The Week Ahead: Girlpool, Shannon and the Clams, Low, Richard Thompson and more

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Shannon & The Clams album cover designed by Perry Shall | photo courtesy of the artist

Sure, maybe you aren’t going to attend all 17 shows we’re recommending this week — that would be an impressive feat. But with a variety of sounds from roots to retro rock to indie rock to jazz to punk to global folk fusion, you’ve got no excuse for not seeing at least once concert in the next seven days. Read on for our recommendations.

Thursday 11/8: Hour at Beacon

Local outfit Hour celebrates the release of their new record Anemone Red with a show Thursday night at Beacon. The six-piece instrumental band features musicians you may recognize from their various other projects, but as Hour, their sound is toned down to focus on haunting minimalism and quiet melodies. Also on the bill are Wendy Eisenberg, Greg Jamie and Abi Reimold (who also plays in Hour). // 7:30 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.


Thursday 11/8: Shannon and the Clams at the First Unitarian Church

Bay area retro rockers Shannon and the Clams make a stop in the basement of the First Unitarian Church this Thursday. The band released their newest album Onion earlier this year, and bandleader Shannon Shaw also released a solo album, Shannon in Nashville, recently. They’ll be joined by Dirty Fences and The Tough Shits for Thursday’s show. // 8 p.m., $16-$18, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Thursday 11/8: Iron & Wine at the Keswick Theatre

Sam Beam, the prolific songwriter behind Iron & Wine, has put out two recent releases with the long-running project, the new Weed Garden EP and last year’s Beast Epic LP. Currently on a northeast tour, he’ll make a stop at the Keswick Thursday night for the project’s first proper Philly headlining show in a few years. OHMME will open. // 8 p.m., $29.50-$47.50, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.


Friday 11/9: Fucked Up at the First Unitarian Church

Following the release of their new album Dose Your Dreams last month, Toronto punks Fucked Up play a headlining gig at the Church this Friday, with opening sets from Candy and Bad Waitress. Their first release in four years, the new album marks a shift in tone for the band, as they venture into more psychedelic territory. // 8 p.m., $17-$20, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Friday 11/9: Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds at TLA

Brooklyn songwriter Arleigh Kincheloe will bring her soul-meets-pop Sister Sparrow project to the TLA this Friday night for a headlining show after making a Free at Noon appearance earlier that day. Sister Sparrow has shifted into more of a solo-focused project with the release of the recent album Gold, but she’s be joined by her raucous backing band the Dirty Birds for the live show. // 8 p.m., $17, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Friday 11/9: Kamasi Washington at Franklin Music Hall

When was the last time a jazz star was this widely embraced far beyond the oft-insular jazz world? The 80s? The 60s? On the heels of tremendous acclaim, West Coast sax luminary Kamasi Washington brings the latest leg of his Heaven And Earth tour to Philly on Friday, headlining his biggest local stage to date at the Franklin Music Hall. // 8:30 p.m., $36.50, AA // TIX + INFOJohn Vettese

Friday 11/9: Young Statues at The Underground

South Jersey indie / emo outfit Young Statues works in fits and starts. After a well-received debut and its follow up, the band took a break so singer-songwriter Carmen Cirignano could start a family. After a successful reunion tour brought them all the way to Japan, Cirignano left Jersey and relocated to Georgia. Along the way, Young Statues’ recent Amarillo EP saw the light of day, and the band still pops up on the regional concert calendar every now and again — including a show this Friday at The Underground, the music venue adjoining Lansdale’s Round Guys Brewing Company. // 7:00 p.m., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFOJ.V.

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