The Week Ahead: Pinkwash, Strawberry Runners, Lauryn Hill, Nuevofest and more

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Ms. Lauryn Hill | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN
Ms. Lauryn Hill | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

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.

 Saturday 7/14: Dreamswell at KFN

Self-described “doomgaze” / “stoner metal” band Dreamswell is gloomy and brooding, their latest EP Act 2 a wall of crashing noise. And what better place to brood than the divey, rough-edged Kung Fu Necktie? // $7 P.M., 7:00 p.m., 21+ // TIX + INFO – M.H.

Saturday 7/14: Bonny Doon at Union Transfer

Detroit-hailing Bonny Doon makes a pitstop in Philly this weekend amidst their tour with Snail Mail. On the downbeat, laidback Longwave, Bonny Doon crafts an intimate, introspective sound. If you’re looking for something moe on the mellow side, this show could be a chill way to wind down after a stressful week. // $13, 8:30 p.m., AA // TIX + INFO – M.H.

Saturday 7/14: Trap Rabbit at Ortlieb’s

Alt-Jazz duo Trap Rabbit are bringing their keys and drum kit to Ortlieb’s this weekend for a night of synthetic yet groovy tunes. Their sound falls somewhere in between delicate jazz and soft hip hop, all while meshing together in the most intricate way. The unique and powerful genre that Trap Rabbit has created will definitely make for a cool show. They’re one of these groups where you’re awed that it’s only two people making all this music. Their set is bound to be both simple and vibey as well as loud and dancey. You can check out the video for “Empress” below.  // 8 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO – Emily Herbein

Saturday 7/14: The Get Up Kids at TLA

Long-runnning emo rockers The Get Up Kids are playing the TLA this Saturday following the release of their newest EP, Kicker. These guys are nothing but pure fun, and their new songs are loud, guitar heavy, and super vocal-oriented, revolving around singer Matt Pryor’s blend of shouted notes. Kicker focuses on themes of forgiveness, moving on, and the general feeling of what it means to be okay, something we all can relate to in one way or another. You can watch the video for new track “Better This Way” below. // 8:30 p.m., $25, AA // TIX + INFO – E.H.

Sunday 7/15: Nuevofest at World Cafe Live

The most exciting new music of Latin America will be featured at this year’s Nuevofest at World Cafe Live, and it won’t be a day you’ll want to miss. Just like previous years, there is a stacked lineup of seven acts, including Oquesta Akokán, Femina-X and more. It’s going to be a packed day full of culture, dancing, and fun! //4-10 p.m., Free Admission, RSVP Required, AA // TIX + INFO – E.H.

Sunday 7/15: Ortolan at Johnny Brenda’s

Indie sister group Ortolan is bringing their 50’s folk-inspired vibes to Ortlieb’s on Sunday night, and if you’ve never heard of them, you should definitely do your homework before this show. (Because they’re great). Their genre is totally unique, revolving around vintage sounds, strings, delicate harmonies, and lilting melodies. Following up on 2014’s Covered In Black, their new EP, Down Deep, is out this week on Songs Familyre. Watch their new music video for “Come On” below and get psyched to hear more new songs at JBs! // 8 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO – E.H.

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