We’re in the year-end wind-down zone, but that doesn’t mean you should plan on spending the next week huddling up at home and binge watching Schitt’s Creek (though that wouldn’t be a terrible idea in moderation). We’ve flagged a several shows that are totally worth your attention, beginning tomorrow night with rock legend Ronnie Spector in Bethlehem, and carrying through Sunday when Bouncing Souls take on The Queen in Wilmington. Here are 12 concerts you can see in the next seven days all around Philadelphia.
Wednesday 12/12: Ronnie Spector at Musikfest Cafe
Rock and roll icon Ronnie Spector brings her multi-media Christmas show, “Best Christmas Party Ever!,” to Bethlehem’s Musikfest Cafe this Wednesday. Performing as Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes for the first time since the 1970s, she’ll play a mix of Christmas classics and Ronettes hits. If you’re not up for a trip to the Lehigh Valley, she’ll also be at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville on Thursday. // 7:30 p.m., $35-$45, AA // TIX + INFO – Sarah Hojsak
Wednesday 12/12: The Front Bottoms at The Fillmore
New Jersey pop punk favorites The Front Bottoms will co-headline The Fillmore with Manchester Orchestra this Wednesday and Thursday; the two bands are not only touring together, but also released a collaborative single, “Allentown.” The Front Bottoms released an EP called Ann earlier this year, the follow-up to their 2017 album Going Grey. // 7:30 p.m., $38, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.
Thursday 12/13: Dominic Angelella at Johnny Brenda’s
Philly local Dominic Angelella has spent much of 2018 touring in Lucy Dacus’s backing band, but this Thursday he’ll get back into the solo groove at Johnny Brenda’s. Angelella released his last solo album Road Movie in the spring, and he’ll be joined by scenemates Cold Fronts and Lucy Stone for Thursday’s show. // 9 p.m., $10-$12, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.H.
Thursday 12/13: DeVotchKa at Underground Arts
You saw them at Free at Noon not that long ago, but this Thursday DeVotchKa will return to town for a headlining show at Underground Arts. The Colorado band is touring behind their recent album This Night Falls Forever, which is their first release in seven years. Rhinobird opens the show. // 9 p.m., $25-$30, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.H.
Friday 12/14: Slingshot Dakota at Fowler Blast Furnace Room
Philly-adjacent power duo Slingshot Dakota plays a show in their hometown of Bethlehem this Friday; they’ll be joined by fellow regional act Petal for the co-headlining show. This’ll be Slingshot Dakota’s first area appearance in a few months, as the long-running band has been hard at work on new material. There will be a canned food collection at Friday’s show, plus a raffle fundraiser for Lehigh Valley Girls Rock. // 7:30 p.m., $10-$12, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.
Friday 12/14: Phosphorescent at TLA
After playing Free at Noon this Friday, Phosphorescent will head across town to make a headlining appearance at the TLA the same night. The project of songwriter Matthew Houck, Phosphorescent released its seventh studio album and first in four years, C’est la vie, this fall. Liz Cooper & The Stampede open the show. // 9 p.m., $25, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.
Friday 12/14: Ingrid Michaelson at Keswick Theater
Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson got her start in music while attending Binghamton University, and lyrically referenced that city’s cold winters in her debut album Girls & Boys. So it was really only a matter of time before she took the plunge and released a holiday album. Michaelson’s Songs for the Season, her eighth LP overall, was released in October, and she plays a mostly sold out concert in Glenside on Friday night. We say “mostly” because good seats seem to be popping up on the Keswick Theater’s resale page depending on when you look. Roll the dice while you listen to “Looks Like A Cold, Cold Winter” from the new album below. // 8 p.m., $54.50, AA // TIX + INFO – John Vettese
Friday 12/14: Darlingside at Union Transfer
Vocally harmonizing lads Darlingside were a hit at this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival, and the band makes its return to Philadelphia this weekend for a headlining appearance at Union Transfer. Their third LP, Extralife, was released in February, and a version of their song “Eschaton” recently appeared on Live at the World Cafe Volume 44. Watch that performance below. // 8:30 p.m., $18, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.
Friday 12/14: MHYSA at PhilaMOCA
Queer pop visionary MHYSA mixes ethereal ambient soundscapes and soaring vocals out of her West Philly base of operations, crafting music that is performative and immensely captivating. She brings it to the PhilaMOCA stage with collaborator lawd knows this Friday for an All Mutable gig, sharing the bill alongside Pamela_ and her sons and Miami’s Juju Sigh. // 8 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.
Saturday 12/15: Cat Power at Union Transfer
2018 was the year of Wanderer, Chan Marshall’s long-awaited return to the spotlight, but we knew it wouldn’t slip by without the revered indie rock singer-songwriter releasing one of her trademark transformative covers. Listen to her recently-released version of Jackie DeShannon’s “What The World Needs Now” below and set your sites on Union Transfer this Saturday for Cat Power’s first headlining Philadelphia appearance since 2013; those who saw her open for The National this fall know this is a must-see gig. // 8:30 p.m., $35, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.
Saturday 12/15: Minority Threat at Cousin Danny’s
Columbus, Ohio hardcore punk four-piece Minority Threat has been a big hit the past two years at Break Free Fest, and since appearing at the most recent installment back in May, the band went and released its self-titled new EP. This Saturday, they return to town at Cousin Danny’s in West Philly along with fellow Break Free Fest alums Soul Glo. // 8 p.m., $7, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.
Sunday 12/16: Bouncing Souls at The Queen
This fall, New Jersey punk rock favorites Bouncing Souls are focused on playing songs from two of their most beloved albums: 1996’s Maniacal Laughter and 2001’s How I Spent My Summer Vacation. Thing is, though, they could play every song on both albums and the setlist would still not even clock in at an hour, so we expect that their Sunday night show at The Queen in Wilmington will include other odds, ends, and old favorites. // 8 p.m., $25, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.