The Week Ahead: Strand of Oaks, Ivy Sole, Mavis Staples, Swearin’ and more

Ivy Sole at SXSW | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN |

From alt rock heros to rising stars in hip-hop, a Philly favorite taking over three nights at Boot and Saddle in South Philly, while a soul queen posts up for two nights at World Cafe Live in University City. And the time of year being what it is, there are not one, not two, but three holiday shows on the calendar this week. Here are 16 concerts to see in the next seven days all around Philadelphia. 

Tuesday 12/4: J Mascis at World Cafe Live

Revered alt-rock guitarist and Dinosaur Jr. co-founder J. Masics released his third solo studio LP Elastic Days on Sub Pop Records earlier this year. It finds him exploring his quieter side through acoustic guitar led ruminations, and tonight, Mascis brings his latest body of work. // 8 p.m., $35, AA // TIX + INFOJohn Vettese

Tuesday 12/4: John Legend at The Met Philly

Tickets are still available for night two at North Broad’s newest venue, The Met Philly, and the vibe will be decidedly more festive, as singer-songwriter John Legend brings his holiday album A Legendary Christmas to the stage. Warm up for the gig with “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” below. // 8 p.m., $149.95, AA // TIX + INFOJ.V.

Wednesday 12/5: Marissa Nadler at Boot and Saddle

Boston singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler has explored the outer realms of haunting folk music since her 2004 debut Ballads of the Living and Dying, and this year released her eighth full-length, For My Crimes, on Sacred Bones Records. Ahead of her appearance at World Cafe Live this Friday for WXPN’s Free at Noon concert Series, Nadler headlines Boot & Saddle in South Philly on Wednesday.  // 8:30 p.m., $13, 21+ // TIX + INFOJ.V.

Wednesday 12/5: Priests at PhilaMOCA

Priests are torch bearers of Washington D.C.’s remarkable punk rock legacy, and this Wednesday, the four-piece headlines PhilaMOCA alongside Empath and Carnivorous Bells. Last year, the band released their debut LP Nothing Feels Natural on Sister Polygon Records, and its politically-fueled danceable jams became a sleeper hit, topping many critics’ lists at year-end and landing them on tightly-curated lineups like Pitchfork Festival. // 8 p.m., $15, AA // TIX + INFOJ.V.

Wednesday 12/5: Wild Child at Union Transfer

Austinites Wild Child have dabbled in a spectrum of sound over the past eight years, from whimsical folk, to glossy pop, to driving disco, to the soaring melting pot of their latest, Expectations. The band’s slow burn has lead them to headlining Union Transfer, which they’ll do tonight with Future Generations. // 8 p.m., $17, AA // TIX + INFOJ.V.

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