Can we collectively agree to retire the aughties hipster cliche “Rocktober”? Not because the tenth month of the year is no longer jam-packed with live music — it absolutely is, moreso than ever, as any casual glance at the calendar will tell you — but because there are many more offerings at your disposal this month than mere rock.
This week alone, there is Nigerian-tinged R&B, homegrown hip-hop, jazzy folk, folky punk, and so much more. Here are 27 concerts you can see in Philadelphia in the next seven days, with a whopping eight options on Saturday night. Heck, even Monday has four shows you can choose from — Monday! GTTG, Philly.
Tuesday 10/2: Your Smith at Johnny Brenda’s
Your Smith’s single “The Spot” is XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week, and this Tuesday you can catch it live when the LA-via-Minneapolis artist formerly known as Caroline Smith headlines Johnny Brenda’s. Her first release in five years and first as Your Smith, a pop- and R&B-inspired four-track EP Bad Habit, is out now. // 8 p.m., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO – Sarah Hojsak
Tuesday 10/2: Jupiter & Okwess at MilkBoy
This year’s XPN Fest marked the first area performance for Jupiter & Okwess, but this week the Congolese group will play their first proper show in the city of Philadelphia. Tuesday’s headlining set at Milkboy comes in the middle of Jupiter & Okwess’ world tour, which sees them taking their unique blend of traditional African rhythm music meets avant-garde psych-pop around Europe and North America. // 8 p.m., $17 – $20, 21+ // TIX + INFO – SH
Wednesday 10/3: Shemekia Copeland at World Cafe Live
Shemekia Copeland returns to World Cafe Live this Wednesday for a show supporting her new album America’s Child, which was released in this summer blues chart topping success. It’s been three years since the Grammy-nominated electric blues vocalist was last in town and since her last album, so Wednesday’s show marks a triumphant and celebratory return. Philly soul artist Aaron Parnell Brown opens the show. // 8 p.m., $30 – $32, AA // TIX – INFO – SH
Wednesday 10/3: Stef Chura at First Unitarian Church
2017 marked a breakout year for Detroit songwriter Stef Chura with the release of her debut album Messes, and this Wednesday she’ll play her first Philly show in a year, opening for indie favorite Frankie Cosmos at the Church. Chura also released a 7″ of singles “Degrees” and “Sour Honey” earlier this year for Record Store Day. Singer-songwriter Lomelda is also on Wednesday night’s bill. // 8 p.m., $16 – $18, AA // TIX + INFO – SH
Wednesday 10/3: Vince Tampio at Chris’ Jazz Cafe
Philly jazz composer and multi-instrumentalist Vince Tampio and his ensemble of backing musicians take the stage at Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Center City Wednesday night. Tampio just released his latest full-length album, The Nook, and though his primary instrument is the trumpet, he’s incorporated saxophone, upright bass, piano, and even flugelhorn into his genre-blending sound. // 8 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFO – SH
Wednesday 10/3: The Mysteries at Ortlieb’s
Following their appearance at Philly Music Fest this past weekend, local four-piece The Mysteries will play another hometown set at Ortlieb’s this Wednesday. The psychedelic retro rockers’ last release is the 2017 New Age Psychedelic Experiment EP, which they followed with a one-off single last year, but their recent return to playing local gigs is the proof we needed that the band is still going strong. // 7 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO – SH