The Week Ahead: Swearin’, Death Cab For Cutie, Gorillaz, Florence and the Machine, and more

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Florence and the Machine | photo by Vincent Haycock | courtesy of the artist

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.

Saturday 10/13: Mirah at Johnny Brenda’s

Locally-rooted indiepop singer-songwriter Mirah released her sixth LP, Understanding, last month via K Records, and it nimbly straddles outrage at the state of the world, as well as compassion for our fellow humans. She brings the record to Johnny Brenda’s this Saturday night, with the Philly rapper Sammus — who put out the excellent Pieces in Space on Don Giovanni Records back in 2016 — sharing the stage. // 8:30 p.m., $15, 21+ // TIX + INFO  – J.V.

Saturday 10/13: The Beths at Everybody Hits

An instantly likeable four-piece indie rock outfit from New Zealand, The Beths released their debut LP, Future Me Hates Me, on Carpark Records back in April. It’s brimming with fuzztone guitars and 80s power pop hooks in the vein of The Replacements and The Go-Gos, but singer Elizabeth Stoakes uses the lively backing to unpack emotional topics like loneliness, regret and existential dread. The band plays Everybody Hits on Saturday, with Curtis Cooper opening. // 9 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFOJ.V.

Saturday 10/13: RiverCity Festival at Penn Treaty Park

The annual RiverCity Festival fills Fishtown’s Penn Treaty Park with food vendors, craft beer, and music. This year, the live entertainment starts off with Ginger Coyle, wraps with Huffamoose, and fits Harmony Woods, Sixteen Jackies, and more in the middle // noon, Free, AA // INFOJ.V.

Sunday 10/14: Florence and the Machine at Wells Fargo Center

Any chance we get to see Florence Welch bring the drama, we’ll take it. The kinetic leader of British modern rockers Florence and the Machine sprints from one side of the stage to the other, spins, flails, belts vocal melodies at the top of her lungs, as if the songs weren’t roof-raising enough in their orchestrations. The band’s latest album, High As Hope, deals with isolation and psychic pain, but it also reflects on self-determination and the ability to overcome tribulations. They’ll bring it to Philadelphia Sunday night at Wells Fargo Center for their first non-festival headlining appearance in years; Grizzly Bear opens. // 7 p.m., $39.50 – $99.50, AA // TIX + INFOJ.V.

Sunday 10/14: Django Django at Underground Arts

London art rockers Django Django was kind of low-key in the release of their latest album Marble Skies, which made its way into the world back in January. But there was no reason to keep this record under their collective hats; it finds Edinburgh College of Art grads David Maclean, Vincent Neff, Jimmy Dixon, and Tommy Grace in top form, releasing high-energy, vibrant pop that’s weird, wild and easy to immerse yourself in. The band follows it up this fall with Winter’s Beach, an EP collection of instrumentals and outtakes, as well as the killer “Swimming at Night.” They play Underground Arts with The Shacks on Sunday night. // 8 p.m., $25, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Sunday 10/14: Joyce Manor at Union Transfer

Reliably asskicking Long Beach punk outfit Joyce Manor returns to Philly this Sunday night, in support of their fourth album, Million Dollars To Kill Me. It’s a lively set of songs about love, suburbia, drinking an DIY, and you can watch the music video for the title track below. Big Eyes and Vundabar open the show. // 8 p.m., $20, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.

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