The Week Ahead: Littlun, Aaron Neville, The Revivalists, The Retinas and more

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We’re at that point of the winter where gigs come in concentrated blocks. So even though you can look below to find more than a dozen suggestions for your concertgoing itinerary this week, most of the action is on Thursday and Saturday. Tonight and tomorrow are mostly quiet, as is next Sunday — which will prove helpful to those of who who are stoked to watch the Eagles take on the New Orleans Saints. In between now and then, get to a gig or two. Here are 

Wednesday 1/9: Littlun at Ortlieb’s

Classically schooled singer-songwriter Molly Lynn White made her debut last year as Littlun with the elegant Sentient Youth EP, a set that feels as inspired by Joanna Newsom and Regina Spektor as Chopin. Catch her first gig of 2019 this Wednesday at Ortlieb’s. // 8 p.m., $5, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Thursday 1/10: Aaron Neville Duo at Musikfest Cafe

R&B icon Aaron Neville has one of the purest voices you’ll ever hear, and it sounds as strong today as it did on his late 80s pop hit with Linda Ronstadt, “Don’t Know Much,” not to mention as strong as it was in his late 70s / early 80s work with The Neville Brothers. This Thursday night, he performs in duo configuration at Musikfest Cafe for a variety set of soul classics. // 7:30 p.m., $59, AA // TIX + INFO

Thursday 1/10: Arc Iris at MilkBoy

Jocie Adams got her start in the New England folk ensemble The Low Anthem before branching out on her own and totally smashing the boundaries of genre constraints with Arc Iris. Drawing inspiration from David Bowie and Tori Amos, the band will perform live this Thursday at Center City’s MilkBoy. // 8 p.m., $13, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Thursday 1/10: Rayland Baxter at TLA

Nashville singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter made a national splash last year with the release of his Wide Awake LP. His song “Casanova” was voted number 22 in WXPN’s top 50 songs of the year. He’ll headline the TLA on Thursday. // 8 p.m., $16, AA // TIX + INFO

Thursday 1/10: Hurry at Boot and Saddle

Philly power-pop trio Hurry released the excellent Every Little Thought LP last year, and is once again taking part in their label Lame-O Records’ annual rock residency for charity at Boot and Saddle. They kick off the series this Thursday with Early Animator and Wildflowers of America, the latest project from Philly’s Perry Shall. // 8 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Thursday 1/10: Emperor X at Everybody Hits

Chad R. Matheny has been making the rounds across the DIT networks of the country and the world for the past twenty years, bringing his Emperor X project to Philly basements and Glasgow pubs and art spaces in Berlin, where he’s hanging his hat since 2013. But Matheny is on tour so often, that the idea of being from somewhere is a bit more fluid; his latest record is 2017’s Oversleepers International, released on Tiny Engines, and he plays Everybody Hits on Thursday.  // 8 p.m., $10, AA // INFO

Friday 1/11: Hammered Hulls at Boot & Saddle

Guitarist Mary Timony of Helium, Ex Hex, Wild Flag, and her own damn awesome self teamed up with D.C. vets Alec MacKaye (brother of Fugazi’s Ian, singer of Untouchables, The Faith, and Ignition), Mark Cisneros (of Des Demonas, and Deathfix) and drummer Chris Wilson (of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Hound, and Titus Andronicus) to make Black Flag via The Fall post-punk rippers with Hammered Hulls. The band makes its Philly debut this Friday at Boot and Saddle.  // 8 p.m., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Saturday 1/12: Leyla McCalla at Arden Gild Hall

Whether you know her a the cellist of Carolina Chocolate Drops or a standout singer-songwriter in her own right, Leyla McCalla has ben building an increasingly strong solo catalog of jazz, blues, folk, and chamber influenced songs since 2014. She brings her latest, Capitalist Blues, to Delaware’s Arden Gild Hall on Saturday. // 8 p.m., $20, AA // TIX + INFO

Saturday 1/12: The Revivalists at The Met Philly

If heartland bravado rockers Kings of Leon had an even stronger sense of pop sensibility, they’d be The Revivalists. The New Orleans seven-piece has an unstoppable single called “All My Friends” from their 2018 LP Take Good Care that is currently blowing up modern rock radio and public radio alike. They headline The Met this Saturday. // 8 p.m., $54.95, AA // TIX + INFO

Saturday 1/12: The Naked Sun at World Cafe Live

It’s been almost a year since rootsy Philly via South Jersey rockers The Naked Sun dropped their War With Shadows LP, and they’re still gigging hard in support of it raw riffs and roof-raising refrains. This Saturday, they headline World Cafe Live with support from Pescatore and Thantophobe.  // 8 p.m., $12, AA // TIX + INFO

Saturday 1/12: The Retinas at Ortlieb’s

Punky, Pixies-fuled Philly trio The Retinas released two EPs and a single in 2018; will their output in 2019 be equally as productive? No way to know for certain, but showing up at their first gig of the year, this Saturday at Ortlieb’s as a good first step towards finding out. // 8 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Saturday 1/12: Alright Junior at The Trocadero Balcony

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Jace Miller has been kicking out the jams in modern rock trio Allright Junior since 2010, channeling heavy rock touchstones Soundgarden and Queens of the Stone Age as well as Jeff Buckley and Radiohead into something as raw as it is vulnerable. This Saturday, the band headlines the Trocadero balcony, hopefully giving fans and friends a taste of what they’ve been up to since the 2017 EP Inhibition. // 7:30 p.m., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Saturday 1/12: Kahlil Ali at Century

Philly’s Kahlil Ali has one foot in hip-hop and the other in punk rock, and the release party for their new EP on Suicide Bong Records is a celebration of both worlds. The Key’s Yoni Kroll named the crossover gig one of his most anticipated happenings in the new year, as it brings together rapper Reef the Lost Cauze (who has an incredible new record of his own) as well as skate punks Under 95 and metal jammers Zorn. Get to Gray’s Ferry club Century this Saturday to get heavy in so many ways.  // 7:30 p.m., $7, AA // INFO

Sunday 1/13: Hermit High Priestess at The Mothership

Vocalist Anna and drummer / multiinstrumentalist danni make glossy, otherworldly music as Hermit High Priestess, and they celebrate their first EP this Sunday at The Mothership in West Philly. The project evokes the entrancing sounds of Zola Jesus and Gang Gang Dance, as well as Kate Bush (they actually took part in Night of 1000 Kates at Johnny Brenda’s last year); get a teaser of what you’ll hear in the Facebook clip below. // 7 p.m., $8, AA // INFO


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