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.
Saturday 6/16: The World Is A Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid To Die at Union Transfer
The latest record from east coast emo collective The World Is…, Always Foreign, is resistant and self-aware, full of truthful songwriting that soars over previous albums. They will be joined at Union Transfer on Saturday Night by the grungy Teenage Wrist and Pianos Become Teeth. // 7:30 p.m., $17, AA // TIX + INFO – Mariah Hall
Saturday 6/16: Run.Hide.Fight. at Ortlieb’s
Stop by the dimly lit Fishtown dive Ortlieb’s to check out Philly locals RunHideFight. Fronted by Geeta Simons, this garage rock band delivers doses of headbanging angst that throws it back to the 90’s. The diverse bill also includes the soul funk St. James & The Apostles and blues rock The End Men. // 8:30 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO – M.H.
Saturday 6/16: Harry Connick Jr. at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts
The acclaimed musician and actor Harry Connick Jr. is bringing his tour, A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration, to the Mann Center. Connick will certainly showcase his diverse musical talent and explore multiple genres in this spectacle rooted in NOLA tradition. Click here to read his recent interview with The Key’s A.D. Amorosi. // 8:00 p.m., $50, AA // TIX + INFO – M.H.
Saturday 6/16: Stephen Malkmus at The TLA
Pavement’s iconic lead Stephen Malkmus is performing at the TLA with The Jicks. Their latest album, Sparkle Hard, is timeless and engaging. It satiates nostalgic pangs for 90’s indie rock without leaning on Malkmus’ repertoire for support. This isn’t a gig you’ll want to miss out on. //8:00 p.m., $22, AA // TIX + INFO – M.H.
Saturday 6/16: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony at Ardmore Music Hall
On the other end of the spectrum of 90’s artists, catch Bone Thugs-N-Harmony chilling at Ardmore Music Hall. The group mixes smooth R&B with old school hip-hop, rapping rapid-fire lyrics over full-bodied bass drops.
// 7:30 p.m., $40, 21+ // TIX + INFO – M.H.
Saturday 6/16: JUTAUN at Steelstacks
JUTAUN is bringing their sultry summer vibes to Levitt Pavilion Steelstacks in Bethlehem, PA. Their sound is an intense fusion of soul and gritty Southern-rotted rock paired with rich, resonant vocals. This show is definitely worth the drive. // 7:30 p.m., free, AA // INFO – M.H.
Saturday 6/16: Paul Simon at Wells Fargo Center
Singer-songwriter royalty Paul Simon brings his farewell tour through Philly this Saturday night for a date at the Wells Fargo Center. From his timeless folk songs in Simon & Garfunkel through the suave soft rock stylings of the 70s, his globally-directed albums like Graceland and The Rhythm of the Saints, and even recent earworms like last year’s “Wristband,” Simon is versatile, witty and never short on surprises. // 7:30 p.m., $49.50 – $175, AA // INFO – John Vettese
Saturday 6/16: Sam Evian at Johnny Brenda’s
For a most mellow Saturday evening, head to Johnny Brenda’s where New York singer-songwriter Sam Evian opens for Buck Meek of Big Thief. Saddle Creek artists both, Evian’s stirring and contemplative You,Forever was released on June 1st, while Meek’s self-titled album came out in May. // 8:30 p.m., $12, 21+ // INFO – J.V.
Sunday 6/17: Tracyanne and Danny at Johnny Brenda’s
Two retro-styled songwriters joined forces this year for a delightful collaboration on Merge Records, and this Sunday, Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura and Danny Coughlan of Crybaby bring their affinity for lightly orchestrated pop (Tracyanne) and early rock of the Elvis school (Danny) to Fishtown for a headlining show at Johnny Brenda’s. // 8:30 p.m., $22, 21+ // INFO – J.V.
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