The Week Ahead: Adia Victoria, James Blake, Things Fall Apart tribute, Anderson .Paak and more

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals @ The 9th Annual Roots Picnic | photo by Wendy McCardle

From tonight’s headlining set form DIY faves Adult Mom to Sunday’s hotly anticipated return of Anderson .Paak, singer-songwriters Lily & Madeline and a 20th anniversary tribute to Things Fall Apart, this week is packed with live music. Here are 15 concerts to see in the next 7 days, all around Philly.

Monday 2/18: Adult Mom at PhilaMOCA

Adult Mom kicks off the week at PhilaMOCA. The spunky indie rock band’s latest album Soft Spots was released on 2017, and their return to Philadelphia promises to be a must-see show. Bad Moves and Long Neck open the show. // 7:30pm., $12, AA // TIX + INFO -Izzy Lopez

Tuesday 2/19: Zoé at Wellmont Theater

Award-winning Mexican rock band, Zoé released their album, Aztalán, in 2018 and after opening for Metric in Philly last week, they are stopping at the Wellmont Theater as a part of their 2019 tour. Zoé have been performing together for over twenty years and their latest album explores the ancient city of Aztalán and the Aztec people. // 8:00pm., $42, AA //TIX + INFO – I.L.

Wednesday 2/20: Jacob Banks at Union Transfer

Jacob Banks brings his unique brand of cinematic soul music to Union Transfer this Wednesday. Acclaimed for his powerful vocals and uncompromising lyrics, Banks caught the attention of Emeli Sandé and Alicia Keys with his 2013 debut EP, The Monologue. Banks music is heavily influenced by his Nigerian roots which he says has “warrior kind of vibe that has a lot to do with where I’m from.” Banks will perform with ABIR. // 8:30pm., $22, AA // TIX + INFO  – I.L.

Wednesday 2/20: Adia Victoria at Johnny Brenda’s

Innovative blues-singer Adia Victoria will share her new album, Silences, at Johnny Brenda’s on Wednesday. The album, inspired by Tillie Olson’s book Silences that chronicles the stories of oppressed people, is a searing examination of Victoria’s voice and identity after an arduous tour season. Of the music, Victoria says: “Silences is at its heart the mythic journey of a woman coming back to herself.” // 8:00pm., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO  – I.L.

Wednesday 2/20: Chuck Prophet at HMAC

Chuck Prophet takes the stage at HMAC this week with Bobbly Fuller Died For Your Sins. Prophet describes the album as “California Noir” and says that “the state has always represented the Golden Dream, and it’s the tension between romance and reality that lurks underneath the surface in all noir films and paperbacks, and that connects these songs.” Prophet is sure to play his heart out at this show and put on a performance worthy of the album title. // 8:00pm., $20, AA // TIX + INFO  – I.L.

Friday 2/22: Lily & Madeleine at World Cafe Live

Sister songwriters Lily & Madeleine celebrate the release of their new record Canterbury Girls with a show upstairs at World Cafe Live this Friday, after playing Free at Noon earlier in the day. Canterbury Girls will be the third record from the Indianapolis folk pop duo, whose songs dwell on the experience of being women in the 21st century. // 8 p.m., $15-$17, AA // TIX + INFO – Sarah Hojsak

Friday 2/22: James Blake at The Fillmore Philly

After a busy 2018 spent touring with Kendrick Lamar and collaborating on the Black Panther soundtrack, James Blake is shifting his focus back to his solo work. After releasing his fourth album Assume Form last month, Blake was in the spotlight just last week when he took home the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance. We can catch him right here in Philly when he headlines The Fillmore this Friday. // 8:30 p.m., $41.50, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Friday 2/22: Buck Gooter at Johnny Brenda’s

Buck Gooter has released 18 albums in 14 years, and this Friday the band will celebrate their  newest one, Finer Thorns, at Johnny Brenda’s. The self-described “industrial blues” duo have established themselves as cult favorites in and beyond their hometown of Harrisonburg, VA, and we’re excited to see what they have in store. // 9 p.m., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Friday 2/22: Yowler at Everybody Hits

Philly scene favorite Yowler, the project of local songwriter Maryn Jones, plays a hometown show at the batting cages this Friday with Thelma, Mutual Benefit and Ther. Yowler released its new album, the dreamy lo-fi Black Dog In My Path, last October, and Thelma is celebrating their record release at this show. // 8:30 p.m., $10-$12, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Saturday 2/23: Things Fall Apart Tribute at World Cafe Live

It was on this day in 1999 that hometown icons The Roots released their breakthrough album Things Fall Apart, and to celebrate its 20th anniversary local hip hop collective Ill Doots will take the stage at World Cafe Live to perform the album in its entirety. They’ll be joined by a rotating lineup of familiar faces, including Chill Moody, Zeek Burse and members of Hardwork Movement. // 9:30 p.m., $15-$20, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Saturday 2/23: Liz Cooper and the Stampede at Boot and Saddle

I first encountered Liz Cooper and the Stampede in what was perhaps the ideal setting: a hot summer day at Firefly Music Festival, a stage built under the canopy of tall trees, a slight breeze cutting up the path to the forest stage. On their 2018 debut Window Flowers, the Nashville band blends the twang of Americana with feedback-and-effects-pedal psychedelia, and with vibe interacting so strongly with surroundings, their gig Saturday at South Philly’s punk country club Boot and Saddle will be just as perfect. // 8 p.m., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO – John Vettese

Saturday 2/23: Elvis Depressedly at The Barbary

Over the past several years, Asheville’s Mathew Lee Cothran has built up his Elvis Depressedly project from its gritty and fuzzed-out lo-fi beginnings into its current sunburst pop state. The band headlines The Barbary in Fishtown for a lineup of locals and touring artists this Saturday. // 6 p.m., $15, AA // TIX + INFOJ.V.

Saturday 2/23: Marsha Ambrosius at The TLA

Legendary Philly-adjacent hip-hop / soul outfit Floetry might be no more, but singer Marsha Ambrosius (“the songstress”) remains very active on the touring and recording front, and released her third album Nyla in 2018. She headlines the TLA on Saturday. // 8 p.m., $32.50, AA // TIX + INFOJ.V.

Sunday 2/24: Crying In Public at Boot and Saddle

Philly’s Adrianne Gold brings her new project, the cloudy dreampop outfit Crying in Public, to life on the Boot and Saddle stage this Sunday. While her studio work is cinematic — I’ve compared her demo SAD NECTAR to moments on the Twin Peaks and Lost in Translation soundtracks — hearing Gold transform the songs with a band could be something else entirely. // 7 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFOJ.V.

Sunday 2/24: Anderson .Paak at The Fillmore Philly

When you release an album as universally beloved among fans and critics as 2016’s Malibu, topping it is a tall order. So we can hardly fault Cali singer/drummer/producer Anderson .Paak when his latest, OXNARD, is merely another collection of bangers. The album was hotly anticipated, but made basically a quick blip in the ever-flowing deluge of digital music last year. Then again, Kendrick-assisted “Tints” killed on SNL, and .Paak’s headlining show at The Fillmore Sunday is sure to be a party. // 8 p.m., $99, AA // TIX + INFOJ.V.




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