Okay, friends, it’s the final week in July, and that means one thing here in the XPN universe: the XPoNential Music Festival. So while that is our number one concert suggestion for the week — and who can argue with this ridiculous lineup starring Hozier, Japanese Breakfast, Elvis Costello, Blondie, Amy Ray, Guster, Dawes, Lucy Dacus, Caroline Rose, Y La Bamba, local folks like Ali Awan, RFA, Foxtrot and the Get Down, and Zeek Burse — there is lots more live music to see this week. From the Glasgow post-punk duo Sacred Paws tonight to the jazz stylings of Lafayette Gilchrist and the retro rock swagger of JD McPherson, here are 13 concerts to see all around Philadelphia in the next seven days.
Tuesday 7/23: Sacred Paws at PhilaMOCA
Sacred Paws is made up of drummer Eilidh Rodgers and guitarist/vocalsist Rachel Aggs. Despite rising in Glasgow and London respectively, the two friends felt strongly enough about their combined music-making capabilities to track to each other every few months to record. The resulting songs make up Sacred Paws’ debut record, 2017’s Strike a Match. In May of this year, the duo released Strike‘s followup, Run Around the Sun. The album sees them continuing to build on their signature mixture of indie pop and post-punk. They’ll bring the record to PhilaMOCA this Tuesday with Philly’s own Cult Objects. // 8 p.m., $12-15, AA // TIX + INFO –Solomon Friedman
Wednesday 7/24: Sidney Gish at PhilaMOCA
Signey Gish is rolling back into town! The Boston-based indie rocker was here just last summer, but clearly she can’t get enough of Philly. The feeling is mutual. Gish will bring her bright guitar work and wry lyrics to PhilaMOCA this Tuesday. Use this as an opportunity to get really into her music. You’ll thank us for it. Joining Gish on the bill is Another Michael. // 8 p.m., $12-14, AA // TIX + INFO – S.F.
Wednesday 7/24: JD McPherson at Haddon Lake Park
JD McPherson seems dead set on bringing retro Oklahoma vibes to Philly. Last summer, McPherson brought his classic stylings to XPNFest, and now he’s bringing it to Sundown Music Series at Haddon Lake Park. His 50s-inspired rock will sound even better outdoors as the sun slowly sets. All that, plus the fact that the show is free will make it a night to remember. Adrien Reju is set to join McPherson by the lake. // 7:30 p.m., Free, AA // TIX + INFO – S.F.
Wednesday 7/24: Secret Nudist Friends at Boot and Saddle
If Secret Nudist Friends‘ name isn’t enough to convince you to go to their show, their retro garage rock will. Their crisp guitar-playing and distortion heavy, yet spacious production, has made them a Philly staple for years now. Last summer the band released a split EP with Blushed, which warmed our little Philly hearts so very much. Secret Nudist Friends’ show on Wednesday is part of Heaven Man’s album release party, and who doesn’t love a good party? Heaven Man and Kelsey Cork & The Swigs will perform as well. // 8 p.m., $8, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.F.
Thursday 7/25: Lafayette Gilchrist at exuberance
Lafayette Gilchrist is a highly original pianist who blends influences from soul, hip-hop, go-go and progressive jazz. Currently based in Baltimore, Gilchrist has become known for his work with saxophonist David Murray, as well as with his own octet The New Volcanoes and his trio Inside Out. His 2017 trio album New Urban World Blues, a musical re-telling of Baltimore’s turmoil in 2015, featured one of his most powerful works to date, “Blues For Freddie Gray,” a tribute to the young black man arrested in Gilchrist’s own neighborhood who died while in the custody of Baltimore City Police. Gilchrist has also contributed original music to noted television dramas, including The Wire. His most recent work is a solo album entitled Dark Matter. This week, Gilchrist visits exuberance, the Olde Kensington house venue whose Philadelphia fanbase continues to grow and grow. // 7 p.m., $30 donation recommended, AA // TIX + INFO – Thomas Hagen
Thursday 7/25: Altin Gün at Kung Fu Necktie
Altin Gün are a six-piece group from Amsterdam who blend Turkish folk with danceable psychedelic pop. Bassist Jasper Verhulst formed the group to celebrate his love for popular Turkish rock artists from the 1970s, and they released their debut album On in 2018. This year, they released the follow-up Gece on ATO Records (US) and Glitterbeat Records (Europe). This Thursday, Altin Gün will hit Kung Fu Necktie with S.T.O.P. // Doors 8 p.m., $13-18, 21+ // TIX + INFO – T.H.
