A holiday on Monday means we’ll just have to gig harder the rest of the week. Starting tonight with Foxing at Union Transfer, and going through the weekend with First Aid Kit at The Fillmore, we bring you seventeen concerts to see all around Philadelphia this week.
Friday 9/7: Saintseneca at PhilaMOCA
Saintseneca, led by singer-songwriter Zac Little, released Pillar of Na just last week. The album is a stunning work of folk rock with impressive orchestral instrumentation (featuring everything from cello and violin to mandolin and piccolo flute), with Little’s warbling vocals and tenderhearted lyrics at the forefront. For a more intimate look into the world of Saintseneca, catch their performance at PhilaMOCA this Friday. // 8:00 p.m., $12, AA // TIX + INFO – M.H.
Friday 9/7: Joey Sweeney and the Neon Grease at Everybody Hits
Joey Sweeney has been kicking up dust in the Philly music scene with the buzz surrounding his upcoming album, Catholic School, which drops Friday. The tracks have so far demonstrated his nostalgically dad-rock style, with saxophone solos that scream Springsteen and rainy city street imagery. Check out their release party at Everybody Hits this Friday. // 8:00 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFO – M.H.
Friday 9/7: RunHideFight at Johnny Brenda’s
Philly locals RunHideFight are gearing up for their record release with a show at Johnny Brenda’s this Friday. Fronted by punk-turned-mom-turned-punk Geeta Simons, this garage rock band gives crusty 70s-via-90s vibes with unapologetically biting vocals and low, sauntering basslines. // 8:00 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO – M.H.
Saturday 9/8: First Aid Kit at The Fillmore Philadelphia
After a brief hiatus, Swedish duo Johanna and Klara Söderberg returned with the release of Ruins earlier this year, an album that showcases their refined craft, summoning them to the center of the folk and contemporary Americana scene. In Ruins, they appear grounded and earthy, with soulful vocals that compliment each other naturally. Catch First Aid Kit at The Fillmore this Saturday. // 9:00 p.m., $25, AA // TIX + INFO – M.H.
Saturday 9/8: Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Electric Factory
New York art rock trio Yeah Yeah Yeahs celebrated the anniversary of their debut Fever to Tell last year, and this Saturday they come to Philadelphia for the first time since 2013 to headline the Goose Island Brewing 215 Festival at the Electric Factory. No word on whether this means new YYYs material is on the way, but any chance we can get to watch Karen O and co. rock the stage, we’ll take it. Also in the mix are Twin Peaks, Joey Purp and Mannequin Pussy. // 5:00 p.m., $22, 21+ // TIX + INFO – John Vettese
Saturday 9/8: Monica, Kathy Sledge pay tribute to Aretha Franklin at N2N Festival
Baltimore Avenue’s annual N2N Festival block party this year turns its sights to the legacy of recently departed Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, with singers from aughties R&B luminary Monica to Philly disco diva Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge paying tribute to the legend in a free, day-long, outdoor concert. // 12:00 p.m., FREE, AA // INFO – J.V.
Saturday 9/8: Petal and Thin Lips at Trinity Church Princeton
Princeton University’s iconic free-format, student-run radio station WPRB kicks off the fall semester with two nights of live music, beginning on Saturday at Trinity Church with sets from Petal and Thin Lips. Both have excellent releases out this year — Petal’s Magic Gone has received widespread acclaim since it’s spring release, while Thin Lips’ comparatively newer Chosen Family has been turning a lot of heads on their tour with Hop Along (and deservedly so, since it’s their best work). The Saturday bill is rounded out by Sea Slug, while Sunday’s lineup features James Chance & the Conortions, Sediment Club and Human Adult Band. // 7 p.m., $15 for both days, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.
Saturday 9/8: Max Swan at ArtsQuest
Philly’s Max Swan has gone from being a ubiquitous sax player to an atmospheric vibescaper in the vein of James Blake and Frank Ocean on his first solo outing, The Fisherman, which was just released last week. This Saturday he headlines a free concert at Bethlehem’s ArtsQuest center. // 9 p.m., FREE, AA // INFO – J.V.