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 XPNFest.org. 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.
Saturday 7/28: The War on Drugs and Sturgill Simpson at XPNFest
Day two of the XPoNential Festival features two heavy-hitting headliners in the form of Sturgill Simpson and Philadelphia’s own The War on Drugs. The latter act returns to town for the first time since collecting their first Grammy back in February. Plus, The War on Drugs follow up on their last Philly show at The Dell with another outdoor affair, this time across the Delaware. Simpson takes the stage at 8:30 p.m., while The War on Drugs cap off the night starting at 10:15 p.m. // $20+, AA // TIX + INFO – J.M.
Saturday 7/28: Tinariwen at TLA
Founded in the Sahara Desert region of norther Mali in 1979, Tinariwen have gone on to receive international success with their desert-influenced style of grassroots and folk music. While some of the early members have passed away, principal Ibrahin Ag Alhabib helms the band today, touring internationally with a host of musicians in tow. Watch one of the band’s latest music videos below ahead of Sunday night’s spectacle. // 8 p.m., $30, AA // TIX + INFO – J.M.
Saturday 7/28: ILL DOOTS album release at Boot & Saddle
Philly funkster collective ILL DOOTS celebrates the release of their new self-titled album, ILL DOOTS, out Friday July 27th. The band’s long awaited release is described as the “bridge between the live music experience they have been cultivating on the road, and the music that has been available to listeners” (from Bandcamp). Check out “Free,” the album closer, below. // 8 p.m., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.M.
Saturday 7/28: All Mutable Summer Jam at PhilaMOCA
Day two of the All Mutable Summer Jam is set to go down Saturday at PhilaMOCA and feature the top experimental, genre-pushing electronic artists of today. Saturday’s lineup features Phily’s own Kilamanzego, NAH, and Ada Babar, plus King Vision Ultra (replacing Palm’s Kasra Kurt), Yatta, Sporting Life, RP Boo, and 食品まつりa.k.a FOODMAN. Check out the latest from Key-fave Kilamanzego below, plus a sample of each artist through their respective hyperlinks. // 5 p.m., $20, AA // TIX + INFO – J.M.
Sunday 7/29: Josh Ritter at XPNFest
XPN-favorite Josh Ritter closes out this year’s XPoNential Festival Sunday night at Wiggins Park. As much as we’d like to call him an XPN Fest veteran, Ritter’s 2016 appearance was unfortunately cancelled due to rain. Here’s to hoping the storms steer clear of our festival this weekend so Ritter can deliver an unforgettable performance. Check out “Showboat” below, off 2017’s Gathering. // 7:50 p.m., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.M.
Sunday 7/29: Dark Thoughts at Boot & Saddle
Local punk band Dark Thoughts grace the Boot & Saddle back room Sunday night, alongside Iron Chic and Ramona. The three piece released their latest tape, At Work, earlier this summer after teasing a few tracks on Drexel’s WKDU in the spring. Frontman Jim Shomo also chatted with The Key’s Yoni Kroll about odd jobs the band members have worked, a good companion piece to the band’s latest release. Read their convo on The Key and stream Dark Thoughts’ At Work below ahead of the Sunday night gig. // 8 p.m., $15, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.M.