Well, first and foremost, there’s #XPNFest. I mean, duh. Three days, 32 bands, BB&T Pavilion and Wiggins Park, etc. etc. Highlights including David Byrne and The War on Drugs are shouted out below, full details at XPNFest.org. Know what though? This summer in Philly has been the summer of redonkulous concertgoing options, this week is no different, and we here at The Key would be doing you a disservice if we didn’t let you know everything else that’s going on. Read on for our full roundup of picks: 22 concerts to see in and around Philadelphia for the next seven days.
Tuesday 7/24: Raphael Saadiq at Union Transfer
On his first tour since 2012, R&B and soul music icon Raphael Saadiq is performing at Union Transfer Tuesday. Saadiq has announced a new album in the works, although has yet to set a release date, and has been busy producing music with Solange and scoring the HBO series “Insecure.” // 8:30 p.m., $35, AA // TIX + INFO – Mariah Hall
Tuesday 7/24: Old Crow Medicine Show at Electric Factory
Nashville’s Old Crow Medicine Show has been influencing folk music for the last twenty years, going from busking on the street to winning a Grammy. They released their sixth album Volunteer last spring, a collection of bluegrass numbers complete with steely tambourines and harmonica solos. Catch the seven-piece string band at the Electric Factory tonight. // 8:00 p.m., $40, AA // TIX + INFO – M.H.
Wednesday 7/25: Lucius at Union Transfer
Indie pop band Lucius, lead by frontwomen Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, dropped their latest album Nudes in the spring. True to the title, the album is composed of acoustic, stripped-down songs and features a duet with Roger Waters. // 8:30 p.m., $30, AA // TIX + INFO – M.H.
Wednesday 7/25: Three Man Cannon at World Cafe Live
Three Man Cannon’s self-titled nestles comfortably into the collection of indie rock bands born from the Philly underground. They keep the the volume on a low simmer, but deliver driving, weighty tracks balanced by chiming, lo-fi keys. They play World Cafe Live this Wednesday. // 8:00 p.m., Free, AA // TIX + INFO – M.H.
Wednesday 7/25: Kesha at BB&T Pavilion
Like many pop stars of the early 2000’s, Kesha abandoned the electronic club sound (and dropped the dollar sign from her name) to find her individual voice, which she carved out on her latest album, Rainbow, released last year. The album reveals her Nashville roots and although in music videos she appears in outrageous costumes (a turquoise suit, a gold-feathered cape) and pastel-dyed hair, she has a more down-to-earth thing happening. The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore tour comes to BB&T Pavilion this week. // 7:00 p.m., $30-150, AA// TIX + INFO – M.H.
Wednesday 7/25: Ben Arnold at Pastorious Park
Ben Arnold’s latest album, Lost Keys, is full of robust, brassy ballads with Arnold’s soulful yet rugged voice at the forefront. The singer-songwriter plays at Pastorious Park this Wednesday for the woodsy Chestnut Hill space’s summer concert series. // 7:00 p.m., Free, AA // TIX + INFO – M.H.
Wednesday 7/25: Ruthie Foster at Haddon Lake Park
Joining the list of free music events this week, Ruthie Foster is playing at Haddon Lake Park in New Jersey. Her album Joy Comes Back came into fruition as a method of catharsis for the singer, blending southern blues with honeyed gospel vocals. // 7:30 p.m., Free, AA // TIX + INFO – M.H.
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