The Week Ahead: Petal, Wu-Tang Clan, Neko Case, Liz Longley and more

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Wu-Tang Clan circa 1995 | via Billboard

As I type this, the temperature in Philadelphia is 17 degrees Fahrenheit, and the wind chill brings it just above zero. But let’s forget about that for the moment, since there is an impressive slate of shows to warm you up this week, from garage rock locals to hip-hop legends to a slate of impressive singer-songwriters on Friday night. Here are 14 concerts to see in and around Philadelphia in the next week.

Wednesday 1/23: The Tough Shits at World Cafe Live

Retro City Studios’ January residency at World Cafe Live continues this week with long-running garage punk faves The Tough Shits, who have moved at a somewhat glacial pace in terms of output: their last full length came out in 2012, and their most recent releases were a pair of 7″ singles in 2016. Thankfully, their high-octane rock and roll badassery is the exact opposite. They’ll be joined at this Wednesday show by The 1910 Chainsaw Company, Honah Lee, and Lito & The Shepards.  // 7:30 p.m., $12, AA // TIX + INFO

Wednesday 1/23: Telepathic at Space 1026

Heavy heady trio Telepathic is built around blaring riffs, propulsive energy, and the vocal harmonies of Sarah Everton and Rob Garcia. The band released its 19-track LP Self Check Out in 2017 and plays Space 1026 this Wednesday with Dark Mtns, Eight, and Potion 200. // 7 p.m., $7, AA // TIX + INFO

Thursday 1/24: Petal at First Unitarian Church

Kiley Lotz explores a range of emotion on Magic Gone, her latest release under the Petal banner. There’s the tension of emotional highs fraught with insecurity (“Better Than You”) and there are the gutting lows of dulling connections (“Stardust”). After spending 2018 on several tours either opening or sharing top billing, Petal plays their first unequivocal headliner in support of this record Thursday in the basement of the First Unitarian Church. // 7:30 p.m., $17, AA // TIX + INFO

Thursday 1/24: Mick Jenkins at TLA

After wowing listeners around the country with his 2016 offering The Healing Component, Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins returned last year with his sophomore outing Pieces of a Man. It features a hit parade of collaborators — including BadBadNotGood, Kaytranada, Ghostface Killah, and Corinne Bailey Rae — but even with all the names in the mix, they only enhance rather than outshine Jenkins. He maintains his signature style throughout, as evident in the single “Understood,” and his TLA show Thursday night is sure to be a engaging mix of gripping rhymes and crowd participation. // 8 p.m., $23, AA // TIX + INFO

Thursday 1/24: Wu Tang Clan at Franklin Music Hall

Speaking of Ghostface Killah, the Staten Island MC’s legendary crew that we certainly hope needs no introduction headlines the first of two Philadelphia shows this Thursday night at Franklin Music Hall. The Wu Tang Clan is celebrating 25 Years of 36 Chambers, their groundbreaking debut (which, okay, technically turned 25 late last year), and practically the entire clan is on board for the event (minus the late O.D.B., of course). Whether you’re a fanatic of the Wu who catches them each time they tour, or you’ve had them on your concert bucket list forever, this is one show you do not want to miss.  // 8 p.m., $99, AA // TIX + INFO

Thursday 1/24: Slaughter Beach, Dog at Boot and Saddle

The Lame-O Records rock residency continues for its third week this Thursday with arguably the strongest lineup of the series: Jake Ewald’s Slaughter Beach, Dog headlines the show, with support from singer-songwriter Shannen Moser and spaced-out rock band Cherry. This concert, like all the others in the series, is donating its proceeds to local charities. // 7 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Thursday 1/24: Lissie at The Sellersville Theater

Singer-songwriter Elisabeth Corrin Maurus debuted in 2010 with her first record as Lissie, and in the years since has regularly released raw and raucous music informed by roots and Americana sounds. Her latest, Castles, was released in 2018 on Cooking Vinyl, and was marked by a return from her long-time SoCal base of operations to her native midwest (specifically Iowa), and she plays The Sellersville Theater on Thursday.  // 7:30 p.m., $25, AA // TIX + INFO

Friday 1/25: AllegrA at Forest & Main

Ambler brewpub Forest & Main has been building its name in craft beer circles for the past several years, and with the opening of an expanded dining hall last year, it has ventured into the live music realm as well. This Friday, the eatery / drinkery / venue’s winter programming features indie popster AllegrA, who will showcase both their 2017 self-titled LP and the music they’ve written since then. // 8 p.m., FREE, 21+ // INFO

Friday 1/25: Neko Case at Keswick Theater

Virginia rocker Neko Case’s “Bad Luck,” released last year, might be the catchiest song of her career that’s not part of The New Pornorgraphers’ catalog. And while we love her gutting, emotive roots-rock burners, there’s something special about being able to sing joyfully along to a song that’s essentially about the shitty things that happen to us on a day-to-day basis. Pop highlights aside, Hell-On is a layered and intricate album, and we’re looking forward to watching Case bring it to life with her masterful band this Friday at The Keswick. // 8 p.m., $40, AA // TIX + INFO

Friday 1/25: Liz Longley at World Cafe Live

Singer-songwriter Liz Longley has roots in Downingtown, though she calls Nashville home these days, and her Weightless LP offers the best of both worlds: high-end production and resplendent country-pop melodies with a home-grown authenticity. Expect lots of old friends and family to be in the house when Longley returns to the World Cafe Live stage on Friday. // 8 p.m., $22, AA // TIX + INFO

Friday 1/25: Ellen Siberian Tiger at Bourbon and Branch

Ellen Siberian Tiger played a gripping set at the House Key Showcase last November at Underground Arts, and heads out on a U.S. tour this winter with a gig at Bourbon and Branch. They’re playing as part of The People’s January residency at the Northern Liberties haunt, and opening the show are Baltimore popsters Super City. // 8 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Friday 1/25: Curtis Cooper at Everybody Hits

Philly indie rock singer-songwriter Curtis Cooper released the cathartic Messy LP in 2017, and has been working on a followup body of work in the year and change since. In a 2017 interview with The Key, Cooper told us their new music will be based around ideas of gender and happiness; hear some of it this Friday when they headline Everybody Hits alongside Material Girls, Secret Nudist Friends, and Puppy Angst.  // 8 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFO

Saturday 1/26: Daddy Issues at PhilaMOCA

Buzzing Nashville rock trio Daddy Issues is somewhat fresh off a tour with Scranton punk faves The Menzingers, and will headline PhilaMOCA this Saturday with Leggy and Tate opening. The band’s debut Deep Dream was released last year via Infinity Cat and you can check out the video for its single “High Street” below. // 8 p.m., $12, AA // TIX + INFO

Saturday 1/26: Dry Reef at Rittenhouse Soundworks

Surfy jam band Dry Reef had such a great time recording their debut album «Daychange» at Rittenhouse Soundworks that they’re returning to the Germantown Studio this Saturday night to play the record in full and celebrate its vinyl release. Mellow rock fans and doggo lovers alike will find something to love in the “Start It Up” music video, which you can check out below to warm up for the show. // 7 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFO

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