The Week Ahead: Hardwork Movement, Ivy Sole, YallaPunk, Made In America and more

Hardwork Movement | photo by Dylan Eddinger for WXPN |

We’re in the last week of summer, people. Even though the season officially continues for another three weeks, with school starting this week and Labor Day on the horizon, this is pretty much it — so let’s make it count. Here are 12 concerts you can see in and around Philadelphia this week, starting out tonight at Johnny Brenda’s with rapper Kuf Knotz’s classically-oriented new project, and wrapping up with the giant party on the Parkway that is Made In America.

Tuesday 8/28: Kuf Knotz and Christine Elise at Johnny Brenda’s

Kuf Knotz’s new collaborative project with Christine Elise takes the stage at Johnny Brenda’s Tuesday night, opening up for Brazilian group Liniker e os Caramelows. The Philly MC joined forces with the classically trained harpist recently to create a unique blend of their musical styles. The unlikely duo has an album on the way; this will be their last stop in a recent run of local appearances. // 8 p.m., $15 – $17, 21+ // TIX + INFO – Sarah Hojsak

Wednesday 8/29: T-Rextasy at Everybody Hits

T-Rextasy, the New York-based band of self-described “Dashing Dino Dames,” makes a Philly appearance this Wednesday at Everybody Hits. Following their 2016 debut album Jurassic Punk, the band just released a new single, “Girl, Friend,” and will likely have some new tunes in store for this show, which also includes sets from Honey Cutt and Deer Scout. // 8 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Thursday 8/30: Hardwork Movement at Spruce Street Harbor Park

Philly favorites Hardwork Movement will play a hometown gig Thursday at Spruce Street Harbor Park; the free show is the last in this summer’s Waterfront Sessions series. The group’s latest release is the single “Summer Vibes,” a tribute to summer in the city and a perfect fit for the last outdoor concert of the season. RB Ricks will kick things off with a DJ set. // 6:30 p.m., FREE, AA // INFO – S.H.

Thursday 8/30: Long Neck at Everybody Hits

Thursday also brings Long Neck, the solo project of Jersey City’s Lily Mastrodimos, who has been releasing music on Bandcamp under the moniker since 2014, to the batting cages. Their most recent release is this year’s full-band LP Will This Do? Fern Mayo and Sleepy Freak are also part of Thursday’s lineup, and Shamir Bailey will make a guest appearance. // 8 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Thursday 8/30: Gene Wildest at Boot & Saddle

Philly rockers Gene Wildest celebrate their record release this Thursday at Boot & Saddle, with support from The Not Fur Longs and Spooky Forest. The band just released their atmospheric new LP Spectral Terrestrial; a bit heavier than their previous music, it tackles the experience of losing band member Eric Richmann. // 8 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Thursday 8/30: Giorgio Moroder at The Trocadero

Disco legend Giorgio Moroder brings his famed discoteca to the Troc this Thursday night; the four-time Grammy winner is known as a pioneer of Italian disco and electronic dance music, and after 50 years in the business his career is still going strong. Electronic chart-toppers Little Boots open the show. // 8 p.m., $35, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Friday 8/31: Hour at Random Tea Room

Though Philly six-piece Friendship and their West Philly friend Abi Reimold make meditative, haunting music well enough individually, they achieve new depths of Zen in the band Hour. The instrumental folk project, which debuted last year with the delicate Tiny Houses EP, will open the show at Fishtown’s Random Tea Room this Friday, carving out space for quiet contemplation before Lung Cycles, Ylayali, and Naps play the Lily Tapes and Discs showcase.  // 7 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFO – John Vettese


Friday 8/31: Ivy Sole at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philly rapper Ivy Sole reached a lot of new fans this summer with her motorsport-themed “Rollercoaster” video. When she’s not looking super badass on an ATV, she’s rocking crowds, and this Friday will do just that in the Great Stair Hall of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she’ll preview songs from her new record OVERGROWN. // 7 p.m., FREE with admission, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Friday 8/31: YallaPunk Festival at Johnny Brenda’s

The annual YallaPunk Festival is a three-day, interdisciplinary event that looks to combat negative perceptions of Middle Eastern and North African artists in DIY and Punk through film, comedy, and music, including Chicago’s heavy trance ensemble City of Djinn, and Hello Psychaleppo from Syria. The event kicks off tonight at Johnny Brenda’s and will alternate between stages there and at Crane Arts in Fishtown.  // 8 p.m., $50 weekend pass, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Saturday 9/1: The Tisburys at Bourbon and Branch

Local Americana rockers The Tisburys have had a busy summer playing gigs and working on the followup to last year’s Crooked Roads EP. Saturday night, the band — which features The Key’s own Tyler Asay on guitar and vocals — will headline Bourbon and Branch for some lively long weekend entertainment. // 8 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Saturday 9/1: Honeytiger at Ortlieb’s

Philly rock duo Honeytiger plays its final hometown show of 2018 at Ortlieb’s this Saturday night, and they’ll be joined by raucous rockers Secret Nudist Friends. The gig also doubles as Honeytiger singer-guitarist Isaac Clark’s 30th birthday — so bring cake! And get amped to hear live renditions of the burners on their new “Short Cut” / “Loud Talkers” single. // 7 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Saturday 9/1 and Sunday 9/2: Made In America Festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Just between headliners Janelle Monae, Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill and Kendrick Lamar, this weekend’s Made In America Festival is going to be fire. But perusing the undercard (as we always love doing here at The Key) reveals lots of hidden gems, like Philly visionary Orion Sun, Scranton indie rocker Petal, Kentucky Americana rockers White Reaper, and Chicago rhymesayer Saba. We look forward to Jay-Z’s throwdown every year around this time, and we hope to see you out there. // 12 p.m., $175 weekend pass, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.

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