Maybe it’s those 90+ degree temps. Maybe it’s just that a lot of the best gigs are sold out. But it’s a quieter week than we’ve seen in a while for live music here in Philly. But that still means shows almost every day, including the possibility of setting up camp at Festival Pier on Friday night and staying straight through Paramore on Sunday. Here are nine concerts to see in Philadelphia in the next seven days.
Tuesday 6/19: Mondo Cozmo at The Foundry
Buck County native Josh Ostrander’s 2016 project Mondo Cozmo has been quite a success with the release of his debut album Plastic Soul last year, as well as a new single in February. The hauntingly beautiful song titled “The Ballad of Vegas” acted as a response to the increase in gun violence in our nation. The alt-rock group creates meaningful work that utilizes the sounds of various instrumental elements and Ostrander’s rugged vocals embody that rock n’ roll flame. Mondo Cozmo will be giving a performance filled with a heavy dose of energy this Tuesday, June 19th, at The Foundry with ONR. and Leon of Athens. // 8 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFO – Shannon Vo
Wednesday 6/20: Bad Bad Hats at MilkBoy
Minneapolis’ Bad Bad Hats can always brighten my day with their delightful, smooth indie rock vibes. In May, the quartet released a sneak peak titled “Write It On Your Heart” from their upcoming album Lightning Round, set to drop August 3rd via Minnesota based Afternoon Records. It’s a guarantee that they’ll be playing some new material on Wednesday at MilkBoy on June 20th so don’t miss that. Boston bummer pop band Future Teens will also be performing. // 8 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.V.
Thursday 6/21: &More at Spruce Street Harbor Park
R&B singer Donn T and MC Chill Moody’s musical project &More made its debut back in January at The Roots Jam Session. Their musical styles are polar opposite but work so well together — a mix of soaring and cool vocals and thought-provoking rhymes. At the beginning of June, the two Philly music scene veterans killed it in a studio session with The Key, and you can listen and read more about it here. The amount of talent from Donn T and Chill Moody is incredible and I’m excited to see them perform this Thursday with DJ Hank McCoy at Spruce Street Harbor Park’s Waterfront Sessions series. // 6:30 p.m., FREE, AA // TIX + INFO – S.V.
Thursday 6/21: Ronnie Vega at Boot & Saddle
215 artist Ronnie Vega brings his thrash punk / political hip-hop style to Boot & Saddle this Thursday. Vega and his four piece will also be accompanied by Brooklyn rock band The Shondes and Philly’s Solarized, filling the night with powerful hardcore tunes and new experiences. // 8:30 p.m., $10 – $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.V.
Friday 6/22: Camp Candle at The Pharmacy
Philly electronic duo Camp Candle have been gigging around town quite a bit lately, and your next chance to see them comes this Friday when they head up a four-band lineup at The Pharmacy. The band caught our attention with their smooth beats and textured vocals, and they’ve since released an EP, Light, last year plus a few singles in recent months. // 8 p.m., $8, AA // INFO – Sarah Hojsak
Friday 6/22: Control Top at The Barbary
Perennial punk scene favorites Control Top will bring their charged sounds to The Barbary Friday night, headlining a gig that also includes Hit Bargain and Chronic Anxiety. The band has a full-length album in the works and released a single, “Type A,” a few months back. A portion of ticket sales from the show go to Juntos, a Philly-based Latinx immigrant organization. // 8:30 p.m., $8 – $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.H.
Friday 6/22: Ray LaMontagne at Festival Pier
Ever-popular singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne returns to Festival Pier this Friday in support of his recently-released album Part Of The Light; his smooth and summery songs a perfect match for the outdoor, riverfront setting. Joining LaMontagne on the bill is singer-songwriter Neko Case, who also just released a new solo album, Hell-On, and will play a sold-out Free at Noon earlier Friday. // 7:30 p.m., $49.50, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.
Saturday 6/23: Dr. Dog at Festival Pier
Philly favorites Dr. Dog will headline Festival Pier this weekend, celebrating their latest album Critical Equation, releasd back in April. Tracks like the magnetic yet haunting “Listening In” demonstrate how the band’s sound has evolved, incorporating more dynamic elements, and taking on an even more psychedelic feel with spacey keyboards and gutsy basslines. The record is a brimming explosion of sound, and the band is sure to give a captivating performance. // 8:00 p.m., $25, AA // TIX + INFO – Mariah Hall
Sunday 6/24: Paramore at Festival Pier
Don’t look farther than Festival Pier for your weekend plans, as Paramore is bringing Hayley Williams’ enchanting charisma to the stage this Sunday. Their latest album, After Laughter dropped in early 2017, abandoning the grunge rock of previous work for a more pop-influenced sound. Songs like the sweet “Caught In The Middle” and “Rose Colored Boy” showcase an upbeat, sunny vibe, with lyrics underneath tackling issues like depression and anxiety. // 7:00 p.m., $65, AA // TIX + INFO – M.H.