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Classic rock balladeers, new soul pioneers, singer-songwriters, punk powerhouses and more: here are 15 concerts you can see in and around Philadelphia in the next seven days!

Thursday 9/13: War on Women at First Unitarian Church

Baltimore’s War on Women bring their scorching punk politics to First Unitarian Church on Thursday in an opening stint for anarcho-punk forebears Subhumans. Touring on this year’s thrashing Capture the Flag LP, a righteously furious collection of protest thrashers, War on Women will be a cathartic antidote for anyone feeling beaten down by the state of the world. They’ll also be supported by two Philly punk bands, Dark Thoughts and the Brood. // 8:00 p.m., $15-$18, AA // TIX + INFO – Steph Davies

Thursday 9/13: Superorganism at Union Transfer

Multi-national pop collective Superorganism make a Philly appearance this Thursday at Union Transfer. Based on what we’ve seen and heard of their mind-blowing techno-psych aesthetic, the show ought to be a head-trip for the ages. They’ll be joined by Jacksonville producer Yuno. // 8:30 p.m., $15, AA // TIX + INFO – S.D.

Thursday 9/13: Kath Bloom at Johnny Brenda’s

Longtime folk singer Kath Bloom comes to Johnny Brenda’s Thursday night. Though little-known at the time she made her rare and beautiful 70’s and 80’s recordings, Bloom’s career gained second life after her song “Come Here” was famously featured in Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise. Concertgoers can expect an intimate, soul-baring performance from an all-time great student of songwriting. Maine singer-songwriter Lina Tullgren and Philly band Friendship will open. // 8:00 p.m., $10-$12, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.D.

Friday 9/14: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever at Johnny Brenda’s

Johnny Brenda’s will host an altogether different sound on Friday night as Melbourne rockers Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (who will pad this article’s word count significantly) take the stage. Touring behind this summer’s debut LP, Hope Downs, R.B.C.F. deliver a brand of eighties throwback that harkens to the stripped-back pop minimalism of Gang of Four. Chicago rockers Deeper will open. // 9:00 p.m., $13-$15, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.D.

Friday 9/14: Joseph at World Cafe Live

Joseph, the folk-pop trio of sisters Allison, Meegan, and Natalie Closner, come to World Cafe Live Friday night. Since the massive success of their 2016 single “White Flag”, Joseph have become staples of the live circuit with their powerful three-part harmonies and dramatic, infectious songwriting. Kelsey Kopecky of the Kopecky Family Band will open. // 8:00 p.m., $18 ADV, $20 DOS + FEES, AA // TIX + INFO – S.D.


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