The Week Ahead: Perry Farrell, Kikagaku Moyo, Jawbox, Sheer Mag and more

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Perry Farrell | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

The big gig this week, of course, is two hours south of Philadelphia in Dover, Delaware. But if you’re not going to Firefly, fear not — there’s no shortage of shows to keep you on your feet and entertained back home. (And if you are going to Firefly, check out our festival guide here.) From 90s American alternative heroes to present day psychedelic mindbenders from Tokyo, local rock and roll on the waterfront and some hip-hop theatre on North Broad Street, here are 15 concerts to see in the next seven days, all around Philadelphia.

Monday 6/17: Robert Cray Band at American Music Theatre

Last seen in XPN-land shredding at the 2017 edition of #NonCOMM, blues guitarist Robert Cray is on the road again in support of his most recent offering, Robert Cray and Hi Rhythm. Tonight he visits central Pennsylvania at Lancaster’s American Music Theatre. // 7 p.m., $79, AA // TIX + INFO

Monday 6/17: Kim Petras at TLA

Demand to see pop singer-songwriter Kim Petras was so high that her show was moved from The Foundry to the TLA, and a few tickets remain for tonight’s performance. In ten days, Petras releases her debut LP Clarity, which she says is “about finding myself. It started with ‘Broken’ and will end with Clarity because it reflects my personal journey over the last two years.” // 8 p.m., $32, AA // TIX + INFO

Tuesday 6/18: Pinkwash at PhilaMOCA

Proggy Philly punk duo Pinkwash plays PhilaMOCA Tuesday, their first hometown show in a while. No word on whether a follow-up to 2016’s excellent Collective Sigh LP is in the works — if we had to guess, it won’t materialize every time soon, considering how busy singer-guitarist Joey Doubek has been on the road with The Downtown Boys and Speedy Ortiz. But still, any chance you get to see Pinkwash rip, take it. They’re on a bill with Laser Background and D.C.’s Cigarette.  // 8 p.m., $12, AA // TIX + INFO

Tuesday 6/18: Perry Farrell at World Cafe Live

Jane’s Addiction leader Perry Farrell returned this spring with a new song called “Pirate Punk Politician,” a timely (if a bit heavy-handed) slice of outrage directed at the U.S. government. It’s the lead single from Farrell’s new LP Kind Heaven, his first solo release in 18 years, and Tuesday he plays World Cafe Live with Perry Farrell. // 8 p.m., $48.50 – $73.50 // TIX + INFO

Wednesday 6/19: Dice Raw’s The King of Love at New Freedom Theatre

Known initially as a featured MC of Philadelphia’s legendary Roots crew, Dice Raw has expanded his creative reach in recent years into the world of musical theater. This Wednesday, to tie into the city’s Juneteenth celebrations, Dice presents a new production called The King of Love, inspired in equal parts by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the music of Nina Simone. // 7 p.m., $30, AA // TIX + INFO

Wednesday 6/19: Kikagaku Moyo at Underground Arts

Tokyo rock five-piece Kikagaku Moyo is an otherworldly ensemble that draws on airy traditional music and heavy progressive psychedelia, heard in excellent form on its 2018 album Masana Temples. The band makes a rare Philadelphia appearance tonight at Underground Arts with Asheville, North Carolina singer-songwriter Sarah Louise opening the show. // 9 p.m., $18, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Wednesday 6/19: Juliana Hatfield at World Cafe Live

You can always count on New England-rooted singer-songwriter rock and roller Juliana Hatfield for some Twitter sass and a dose of real talk on record. Her most recent outing, Weird, came out in late 2018, and is a formidable as ever collection of Hatfield’s mix of hooks and introspection. // 8 p.m., $20-$30, AA // TIX + INFO

Thursday 6/20: Max Swan and Taylor Kelly at MilkBoy

It’s a solid double bill of artists adjacent to the Philly jazz scene this Thursday at MilkBoy. Singer-songwriter Taylor Kelly is a stellar vocalist in the realm of R&B crossover, while Max Swan initially appeared on the scene as a go-to saxophonist and reinvented his own suave solo artist persona dipped in synthesizers and smooth vocals in the vein of Frank Ocean. Multi-instrumentalist Saleka Night opens the show. // 8 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO


Thursday 6/20: RFA at Spruce Street Harbor Park

The free concert series at Spruce Street Harbor Park continues this summer with Philly rockers RFA, giving the waterfront crowd a warmup look at what they’ll bring to the XPNFest stage in a month. The free gig also features the eclectic stylings of DJ Romain Let Us. // 6:30 p.m., FREE, AA // TIX + INFO

Thursday 6/20: Lovelorn at Johnny Brenda’s

Dark snythpunk duo Lovelorn is still hard at work on their debut album, which we hope to see in the world sooner rather than later, but they headline Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown Thursday night. Revisit their Key Studio Sessions dance party for “Around You” below. // 9 p.m., $13, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Friday 6/21: Jawbox at Union Transfer

Iconic post-hardcore four-piece Jawbox brings their reunion run to Union Transfer on Friday night, and a few tickets remain for the show. Founded in Washington, D.C. in the late 80s, the band made their name by releasing coveted 7″ singles and two albums on revered indie label Dischord, then signing to Atlantic in 1994. The show is part of Jawbox’s 12-day summer reunion run, which they’ve been teasing (and denying) for a few years now. Who knows when they’ll be back through again, so now is probably the time to see them. // 8:30 p.m., $28, AA // TIX + INFO

Friday 6/21: Jackson Pines at Philadelphia Folksong Society

A solid weekend of gigs at the Philadelphia Folksong Society kicks off tonight with New Jersey transplants Jackson Pines, who bring somber and introspective songwriting in an Avett Brothers kind of way to the Roxborough Venue on Friday. The project of singer-songwriter Joseph Makoviecki, Jackson Pines released its album Gas Station Blues and Diamond Rings in January. // 8 p.m., $10-$15, AA // TIX + INFO

Saturday 6/22: Sheer Mag at World Cafe Live

This Goose Island-sponsored punk gig at World Cafe Live downstairs is certain to be a heavy heady messy spat of fun, with Philly rock badasses Sheer Mag teaming up with hometown buds Thin Lips, and Kentucky band White Reaper sitting in the middle slot. Hope you don’t have any big plans for Sunday morning, since the hangover from this will be real. // 8 p.m., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO

Saturday 6/22: Molestice Fest

A tiny center city block you’ve probably walked by and not realized for most of the year, Mole Street blossoms every solstice for the Molestice Festival, a celebration of music and art and food and creativity. This year, standout artists on the day-long free concert slash block party include Camp Candle, &More, Ali Awan, Great Time and more. // noon, FREE, AA // TIX + INFO

Sunday 6/23: Rainbow Girls at Philadelphia Folksong Society

Somewhere between The Roches and Those Darlins is Bay Area bluegrass trio Rainbow Girls, who caps the weekend with a gig at the Philadelphia Folksong Society. Their tight harmonies and playing are undeniably classic, but their personas are very much a product of this weird and frustrating early 21st century world. Rainbow Girls’ most recent album is 2017’s American Dream. // 7:30 p.m., $8-$15, AA // TIX + INFO



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