This week, our concert agenda includes indie rock institutions as well as left-of-center art popsters, arena shows to DIY shows, rock and roll and folk and Afrobeat and everything in between. Here are 19 concerts you can see in and around Philadelphia over the next seven days.
Thursday 10/11: Antibalas at Ardmore Music Hall
Spanish for “bulletproof,” Brooklyn-via-Mexico City world music collective Antibalas brings their signature blend of funk and Afrobeat to the Ardmore Music Hall this Thursday. The group has been performing together for 20 years and has released dozens of albums, EPs and compilations; their most recent album is last year’s Where the Gods Are in Peace. // 8 p.m., $22 – $35, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.H.
Thursday 10/11: Gorillaz at Wells Fargo Center
Gorillaz brings their The Now Now tour to the Wells Fargo Center this Thursday following the release of the new album of the same name this summer. It’s been over a year since we’ve seen the multimedia pop collective in town, and Thursday’s appearance will be their biggest Philly show yet. The Internet opens. // 7:30 p.m., $57+, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.
Thursday 10/11: Yowler at PhilaMOCA
Philly-via-Columbus songwriter Maryn Jones (formerly of Saintseneca and All Dogs) will release Black Dog In My Path, her second album as Yowler, this Friday, but not before playing a record release show at PhilaMOCA Thursday night. Yowler will be joined by fellow local outfits The Goodbye Party and Swanning (Cynthia Schemmer of Radiator Hospital) for the show. // 8 p.m., $10 – $12, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.
Friday 10/12: Little Dragon at Underground Arts
Fronted by vocalist and percussionist Yukimi Nagano, Sweden’s Little Dragon has made a formidable impression over the last decade with explosive electronic indie pop. Their fifth LP, Season High, was released last year, and the band spends its Friday night at Underground Arts to perform music from it. April + VISTA open the show. // 8 p.m., $35 – $40, 21+ // TIX + INFO – John Vettese
Friday 10/12: Grant-Lee Phillips at Sellersville Theater
Veteran singer-songwriter Grant-Lee Phillips has made moving, meditative music since the days of his 90s rock band Grant Lee Buffalo and their breakout album Fuzzy, all the way through solo outings, covers projects, and this year’s Widdershins, released back in February on Yep Roc Records. Friday, he joins like-minded troubadour Josh Rouse at the Sellersville. // 8 p.m., $25 – $39.50, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.
Friday 10/12: Talib Kweli at Union Transfer
It’s been almost a year since Talib Kweli released Radio Silence, his eighth solo album, and Friday night he headlines Union Transfer in support of it, as well as the local nonprofit Black Male Educators For Social Justice. On the record, Kweli collaborates with peers and friends Jay Electronica, Anderson .Paak, Amber Coffman, Bilal, and Robert Glasper; for the show, he packed the lineup with a Philly-centric roster of support acts Bri Steves, Beano French, Good Girl, and Julian King. // 8 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.V.
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