The Week Ahead: Ariana Grade, Gary Clark Jr., RFA, Noura Mint Seymali, and more

Gary Clark Jr. at Made In America | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN
Gary Clark Jr. at Made In America | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

At the top of the week, it’s Ariana Grande and a set of music to raise your spirits; at the tail end, its Stephen Brodsky of metalcore titans Cave-In with music to haunt your dreams. In between, a massive spectrum of shows that includes acclaimed guitarist Gary Clark Jr., Philly rockers RFA, Mauritanian singer-songwriter Noura Mint Seymali, and much more. Here are 15 concerts to see in the next 7 days all around Philadelphia.

Tuesday 3/26: Ariana Grande at Wells Fargo Center

Ariana Grande brings her 76-show Sweetener tour to the Wells Fargo Center this Tuesday. The pop singer is touring in support of her fourth and fifth studio albums, last year’s Sweetener and Thank U, Next, which was released last month. The concert is near-capacity — at press time, it looks like single tickets are still available — but she’ll be back in town for a second show on June 24. // 8 p.m., $39.95 +, AA // TIX + INFO – Sarah Hojsak

Tuesday 3/26: Ceramic Animal at Johnny Brenda’s

Philly rockers Ceramic Animal currently out on tour, and will make a brief stop home on Tuesday night for a show at Johnny Brenda’s. The five-piece recently released the first recorded version of their fan-favorite song, the 10-minute “All My Loving.” // 8 p.m., $14-$16, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Wednesday 3/27: Lula Wiles at The Locks at Sona

Folk trio Lula Wiles recently released their second album, What Will We Do, and they’ll bring their tour to The Locks at Sona in Manayunk this Wednesday. The Boston-based singers are known for giving their traditional folk and country influences a modern sound. Nina de Vitry will also play. // 7:30 p.m., $10-$12, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Wednesday 3/27: Slaughter Beach, Dog at The Kaleidoscope

Slaughter Beach, Dog’s Jake Ewald is on a solo acoustic tour with The Sidekicks, and will play The Kaleidoscope in Lancaster this Wednesday. The project’s most recent album is 2017’s Birdie. Slaughter Beach, Dog will also play Asbury Park Brewery on Thursday 3/28. // 7 p.m., AA // INFO – S.H.

Wednesday 3/27: Leikeli47 at The Foundry

Brooklyn rapper and producer Leikeli47 released her sophomore album Acrylic last year, ending up on several best of 2018 lists. The enigmatic rising star, who famously keeps her face covered, reflects on the experience of black womanhood in contemporary America, and addresses issues like the Flint water crisis and the gun violence epidemic with honesty and candor. Leikeli47 will headline The Foundry this Wednesday with Yung Baby Tate. // 8 p.m., $18, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Thursday 3/28: The Soul Rebels at Ardmore Music Hall

Brass ensemble The Soul Rebels will bring the sounds of New Orleans to Ardmore Music Hall Thursday night. Formed in 1991, the collective is known for their eclectic sound that blends traditional funk and soul with pop and hip hop. Rakim and Swift Technique will also play. // 8 p.m., $28-$49, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Friday 3/29: Gary Clark, Jr. at The Met Philly

Few tickets remain for Gary Clark Jr.’s highly anticipated show at The Met this Friday — his biggest Philly show yet. The blues rock singer and guitarist released his powerful new album This Land earlier this month, and recently made an appearance on SNL. // 8:30 p.m., $35+, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Friday 3/29: RFA at Underground Arts

Swaggery Philly rockers RFA are coming up on the one-year anniversary of their self-titled debut album, and to celebrate, they’ve lined up an outstanding bill of fellow Philadelphians. Joining them this Friday night at Underground Arts are Secret American and Ali Awan. // 9 p.m., $15, 21+ // TIX + INFOJohn Vettese

Friday 3/29: Rev. T.J. McGlinchey at World Cafe Live

It’s never been 100% clear whether Philly folksinger T.J. McGlinchey is, indeed, a religious leader of some degree, or whether the “Rev.” is just a for-funsies title. What is for sure is that this gentleman is a veteran in the Philadelphia folk scene, a favorite of many of the late-night strummers at Old Pool Farm circa mid-August, and his latest album Still in Love is due out this Friday. He’ll headline World Cafe Live upstairs to celebrate. // 7:15 p.m., $12, AA // TIX + INFOJ.V.

Friday 3/29: Rachel Andie at The Underground

After a full-band set earlier this month, Fifth Element leader Rachel Andie takes her dream-like folk to Montgomery County for a set at The Underground, a venue in the basement of Lansdale’s Round Guys Brewing. Her beautiful Tu Me Manques LP was released last year. // 8 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO J.V.

Friday 3/29: The Sidekicks at Lizard Lounge 215

After that solo acoustic tour with Slaughter Beach, Dog wraps up mid-week, Columbus, Ohio rock four-piece The Sidekicks will play a headlinings set in Lancaster Avenue’s Lizard Lounge 215 this Friday. Their most recent LP, Happiness Hours, was a sleeper hit of 2018, and they’ll be joined this week by Petal, Sleepy Freak, and Beach Bod. // 8 p.m., $7, AA // INFOJ.V.

Friday 3/29: Cabana Wear at The Barbary

In the spirit of Nada Surf, Weezer, and other crunchy mid-90s alt-rock power popsters, South Jersey four-piece Cabana Wear just released a terrific album of lively hooks and reflective lyrics. They’ll celebrate this Friday at The Barbary with Crozet, Sleep In, and XXIIIXIX.  // 7:30 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFOJ.V.

Friday 3/29: Olivia Neutron-John at PhilaMOCA

Last month, experimental artist Olivia Neutron-John released their first single in five years, a nervy and pulsating song called “March.” It recalled underground faves like Young Marble Giants and Suicide, and an album is reportedly on the way later this year. This Friday, the D.C. native will play their new home base of Philly, opening for Gauche at PhilaMOCA. // 8 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Saturday 3/30: Noura Mint Seymali at The Kimmel Center

Mauritanian singer, songwriter and griot Noura Mint Seymali made her second international release in 2016 with Arbina, a record that fuses traditional playing and storytelling with the driving desert rock of her peers in Tinariwen (from neighboring Mali) and Bombino (from Niger). While she works on her latest release, Seymali and her band will play The Kimmel Center this Saturday. // 8 p.m., $15, AA // TIX + INFOJ.V.

Sunday 3/31: Stephen Brodsky at Boot and Saddle

Singer guitarist Stephen Brodsky made his name in the punk / metalcore outfit Cave-In, as well as affiliated acts like Mutoid Man, but this year he’s teamed up with New England singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler for Droneflower, a fusion of his heavy heady guitar playing and her spectral words and vocals. Sunday night, Brodsky plays a solo set at Boot & Saddle; Augusta Koch of Gladie and Cayetana opens the show. // 8 p.m., $13, AA // TIX + INFOJ.V.

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