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.

Saturday 11/10: Lake Street Dive at The Tower Theater

New England ensemble Lake Street Dive returned this year with their sixth LP of whimsical folk-pop, Free Yourself Up. After packing the house at a free WXPN gig at Stroudsburg’s Sherman Theater, the band is back in the Philly region this weekend to headline Upper Darby’s Tower Theater.  // 8:00 p.m., $35, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Saturday 11/10: Low at Underground Arts

Did you know that long-running midwesterners Low — Alan Sparhawk, Mimi Parker, and Steve Garrington — quietly released the best album of their career just a short month ago? Double Negative, the band’s twelfth album overall and sixth for Sub Pop, is a masterpiece of mood and unsettling sound design. Imagine if their resplendent, slow and heavy folk rock was recorded by notorious sonic mindbenders Scott Walker or Richard James of Aphex Twin, and you’re on your way to understanding. The record was actually produced by BJ Burton, who produced 2015’s Ones and Sixes and also worked with Bon Iver. This album, though, is a more gripping effort than his previous work with Low, neatly balancing an experimental aesthetic with moving songs at its core. How are they going to re-create it at Underground Arts this weekend? It’ll be worth the ticket price to find out. // 9:00 p.m., $22, 21+ // TIX + INFO– J.V.

Saturday 11/10: Ron Gallo at First Unitarian Church

Ron Gallo’s latest, Stardust Birthday Party, finds the Philly son getting exponentially weirder and wilder — which makes his shows a more fun experience for all concerned, musicians and audience alike. Catch him as he returns home to the First Unitarian Church basement this Saturday, and get ready for chanting, taunting, and other unconventional forms of audience participation. // 7:00 p.m., $15, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Saturday 11/10: Richard Thompson Electric Trio at The Keswick Theater

Richard Thompson could have written “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” and had that be it for him — his status as icon of singer-songwriters would have been cemented by that fingerpicked guitar part alone. But Thompson has remained productive throughout the past five decades in one form or another, and his new 13 Rivers LP is led by “Bones of Gilead,” another addition to his impressive canon. He played a stellar Free At Noon concert punctuated by emotive playing and witty banter earlier this year; this Saturday, he returns to the area with his Electric Trio in tow to headline the Keswick Theater. // 8:00 p.m., $45 – $69, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Saturday 11/10: Mistresses of Mayhem at Connie’s Ric Rac

Lisa Lyne Flynn of Philly rock ragers Workhorse III and Lisa Christ Superstar is throwing her semi-regular Mistresses of Meyhem festival this Saturday at South Philly haunt Connie’s Ric Rac. The lineup focuses on women in the local hard rock scene, and includes vets like Thee Minks and KeN, as well as newer names like the psychedelic trio Gibbous Moon, and 7th Victim, Rodney Anonymous from the Dead Milkmen’s new project with Janet Bressler. // 7:00 p.m., 21+ // TIX + INFO– J.V.

Sunday 11/11: Cheer Up at Everybody Hits

You’ll see some familiar faces in Philly fuzz rock four-piece Cheer Up. The band features Kaytee Della Monica, Evan Bernard and Nick Holdorf — which is pretty much the entire live lineup of indie rock faves No Thank You — teaming up with their Big Mama’s Warehouse bud Mikey Tashjian, drummer of Thin Lips and Bernard’s band The Superweaks and at least a few others. So it’s got a band-of-friends thing going on, but the focus on this outing is Holdorf’s songwriting, which is loud and power poppy (and occasionally, like a minute and a half into “Whiskey Diction,” pop-punky), but with forays into synthesizer soundscapes and bright psychedelia. And that’s just the opening track. Listen to their Sleep Debt LP below, and see them play a Home Outgrown gig on Sunday night. // 8:00 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Sunday 11/11: Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer at Annenberg Center

My wife and I have this running joke about banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck: whenever he performs with another master of their instrument, no matter who it is, it’s a “collaboration of a lifetime.” At least that’s how the music press tends to term it every time Fleck’s effortless skill and obvious zeal for pushing the boundaries of his five strings finds a new dramatic foil. But this particular collaboration, indeed, seems like something special. In 2009, Fleck recruited tabla player Zakir Hussain and bassist Edgar Meyer to write songs together that they’d record with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on the album The Melody of Rhythm. Though that record fused the homespun tradition of global folk sounds with the grandeur of a symphony, the trio’s Sunday performance at the Annenberg Center will revisit the project by scaling it down to its roots, the three players, and the tools they use to make music.  // 7:00 p.m., $29 – $78, AA // TIX + INFO– J.V.

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