Tonight, Philly staple Bitter Bitter Weeks plays its first gig in what seems like an eternity; this weekend, Center City Jazz Fest touches down on the Sansom Street Corridor; and next Monday, it’s a road-trip worthy gig from Deer Tick in State College. Here are 15 concerts to see in and around Philly this week.
Wednesday 4/25: Bitter Bitter Weeks at Johnny Brenda’s
Before both Wreckless Eric and The Improbables take the stage at Johnny Brenda’s Wednesday night, arrive early to catch a rare performance by Bitter Bitter Weeks, who will be playing their first show in several years. The project was started back in 2000 by producer Brian McTear (now of Miner Street Recordings and Weathervane Music), and just released its first song since 2009, part of a benefit for Philadelphia public schools. // 8 p.m., $13 – $15, 21+ // TIX + INFO – Sarah Hojsak
Wednesday 4/25: George Ezra at The Fillmore
British singer-songwriter and XPN Fest alum George Ezra brings his tunes stateside with a stop at The Fillmore Wednesday night; he’s currently on tour supporting his new album Staying at Tamara’s. Ezra arrived on the scene a few years back, topping charts across the pond – and the new record already hit No. 1 in the U.K. // 8 p.m., $30, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.
Thursday 4/26: Sheena and Thee Nosebleeds at The Fire
West Philly rockers Sheena and Thee Nosebleeds may have the opening slot at The Fire Thursday night, playing ahead of Samurai Pizza Cats and The Mojo Machine, but they’re sure to get the show off to a wildly energetic start. Better yet, the band will be recording their set for a future live release, so arrive early and be part of the action. // 8 p.m., $8 – $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.H.
Thursday 4/26: Kate Nash at TLA
It’s been a few years since Kate Nash was last in town, but now the British singer-songwriter returns, with a TLA show Thursday night and a new album in tow. Yesterday Was Forever is Nash’s first LP since 2013’s Girl Talk (in the meantime, she’s kept plenty busy by appearing in the Netflix series GLOW). // 8 p.m., $27.50, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.
Thursday 4/26: Durand Jones and the Indications at World Cafe Live
Indiana songwriter Durand Jones and his band the Indications bring the soulful sounds of their new self-titled debut album (recorded with the tiny budget of $452.11) to World Cafe Live Thursday night after catching unexpectedly widespread attention lately. Philly locals Square Peg Round Hole will open the show. // 9 p.m., $12 – $14, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.
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