This fall, there are a lot of great concerts happening just a train or uber ride away! Here are ten of those concerts to look out for:
Strand of Oaks/Hop Along/Karl Blau/Special Secret: Thursday September 5th, Dell Music Center
This bill features two Philadelphia based acts, Strand of Oaks and Hop Along, both of which released a fantastic album in the past two years. This is quite a diverse bill fit for fans of folk, rock, and alternative.
Hatchie/Orchin: Friday September 6th, World Cafe Live
After the release of her critically acclaimed debut album, Keepsake, Hatchie is set to headline this free(!) show at World Cafe with Orchin as support. While both acts are different, they both excel at creating intelligently layered pop music.
PUP/AJJ/illuminati hotties: Wednesday September 11th, Franklin Music Hall
This show is part of PUP’s tour in support of their most recent album, Morbid Stuff. With their impressive energy along with their knack for catharsis, PUP will put on a great show.
Calexico and Iron & Wine/Natalie Prass: Friday September 13th, Union Transfer
The latest collaborative effort from Calexico and Iron & Wine boasts lyrics that are almost unbearably beautiful and endearing instrumentals along with some call backs to Crosby Stills Nash and Young. In stark contrast, Natalie Prass’s most recent album from 2018 is full of well written, R&B pop fusion. While admittedly very different, both acts are incredible live; see for yourself on their NPR Tiny Desk Performances.
Bloc Party: Tuesday September 17th, Franklin Music Hall
This concert in particular is a very exciting prospect. Bloc Party are going to perform their incredible album “Silent Alarm”, which was released just under 15 years ago, in its entirety.
Louis Cole: Friday September 20th, Ardmore Music Hall
Louis Cole is a freakishly good drummer, musician, and songwriter. His playing and his songs have an unmistakable element of personality to them, which is sure to shine through in this intimate setting as Cole plays solo.
Pinegrove: Wednesday September 25th, Union Transfer
Pinegrove is one of the most emotive bands out there. Both Cardinal and Skylight are amazing albums with tinges of country and emo fantastically reconciled into a powerful wall of sound. They also have a reputation of having even more energy in their live performances!
Tyler The Creator/Goldlink: Wednesday September 25th, Mann Center for the Performing Arts
There’s not that can be said about Tyler in 2019 that hasn’t been said before; everybody knows just how fantastic IGOR is (and Flower Boy too). Regardless, Tyler Okonma is at the peak of his powers and is sure to provide his audience with a unique experience.
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets: Wednesday October 2nd/Sunday October 6th, First Unitarian Church
Don’t let the name fool you, PPC is an extremely powerful, rock-solid band. Not to mention that they’re from Australia, who have produced some of the best music acts of recent times. All of this combined with the venue is sure to make both of these nights both crazy and loud.
Clairo/beebadoobee/Hello Yello: Thursday November 7th, Union Transfer
It’s crazy to think that only two years ago, Clairo was just a teenager lip syncing to her own songs. Now, she’s just put out her debut album featuring co-production by ex-Vampire Weekend member Rotsam and drums by HAIM’s Danielle Haim. Both supporting acts were also busy this summer; Hello Yello released an EP of groove-oriented but sometimes heavy indie rock, while beebadoobee put out an amazing single titled “She Plays Bass.” This is the epitome of a “must-see” concert.