The Week Ahead: Saba, RJD2, Lotus, Franz Ferdinand, Hurray for the Riff Raff and more

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We are here once again with your guide to Philly concerts for the coming week, and as always, your choices are many. Start out tonight with local folks Petunia opening the gig at Johnny Brenda’s, and maybe hustle across town after their set to catch the end of Jukebox The Ghost. Do not miss Saba’s first-ever performance of songs from his new CARE FOR ME project at The Foundry tomorrow. And keep the energy going across the week, ending up at Union Transfer next Monday for the terrific triple-bill of Waxahatchee, Hurray for the Riff Raff and Bedouine. Read on for more about the week ahead: 21 shows to see in Philadelphia this week. 


Tuesday 4/10: Petunia at Johnny Brenda’s

Local rock three-piece Petunia dabbles in melodic hooks and psychedelic tones, making them definite descendants of Dr. Dog and Cheers Elephant. The band — John Ryan on guitar, synth, and vocals; Ag Manta on bass, and vocals; Nick Manta on drums — released its latest EP, Dailies, back in December, with the fun “Got A Job” music video preceding it. Tonight, they play Johnny Brenda’s alongside William H. Travis and Welles. // 8:00 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO John Vettese

Tuesday 4/10: Jukebox the Ghost at Union Transfer

Jukebox the Ghost is currently on tour for their latest album Off to the Races. For their fifth studio album, the band took three years to experiment and perfect the music. Citing Queen as their biggest influence, you can clearly hear all they’ve learned from studying their catalogue through their music, especially in the piano and vocal styles. Jukebox the Ghost plays a strange, but fun blend of pop, rock, show tunes, and electronic music. That might sound like a lot, but they make it work for them in a way that’s not overwhelming. Despite the blend of genres and influences, their music is still very clear and upbeat. If you’re a fan of Queen, modern pop, and/or Broadway, this is a show for you. // 8:30 p.m., $20 – $60, AA // TIX + INFO – Madorne Lemaine

Wednesday 4/11: Erik B and Rakim at TLA

The iconic hip hop duo Eric B. and Rakim have reunited for a national tour, and it makes a stop in Philly Wednesday night. The two separated in 1993 to work on solo projects which turned into a decades-long hiatus. They reunited last year for a one-off show to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their transformative album Paid In Full at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Before and since, fans have been eagerly waiting for another resurgence of the pair and their music. This tour will be their first together in almost 20 years. // 8:00 p.m., $45, 21+ // TIX + INFO – M.L.

Wednesday 4/11: Saba at The Foundry

On Friday, Chicago rapper Saba released his album CARE FOR ME, the long awaited follow up to 2016’s Bucket List Project. He’s previously spread his name through multiple mixtapes and features, mainly on the songs of other artists coming from the Chicago scene like Chance the Rapper, Mick Jenkins, and Noname. The album explores his grief surrounding his cousin John Walt, who was killed in 2017, and his personal apprehensions surrounding his introverted personality, family, and more. The upcoming Philly show is the start of the show, and is sure to be a surprise as it’s also his first performance of the material from the new album. // 8:00 p.m. $15, 21+ // TIX + INFO – M.L.

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