A holiday on Monday means we’ll just have to gig harder the rest of the week. Starting tonight with Foxing at Union Transfer, and going through the weekend with First Aid Kit at The Fillmore, we bring you seventeen concerts to see all around Philadelphia this week.
Wednesday 9/5: Foxing at Union Transfer
The melodramatic St. Louis indie act Foxing will come to Union Transfer Wednesday night. Touring to support this year’s acclaimed Nearer My God LP, the band will also be joined by Chicago duo Ratboys and two Philly artists, Kississippi and Cave People. // 7 p.m., $15, AA // TIX + INFO – Steph Davies
Wednesday 9/5: The Mattson 2 at Johnny Brenda’s
Shortly across town at the same time Wednesday night, modern jazz duo The Mattson 2 will be gracing Johnny Brenda’s with their multi-layered fusion soundscapes. Joining them will be Bay Area experimentalist Anthony Ferraro as Astronauts etc. // 8 p.m., $15, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.D.
Thursday 9/6: Gang Gang Dance at Boot and Saddle
After returning from a seven year hiatus with this year’s acclaimed Kazuashita, Gang Gang Dance are back on tour and bound for Boot and Saddle for a night of unconventional electronica. They’ll also be joined by Animal Collective’s Deakin. // 8:30 p.m., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.D.
Thursday 9/6: Shopping at PhilaMOCA
Following a much-celebrated Johnny Brenda’s performance earlier this year, British post-punk revivalists Shopping will be play PhilaMOCA to support this year’s The Official Body LP. Accompanying them will be Rhode Island punk act Downtown Boys. // 8:00 p.m., $12, AA // TIX + INFO – S.D.
Thursday 9/6: Ziggy Marley at the Mann Center
Reggae legend Ziggy Marley comes to the Mann Center this week to support his seventh solo album, Rebellion Rises. Alongside his 80s and 90s work with the Melody Makers, that brings his studio discography up to 14 records — impressive! He’ll play the Skyline Stage alongside Steel Pulse, Tribal Seeds, and Iya Terra. // 6:00 p.m., $50.50 adv, $56 dos, AA // TIX + INFO – S.D.
Thursday 9/6: Taj Mahal Trio at The Queen
Lead by the Harlem-hailing Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, the Taj Mahal Trio bring their bluesy reggae vibes to The Queen this week. Taj Mahal’s latest project was a collaborative album with blues musician Keb’ Mo’ released last year. Styles combine to create a classically southern sound, gritty vocals emitted over fingerpicking guitar riffs, busty harmonica and full-bodied banjo accompaniment. Taj Mahal is notorious for blending genre, fusing world music and jazz, adding a country blues twist. // 8:00 p.m., $45, AA // TIX + INFO – Mariah Hall
Thursday 9/6: Palberta at Underground Arts
As someone who has seen Palberta play live, you don’t want to miss their gig at Underground Arts Thursday. Their set is hilariously chaotic and all around weird, with the trio constantly switching instruments and goofing around onstage. Their latest album, Roach Goin’ Down, is a frenzied, unsettled body. It’s edges are jagged, the vocals off-key, the melodies illogical and leading nowhere. If you like playfully sharp punk that defies all rules, Palberta is for you. // 9:00 p.m., $12, AA // TIX + INFO – M.H.
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