The Week Ahead: Speedy Ortiz, RFA, Ellen Siberian Tiger, Travis Scott and more

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From Speedy Ortiz’s final run of shows in support of Twerp Verse to Travis Scott’s hotly anticipated Astroworld tour stop at Wells Fargo Center, rock and roll from RFA, folk from Kaia Kater, and our House Key Showcase with Ellen Siberian Tiger and more, there’s a lot for you to take in all around the scene this week. Here are 20 concerts to see in the next seven days. 

Wednesday 11/28: The Midnight Hour at Johnny Brenda’s

Composer / producers Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Mohammed (of A Tribe Called Quest fame) released a collaborative album this year that’s been half a decade in the works. The duo first started collaborating on The Midnight Hour in 2013, but got sidetracked as other production and film soundtrack work came calling. Because it was birthed from a drawn-out gestation, the resulting album is star studded, including collabs with Raphael Saadiq, Marsha Ambrosius, Bilal, Eryn Allen Kane and more. On Wednesday, The Midnight Hour comes to life on the Johnny Brenda’s stage; watch their Tiny Desk Concert below.  // 8:00 p.m., $20, 21+ // TIX + INFO – John Vettese

Wednesday 11/28: Speedy Ortiz at First Unitarian Church

Philly indie rock four-piece Speedy Ortiz takes its 2018 LP Twerp Verse out on one a final run of live gigs this week, after a full year of touring the album. Getting things rolling is the band’s biggest Philly headlining gig to date, in the basement of the First Unitarian Church with New York trio Palberta, Philly-via-Ohio project Yowler…and possibly an appearance from Gritty? One can only dream  // 8:00 p.m., $15, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Wednesday 11/28: Combo Chimbita at PhilaMOCA

NYC-via-Colombia psych outfit Combo Chimbita just landed a deal with ANTI- Records, and tho there’s no word yet on when their first release for the label is due, the band did give a taste of the direction they’re headed with the slippery and spacious new single “Testigo,” which you can stream below. The band headlines PhilaMOCA on Wednesday. // 8:00 p.m., $14, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Wednesday 11/28: Maxwell at Wellmont Theater

R&B icon Maxwell brings his 50 Intimate Nights tour trough the tri-state area for its first of two regional appearances on Wednesday at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ. (They’ll also be at The Tower Theater on December 8th). It’s been over two decades since the Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter released his debut Urban Hang Suite LP, presaging the shape soul and pop would take in the ensuing years. Revisit his song “Shame” below. // 7:00 p.m., $50 – $200, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Thursday 11/29: WHY? at Union Transfer

Cincinnati rapper and singer Yoni Wolf is celebrating the tenth anniversary of his second album under the WHY? moniker, Alopecia, with a fall tour that stops at Union Transfer on Thursday. Released in March of 2008 on seminal label Anticon Records, it was acclaimed for its genre-defying vision and exploratory daring. // 8:30 p.m., $20, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Thursday 11/29: Shy Boys at PhilaMOCA

Kansas City, Missouri indie pop five-piece Shy Boys play WXPN’s Free at Noon concert on Friday, a pre-weekend aperitif following their Thursday night show at PhilaMOCA. Their sophomore album, Bell House, was released in August on Polyvinyl Records. // 8:00 p.m., $12, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Thursday 11/29: RFA at Underground Arts

Philadelphia rock and roll boyos RFA play their final show of 2018 Thursday night at Underground Arts. After four years building a solid rep for boisterous live shows around the Philly scene, the band released its self-titled debut this spring. Watch their video for “Down Your Street” below. // 9:00 p.m., $15, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Thursday 11/29: The Internet at The Fillmore

An outer space hip-hop collective helmed by rapper, singer, and producer Sydney Loren Bennett — aka Syd — The Internet will headline The Fillmore on Thursday night in support of its Hive Mind LP. Released on Colombia Records in July, it is a heady mix of live performances and crafty samples, and won widespread acclaim from the music press.  // 8:00 p.m., $32.50, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.

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