The Week Ahead: Pixies, Lucy Dacus, Lizdelise, Selwyn Birchwood, and more

Lucy Dacus | photo by Elizabeth Weinberg

From the classic to the contemporary, the avant-garde to the wildly accessible, here are eleven concerts to see in the next seven days all around Philadelphia.

Monday 3/18: Pixies at The Fillmore

On a brief break in their 2019 tour with Weezer, alt-rock ancestors Pixies will play a solo headlining show in Philly tonight at The Fillmore. After sporadic reunions in the mid-aughts, the band began releasing EPs of new music in 2013; their first post-reunion LP, Head Carrier, dropped in 2016 with new full-time member Paz Lenchantin on bass and vocals. // 7:30 p.m., $55, AA // TIX + INFO

Monday 3/18: Elizabeth Colour Wheel at Kung Fu Necktie

Genre-bending Boston five-piece Elizabeth Colour Wheel is rooted in folk songwriting with a doze of heavy, hazy, stoner-rock guitar. With an element of the macabre, the evocative band cuts an intense figure, and will do so at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. // 8 p.m., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Thursday 3/21: Lucy Dacus at The Fillmore

Last year, Lucy Dacus released the Historian LP, an arrival for the Richmond singer-songwriter that blends heartrending, observational lyrical detail with heavy and moving rock arrangements. “Addictions” might be its pop pinnacle, but the album’s true heart lies in the expansive introspection of “Night Shift” and “Pillar of Truth.” On a victory lap in support of the album, Dacus headlines Union Transfer this Thursday with Mal Blum.  // 8:30 p.m., $18, AA // TIX + INFO

Thursday 3/21: Bombino at World Cafe Live

Turag guitar mind-bender Bombino makes a return to Philadelphia this week to headline World Cafe Live upstairs. The 39-year-old player released his latest album, Deran, last year, and it wraps itself around listeners effortlessly with wild and wandering compositions. // 8 p.m., $25, AA // TIX + INFO

Friday 3/22: Secret Nudist Friends at The Underground

Philly garage-psych four-piece Secret Nudist Friends gets out of South Philly this Friday to play The Underground, the music space in the basement of Lansdale’s Round Guys Brewing. The band’s most recent release was a split with their friends in Blushed — a like-minded band with whom they share many members — and earlier this year, they released a quirky music video for “Something On Your Mind.” // 8 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Friday 3/22: Cave Twins at Forest and Main

Akron, Ohio indie-folk duo Cave Twins is the project of David Mayfield and Abby Rose, two long-lost twin siblings who reunited at an open mic night. The origin story is attention-grabbing, but the music keeps you listening; with simple arrangement and effortless hooks, they recall Daniel Johnston, Beat Happening, and a less sardonic The Moldy Peaches. The duo’s debut Best Friends for Now came out last Friday and they play a free set this Friday at Forest and Main in Ambler. // 8 p.m., FREE, 21+ // INFO

Saturday 3/23: Lizdelise at Underground Arts

Philly experimental rock trio Lizdelise headlines the second edition of the House Key Showcase, a collaborative show curated by The Key and House Cat Presents, this Saturday at Underground Arts. The band recently released its third album, Holy Matrimony, an exploration of personal connection in the 21st century, and joined us for a Key Studio Sessions performance. They’ll be joined by Strawberry Runners and Snake Boy Gang at the 21+ show. // 9 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Saturday 3/23: AllegrA at World Cafe Live

Vibrant indie pop combo AllegrA just released the new yet, not enough EP and celebrates both the new album and their spring tour kickoff Saturday night at World Cafe Live upstairs. The project of singer-guitarist and songwriter Allegra Eidinger recorded their latest work at The Headroom with Kyle Pulley, and the songwriting contained within has evolved from emo-pop to a jazzier sense of complexity. Boosebumps and Beach Bod open the show. // 9 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFO

Saturday 3/23: Guster at The Fillmore

Long running modern rockers Guster returned this winter with their latest record Look Alive, a vibrant set of songs that blends the band’s trademark earnest roots rock style with synthesizer atmospheres. Their Philly show in support of the album happens this Saturday at The Fillmore. // 8 p.m., $28.50, AA // TIX + INFO

Sunday 3/24: Selwyn Birchwood at The Locks

Acclaimed blues guitarist Selwyn Birchwood released Pick Your Poison in 2017, and it garnered him attention on a broader scale from outlets like Rolling Stone.  He’s been touring hard in the time since then, and though new music is probably due sooner rather than later, he comes to new Manayunk venue The Locks this Sunday. // 8 p.m., $22, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Sunday 3/24: Yunohana Variations at Johnny Brenda’s

The stereotype about Sundays is that it’s a night to wind down and chill, but any night there’s an Ars Nova Presents show is a night for adventure. Theis week they bring Yunohana Variatons to Johnny Brenda’s, a new improvisatory project that combines the talents of YoshimiO from The Boredoms, composer and drummer Susie Ibarra, and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, aka Lichens, a synthesizer master. // 8 p.m., $18, 21+ // TIX + INFO




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