Friday 7/26: Rozwell Kid / No Thank You / Eight at PhilaMOCA
Goofy pop-punk four-piece Rozwell Kid joins local indie outfit No Thank You, fronted by singer-writer Kaytee Della Monica, as well as local trio Eight. Rozwell Kid’s latest single “All Outta Ways” came earlier this month, and No Thank You last released the album All It Takes To Ruin It All in 2018 — No Thank You will also visit World Café on July 31st with Clever Girls and Qwark. But first, these three rock acts hit PhilaMOCA on Friday night. // Doors 7 p.m., $15-18, AA // TIX + INFO -T.H.
Friday 7/26: Slingshot Dakota at SteelStacks
Bethlehem-based rockers Slingshot Dakota will play a free show at their hometown venue Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks this Friday night. The wife and husband duo (Carly Commando and Tom Patterson) build extreme drama with just a drum kit and an electric keyboard, and their new album Heavy Banding offers an impressive display of hard rock and pop-punk style. // 7:30 p.m., Free // INFO -T.H.
Friday 7/26: Kingsley Ibeneche at Philadelphia Museum of Art
Kingsley Ibeneche is a rising R&B / art-pop artist from Camden, NJ who is also trained in dance — with a degree in ballet from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts — and has shared the stage with James Blake, Travis Scott and Halsey. In February, the electro-soul devotee released the EP Realms, which he describes as a soul opera. Ibeneche will bring the work to life in a performance at the PMA this Friday: “a combination of original music, dramatic dialogue, and movement that tells an inter-dimensional love story.” // 5 p.m., $20, AA // TIX + INFO -T.H.
Saturday 7/27: Raekwon at Ardmore Music Hall
Raekwon, a key member of the highly esteemed rap group Wu-Tang will be performing at Ardmore Music Hall this Saturday. The show will also feature opening stes from Dice Raw, Mike Voss, and Frankie Vado. // 8:00 p.m., $23, 21+ // TIX + INFO. – Kweli Stevens
Saturday 7/27: Mars Parker at MilkBoy
Philly Native Mars Parker performs at MilkBoy this Saturday. More than just a singer and rapper, Mars Parker is a composer and audio engineer with what he describes as “a unique curiosity to explore sounds and vibrations that go against the grain.” He has just recently released a single “Save Your Ways,” and will be joined by Aleana and AnnonXL for a stacked lineup. // 8 p.m., $12, 21+ // TIX + INFO – K.S.
Sunday 7/28: A Giant Dog at Boot & Saddle
Austin rock band A Giant Dog will be performing at Boot & Saddle this Sunday. Their label, Merge Records, describes them with comparisons to 70s cult favorites Slade, Alice Cooper, and Sparks, and their most recent album, Toy, was released in 2017. Here’s hoping we get a peek at new material in the setlist this Sunday. // 8 p.m., $13, 21+// TIX + INFO – K.S.
Sunday 7/28: Lyle Lovett at F.M. Kirby Center
Country singer-songwriter Lylle Lovett will be playing at F.M. Kirby Center this Sunday. Lyle Lovett has actively been making music since 1980. From one of his first big hits, “Cowboy Man” — which reached the Top 10 on Billboard Hot 100 — to 2012’s Release Me, Lovett has had a robust career. He will be performing with his Large Band at Wilkes-Barre’s F.M. Kirby Center. // 8:00 p.m., $48, AA // TIX + INFO – K.S.