Lots of exciting new music this week. I (hopefully) will get around to posting it all when I get a chance. Philadelphia has a bunch of artists in town celebrating new records, and you should catch them all. Like Pokemon. Only… you know… not stupid and childish. Except for Madeon… who’s still kind of a child.


The Wombats @ Union Transfer

You can kick off your weekend any one of two ways. UK group The Wombats make a stop in Philly, celebrating the release of their latest album, Glitterbug, with a performance at Union Transfer. I think I caught The Wombats the last time they were here at the TLA. They rock. It’s really that simple. When you hear people talk about rock being dead, it’s because they haven’t seen The Wombats live, yet. Yes, it’s pop/rock, but when it’s live, it’s high energy, jump around, rock. If you have the means, hit this up tomorrow night.

Madeon @ The Trocadero

If you’re into electronic music, you know the name Madeon. If you don’t, you should. Regardless if you know him yet or not, you should check out his show tomorrow night at the Trocadero. This is going to be an awesome venue to catch this guy. If you see him walking around the venue, though, don’t buy him a drink. Dude isn’t even 21 yet. But you’ll forget that when this guy hits you with his funky beats. Head out to catch this show as he supports his just released full length album Adventure!


Guster @ The TLA

I mean do I really have to say anything about Guster being at the TLA? No? Good. I’ll move on.

West Philadelphia Orchestra @ Johnny Brenda’s

Taking a break from their usual Balkan Dance Party at Underground Arts, The West Philadelphia Orchestra is taking their show up town a bit to Johnny Brenda’s. If you’re feeling “horny” (sorry, I had to) and are ready to get down and dirty, check this Philly band out. Not convinced? NPR gave them the thumbs up when WPO was featured on their Tiny Desk Concerts as “The Biggest Dance Party.” Their video submission is below.

Ryan Montbleau @ Ardmore Music Hall – *EDITOR’S PICK*

Finally on Friday night, my own personal Editor’s pick has to be Ryan Montbleau. He’ll be showing up to the Ardmore Music Hall (who have been killing it with their bookings lately) to celebrate the release of his latest full length studio album, Growing Light. His first solo effort since disbanding the Ryan Montbleau Band about a year and a half ago. I first saw him when he opened for ALO at The Blockley (RIP) about two years ago. Ryan Montbleau is one of those singer/songwriter/musicians who can record a real solid album, but it’s not until you catch the live performance that the real artistry comes out. Montbleau rocks the blues and jams the funk as well as anyone else out there, and it’s no secret, either. He was just added to the Gathering of the Vibes lineup (again) and will grace the stage of a few other festivals this summer. The Philadelphia area has shown Montbleau a good amount of support in the past and the crowd at AMH will surely provide a warm (somewhat boozed up) welcome to his new material Friday night.

Of Note:

Work Drugs at Johnny Brenda’s on Saturday night.

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band at World Cafe Live Sunday night.


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