The Week Ahead: King Krule, Mdou Moctar, Get Better Fest, Sheer Mag and more

King Krule | photo by Natalie Piserchio for WXPN |

This week, your options include mysterious surprise sets and high-profile pop shows, roots and blues (Robert Randolph, Deb Callahan) as well as indie-minded benefits (The Districts playing for Beyond The Bars, the two-day Get Better Fest). Here are 16 concerts you can see in and around Philadelphia this week.

Tuesday 5/1: Camp Candle at Kung Fu Necktie

Philly dynamic duo Camp Candle is coming to Kung Fu Necktie on Tuesday. The two members are producer Nu Ra, and singer/guitarist/lyricist Hetepsa. The two met in high school and their friendship turned into the musical collaboration we see today. THe two were originally inspired to make music that could serve the community around them. Their music is a blend of many different styles including pop, hip hop, electronic, soul, R&B, indie rock, and more. The Key has recently featured them for their ethereal pop jam, “Feelin A Way”. // 8:00 p.m., $7, 21+ // TIX + INFOMadorne Lemaine

Wednesday 5/2: King Krule at The Fillmore

British singer-songwriter Archy Marshall aka King Krule is bringing his eclectic sound across the pond and into Philly. His music is an eclectic and undefinable mixture of pop, rock, jazz, hip-hop, punk, and electronic. His music and live performances are accentuated by his guitar playing and characteristic deep, expressive vocals. His sophomore album, 2017’s The Ooz received critical acclaim with 19 tracks of various styles, textures, and themes. The diversity, complexity, and length of the album are all elements that are sure to contribute to a memorable and interesting live show. // 8:00 p.m., $30, AA // TIX + INFOM.L.

Wednesday 5/2: Ryley Walker at World Cafe Live

Singer-songwriter and talented guitarist Ryley Walker will be opening up for Calexico at World Cafe Live. Walker got his start playing guitar in the Chicago DIY scene, exploring and improving at different clubs with locals jazz heads. In the early 2010s he released several EPs including cassettes and vinyl. HIs music is an experimental blend of folk, psychedelic, jazz, blues, and rock. His songs are always evolving and complex. His upcoming album Deafman Glance is due May 18th on Dead Oceans, which is currently available for pre-order here. // 8:00 p.m., $25 – $27, AA // TIX + INFOM.L.


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