Can we collectively agree to retire the aughties hipster cliche “Rocktober”? Not because the tenth month of the year is no longer jam-packed with live music — it absolutely is, moreso than ever, as any casual glance at the calendar will tell you — but because there are many more offerings at your disposal this month than mere rock.
This week alone, there is Nigerian-tinged R&B, homegrown hip-hop, jazzy folk, folky punk, and so much more. Here are 27 concerts you can see in Philadelphia in the next seven days, with a whopping eight options on Saturday night. Heck, even Monday has four shows you can choose from — Monday! GTTG, Philly.
Saturday, 10/6: Nothing at Union Transfer
Hailed as “the world’s unluckiest band” by Huck Magazine, the Philadelphia-based shoegaze group have been through a lot over their career. Frontman Dominic Palermo served two years in jail, and was hospitalized after an unrelated attack after a show. They later found out that their label was secretly funded by Martin Shkreli, and were forced to drop them. After all that, Nothing have still managed to put out their latest album, Dance on the Blacktop, a decompression record after all their woes. They’ll be bringing this album and hopefully none of their bad luck to Union Transfer this Saturday, joined by Swirlies, Big Bite, and Smut. // 8 p.m., $19 ADV, $22 DOS, AA // TIX + INFO – S.K.
Saturday, 10/6: J. Cole at Wells Fargo Center
Though New York via North Carolina MC J. Cole has officially sold out his Saturday night show with Young Thug at the Wells Fargo Center, if you get on the Ticketmaster resale ticket train, you’ve still got a means to go. J. Cole’s last Philadelphia appearance was a legendary Made In America headlining slot in 2017 where he played a commanding set in the pouring rain, on the heels of 4 Your Eyes Only. This year he’s got the new full-length KOD, his fifth album overall, which straddles modern trap as well as classic hip-hop in its sound, and an introspective outlook in its lyrics. // 7:30 p.m., $66 – $240, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.
Saturday, 10/6: Exmaid at White Eagle Hall
Jersey punks Exmaid are vocalist Miranda Taylor backed by the gloomy local trio Psychic Teens, and their music is at once fun and furious, poppy and abrasive. On the heels of their Don Giovanni Records debut Fair Sex, they play the North Jersey Indie Rock Festival this Saturday at White Eagle Hall. // 4:00 p.m., $12, 18+ // TIX + INFO – John Vettese
Saturday, 10/6: Winterpills at Hopewell Theater
Also in New Jersey is a set from the introspective New England indie folk rock outfit Winterpills. Led by emotive singers and songwriters Philip Price and Flora Reed, the band released its sixth album, Love Songs, in 2016. // 8:00 p.m., $33, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.
Saturday, 10/6: The Deli’s 10th Anniversary Bash at PhilaMOCA
Our good friends at The Deli Philadelphia are celebrating a full decade of shining a light on the local scene this Saturday at PhilaMOCA. Key fave Madalean Gauze kicks off the gig, with American Trappist playing a set on the heels of their excellent new record Tentanda Via; the show wraps with a set from Sixteen Jackies. // 7:00 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.
Saturday, 10/6: The Bul Bey at Johnny Brenda’s
West Philly rapper The Bul Bey has spent the better part of this year cooking up a new EP, and he unveils it Saturday night with a killer lineup at Johnny Brenda’s. Arrive early for impressive crooner Balmour, stay late to hi-five Bey as he exits the stage. // 9:00 p.m., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.V.
Saturday, 10/6: Sheena and Thee Nosebleeds at The Barbary
Over at The Barbary, asskicking local rockers Sheena and Thee Nosebleeds play an early set. The band recently treated us to a fierce Key Studio Sessions performance; watch it below. // 7:45 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.V.
Saturday, 10/6: Rhett Miller at Ardmore Music Hall
Perennial XPN fave Rhett Miller appears at the Ardmore Music Hall Saturday night to both celebrate the venue’s fifth anniversary and give a preview of his album in the works, The Messenger. // 8:30 p.m., $35, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.V.
Saturday, 10/6: Craig Finn at Keswick Theater
Still riding high from those Constructive Summer shows The Hold Steady played in July and August? Get your Finn fix when Craig opens for Brian Fallon at The Keswick. // 8:00 p.m., $35, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.
Sunday, 10/7: OSHUN at Underground Arts
New York City duo OSHUN released their debut LP bittersweet vol. 1 back in April, and it is a thunderous collection of R&B, hip-hop, and a healthy dose of Afrofuturism. Taken together, the album reflects on heritage and hustle, black identity and global tribulations in 2018. On Sunday, they headline a Philly gig at Underground Arts with Boogieman Dela and Rieko Copeland. // 9:00 p.m., $20, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.V.
Sunday, 10/7: Show of Hands Voter Reg Party with Endless Taile at Connie’s Ric Rac
A packed bill of local rockers and comedians converges at Italian Market venue Connie’s Ric Rac on Sunday afternoon and into the night for a voter registration drive that doubles as a benefit for LGBT advocacy organization Human Rights Campaign. On the bill are Roberta Faceplant, the new project by You Do You’s Katie Feeney, hard rockers Endless Taile, folk punk artist Erin Incoherent, and more. // 1:00 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.V.