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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!

 Saturday 9/15: Ted Leo at Ardmore Music Hall

Veteran punk rocker turned indie singer-songwriter Ted Leo plays a special solo show this weekend as part of Ardmore Music Hall’s fifth anniversary series of gigs. Leo released his latest record, The Hanged Man, last year, and it found him reflecting both on personal loss and political upheaval. It hit hard when he played it on tour with his longtime band The Pharmacists last year, but Ted is such a pointed songwriter that hearing the songs stripped down to his voice and his hollowbody electric guitar will pack an even greater punch.  // 8 p.m., $22, 21+ // TIX + INFO – John Vettese

Saturday 9/15: Sonni Shine at MilkBoy

Previously immersed in the reggae / jam scene in Philly circa 2011, Sonni Shine has parted ways with her longtime band and struck out solo on the new release Reconcile, which came out on Friday. This Saturday night, she’ll perform it live at MilkBoy for a record release party.  // 8 p.m., $13, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Sunday 9/16: Hurry Up! at Everybody Hits

Back in 2015, Kathy Foster and Westin Glass of The Thermals recorded a revved up lo-fi record under the name Hurry Up! with Maggie Vail of Portland rock icons The Bangs. Flash forward a few years, and The Thermals have formally disbanded, making Hurry Up! everybody’s main project. Show up Sunday for speedy punk riffs, ominous surf tones, and traded vocals between Foster and Glass; also show up for openers RunHideFight (recently added to the bill), No Thank You, and Wildflowers of America. // 9 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Sunday 9/16: Amy Helm at Sellersville Theater

Whether she’s a collaborator or a solo artist, Amy Helm has a voice that will stop you in your tracks. The Woodstock, NY singer-songwriter has lent her voice to a resume of artists as diverse as indie psych crew Mercury Rev, dad rock icons Steely Dan, soul powerhouse Danielia Cotton, and her father Levon Helm. We haven’t heard a solo release from her since 2015’s Didn’t It Rain, but she’ll be at the Sellersville Theater this Sunday for an early evening show.   // 7:30 p.m., $29.50 – $45, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.


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