The Week Ahead: Childish Gambino, David Byrne, Thin Lips, The McCrary Sisters and more

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We hope you’ve got your schedule cleared, because the next seven days are seriously busy on the live music front. Kicking off tonight with Childish Gambino’s long-awaited headliner at Wells Fargo Center, and running through the return of punk legends The Vibrators on Monday, here are 23 concerts you can see in and around Philly over the next seven days.

Thursday 9/20: David Bryne at The Mann Center

After a mesmerizing and memorable XPN Fest appearance this summer, David Byrne returns to town this week for a headlining show at The Mann. Still on his American Utopia tour, the former Talking Heads frontman has put together a production like none other that is sure to blow the crowd away with its minimalist stage set and endless roster of hits. Byrne will be supported by tUnE-yArDs. // 8 p.m., $80+, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Thursday 9/20: Caroline Rose at Tellus360

Pop mastermind Caroline Rose has been touring nonstop this year behind her new album LONER, and she’ll make a stop at Lancaster’s Tellus360 this Thursday for a free show. The former XPN Artist to Watch is known for her eclectic sound and somewhat offbeat aesthetic, which makes her live shows super fun to take in. Rose is reportedly hard at work writing more hits for her next album. // 8 p.m., FREE, 21+ // INFO – S.H.

Thursday 9/20: Camp Candle at Ortlieb’s

Philadelphia electro-hip-hop duo Camp Candle plays a hometown gig at Ortlieb’s Thursday night. The project of local musicians Mark “Nu Ra” Cave and Briana “Hetepsa” Mills, Camp Candle has released a steady stream singles and short EPs over the last few years, and can often be found around town treating audiences to their evolving, experimental sound. // 8 p.m., $8 – $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Thursday 9/20: Sting and Shaggy at The Fillmore

The duo of British rocker Sting and Jamaican reggae star Shaggy bring their collaborative act to The Fillmore this Thursday. As Sting explained in an interview with XPN’s Helen Leicht, the project came about as “a conversation between two guys from completely different parts of the world, from completely different cultures, but who care about the same things.” Their album, 44/876, is out now. // 8 p.m., $100, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Thursday 9/20: The Growlers at Union Transfer

Thursday also brings California psychedelic surf-rockers The Growlers to Union Transfer for their first Philly headlining gig in a few years. This show follows the release of their new album Casual Acquaintances, The Growlers’ seventh studio album. They’ll be joined by Brooklyn punk outfit Surfbort for the show. // 8:30 p.m., $25, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Friday 9/21: Jedi Mind Tricks at Union Transfer

Long-running Philly hip-hop group Jedi Mind Tricks headlines Union Transfer Friday night. Now in their 25th year, the group overcame challenges, hiatuses and lineup changes and continues to carve out their own place in independent music, recently releasing their ninth studio album, The Bridge and the Abyss. // 9 p.m., $20, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Friday 9/21: Grace Vonderkuhn at Ortlieb’s

After several years cutting her teeth in the Wilmington, Delaware music scene, Grace Vonderkuhn released her debut LP Reveries earlier this year, and will play a headlining set at Ortlieb’s this Friday. The punk rocker is known for her DIY approach, self-recording and producing; she will be joined byTetra and Ali Awan for the show. // 7 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Friday 9/21: RFA at Voltage Lounge

Local indie rockers RFA play an early set at Voltage Lounge this Friday opening for The Buttertones. The band released a self-titled album earlier this year, their first full-length, but over the last few years they’ve become fixtures around town and have earned a reputation for putting on a fun live show. // 6:30 p.m., $12 – $14, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.


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