The Week Ahead: Raphael Saadiq, Beach House, The Hold Steady, #XPNFest and more

David Byrne | Photo by Jody Rogac

Well, first and foremost, there’s #XPNFest. I mean, duh. Three days, 32 bands, BB&T Pavilion and Wiggins Park, etc. etc. Highlights including David Byrne and The War on Drugs are shouted out below, full details at Know what though? This summer in Philly has been the summer of redonkulous concertgoing options, this week is no different, and we here at The Key would be doing you a disservice if we didn’t let you know everything else that’s going on. Read on for our full roundup of picks: 22 concerts to see in and around Philadelphia for the next seven days.

Thursday 7/26: TJ Kong at Spruce Street Harbor Park

This week’s installment of Spruce Street Harbor Park’s Waterfront Sessions series features a performance from Philly’s own TJ Kong, who, along with his band The Atomic Bomb, is known for his eclectic sound that’s often branded as post-apocalyptic blues. The band released its latest record, Dancing out the Door, last fall, which features tunes that are sure to bring some fun to Thursday’s free outdoor show. TJ Kong’s performance will be preceded by a DJ set from local singer-songwriter Birdie Busch. // 6:30 p.m., FREE, AA // INFO – Sarah Hojsak

Thursday 7/26: Radiator Hospital at Lansdowne Landing

Open Sound Lansdowne has been bringing different local musicians out to the suburb every other week this summer, and this Thursday’s show features one of Philly’s favorites: Radiator Hospital. Though they’re usually seen in gritty full-band formation, frontman/songwriter Sam Cook-Parrott will be performing this show solo, making for a toned-down, intimate vibe along the lines of which you see in The Key Presents session below. Dream Waste also plays, and the music will be followed by a film screening. // 6 p.m., FREE, AA // INFO – S.H.

Thursday 7/26: The Hold Steady at Union Transfer

The Hold Steady kicks off their two-night stint at Union Transfer celebrating the 10th anniversary of Stay Positive Thursday night, and it’ll be your only chance to see the band if you have yet to buy tickets, as the following night’s performance is already sold out. In addition to revisiting the classic album, the long-running Brooklyn band has recently shared a series of new singles that you can expect to hear at the show. // 8:30 p.m., $40, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Thursday 7/26: Beach House at Tower Theater

Dream pop favorites Beach House make a stop at the Tower Theater Thursday night, following the release of their recent seventh album, aptly titled 7. The Baltimore-based band played a few regional shows last year but this’ll be their first Philly show in quite a bit, and while they’re sure to curate a perfect array of tunes both new and old, you can also visit the Setlist Creator feature on the band’s website to tell them what you’d like to hear.  // 8:30 p.m., $27.50, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Friday 7/27: David Byrne and Sylvan Esso at XPNFest

The first night of the XPoNential Music Festival kicks off with the double headlining bill of David Byrne and Sylvan Esso at the BB&T Pavilion. Former Talking Heads frontman Byrne has been back in the spotlight recently with his new album American Utopia, and his XPNFest appearance will mark his first Philly-area show in six years. Before Byrne takes the stage, electropop duo Sylvan Esso will charm the crowd with tunes off their recent album What Now. The party starts earlier Friday afternoon at Wiggins Park with The Lone Bellow, Lukas Nelson and more, and the festival continues through Sunday; find full details at // 4 p.m., $45+, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Friday 7/27: Cool Moon at Lava Space

All the way from Houston, TX, Cool Moon will make an appearance at West Philly’s Lava Space this Friday. The 90’s-influenced trio, led by former Del Cielo frontwoman Andrea Lisi, released their debut LP Postparty Depression last year and recently shared news of a new EP Sleep that’ll be out next month, and shared its title track and accompanying video. Friday’s bill also includes Iffy and Upholstery. // 7 p.m., $5 – $10, AA // INFO – S.H.

Friday 7/27: Billy Joel at Citizens Bank Park

Billy Joel is fresh off his 100th performance at New York’s Madison Square Garden, sitting at the top of the list with a healthy lead (Elton John sits at second place with a little over 60 shows at the Garden). Check out a recap from that show over on his website, and find tickets for his South Philly stadium show below. // 8 p.m., $129, AA // TIX + INFOJack Madden




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