The Week Ahead: Josh Ritter, Tash Sultana, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Jim James and more

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Tash Sultana | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Yes, we get it — it’s a crazy busy musical week here in Philly, between NonCOMM kicking off at World Cafe Live tomorrow and a certain mega-sold-out Saturday night show that will be packing in the crowds on South Street.

But don’t let that stop you from getting out and seeing music; if you’re not grooving to Lizzo’s “Juice,” might we suggest Juice WRLD? Or how about the dazzling guitar stylings of Tash Sultana, or Rodrigo Y Gabriela? There’s a modern rock benefit on Sunday, two killer jazz events, singer-songwriters galore…here are 16 concerts to see in the next 7 days, all around Philly.

Tuesday 5/14: Josh Ritter at The Keswick

Perennial singer-songwriter fave Josh Ritter returned this year with Fever Breaks, a record recorded with Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires that finds the long-running artist at his most urgent as well as his most reserved. He recently spoke with World Cafe’s Talia Schlanger about making the record; listen to the session here, and warm up for his Tuesday night Keswick show with the lyric video for “I Still Love you (Now and Then).” // 8 p.m., $39, AA // TIX + INFO

Tuesday 5/14: Adia Victoria at Sellersville Theater

On her sophomore LP Sliences, Adia Victoria exudes cool, moving away from the more overtly blues-driven sound of her earlier work and embracing a more broad-reaching style wth retro hooks reminiscent of The Raveonettes and an electro-ambient sheen out of the the Bat For Lashes universe. Underneath it all, though, are great songs — like “Different Kind of Love,” which you can watch below. Victoria headlines The Sellersville Theater this Tuesday with Kuf Knotz and Christine Elise. // 8 p.m., $29.50, AA // TIX + INFO

Wednesday 5/15: Upholstery at Johnny Brenda’s

It’s no coincidence that the city that birthed Man Man has also given life to Philly collective Upholstery. Led by Jeremy Prouty, the band is a throwback to the magical, mystical and mildly freaky art rock of the late-aughties Philly scene, and their new album INGA was released Friday on Exotic Fever Records. Celebrate with them — and Irreversible Entanglements, the free jazz and poetry project of Moor Mother and Kier Neuringer, and the piano-driven pop cabaret of Settled Arrows — at Johnny Brenda’s on Wednesday.  // 8 p.m., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Wednesday 5/15: Juice WRLD at The Mann

Fast-rising rapper and singer Jarad Higgins — better known to his fans as Juice WRLD — is on a roll. He released his first semi-official track in 2017 (he’d been lowkey toying around for a couple years previous under the name JuicetheKidd), his first studio album in 2018, and this week he’s headlining the Skyline Stage of The Mann Center on Wednesday. His sophomore album Death Race for Love was released in March and is notable for its party bangers as much as its vulnerable introspection, as we hear on “Fast.” // 7 p.m., $50, AA // TIX + INFO

Thursday 5/16: Angelo De Augustine at The Locks

Thousand Oaks, California singer-songwriter Angelo De Augustine recorded his latest album, Tomb, in the wake of a breakup, and it finds him in moving existential mode, examining himself and his actions, his insecurities and fears, and his life in general, all to the strains of minimal production by Sufjan Stevens collaborator Thomas “Doveman” Bartlett. He brings this beautiful heartache to The Locks this Thursday.  // 8 p.m., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Friday 5/17: Tash Sultana at The Met Philly

Dazzling guitarist, sound looper, and general audio architect Tash Sultana released their sophomore album Flow State last August, and recently followed it up with a standalone track called “Can’t Buy Happiness” that is more minimal and emotive than their previous work. With Sultana’s Philly shows continually selling out well in advance, the fact that there are still tickets for their Met Philly show on Friday night is a small miracle. Get them while the getting is good.  // 8 p.m., $35, AA // TIX + INFO

Friday 5/17: Flat Mary Road at Ortlieb’s

Philly rockers Flat Mary Road returned this month with their latest album, The Score + The Heartbeat, a series of vignettes of life, love, and the maddening absurdity of 21st century America. They celebrate the new record this Friday with a headlining gig at Ortlieb’s. // 8 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Friday 5/17: KT Tunstall at World Cafe Live

Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall is back with WAX, another reliably anthemic album of soaring pop-rock released last August. Tunstall brings the record back through Philly this week for a NonCOMM set, followed by a Friday night headliner at World Cafe Live. // 8 p.m., $27, AA // TIX + INFO

Friday 5/17: Rodrigo Y Gabriela at Franklin Music Hall

Nimble acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo Y Gabriela broke out on the international scene with a dazzling cover of Metallica’s prog-metal materpiece “Orion” way back in 2006, and this year they stretched it even further, tackling nineteen minutes worth of Pink Floyd’s “Echoes” for their latest album, METTAVOLUTION. The Mexico City duo is back in Philly this Friday to headline Franklin Music Hall. // 8 p.m., $40.29, AA // TIX + INFO

Friday 5/17: Joy Ike at Philadelphia Museum of Art

It’s been almost a year since Pennsylvania singer-songwriter Joy Ike released her beautiful sophomore album Bigger Than Your Box and this weekend she returns within Philly city limits to play the Art Museum’s Art After 5 event. Ike performs two sets, at 5:45 and 7:15. // 5:45 p.m., Free with admission, AA // INFO

Saturday 5/18: Psalmships at PhilaMOCA

After years of silence, dark and reflective regional folk artist Joshua Britton returns with a new album under his Psalmships banner called Fill The Sea. Reminiscent of Low as much as Sixteen Horsepower and Tom Waits, the record is haunting and riveting, and he celebrates the release of it Saturday night at PhilaMOCA. // 8 p.m., $12, AA // TIX + INFO

Saturday 5/18: Tacocat at Boot & Saddle

For some neon colored Saturday night fun, Boot and Saddle is the place to be, where Seattle indie rock favorites and new Sub Pop signees Tacocat will bring their new album This Mess is a Place to the stage. From the crunchy punk of their early years to the shimmering pop of the new “Grains of Salt,” this band has never not been a great time. // 8 p.m., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Sunday 5/19: Jim James at The Fillmore

If you overlooked the lowkey lo-fi rock masterpiece that My Morning Jacket leader Jim James released last year, head to The Fillmore on Sunday night for a taste of Uniform Distortion. It’s crunchy, fuzzy, and raw, but led by James’ emotive songcraft as always. // 8 p.m., $40, AA // TIX + INFO

Sunday 5/19: Rock The Cause at World Cafe Live

With a lineup of regional pop punk frontpeople — Ace Enders of The Early November, Shane Henderson of Valencia — and a solid undercard featuring Hurry, June Divided, and Joshua Chace Miller, the Rock The Cause show on Sunday is not only a great gig, it’s a big win for the community. Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit local education nonprofit Rock To The Future. // 6 p.m., $20, AA // TIX + INFO

Sunday 5/19: Singing Nina at Rittenhouse Soundworks

Singing Nina is a one-day festival in Germantown celebrating the life and music of Nina Simone, and while events earlier in the day at People’s Sanctuary will involve discussion groups and a screening of the moving 2015 documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?, the day will be capped by a tribute performance at Rittenhouse Soundworks, where Drea D’Nur will perform backed by string ensemble Rootstock Republic. // 1 p.m., $25, AA // TIX + INFO

Sunday 5/19: Melissa Aldana at SOUTH

To make your Sunday especially jazz-packed, head over to Broad Street venue SOUTH for a set or two from saxophone player Melissa Aldana. Originally from Santiago, Chile, Aldana moved to the United States in the aughts to attend Berklee College of Music, where she currently teaches woodwinds when she’s not touring. Her new album Visions is a series of songs inspired by the life of Frida Khalo; it comes out on May 24th, and she’ll play two sets on Sunday with a group of Breklee students — Hatsune Hirakura on piano, Timothy Johnson on guitar, Charlie Lincoln on acoustic bass and drummer Christian Napolean. // 7 and 9 p.m., $20, 21+ // TIX + INFO

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