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The Week Ahead: Jupiter & Okwess, Stef Chura, Nothing, Soul Glo and more

Soul Glo | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Soul Glo | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Can we collectively agree to retire the aughties hipster cliche “Rocktober”? Not because the tenth month of the year is no longer jam-packed with live music — it absolutely is, moreso than ever, as any casual glance at the calendar will tell you — but because there are many more offerings at your disposal this month than mere rock.

This week alone, there is Nigerian-tinged R&B, homegrown hip-hop, jazzy folk, folky punk, and so much more. Here are 27 concerts you can see in Philadelphia in the next seven days, with a whopping eight options on Saturday night. Heck, even Monday has four shows you can choose from — Monday! GTTG, Philly.

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Just Announced: Dawes will headline The Fillmore in February

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Dawes | photo by Magdalena Wosinska | courtesy of the artist

After opening the Jeff Lynne’s ELO show at the Wells Fargo Center a few weeks back, Dawes has announced their return to Philly for a headlining show of their own. The second leg of the band’s tour behind their recent album Passwords will bring them to The Fillmore on February 1 for a special two-set performance. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Boyz II Men will play a hometown show at The Met

Boyz II Men | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com

Philly’s newest venue, The Met, is continuing to roll out its lineup of upcoming shows, and just announced that Philadelphia R&B legends Boyz II Men will headline the newly-renovated opera house on February 16, 2019. Boyz II Men members Shawn Stockman, Wanya Morris, and Nathan Morris shared the news themselves via a video on The Met’s Twitter — watch below. Continue reading →

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Celebrate the life and music of Philly rapper Rich Quick at a memorial show and benefit next month

Rich Quick
Rich Quick | still from video

Following the passing of Rich Quick earlier this month, friends of the local rapper have scheduled a memorial show in his honor; it will take place October 12 at Voltage Lounge. The event was organized in part by Philly rapper Voss and will be hosted by local hip-hop artist Chris Vance. Performers will include Reef the Lost Cause, Corfu, Skrewtape, Marrissa Joy and more. All proceeds from the show will benefit the Rich Quick scholarship fund. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Secret American brings Warmth and Shelter to World Cafe Live

Secret American | photo by Taylor Johnson for WXPN

There’s nothing like a noontime dance party to really wake you up. Philly native Derek Krzywicki is the eccentric frontman behind Secret American, a band with a self-described “East Coast heart” and “West Coast vibe,” and for today’s Free at Noon he came prepared with a six-piece backing band, quirky choreography, and plenty of upbeat energy to accompany his sunny pop songs.

Though he now lives in California, Krzywicki seemed more than eager to return to his Philadelphia roots this afternoon, and he’ll do so again tonight when Secret American plays Philly Music Fest, a hometown celebration of the city’s music scene. Today’s prelude to tonight’s main event gave the crowd a brief but spirited look into what the band has been up to since releasing their debut album, Warmth & Shelter, this spring. Continue reading →

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Remember Sports goes to the museum in “The 1 Bad Man” video

Remember Sports | photo by Carly Hoskins | courtesy of the artist

Remember Sports‘ first release under their new name, this year’s Slow Buzz, gave the band a chance to redefine themselves. Now that the band (previously known as just “Sports”) has spent several months touring the new record and getting accustomed to their new identity, they’re back with a brand new video for Slow Buzz track “The 1 Bad Man.” Continue reading →

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New novel Boomer1 has a Philly-centric soundtrack featuring Dr. Dog, Gillian Grassie, Lester and more

Gillian Grassie | photo courtesy of the artist

It’s unusual that a book has its own soundtrack. But Boomer1, a new novel by Daniel Torday, is a book about musicians, albeit fictional ones — it follows the story of a bluegrass musician and his punk bassist girlfriend — so it makes sense that the author would want a listenable component to accompany the story.

To make that happen, Torday, a professor of creative writing at Bryn Mawr College, asked several musicians to record reimagined covers of the traditional folk ballad “Pretty Polly,” a song that is featured heavily throughout the book. There happen to be a fair amount of artists with Philadelphia ties in the mix, including local favorites Dr. Dog, Peter Matthew Bauer of The Walkmen, Red Heart the Ticker, and DIY band Lester. One of Torday’s former creative writing students, LA-via-Philly harpist and singer Gillian Grassie, is featured in the soundtrack, and Torday himself contributed a cover. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Priests will play PhilaMOCA in December

Priests | photo by Audrey Melton | courtesy of the artist

Priests released its first LP Nothing Feels Natural in early 2017, proving a major breakthrough for the D.C. punk band, which formed in 2012. The band has toured pretty continuously since then, and now, they’ve announced their return to Philly for a show at PhilaMOCA on December 5, almost two years after the album’s release. Continue reading →

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Jeff Tweedy announces new album WARM; read the liner notes and watch “Some Birds” video

Jeff Tweedy | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy will return with a new solo album later this fall. The album is called WARM and will be released November 30; the first single “Some Birds” and its accompanying video are out now. Tweedy’s last solo effort was 2017’s Together At Last, which featured re-workings of Wilco tunes and songs from his previous side projects, but this will be his first LP of original solo material. Continue reading →