The Week Ahead: Childish Gambino, David Byrne, Thin Lips, The McCrary Sisters and more

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We hope you’ve got your schedule cleared, because the next seven days are seriously busy on the live music front. Kicking off tonight with Childish Gambino’s long-awaited headliner at Wells Fargo Center, and running through the return of punk legends The Vibrators on Monday, here are 23 concerts you can see in and around Philly over the next seven days.

Tuesday 9/18: Childish Gambino at Wells Fargo Center

Childish Gambino has been unstoppable this year, with the release of the symbolic and controversial “This Is America” followed by two sultry summer singles, and leading nominations for the VMA’s, MTV and BET Hip Hop Awards. (Not to mention working on the latest season of Atlanta–how does he juggle it all?) The This Is America tour comes to Philly, and you can bet Gambino is as intense and captivating onstage as he is on camera. // 7:30 p.m., $80 – $130, AA // TIX + INFO – Mariah Hall

Tuesday 9/18: Shakey Graves at The Fillmore

Texas singer-songwriter Alejandro Rose-Garcia, who performs under the moniker Shakey Graves, released his fifth studio album, Can’t Wake Up, earlier this year, and the record marked a shift from his signature boot-stomping Southern rock to a down-to-earth venture into folksy storytelling. XPN favorite Courtney Marie Andrews opens for him at The Fillmore this upcoming week. // 8 p.m., $25, AA // TIX + INFO – M.H.

Tuesday 9/18: Arthur Buck at World Cafe Live

Arthur Buck, the collaboration between singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and guitarist Peter Buck of R.E.M., released their self-titled debut album over the summer, and the result was a metaphysical observation on human nature, meditative and self-aware on all accounts. They bring their new interpretation of old rock n roll roots to Philly this upcoming week. // 8 p.m., $25 – $30, AA // TIX + INFO – M.H.

Wednesday 9/19: Hercules and Love Affair at The Foundry

Hercules and Love Affair isn’t your typical dance festival headliner, but a dance music project composed of rotating performers in the techno and house music genre. The show aims uplifting spiritual messages towards its audience and strives to bring the community together. Their latest album, Omnion, is an ambient synth-pop effort that strays from mainstream pop. Experience HALA at the Foundry this week. // 8 p.m., $25, AA // TIX + INFO – M.H.

Wednesday 9/19: Cardi B at Wells Fargo Center

Rapper Cardi B has had a breakout year since releasing “Bodak Yellow,” and fans will have the chance to see her live over two nights at the Wells Fargo Center this Wednesday and Thursday, opening for Bruno Mars. Cardi B’s debut album Invasion of Privacy is out now. // 8 p.m., $59.50 – $175, AA // TIX + INFO – Sarah Hojsak

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