The Week Ahead: Metric, York Street Hustle, Boyz II Men, Beirut and more

Metric | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller |

Whether you’ve got a date to join you for this week’s V-Day gigs, or you’re flying solo, there’s options aplenty from massive theater pop shows to punk gigs in the brewery up the street. Here are 11 concerts to see in the next seven days all around Philly.

Thursday 2/14: Metric at The Fillmore

Toronto modern rock faves Metric will bring some stadium love to The Fillmore this Valentine’s Day. The band released its Art of Doubt LP last year, and for this tour pairs up with Mexico City’s Zoé for a trans-North American concert spectacular. // 7 p.m., $36, AA // TIX + INFO

Thursday 2/14: Kensington Clearwater Revival at Johnny Brenda’s

My surprise fave Free at Noon concert of 2018 very well might have been Kensington Clearwater Revival’s pre-holiday throwdown at World Cafe Live. The band pairs three-fifths of Ruby the Hatchet with Ali Awan, Jeff White, and other Philly rock scenesters to pay homage to the music of John Fogerty and CCR. They open for trippy trio Ecstatic Vision at Johnny Brenda’s on Thursday. // 9 p.m., $15, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Thursday 2/14: Cherry Glazerr at First Unitarian Church

Los Angeles trio Cherry Clazerr returned this month with Stuffed & Ready, their third LP of raw and raucous rock oddities. Lead singer Clementine Creevy says she turned away from the world’s problems and looked inward for inspiration on this collection of charged personal songs. It’s only been in the world for a couple weeks, but they’re bringing it to the First Unitarian Church basement this Thursday with D.C.’s Sneaks.  // 8 p.m., $20, AA // TIX + INFO

Thursday 2/14: York Street Hustle at Underground Arts

Another Philly Valentine’s Day tradition in recent years is a romantic set from the Motown / Stax soul and R&B tribute band York Street Hustle. This year they’re bringing the party to Underground Arts for a sweet accompaniment to your romantic dinner / night on the town, or your regular Thursday night in the life of a music-loving Philadelphian.  // 8 p.m., $20, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Friday 2/15: Beirut at Tower Theater

Zach Condon returned this year with the first album by his eclectic indie project Beirut since 2015’s No No No. Taking its name from an Italian town where some of the album was written, Gallipoli is bursting with of horn fanfares and adventurous arrangements in the spirit of some of Beirut’s earliest work; Condon and the band headline Upper Darby’s Tower Theater on Friday in support of the record, with Helado Negro opening. // 8 p.m., $38, AA // TIX + INFO

Friday 2/15: Oso Oso at Everybody Hits

Long Beach, New York emo revival faves Oso Oso are back in Philly this Friday for a headlining gig at Everybody Hits. The band’s sound is a middle ground between Fountains of Wayne and Into It. Over It., and after debuting in 2017 with the well-received yunahon mixtape, the band released gb​/​ol h​/​nf on Triple Crown Records last year. Diva Sweetly joins them for their Cages show. // 7 p.m., $15, AA // TIX + INFO

Saturday 2/16: Boyz II Men at The Met Philly

Every concert they play, Philly R&B staples Boyz II Men bring out a few dozen roses from the wings to hand to the outstretched hands of fans in the first several rows of the venue as they sing their 90s pop classic “I’ll Make Love To You.” With this Saturday’s hometown appearance at The Met falling so closely in line with Valentine’s Day, expect that moment to be extra special. // 8 p.m., $99.50, AA // TIX + INFO

Saturday 2/16: Kayleigh Goldsworthy at World Café Live

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Kayleigh Goldsworthy keeps incredibly busy. In addition to touring as a multi-instrumentalist in Dave Hause’s band, as well as the New York emo band Bayside, she’s released her own solo music — most notably last fall’s excellent EP All These Miles. At home in Philly on a rare break from the road, Goldsworthy headlines World Cafe Live this Saturday night with Jessi Barki opening the show. Listen to the Key Studio Sessions this Tuesday on XPN for a preview of the set. // 8 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFO

Saturday 2/16: Full Bush at Forest and Main

Philadelphia punk badasses Full Bush have been playing the brewery circuit surrounding the city this winter, and somehow that seems perfect. They’ve got a song celebrating one of Philly’s favorite dive bars, after all, and espouse the “Share a Six Pack / Listen to Full Bush” mantra. After a gig last weekend at The Underground at Lansdale’s Round Guys Brewery, the four-piece brings the noise to Forest & Main in Ambler this Saturday for a free concert beginning at 7 p.m. Alums of the 2016 First Time’s the Charm festival, last year Full Bush released its self-titled album, a mix of spitfire lyrical sarcasm, emotive introspection, and riffs like nobody’s business. // 8 p.m., FREE, 21+ // INFO

Sunday 2/17: Bill Frisell at Ardmore Music Hall

Celebrated jazz guitarist Bill Frisell has been active for nearly four decades, since landing a gig as ECM Records’ in-house guitar player in the early 80s. The latest studio album in Frisell’s vast discography, Music IS, was released last year, and our Shaun Brady called it “an intimate and achingly gorgeous solo session that makes use of vivid and haunting electronic soundscapes through which float his elegant, stunning melodies.” He headlines Ardmore Music Hall this Sunday night. // 7 p.m., $30, AA // TIX + INFO

Sunday 2/17: Robert DeLong at The Foundry

Robert DeLong is the rare artist that can move in EDM circles just as readily as the modern rock world. His live sets have the tone and texture of a sick DJ throwdown, but his presence — moving out in front of his gear, working the crowd in a sweaty frenzy — is that of a rock and roll frontperson. So, like, Cage the Elephant meets Deadmau5? Not exactly, but maybe more like that than not. Last year DeLong released a series of stand-alone singles — most notably “Favorite Color Is Blue” with K. Flay — and this Sunday he headlines The Foundry of The Fillmore Philadelphia. // 7 p.m., $16, AA // TIX + INFO

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