The Week Ahead: Priests, Natalie Prass, Tiny Room for Elephants, Jamaaladeen Tacuma and more

Natalie Prass | photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN |

Live music in Philly this week moves from punk to pop to jazz and more punk, and if you’ve got the energy, you can keep pace with it all. Here are fifteen concerts to see in the next seven days all around town.

Monday 4/15: Priests at Boot & Saddle

Washington, D.C. punks Priests are back in town this Monday with a brand new record to share. The band released their sophomore album The Seduction of Kansas this month on their own label, Sister Polygon; its politically- and socially-influenced songs combine whip-smart commentary with the band’s subversive punk style. // 8:30, $15, AA // TIX + INFOSarah Hojsak

Tuesday 4/16: Elkhorn at The Rotunda

With just a 12-string acoustic guitar and an electric guitar, Elkhorn combine traditional folk, jazz, and blues influences with hints of African, Indian, and psychedelic music into a wholly individual sound. The duo’s latest album Sun Cycle/Elk Jam is out now, and they’ll play The Rotunda in West Philly this Tuesday alongside traditional Cretan musician Xylouris-White. // 7:30 p.m., Free/Donation, AA // INFOS.H.

Wednesday 4/17: True Widow at Underground Arts

Texas-based trio True Widow will bring their self-described “stonegaze” tunes to Underground Arts on Wednesday. It’s been a few years since we’ve heard from the long-running band, who released their last album Avvolgere in 2016. // 9 p.m., $14-$16, 21+ // TIX + INFOS.H.

Thursday 4/18: Natalie Prass at World Cafe Live

Natalie Prass is finishing up touring behind her most recent album The Future and the Past, but not without one last Philly show. She’ll headline World Cafe Live this Thursday, treating us to songs that have become fan-favorites in the year since the album was released, before we see what she’s up to next. Becca Mancari will open the show. // 8 p.m., $15-$17, AA // TIX + INFOS.H.

Thursday 4/18: Coughy at Johnny Brenda’s

Coughy formed on a whim, but quickly fell into a groove experimenting with short songs. The duo of Laser Background’s Andy Molholt and Ava Luna’s Julian Fader just released their first full-length album Ocean Hug last month, and they’ll play their first headliner at Johnny Brenda’s this Thursday. // 9 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFOS.H.

Thursday 4/18: Falsa at The Rotunda

Singer-songwriter Umer Piracha first caught our attention in his West Philly days by infusing spacious, soaring originals with interpretive covers of Radiohead, but his biggest project was yet to come. Launched in 2017, Falsa places Sufi classical and traditional music from Pakistan in a modern context through immersive, meditative performances. Piracha has since relocated to New York, but returns to the neighborhood where he got his start this Thursday to play at The Rotunda. // 8 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFOJohn Vettese

Friday 4/19: Laura Jane Grace at Underground Arts

When Laura Jane Grace isn’t fronting Against Me!, she’s putting that same earnest energy into the dynamic combo The Devouring Mothers. Last fall, the band released its debut LP on Bloodshot Records, generally thought of as an Americana label…so there’s a bit of a temptation to apply that genre tag to their Brought to Rot LP, and with more acoustic guitars than you’ll hear on a typical AM! record, it’s not entirely inaccurate. Really, though, it’s just LJG dabbling on what it’s like to write songs when you’re not at 11 at all times, to infuse different instrumentation and arrangement styles while still maintaining the same gripping lyrical candor. Philly power trio Control Top opens the show Friday, so be sure to arrive early.  // 8 p.m., $22, 21+ // TIX + INFOJ.V.

Friday 4/19: The Bigness at Forest & Main

Out in Ambler, Fishtown indie rockers The Bigness will bring their uplifting existential pop to the color-splashed New Space tasting room of Forest & Main. The band released What We Make and recently released a scaled-back version of a new song, “Be Careful,” for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest. // 8 p.m., FREE, 21+ // TIX + INFOJ.V.

Friday 4/19: Tiny Room for Elephants Festival at Cherry Street Pier

Art and music collective Tiny Room For Elephants kicks off a three-day festival at Cherry Street Pier on Friday night with a concert featuring Camp Candle, Johnny Popcorn and more. Throughout the weekend, the event also features appearances by Killiam Shakespeare, Kingsley Ibeneche, Queen Jo, and The Key’s own John Morrison. // 6 p.m., $25, 21+ // TIX + INFOJ.V.

Friday 4/19 Ryan Bingham at Union Transfer

Los Angeles singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham released his sixth studio album, American Love Song, and it finds the country-tinged artist pondering the state of the United States in 2017. He brings his tour in support of the album to Union Transfer Friday. // 8 p.m., $35, AA // TIX + INFOJ.V.

Saturday 4/20: Cher at Wells Fargo Center

Whether she’s covering ABBA, regaling us with one of her classic pop hits, or just Tweeting her mind, Cher keep us engaged. The legendary singer headlines Wells Fargo Center on Saturday. // 7 p.m., $47.95 – $197.95, AA // TIX + INFOJ.V.

Saturday 4/20: Chris Smither at Hopewell Theater

Perennial folk/blues singer-songwriter Chris Smither released his 18th studio album, Call Me Lucky, last year. It finds the observational songwriter and storyteller drawing inspiration on his youth and memories, as well as perspective on the world in the 21st century, as only Smither can tell it. He visits with his New Jersey fans Saturday night at the Hopewell Theater.  // 8 p.m., $34.12 – $39.95, AA // TIX + INFOJ.V.

Saturday 4/20: Foals at The Fillmore

Oxford rockers Foals have been around for 15 years, and this year are releasing music in two parts — Everything Not Lost Will Be Saved Part 1, out now, with Part 2 to follow in the fall. Known, for driving rhythms and frontperson Yannis Philippakis’ full-contact stage persona — watch him scale the Union Transfer balcony and dive into the crowd back in 2015 — Foals brings that energy to the big stage of The Fillmore this Saturday.  // 8 p.m., $33.50, AA // TIX + INFOJ.V.

Sunday 4/21: Jamaaladeen Tacuma at MilkBoy

Boundary-pushing Philadelphia bassist is once again staging his Outsiders and Improvised Music Festival in town this month, and this Saturday brings the event’s second gig featuring Synergy Effect — a collaboration of Tacuma, guitarist Marc Ribot, and Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun. The show is tentatively scheduled for MilkBoy, but as the center city venue undergoes upgrades this winter and spring, many of its events have been moved elsewhere, including Boot and Saddle and Underground Arts. Keep on your toes for this one, but keep it in your sights as well. // 7 p.m., $20, 21+ // TIX + INFOJ.V.

Sunday 4/21: La Dispute at Union Transfer

Five years after their remarkable Rooms of the House, Grand Rapids punk outfit La Dispute returns this year with Panorama, their third album, and first for Epitaph Records. Continuing their blend of jagged, propulsive rock and cathartic spoken word howls, the band this time explores topics from grief to human connection. Their Union Transfer show on Sunday finds them joined by excellent Florida hardcore outfit Gouge Away, as well as Chicago five-piece Slow Mass.  // 7 p.m., $22.50, AA // TIX + INFOJ.V.


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