perspective. They’ll be sharing the bill with metal band Thou, and PUNK outfit +HIRS+. // 8:30 p.m., $16-$18, AA // TIX + INFO – M.L.
Thursday 4/5: Field Report at MilkBoy
Milwaukee, Wisconsin folk band Field Report is currently on tour for their newest album Summertime Songs. The album features their signature folk sound with pop and electronic elements mixed in to keep things interesting. The songs on the album were all written before the Trumpocalypse, but are still applicable in that feeling of frustration and despair. The album deals with themes of recognizing your fault in bad situations, so if you’re in need of a good song to cry it out to, this might be the show for you. // 8:00 p.m., $12-$15, 21+ // TIX + INFO – M.L.
Thursday 4/5: Neon Indian at CODA
Texas bred synth pop band Neon Indian started when leader Alan Palomo wrote an apology song for missing an “acid date” with his then girlfriend, who encouraged him to continue with Neon Indian. Throughout the years, the band has defined chillwave, and achieved success, especially with their hit “Polish Girl.” Alan Palomo, the face of Neon Indian usually performs with his live band, but for his upcoming Philly show, he’s switching things up with a DJ set. He’ll most likely be spinning tracks from his last album Vega Intl. Night School, as well as his hits and B-sides. // 9:00 p.m. , $15, 18+// TIX + INFO – M.L.
Thursday 4/5: The War and Treaty at World Cafe Live
This husband and wife duo from Albion, Michigan will blow you away. The War and Treaty started in 2004 when Michael Trotter Jr., a fresh soldier, found himself serving in Iraq with a forgotten upright piano in his camp. He began teaching himself how to play piano in that basement, and after the death of his captain, he made it his mission to sing at the funerals of the fallen. After meeting his wife Tanya Blount, the two combined their amazing voices for the impressive musical collaboration that is The War and Treaty. The group fuses blues, gospel, soul, bluegrass, and other American genres for their full bodied, emotional, and uplifting sound. If you’re in the mood to hear some unbelievable vocals or catch the Holy Ghost, this is the show for you! // 8:30 p.m., FREE with RSVP, AA // TIX + INFO – M.L.
Thursday 4/5: Caroline Rose at Johnny Brenda’s
East coast singer-songwriter Caroline Rose has since evolved from her minimalistic folk singer days. After a couple years of transformation, discovery, and as she puts it “dismantling my ego” she became the Caroline Rose of today. Her music is a unique explosion of punk, pop, memorable synths, addictive rhythms, and catchy melodies. Her vocals range from soft crooning, to punk-style screams, to melodic speaking reminiscent of rap. Her latest project LONER, is an impressively catchy, 11-track mix of all aspects of her musical influences and perfectly displays her fun, specific sound. // 9:15 p.m. , $12 – $15, 21+// TIX + INFO – M.L.
Thursday 4/5: Bettye LaVette at World Cafe Live
Bettye LaVette is known for her unique ability to take any song, well-known or not, and turn it into something entirely her own. LaVette has covered everyone from The Beatles to Springsteen, and her latest endeavor takes on the music of iconic songwriter Bob Dylan — she recently released Things Have Changed, a collection of reimagined Dylan tunes, and will perform them Thursday night at World Cafe Live. In an interview with The Key, LaVette calls Dylan “the most brilliant songwriter in the world” – read more to get an idea of how she’ll interpret his songs. // 8 p.m., $35 – $45, AA // TIX + INFO – Sarah Hojsak
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