Experimental sounds in Fishtown tonight, free hip-hop on the river Thursday, uplifting modern rock at South Street on Saturday and more; here are 15 concerts you can see in and around Philly this week.
Tuesday 6/26: serpentwithfeet at Johnny Brenda’s
Experimental pop artist serpentwithfeet returns to town Tuesday night for a headlining performance at Johnny Brenda’s. It’s been an exciting time for the vocalist and performance artist (and UArts alum) as of late — he released his debut album as serpentwithfeet, soil, earlier this month and recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Brockhampton. // 8 p.m., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO – Sarah Hojsak
Tuesday 6/26: Nick Lowe at Musikfest Cafe
The Lehigh Valley is in for a treat Tuesday night as legendary new wave singer-songwriter Nick Lowe takes the stage at Musikfest Cafe in Bethlehem. But this will be far from a solo performance from Lowe, as he’ll be joined by surf rock guitarists Los Straitjackets, with whom he recently released an EP, Tokyo Bay / Crying Inside. // 7:30 p.m., $39 – $49, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.
Wednesday 6/27: Dessa at World Cafe Live
Singer, rapper, and writer Dessa makes her return to World Cafe Live this Wednesday, along with her backing band MONAKR, who double as the opening act. Dessa was in town last fall but is now touring with a new album in tow, her recently-released third full-length, Chime. She also recently authored a book, called My Own Devices, which is out in September. // 8 p.m., $18 – $20, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.
Thursday 6/28: Ivy Sole at Spruce Street Harbor Park
Spruce Street Harbor Park will light up with the sounds of local rapper/singer Ivy Sole and DJ THEakasha on Thursday for this week’s installment of the Waterfront Sessions series. Ivy Sole is set to release her next EP, OVERGROWN, this fall, so the performance is likely to give us a sneak peek of some new tracks, hopefully including the just-released first single “Rollercoaster.” // 6:30 p.m., FREE, AA // INFO – S.H.
Thursday 6/28: The Goodbye Party at Lansdowne Landing
The Philly DIY scene hits the suburbs this Thursday as The Goodbye Party plays the first show in Lansdowne’s Open Sound summer concert series. Members of the band are the masterminds behind the series, which will continue bi-weekly throughout the summer. Lansdowne band The Diaphone also plays, and the musical performances will be followed by a film screening. // 7 p.m., FREE, AA // INFO – S.H.
Thursday 6/28: Mal Blum at Space 1026
Mal Blum and The Blums stop by Space 1026 this Thursday night, headlining a packed 4-band bill at the upstairs Chinatown space. Mal recently opened for Jessica Lea Mayfield at Boot and Saddle just this past March, so the band’s quick headlining return is a treat for fans and newcomers alike. Check out the rocking 2016 reboot of their 6-minute epic “New Year’s Eve” below. // 7 p.m., $10 (at the door), AA // INFO – Jack Madden
Thursday 6/28: Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear at The Foundry
Aptly-named Missouri folk duo Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear headline The Foundry this Thursday night. The band found time to stop by Philly in between legs of their tour supporting Lake Street Dive elsewhere in the States. The mother-son-duo recently released the anthemic single “Everybody’s Got Problems” – give it a spin ahead of their performance Thursday night. // 8 p.m., $15, AA // TIX + INFO – J.M.
Thursday 6/28: Old 97s at Chameleon Club
Dallas country rock vets Old 97s roll through Lancaster’s Chameleon Club Thursday night. The band’s balance of moody ballads and raucous rockers throughout their 10 album discography should provide for a sprawling summers night set. The XPN-fest vets most recent release was 2014’s Most Messed Up, on ATO Records. Check out a live version of album cut “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive” on Seattle’s KEXP below. // 7 p.m., $20, AA // TIX + INFO – J.M.
Friday 6/29: Long Hots at Jerry’s On Front
Philly trio Long Hots bring their psych-tinged heavy rock jams to Jerry’s On Front (street, that is) this Friday night. Not much is out there on the band, but thanks to the ubiquitous Philly concert archivist “Markit Aneight,” there’s some solid footage of the band in action. Check out a one of the band’s more thumping tracks, “One Chip Over The Line,” live from Johnny Brenda’s this past Halloween. According to this kick-ass gig poster, “Friday gonna be a hot one.” // 8 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFO – J.M.
Friday 6/29: Boogieman Dela at The Barbary
Philly based rapper / crooner Boogieman Dela touches down at The Barbary this Friday night behind his latest project, Broken Watch 02: Future Currents. The soul-infused tape is produced entirely by Philly’s Rolled Gold, who blends mellow samples with thumping 808’s to provide a solid framework for Boogieman Dela to rap over. Check out “Hustler,” off the Future Currents tape, below. // 7:45 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.M.
Saturday 6/30: Jill Scott at The Mann Center
The queen of soul, Jill Scott will be taking on the first annual WDAS Summer Block Party at the Mann Center along with Philly R&B legends Boyz II Men and DJ Jazzy Jeff, plus some special guests. The three powerhouse artists’ roots actually start in the 215 so this is going to be a celebration for the good ole’ days. Grab your tickets and get ready for a beautiful night filled with the sweet sounds of that rich R&B, soul, and jazzy goodness. // 7 p.m., $35 – $204, AA // TIX + INFO – Shannon Vo
Saturday 6/30: Lovelorn at Johnny Brenda’s
Born from Philly punk band Creepoid, newcomers Lovelorn are back for another hometown show. Last time, the trio gave a dark, dreamy smoke-filled performance at Underground Arts to open for Dead Meadow. This Saturday, they’ll take over Johnny Brenda’s with electronic group Night Sins and “doomgazed” band Dreamswell // 9 p.m., $12 – $15, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.V.
Saturday 6/30: Bellows at PhilaMOCA
The project of Oliver Kalb, Bellows is known for his melodic and wistful bedroom pop style and experimental soundscapes. The artist’s mixology skills are something to be noticed and you can witness/ hear it for yourselves at PhilaMOCA on Saturday with performances from Yowler, Sitcom, and Dan from Friendship as well. // 7 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFO – S.V.
Saturday 6/30: Anthony Green at TLA
I remember listening to Philly native Anthony Green when he was in emo band Saosin, and then the proggy modern rock band Circa Survive — which sounded great when I was young and angsty. Now, he’s doing his own thing and doing a great job at it. Once you listen to his beautiful high-pitched vocals and incredible lyrical skills, you’ll never forget how it hit your heart. His voice will make you feel all sorts of emotions and afterwards, you’ll be left with these butterflies in your stomach. Anthony Green will be performing at the TLA on Saturday, celebrating the tenth anniversary of his solo debut Avalon, with indie folk band Good Old War and Found Wild opening the show. // 7:30 p.m., $19.50, AA // TIX + INFO – S.V.
Sunday 7/1: Dear Forbidden at Kung Fu Necktie
Philly Alternative/indie band Dear Forbidden will be taking on Kung Fu Necktie on Sunday. The three piece will be rocking the house with headliners Kikimora as well as post-punk band Slophouse and soul power trio Endless Taile. Kick off the first day of the month right with a drink in your hand and some good music. // 8 p.m., $7, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.V.
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