10 concerts you don’t want to miss in December

The Arcs | Photo credit: Richard Swift
The Arcs | Photo by Richard Swift | via facebook.com/TheArcsMusic

December may the busiest month of the year so we apologize ahead of time for adding to the already packed schedule. We suggest you maybe skip that 12th family party or perhaps wait for that blockbuster movie to come on demand and instead make time for these ten shows that you are just not going to want to miss. Tickets and information on all of these shows can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

San Fermin w/ Sam Amidon — Wednesday, December 2 — World Cafe Live at the Queen

To kick things off this December, WXPN welcomes Brooklyn-based baroque-pop band San Fermin to Wilmington. The eight-piece band is still riding high off their well-received sophomore album Jackrabbit; listen to the title track below.

Vince Staples — Wednesday, December 2 — Union Transfer

One of the rising stars in the rap game, Long Beach’s Vince Staple is full of wisdom beyond his years and a youthful playfulness that make him something unique and fully worth your attention.

The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die w/ Foxing — Friday, December 4 — Union Transfer

You can file this one firmly under “best double bill of the month.” Obviously we are pumped to see one of our favorite emo rockers, who we’ll call “The World is,” but Foxing is a band who has improved greatly in recent years, evidenced by their nuanced and crazy good new album, Dealer. 

Kopecky — Tuesday, December 8 — Johnny Brenda’s 

The XPoNential Music Festival vets will take over Johnny Brenda’s for two shows in one night, with the first starting at 6 p.m. and the second at 10 p.m. So, you know, double the fun.

Small Talk — Thursday, December 10 — Boot & Saddle 

Post-punkers Small Talk are fresh off their album, Plus! which came out just last week. They will be joined by Spill, who recently stopped by out studio for an awesome Key Studio Session. 

Modern Baseball — Saturday, December 12 — Union Transfer

Perhaps Philly punk’s quickest growing band is Modern Baseball, who have been releasing quality work ever since their debut, Sports in 2012. 2016 promises to hold more of the same as the guys are set to release their third studio album, Holy Ghost via Run For Cover Records.

The Arcs — Wednesday, December 16 — The Fillmore 

Dan Auerbach’s new band is far from a side-project. The fully formed band shares some of the bluesy rock of Auerbach’s more famous band, The Black Keys, but does enough to distinguish itself as its own, rather impressive entity. They will be playing the new Fillmore Philly in support of Yours, Dreamily. 

Beach Slang w/ Tim Kasher — Saturday, December 19 — First Unitarian Church 

Yeah, remember what we said about the double bill award? Well this is one hell of a contender too. Philly-Based Beach Slang have impressed pretty much everyone with their debut LP The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like This and Tim Kasher (perhaps better known as lead man for both Cursive and The Good Life) is pretty much a legend indie-rock scene at this point.

Foals — Saturday, December 19 — Union Transfer 

England’s Foals sound pretty amazing on all of their four records and several EPs, so it is even more impressive to say that reports are that records pale in comparison to what they guys bring each night on stage. That being said, Union Transfer will be the place to be come December 19; get there early for the insanely catchy openers Circa Waves.

A Sunny Day In Glasgow —  Thursday, December 31 — Johnny Brenda’s 

ASDIG was founded in Philly and have been shoegazing the world around since 2006. This year you can join them in ushering in what hopes to be another successful year for the band, and ring in 2016 at Johnny Brenda’s with fellow Philadelphians Mercury Girls.


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