You can’t tell us that there’s nothing going on this week — even if you don’t count the Firefly Music Festival (which you should totally count), there are more artists moving through the Philly region that we can pin down. Massive arena shows like U2 and Harry Styles to modest DIY gigs like Cold Fronts and Eternal Summers, the spectrum is huge. Here are 27 concerts you can see in and around Philly this week.
Tuesday 6/12: River Whyless at Johnny Brenda’s
Following the release of their newest album, Kindness, A Rebel, indie Americana group River Whyless is making their way through the east coast to celebrate the milestone. Pulling from themes of intense political outrage, luck, and individuality, Kindness, A Rebel is sure to make for one tough tour, because everybody can relate to these lyrics in one way or another. // 8 p.m., $15, 21+ // TIX + INFO – Emily Herbein
Tuesday 6/12: Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite at Union Transfer
Acclaimed blues power duo Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite are taking their world tour to Union Transfer, and it’s probably going to be the coolest show of the week. The tour promotes their most recent release from ANTI-Records, No Mercy In This Land, prominently featuring Musselwhite on the harmonica and Harper on guitar. This team is one that the blues world didn’t know they needed until the release of their first album, Get Up! exploded. The duo has released approximately forty albums combined, so I think it’s safe to say that they’re old pros. // 7:30 p.m., $60+, AA // TIX + INFO – E.H.
Wednesday 6/13: Bucolic at The Barbary
Philly’s favorite nature loving shoegazer is back in town for a gig at The Barbary with Rentboy and RAWLS. Following the release of his newest single, “Unconscious Color,” Bucolic has appreciated lots of attention from several online playlists and publications. He’s one of my favorite solo acts, and has been for quite a few months now. No one really knows how to master a loop pedal like Seth Carpenter, and he’s hinted at another set of releases later this year. If you have yet to listen to his most recent EP, Glow Worm, you better study up before his show this week. // 8:00 pm, $7-$10, 21+ // TIX + INFO – E.H.
Wednesday 6/13: Jenny Lewis at Musikfest Café
Indie folk songstress Jenny Lewis will play an intimate set at the Musikefest Café before she takes the SteelStacks stage in Bethlehem Wednesday night. Lewis has been all over the map, and while her most recent solo release is dated back to 2014, she released an album with side project Nice As Fuck in 2016. Lewis is revisiting her country roots for this next string of shows, and you won’t want to miss this lowkey performance before her main stage act. // 7:00 p.m., $25, AA // TIX + INFO – E.H.
Wednesday 6/13: U2 at Wells Fargo Center
Yep, you read that right. The incomparable U2 is bringing their eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour to Philadelphia this week, and lucky for you, it’s not sold out yet. Following the release of their latest album, Songs of Experience, the companion piece to Songs of Innocence, this just might be U2’s coolest tour yet. Like the Innocence + Experience Tour, it’s likely that fans can expect the same stage set up and setlist format, with a straight first set, intermission, and varying second set, in order for “innocence” and “experience” to coalesce into one another. // 8:00 p.m., $40-$325, AA // TIX + INFO – E.H.
Wednesday 6/13: The Posies at World Cafe Live
Seattle-based iconic rock group The Posies are bringing their 30th Anniversary Tour to World Cafe Live Wednesday night. To reflect on an off and on career that has spanned three decades and a sound rooted in poppy nostalgia, the band is back and ready to play all of their hits for the most devoted of fans. World Cafe can’t wait to welcome them and their new release, 2016’s Solid States. // 8:00 p.m., $20-$22, AA // TIX + INFO – E.H.
Friday June 15 the Posies 30th Anniversary Tour hits @ONCE Somerville Ballroom, Somerville MA (Boston area) w special guests Scarlet Sails (feat. Brian Viglione of Dresden Dolls) The show is all ages (under 18 accompanied by parent/guardian) and tix are here: https://ticketf.ly/2ITpKJW
Posted by The Posies on Friday, June 8, 2018
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