Local countrified outfit Katie Frank & the Pheromones will be rocking out Bourbon and Branch tonight. The band, whose LP Counting Your Curses was released in March, have steadily been standing out as an artist to watch on the Philly scene, and will appear on the lineup of the Philadelphia Folk Festival later this summer. Information for tonight’s show is available on our concert calendar here, and below you can watch Frank’s smooth cover of Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock’n’Roll.”
Nineties power popper Matthew Sweet headlines World Cafe Live tonight. The singer-songwriter-guitarist is on a short run of east coast dates between his stint on the LP Tour celebrating 1992’s Girlfriend, and his latest installment of the Under the Covers project with Susanna Hoffs, due in November. Sweet’s most recent album was 2011’s Modern Art. Opening the show is Philly rock and soul group Modern Inventors; tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch videos from Sweet and the Inventors below.
Hold on to your hats, folks. There’s so much great music in town this weekend. Here are our picks.
FRIDAY, June 8th
Matthew Sweet Girlfriend tour at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $24)
Jonathan Richman at Union Transfer (Doors at 8 p.m., tickets to the all ages show are $17.50)
WXPN Welcomes Michael McDermott at Tin Angel (7:30 p.m., tickets to the 21+ show are $15)
Singer-songwriter Grace Bernicker Record Release party at Milkboy Coffee/Ardmore (8 p.m., all ages, $8-$10)
SATURDAY, June 9th
WXPN Welcomes Francis Dunnery at Tin Angel (7:30 p.m., tickets to the 21+ show are $25)
WXPN Welcomes Dar Williams at the Bryn Mawr Twilight Concert/Bryn Mawr Gazebo (7:00 p.m., all ages, $10)
Bleeding Rainbow and Creepoid at Morgan’s Pier/R5 Productions Free Summer Concert Series (5 p.m., 21+, Free)
Drake at the Susquehanna Bank Center w/ Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz and French Montana (7:30 p.m., all ages, $45 – $205)
Paste Magazine Presents Strand of Oaks at Aloft Hotel (7 p.m., Free – RSVP here)
The Revelations featuring Tre’ Williams at World Cafe Live (9 p.m., 21+, $12)
SUNDAY, June 10th
WXPN Welcomes James McCartney at World Cafe Live (9:30 p.m., 21+ $15)
Reagge In The Park with Jimmy Cliff, Beres Hammond at the Mann Center (12:30 p.m. all ages, $25-$79.50)
The Cult with Against Me! and Icarus Line at the Electric Factory (8 p.m. all ages, $33.15/includes service charge)
Matthew Sweet has been crafting catchy power-pop since the early ’80s. He was the toast of the alternative rock scene in Athens, Ga., for much of that decade, collaborating with R.E.M.‘s Michael Stipe in a band called Community Trolls, as well as the groups Oh-OK and the Buzz of Delight. But it wasn’t until the release of his third album, Girlfriend, in 1991 that his power-pop sound broke through and paved the way to a more successful career. Sweet has been releasing well-received albums ever since, both solo and with The Bangles’ Susannah Hoffs.
Sweet’s new solo record, Modern Art, is an abstract yet introspective collection of songs. He performed songs from this record, as well as old favorites from Girlfriend, in a performance from World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
Matthew Sweet will be stopping by World Cafe Live At The Queen in Wilmington, DE, for a Free At Noon performance on Friday, October 28th. The power-pop musician is touring in celebration of the 20th anniversary of his 1991 album, Girlfriend, as well as the recent release of his latest album, Modern Art. Tickets to the show are free, but you have to RSVP—which you can do here (once tickets become available). If you can’t make it to Wilmington that afternoon, you can always listen to the show live via WXPN’s media player; full audio of the performance will be posted to The Key once it becomes available. Sweet will perform Girlfriend in its entirety (plus more recent material) at WCL At The Queen later that night as well; tickets to that show are $20–$48.