This week in the XPN listening area, you can catch shows from legends as easily as fresh faces, nationally acclaimed artists as much as local sensations. Add in the usual mix of genres, from singer-songwriter to jazz to rock and pop, and there’s not a lot of reason to stay home. Here are twelve concerts to see in the next seven days in and around Philadelphia.
Monday 2/4: NAO at Union Transfer
NAO’s Saturn world tour makes a stop at Union Transfer Monday night. The London-based singer-songwriter says that Saturn, her latest album, is a “soul-searching” look at her life that sees her blending her R&B, soul and funk influences. Xavier Omär is also on the bill. // 8 p.m., $25, AA // TIX + INFO -Sarah Hojsak
Monday 2/4: H.C. McEntire at Johnny Brenda’s
Mount Moriah frontwoman H.C. McEntire released her debut solo album Lionheart last year, and she’ll play a headlining show at Johnny Brenda’s this Monday. Lionheart explores McEntires southern roots and grapples with her identity in an attempt to change listeners’ perceptions of country stereotypes. Empty Country opens the show. // 8 p.m., 12, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.H.
Wednesday 2/6: The Extraordinaires at PhilaMOCA
Storied local rockers The Extraordinaires are reuniting, and they’ll kick off the festivities with a show at PhilaMOCA this Wednesday that will see the band revisiting their past with a look back at their catalogue. The Extraordinaires’ last album was 2012’s Dress for Nasty Weather. Tavo Carbone and Burnt Nurse will open the show. // 8 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.
Thursday 2/7: Sharon Van Etten at Union Transfer
Last month, Sharon Van Etten made her return to music after a four-year hiatus with her new album Remind Me Tomorrow. She’ll bring it to the stage Thursday night with a highly-anticipated headlining show at Union Transfer before heading out on a lengthy tour. Nilüfer Yanya opens the show. // 8:30 p.m., $25, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.
Friday 2/8: Bartees Strange at The Grape Room
Bartees Cox Jr. brings the jazz and electronic inspired storytelling of his Bartees Strange project to The Grape Room in Manayunk this Friday, for a show that also includes The Cluster Flies, Samryebread, A Day Without Love and Branden Bauer.The DC-based artist released an album, Magic Boy, in December of 2017 and a new song, “In A Cab,” last week. // 7 p.m., 21+ // INFO – S.H.
Saturday 2/9: The Bad Plus at The Kimmel Center
Long-running collaborative jazz trio The Bad Plus — which now includes Philadelphia’s own Orrin Evans — takes the stage at the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater Saturday night as part of the Center’s jazz series. The Bad Plus recently released their first full-length under their current lineup, Never Stop II. // 8 p.m., $39.50+, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.
Saturday 2/9: Herbie Hancock at Bergen Performing Arts Center
Is there anything Herbie Hancock hasn’t done in his six-decade career? From his beginnings as a pianist in the Miles Davis Quintet, to his moves to re-define funk with the cosmic Headhunters album in 1973, to his challenges to piano music and live performance with 1984’s synthesizer-oriented Future Shock, to his more recent re-imaginations of Joni Mitchell and John Lennon, Hancock continues to challenge himself and his listeners in rewarding ways. This Saturday, he plays a career-spanning set at North Jersey’s Bergen Performing Arts Center. // 8 p.m., $59 – $129, AA // TIX + INFO – John Vettese
Saturday 2/9: Tioga at Ortlieb’s
Philly four-piece Tioga has grown up from their scuzzy psych-rock roots to a more ambitious, anthemic sound in the vein of The Killers and Interpol, and last year released the Lodestar LP. Watch the “Young Man Now” video below, which explores the dichotomy of celebrating youth while fearing the unknown. // 8 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.V.
Saturday 2/9: Secret Nudist Friends at Johnny Brenda’s
Philly retro psych rockers Secret Nudist Friends last appeared on a 2018 split EP with their scene peers in Blushed, and one of their contributions — the murky pop weirdness of “Something on your Mind” — was recently transformed into a music video with bright, poppy colors, a playful demeanor, an a sketchy underbelly. Watch it below, and see them open for Welles at Johnny Brenda’s this Saturday. // 9 p.m., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.V.
Saturday 2/9: Spirit Was at Super Wimpy Punch HQ
Nick Corbo from LVL UP recently began making languid, impressionistic fuzz rock under the Spirit Was banner, not long after his acclaimed NYC indie rock band parted ways. The project captures the spirit of Neil Young’s Harvest as much as his Dead Man soundtrack, and it comes to Philadelphia on Saturday night for a house show at Super Wimpy Punch HQ. // 8:30 p.m., $5 – $10, AA // INFO – J.V.
Sunday 2/10: Lucy Kaplansky at Kennett Flash
Singer-songwriter Lucy Kaplansky mixes up cover songs and original reflections on her latest album, Everyday Street, which celebrates its release at the Kennett Flash this Sunday night. On the record, Kaplansky covers “Thunder Road” and “Hallelujah” and teams up on vocals with scene peers Shawn Colvin and Richard Shindell, capturing friendships and emotions with beautiful intimacy. // 7 p.m., $26, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.
Sunday 2/10: Winter Doldrums Benefit at Ardmore Music Hall
Seventeen local artists are taking the stage at Ardmore Music Hall between 3 and 10 p.m. at the seventh annual Winter Doldrums benefit concert to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Among those performing are Kuf Knotz, Mason Porter, Matt Duke, Tin Bird Choir and much, much more. // 3 p.m., $20, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.
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