No excuses this week — especially if you have a day off work for Memorial Day. From The Sidekicks to St. Vincent to Ellen Siberian Tiger, from rock to blues to pop, here are nine shows to see in and around Philadelphia this week.
Tuesday 5/22: The Sidekicks at Boot & Saddle
Columbus, Ohio indie rock four-piece The Sidekicks just released their third LP, Happiness Hours, via Epitaph Records on Friday. Packed with shimmering guitar pop and Hooks galore, the band will connect with fans of Elvis Costello, Band of Horses and basement shows. Also on the bill with them are new locals Strawberry Runners, as well as the touring Swim Team. // 8 p.m., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO – John Vettese
Wednesday 5/23: Gladie at Everybody Hits
The new project of Cayetana’s Augusta Koch and Three Man Cannon’s Matt Schimelfenig makes its live debut Wednesday night at the batting cages. Setting Koch’s true-to-life lyrics to a synthesizer oriented sound, the band puts a fresh spin on familiar voices in the Philly music community. // 9 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.
Thursday 5/24: Robert Finley at World Cafe Live
From his time growing up in the southwest U.S. to his time playing music in the Army, singer-guitarist Robert Finley always had the blues close by as a means of expression. Recently, his heartfelt, ruminative songs have found a larger audience, thanks to his latest record, Goin’ Platinum, getting a release via Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound record company, and a prime touring spot on Auerbach’s Easy Eye Revue tour. Thursday night, he’s back in Philly for a solo gig upstairs at World Cafe Live. // 8 p.m., $17, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.
Thursday 5/24: Overwinter at Everybody Hits
Electronic pop artist Francis Ponton brings their expressive, groove-oriented outfit Overwinter to Everybody Hits tonight to headline BOyZzZz CLUB, a celebration of nonbinary artists in the local music community as well as a fundraiser for Naiymah A. Sanchez, a local activist serving the transgender community, to help with the costs of her gender confirmation surgery. Also on the bill are singer-songwriter Sarah M. (formerly of Fake Boyfriend) and electronic artist $äwb, as well as the experimental catharsis of Witch H.c.unt. // 8 p.m., $7, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.
Friday 5/25: Blowdryer at Everybody Hits
It’s a busy week at Everybody Hits; on Friday, local punk trio Blowdryer celebrates the release of their new self-titled record alongside Soft Crime and Chronic Anxiety. Packing ten songs into twenty minutes, the EP features bandmates Robyn Campbell, Dominique Montgomery, and Sarah Everton channeling The Plasmatics, The Wipers, Huggy Bear, and contemporaries like Priests, into a buzzing, energetic frenzy. // 8 p.m., $7, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.
Friday 5/25: The Cobbs at Johnny Brenda’s
Enduring Philly psych rockers Paul and Ryan Cobbs have had many incarnations over the past 20 years, from Ty Cobb to Mad Action to return to the more straightforward The Cobbs, which blissed out the scene circa 2010 with jams like “Smile” and “When The Morning Comes.” They’ve been quiet lately, as the bandmates focus on production and live sound work these days, but they take Johnny Brenda’s stage on Friday to benefit their friends Suzy Rapp and Cody Ferdinand, who lost their home and all their belongings to a fire in March. Joining The Cobbs are A.M. Mills and Fox Bay. // 9 p.m., $15, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.V.
Saturday 5/26: Break Free Fest at The Rotunda
For a second year, Break Free Fest is taking over The Rotunda the last weekend in May. A punk festival that puts artists of color, LGBT+ bands and other marginalized voices in the front and center, the festival presents over 20 artist in two days — bands to watch include Soul Glo, who kicks the show off on Saturday; New York’s impressive Great Wight on Saturday evening; festival returnees Minority Threat from Ohio on Sunday, and festival closers Complex. // 12 p.m., $15, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.V.
Saturday 5/26: Ellen Siberian Tiger at World Cafe Live
Philadelphia experimental rocker Ellen Siberian Tiger will headline World Cafe Live on Saturday for a gig organized by new local promoters House Cat, benefiting Women Organized Against Rape. Most recently appearing with the quiet-to-loud-and-back single “When Men Explain Things To Me,” frontperson Ellen Tiberio-Shultz uses the project to explore a range of feminist issues to propulsive guitar rock as well as introspective folk. Joining them on the show is Joy Postell and Queue. // 8 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.
Sunday 5/27: The Menzingers at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
Scrantonian punks The Menzingers bring the latest leg of their After the Party tour to the Stage on Herr at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center. The band’s latest tackles themes of adulthood, change, and displacement in a changing world, and their live gigs in support of it have been amped-up celebrations. // 7:30 p.m., $23, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.V.