The Week Ahead: Molly Nilsson, Graham Nash, Teenage Fanclub, Stella Donnelly, and more

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Stella Donnelly | photo by Pooneh Ghana | courtesy of the artist

It’s the final full week of winter, meaning it’s your final week to have a real excuse for staying inside. Not that you’d want an excuse after seeing the list to shows coming up in Philly this week. From singer-songwriter icons to edgy experimental rock, there’s a lot to take in this week. Here are 18 concerts to see in the next 7 days all around Philadelphia. 

Tuesday 3/12: Molly Nilsson at PhilaMOCA

Berlin songwriter and producer Molly Nilsson has been independently releasing albums of gauzey, ambient-pop for the past ten years, and this winter came out with History, a compilation of sorts re-recording and re-imagining some of her earliest favorites. Tuesday night she comes to PhilaMOCA with Patience, the project of Los Angeles artist Roxanne Clifford.  // 8 p.m., $14, AA // TIX + INFO

Tuesday 3/12: Mother Moses at World Cafe Live

Singer-songwriter Jon Cox has travelled from Harrisburg to Boston and back south to Philly, where his musical project Mother Moses has resided for the past several years. Their latest collection of naturalistic folk-rock, Traveling Glass, was released last month on Bandcamp, and the band headlines World Cafe Live upstairs this Tuesday. // 8 p.m., $5, AA // INFO

Wednesday 3/13: Graham Nash at Whittaker Center

Folk icon Graham Nash swings through the region again this Wednesday to perform at the Whittaker Center in Harrisburg. From his time in The Hollies, to Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, and his solo output — the most recent installment of which is 2016’s This Path Tonight — he has no shortage of classic material to draw on for the mid-week crowd. // 7:30 p.m., $56.50, AA // TIX + INFO

Thursday 3/14: Todd Snider at Ardmore Music Hall

Portland singer-songwriter Todd Snider had a recurring dream about The Man in Black, Johnny Cash, and the result is his new Cash Cabins project. Stripping his breezy roots/rock down to spare acoustic arrangements, Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3  is out on Friday, and he performs the night before at Ardmore Music Hall. // 8 p.m., $25, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Thursday 3/14: Hermit High Priestess at Bourbon and Branch

Experimental electronic duo Hermit High Priestess caught our attention in a big way this winter, between their otherworldy synth-drum arrangements and captivating vocals from co-frontperson Dani. On the heels of the release of their self-titled debut, Hermit High Priestess plays Bourbon and Branch on Thursday. // 7 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Thursday 3/14: ST00PS at Everybody Hits

After a year or so of experimenting with home tapes and one-off singles, Philly rock band ST00PS — the project of co-songwriters Gabriel Rosen and Sam Mercurio — released their self-titled debut last fall. It’s a lively set of fuzzy, trippy, occasionally distressed rock songs, and the band will bring it to Everybody Hits this Thursday with goth-fi four-piece Corey Flood and Pine Barons, whose Keith Abrams produced the record.  // $8, 9 p.m., AA // INFO

Friday 3/15: Teenage Fanclub at Union Transfer

Where would indie rock be without Teenage Fanclub? The Scottish icons leapt out in the 90s with their Bandwagonesque LP and showed that they still have it in 2016 with the release of their tenth album, Here. They’ll be at Union Transfer on Friday with blog rock survivors The Love Language. // 8:30 p.m., $25, AA // TIX + INFO

Friday 3/15: Presages at PhilaMOCA

The eerie, ethereal rock songwriting project of Hardwork Movement drummer Angel Ocana, Philly’s Presages plays PhilaMOCA on Friday. The band just released the single “Medicine Man,” a spectral song steeped in heartache and regret, and they perform with Julia Rainer and Chelsea Sue Allen this weekend. // $12, 8 p.m., AA // TIX + INFO

Friday 3/15: Dear Forbidden at Bourbon and Branch

Grungey trio Dear Forbidden has caught our ear over the past couple years with two solid EPs and a single release, and Friday night they join their friends Tiger Castle for a tape release show at Bourbon and Branch. Stand & Wave and This Kills Me also perform. // 7 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Friday 3/15: Laser Background at Everybody Hits

Philly’s Andy Molholt has been using his downtime in between Speedy Ortiz tours to keep working on his solo project Laser Background, which is coming up on seven years of activity. Their most recent offering, the People Person EP, was released in the fall, and they play Everybody Hits on Friday. // 8 p.m., $10, 21+ // INFO

Friday 3/15: Pinkwash at Boot and Saddle

Pinkwash singer-guitarist Joey Doubek’s calendar is pretty booked with tours for The Downtown Boys (who he drums for), so seeing them reconvene for a hometown show is always a treat. Their Collective Sigh LP was released in 2016 on Don Giovanni Records, meaning its possible that we’ll hear some new material when they headline Boot and Saddle Friday with Pancho Cuacuil and Yarrow. The show is a benefit for City Council candidate Erika Almirón.  // 8 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Friday 3/15: Drift at The Pharmacy

The first Friday in February, cinematic Philly band Drift released their Reflection(s) album, an energizing collection of post-rock influenced songs that also dabble in jazz and anthemic modern rock. This Friday at The Pharmacy, they open the show for their friends Badnew, who are celebrating their tape release. // 8 p.m., $10, AA // INFO

Saturday 3/16: Stella Donnelly at Jonny Brenda’s

It’s taken a few years, but Stella Donnelly’s debut record is finally here. The Perth, Australia singer-songwriter has been building a name since 2017 with self-released singles, and her Beware of the Dogs record, which came out Friday on Secretly Canadian, is a set of weird and whimsical pop contemplating politics and gender with a fuck-the-patriarchy attitude. // 9 p.m., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Saturday 3/16: Black Midi at PhilaMOCA

London experimentalists Black Midi make their Philly debut this Saturday. The band has built a rep in its native London for wiry, explosive jams in the vein of Neu and Liars. For their all-ages PhilaMOCA show, they’ll be joined by HORRENDOUS, and Philly’s LXV. // 8 p.m., $12, AA // TIX + INFO

Saturday 3/16: JUTAUN at The Barbary

Harmonizing band-of-brothers Jutaun plays its latest Philly gig at The Barbary on Saturday night. Known for their engaging, semi-acoustic live configuration and contemplative outlook, the band just released a rooty reggae version of their song “Young Lion.”  // 8 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Sunday 3/17: Luther Dickinson at Sellersville Theater

North Mississippi All Stars lead singer Luther Dickinson comes to the Sellersville Theater on Sunday with Birds of Chicago. Dickinson releases a new album with Sisters of the Straweberry Moon, Solstice, on March 29th, and earlier today unveiled a new song called “Superlover,” which features Birds of Chicago as collaborators. Amy Helm also opens the show on Sunday.  // 7 p.m., $39.50 – $50, AA // TIX + INFO

Sunday 3/17: Body Spray at Ortlieb’s

Who says Sunday nights need to be quiet? Philly four-piece Body Spray is a band indebted to the likes of Drive Like Jehu and Pissed Jeans, and they headline Ortlieb’s this Sunday in support of their new EP; like-minded ragers Plot will open the show, giving you the perfect reason to call out of work on Monday. // 8 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Sunday 3/17: Little Strike at The Balcony

Composer and songwriter Tamar Dart has been making music under the Little Strike banner since 2012, and this winter she’s been a resident artist with the music education nonprofit Play on Philly. This Sunday evening, she’ll perform at The Trocadero Balcony with the Poppin’ Off Brass Band and POP Academy Strings for a collaborative concert to culminate their time working together.  // 6:30 p.m., FREE, AA // INFO

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