The Week Ahead: Peter Bjorn & John, Girlpool, Center City Jazz Fest, Joan Osborne, and more

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Jeff Bradshaw performs at Center City Jazz Fest 2018 | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

The annual Center City Jazz Fest is always one of our favorite days of the year, and if that’s all Philly had going on this week, we’d still be over the moon excited. But there are, as always, a variety of options, from heartfelt singer-songwriters to the Detroit band that arguably invented punk in the U.S. Here are 15 concerts to see in the next seven days all around Philadelphia.

Monday 4/22: Death at The Foundry

Death has performed all over the world throughout their historic career, and they’re on tour to celebrate the anniversary of their induction into the Smithsonian African American History Museum in Washington D.C. Death has been called a punk band that pre-dated the punk movement, and you can read more about their journey in this interview with The Key’s Alex Smith. They will be reprising their 1975 album For The Whole World To See.” // 8:00pm, $20, AA // TIX + INFO – Izzy Lopez

Tuesday 4/23: Acid Mothers Temple at Underground Arts

If you liked WXPN’s Free at Noon performance earlier this month with The Claypool Lennon Delirium, check out Acid Mothers Temple at Underground Arts this Tuesday for another fix of cosmic jams. Acid Mothers Temple is a collective that has features, over the years, more than 30 artists led by Kawabata Makoto who converged the Japanese psychedelic scene in the late 1990s. // 9:00pm, $13, 21+ // TIX + INFO – I.L.

Wednesday 4/24: Ursula Rucker and Khemist at Kimmel Center’s Sittin’ In

This month’s installment of The Kimmel Center’s Sitting In’, a free, monthly event that features a wide range of a jazz, hip-hop, and soul artists on the cutting edge of music, features acclaimed poet, Ursula Rucker. Joining her will be Geri Omni (poet, emcee, healer, activist), A’Xavier Lovehall (Poet emcee), Khmeist (emcee, musician, poet), and Anthony Carlos Molden (live painting). This event is completely free and open to the pubic. // 9:00pm, Free, AA // INFO – I.L.

Wednesday 4/24: Dungeon Family Reunion at The Fillmore Philly

Dungeon Family is reuniting for a select-city tour and stopping in Philly on Wednesday. The tour was announced earlier this year by Boi Boi, and follows a 2016 reunion in Atlanta. Dungeon Family is a hip-hop and soul collective that specializes in Southern hip-hop and debuted in the 1990s. Come check out this show because who knows when they’ll hit the road again! // 8:00pm, $35, AA // TIX + INFO– I.L.

Wednesday 4/24: Peter Bjorn and John at The Foundry

This Swedish indie-pop band are a long was from home this Wednesday. Peter Bjorn and John, named after the group’s three lead members, is best known for their 2006 single, “Young Folks”, which was featured in a variety of video games and media, including the soundtrack to hit TV show, “How I Met Your Mother.” Their most recent album, Darker Days, has been hailed as their strongest work yet. // 8:30pm, $22, AA // TIX + INFO – I.L.

Friday 4/26: Girlpool at Underground Arts

LA-via-Philly indie outfit Girlpool will be back in town this Friday for a headlining gig at Underground Arts. This will be the first time we’ve seen the duo of Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad since they released their new album, What Chaos is Imaginary, earlier this year. Their new songs show how the band’s sound has evolved since they debuted with stripped-down tunes in 2014. Hatchie and Shannen Moser will open the show. // 9 p.m., $15-$17, 21+ // TIX + INFO – Sarah Hojsak

Friday 4/26: &More at Johnny Brenda’s

&More, the relatively new collaboration of Chill Moody and Donn T, has been making waves in the Philly scene over the last year. The duo cemented their place in the hip-hop world this month with their debut album Ethel Bobcat. They’ll headline Johnny Brenda’s on Friday // 9 p.m., $12-$15, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Friday 4/26: Lisa Loeb at World Cafe Live

Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb alternates between adult alternative pop, and kids’ music; her eighth studio album works on both of those levels, collecting a range of cover songs but presenting them in a tender and delicate manner that are ripe for relaxation, mellowing out, or bedtime. She headlines World Cafe Live Friday. // 8 p.m., $45, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Friday 4/26: Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties at Chameleon Club

This summer Dan Campbell of The Wonder Years returns to his other project, the story line-driven multi-album concept Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties. The new album Routine Maintenance finds Campbell’s protagonist at the tail end of his aimless existential wanderings and back to a reality that finds him finalizing a divorce and figuring out what comes next. The band kicks off its 2019 tour this Friday at the Chameleon Club. // 6 p.m., $15, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Saturday 4/27: Emily Reo at PhilaMOCA

Synth wizard and multi-instrumental singer-songwriter Emily Reo returned this spring with her latest record, Only You Can See It, which entered the world on April 12th. Out on Carpark Records, the record is lo-fi but deeply emotional, and Reo brings it on tour this month, including Saturday’s show at PhilaMOCA. Awesome local person Christinna O opens the show. // 8 p.m., $12, AA // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Saturday 4/27: Center City Jazz Fest

For the eighth year running, Philly trombonist Ernest Stuart turns the Sansom Street Corridor into his musical playground. Wristband holders at the 2019 Center City Jazz Fest will see sets from Eric Wortham, Kory Riker, Ode to Omni and more. // noon, $20, 21+ // TIX + INFOJohn Vettese

Saturday 4/27: Michael Braunfeld at Burlap and Bean

Long-running local singer-songwriter Michael Braunfeld celebrates the release of his new LP, Driver this Saturday night at Burlap and Bean in Newtown Square. A blend of rambling Americana and plaintive folk, Braunfeld’s songs observe the everyday struggles of Americans circa 2019 with empathy and candor. // 8 p.m., $20, AA // TIX + INFO J.V.

Saturday 4/27: Chris Forsyth at Jerry’s On Front

Versatile Philadelphia guitarist Chris Forsyth released his latest album, the spellbinding All Time Present, on No Quarter Records earlier this month, and he takes to the tiny stage of his base of operations under the el — Jerry’s on Front — to celebrate this weekend. // 8 p.m., $10, AA // TIX + INFO J.V.

Sunday 4/28: Joan Osborne at World Cafe Live

Veteran singer-songwriter rock and roller Joan Osborne was last on our radar in 2014 with two separate projects: her eighth album, Love and hate, and her debut with Trigger Hippie, the collaborative group featuring members of The Black Crowes. In the time since, Osborne has released a Bob Dylan tribute record, and her tour in support of it brings her to Philadelphia this Sunday at World Cafe Live. // 8 p.m., $20, AA // TIX + INFO J.V.

Sunday 4/28: Guerilla Toss at PhilaMOCA

What better way to wrap up one week and begin a new one than with the weird, wild, and wonderful New York experimental outfit Guerilla Toss? The band blends analog synthesizers with frenzied dance-punk energy and a commanding frontperson in Kassie Carlson, and for this gig they’ll be joined by like-minded Philly folks Laser Backrgound and Writhing Squares. // 8 p.m., $12, AA // TIX + INFO J.V.



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