Electropop and electrifying punk; free concerts in public spaces; a celebration of contemporary Latin music; one of the greatest vocalists of the past two decades. Here are 20 concerts you can see in and around Philadelphia this month.
Thursday 7/12: Radiator Hospital at Spruce Street Harbor Park
Longtime Philly scene favorites Radiator Hospital have been known to pop up around the city for a hometown show every now and then, and this Thursday you can find them down at Spruce Street Harbor Park for what may be one of the chillest shows of the summer. Part of the weekly Waterfront Sessions series, the free show kicks off with a DJ set from Yoni Kroll before Radiator Hospital fills the waterfront with their short, punchy tunes. Prepare to hear a mix of old favorites (like “Cut Your Bangs,” which, take note, is not a Girlpool cover) plus new songs off their recent album Play the Songs You Like. // 6:30 p.m., FREE, AA // INFO – Sarah Hojsak
Thursday 7/12: Strawberry Runners at Open Sound Lansdowne
One of the newer acts to hit the Philly scene is Strawberry Runners, the folk-pop project of musician Emi Night, whose move to town coincided with the release of their debut EP of delicate and lightweight tunes, In the Garden, In the Night, last fall. This Thursday they’ll head out to the suburbs to perform at one of the newer outdoor summer concert series in the area, Open Sound Lansdowne. Philly punks Inspector Moon will also play, and the music sets will be followed by a film screening. // 6:30 p.m., FREE, AA // INFO – S.H.
Thursday 7/12: Remember Sports at PhilaMOCA
Remember Sports’ new album Slow Buzz ushers in a new era for the Philly band, who recently changed their name to avoid confusion and solidify their place in a world of sports-themed band names. After releasing the record in May, they return to town Thursday night, triumphant from their first tour with the new name and with plenty of new tunes in tow. Remember Sports co-headlines the gig along with their Father/Daughter labelmates NADINE, and local punk trio Control Top also plays. // 8 p.m., $10 – $12, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.
Friday 7/13: Lauryn Hill at Festival Pier
Festival Pier turns into a celebration of Ms. Lauryn Hill this Friday night, and not only will the iconic artist be performing her 1998 album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in full for its 20th anniversary, but she’ll be joined by a stacked lineup of openers, from M.I.A. to Busta Rhymes to Tierra Whack. An instant classic, the album topped charts when it was released and won Hill five Grammys, so Friday night will be proof that its influence hasn’t faded a bit in the last two decades. // 6:30 p.m., $49.50 – $61.50, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.
Friday 7/13: Vacationer at Union Transfer
Philly electro-pop group Vacationer released their new album Mindset a few weeks back, and they’ll kick off their upcoming tour on Friday with a proper hometown celebration at Union Transfer. Mindset is the third full-length for the band, and they recently shared a fun animated video for the track “Magnetism,” which matches the album’s bright psychedelic vibes (watch below). LA duo SEGO opens the show. // 8:30 p.m., $18, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.
Friday 7/13: Rockers Galore at Underground Arts
Rockers Galore is a fusion of reggae and funk with roots in Haitian kompa music, and with their latest single “Philando,” which speaks out against police brutality, they have developed a socially influential voice in Philadelphia. This Friday, they play a show at Underground Arts accompanied by several other reggae acts, promising only good vibes and lifted spirits. // $12, 9 p.m., 21+ // TIX + INFO – Mariah Hall
Friday 7/13: Wussy at MilkBoy
Cincinnati’s Wussy is bringing their psychedelic shoegaze noise to MilkBoy this weekend. Much of their music pays homage to artists of the 60’s and 70’s, but with their last album What Heaven is Like, they carve out their individual voice within the genre. They will be joined by The Paranoid Style, and the two bands collaborated on a split record set to release on Friday. // $12, 8:30 p.m., 21+ // TIX + INFO – M.H.
Friday 7/13: Now, Now at Johnny Brenda’s
After a six-year break, indie pop duo Now, Now has returned with a comeback record, Saved, a bouncy, synth-powered collection that demonstrates a coming-of-age in their sound. Now, Now is playing a sold out show at Johnny Brenda’s joined by electropop queen WENS. // $16, 8 p.m., 21+ // TIX + INFO – M.H.
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