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.

Saturday 9/22: Thin Lips at The First Unitarian Church

Philly punk outfit Thin Lips released their best album to date this summer. Chosen Family is a meditation on loss, distance, finding your people and claiming your space in a hurtful and confusing world. It’s deep, plus the songs rock — the perfect mix of Beatles pop complexity and pop punk riffs — and the band shares their hometown record release party tonight with Shannen Moser, who released a brilliant record of her own, I’ll Sing. Read more about Moser’s record in this interview with The Key’s Sarah Hojsak, and catch them both this Saturday night in the First Unitarian basement.  // 7:30 p.m., $13 – $15, AA // TIX + INFO

Saturday 9/22: Café Tacvba at The Fillmore Philadelphia

The toast of Ciudad Satélite, Mexico, Café Tacvba has been making joyful music for close to three decades at this point, mixing trad-leaning sounds with hip-hop grooves and the high-energy force of an alternative rock band. Last year they released their eighth album, Jei Beibi, and this Saturday they bring it to life on the Fillmore stage. // 8 p.m., $35, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Saturday 9/22: The McCrary Sisters at World Cafe Live

XPN’s Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul series continues this Saturday with a free concert at World Cafe Live starring Nashville quartet The McCrary Sisters. Since joining musical forces in 2010, Beverly Ann McCrary, Deborah Dianne McCrary, Regina Avonette McCrary, and Alfreda Antionette McCrary have released three studio albums, most recently including 2015’s Let’s Go. // 8 p.m., FREE, AA // INFO– J.V.

Saturday 9/22: Red Fang at Underground Arts

On the heavier side of Saturday night, Portland stoner metal four-piece Red Fang brings the noise to Underground Arts for a headlining show. Known for low tones, overdriven riffs and expansive soundscapes, the band released its latest, Only Ghosts, in 2016. // 9 p.m., $22 – $25, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Saturday 9/22: Marco Benevento at Ardmore Music Hall

Celebrating the Ardmore Music Hall’s 5-year anniversary, renowned pianist Marco Benevento headlines on Saturday night. His music mixes body moving grooves and playful vibes, as we hear on “At The Show” from his 2014 album Swift. // 8 p.m., $20 – $30, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Saturday 9/22: Ceramic Animal at The Foundry

Falling somewhere between the psychedelic horrorshow of The Doors and the playful exuberance of Dr. Dog sits Doylestown four-piece Ceramic Animal. The band headlines The Foundry this Friday night; watch their recently released music video “Look For A Lover” below. // 10:30 p.m., $13, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Saturday 9/22: Ben Arnold at Boot & Saddle

Philly singer-songwriter vet Ben Arnold re-assembles his acclaimed 48-hour orchestra for a headlining gig Saturday night at Boot & Saddle. Just the band members alone will make up a decent bit of the venue’s capacity (if you’ve never seen them, they make Memphis-flavored magic with horns, backing vocalists and more) in support of this year’s Sunday Morning Meltdown. // 8:30 p.m., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Sunday 9/23: Frankie Vado at Underground Arts

Philly-bred rapper Frankie Vado returns for a hometown headliner at Underground Arts this Sunday. After debuting in 2015 with Yesterday’s Reject, Vado has been releasing loosie singles since last year at a steady clip, including “Talk’s Over,” “The Bag” featuring Phoe Notes, and “Hello” featuring V-Sway. // 8 p.m., $13 – $16, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Sunday 9/23: Gary Numan at The Queen

You can look at Gary Numan as the new wave fave who had a big hit in 1979 with “Cars,” or you can look at him as an artist who never stopped creating gripping music, like 2013’s Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind), and its 2017 sequel, Savage (Songs from a Broken World). Catching him on tour in recent years serves as a reminder not only of how much he influenced the 90s alternative rock world (particularly Nine Inch Nails, whose Trent Reznor very much emulates Numan with his stage presence), but of how he still has a perspective to share. Soak it in Sunday night at The Queen. // 8 p.m., $29.50, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.

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