There’s a huge variety of great tunes being played in Philly this weekend so let’s get right to it! Here are shows not to miss this weekend:
Okay, so it’s not quite the weekend, and you can’t even really start thinking about the weekend yet, but tonight at Johnny Brenda’s, you should go check out The Geek x Vrv. It’s way too cheap. Read our preview here. Basically, if you like Griz (check out our photos from his TLA performance last weekend here) and/or Michal Menert, you’ll like these guys. And Late Night Radio is the opener. It’s like an All Good Records / Super Best Records party. And that’s totally cool with us.
Ardmore Music Hall has some good stuff going on this weekend, and really for the next couple weekends. They’re hosting back to back nights of jam, starting off Thursday night with some jam/progressive rock from the likes of The Heavy Pets and The Mantras. Both of whom are featured on a bunch of festivals this summer like Counterpoint, Domefest, Disc Jam, and Mad Tea Party Jam for The Heavy Pets. The Mantras will be at pretty much most festivals like Some Kind of Jam, Domefest, Wakarusa, Mad Tea Party Jam, and the Werk Out Festival.
The next night, AMH continues on with its jam self, offering more of a funk variety, in the form of Turkuaz and Tweed. Turkuaz is a real up and comer in the scene and can also be seen (see what I did there? I’m done I promise) and a ton of festivals coming up this summer, including Summer Camp, Family Roots Fest, Mad Tea Party Jam, Friendly Gathering, High Sierra, All Good, Gathering of the Vibes, Arise, and Camp Barefoot. I’m exhausted. I can’t imagine how they feel. Old Blockley favorites, Tweed are no slouch, either. Look out for big things from these guys as they’ll surely be on a ton of festival bills in no time.
What can I really say about Matt & Kim? These guys have been putting on one of the best live shows in the last 5 years. Though, admittedly, their venues have gotten larger. They packed the hell out of the Trocadero back in 2011 and until Flosstradamus a year later, I had never sweat so much at a concert. They go hard. They just came out with a new album, too. ‘New Glow.’ Check it out. Unless you’re Pitchfork. In which case you can just suck a fat one instead. Tickets to this bad boy at the Electric Factory are sold out, but if you show up and offer someone like a pop tart or something you might get lucky.
For those who want to go a little harder than Turkuaz and Matt and Kim, head on down to Underground Arts, where Philly band Galvanize is celebrating the release of their newest EP, ‘Projector.’ The UA regulars will have physical copies of the record for sale Friday night, but it won’t be available online until next month. The event also serves as a fundraiser for the Cap Comcast Campaign, an organization fighting to hold Comcast accountable to the community it serves. Check out more on the campaign here.
I just learned that just a few miles south on the campus of the University of Delaware, Deltronica will be hosting Bass Campus, their annual festival which this year hosts Manic Focus as the headliner. It’s free. And it’s open to the public. (the fuuuuuug?) Yeah. You heard right. It’s a little early (it’s over by 7) but hey, that just means you have time to get back to the city for more great music!
The Trocadero gets into the game this weekend, hosting up and coming rapper, Skizzy Mars. The New York alt-rapper has been making a name for himself lately. He recently played the Troc balcony and his rise has given him the opportunity to headline the main venue. For under $20 this show can’t be beat. This guy is one of the freshest voices in hip hop out there today and definitely deserves your ear. Check out our Artist to Watch feature on him, peep his music below. And we’ll see you out this weekend!
As always, enjoy your weekend, and for more shows coming to the Philly area, check out our Philadelphia Concert Calendar