Jarle Bernhoft and the Shudderbugs @ The Foundry | May 12th
Norwegian retro soul-singer and multi-instrumentalist Bernhoft stops in Philly along his world tour. His Grammy-nominated R&B album, Islander, delves into a disconnect between his ability to soothe the soul of listeners while simultaneously feeling isolated from them. Influenced by a scope of sounds from Swedish pop to Stevie Wonder, the album also has traces of political undertones, revealing the artist’s commitment to social advocacy. Read more »
May got off to an auspicious live music start on Sunday the 1st with a hometown sold-out show by Santigold at TLA. Supporting her 2016 knockout 99¢, Santi White, aka Santigold, put on a stunning show. Read more »
Dance to Audien at SoundGarden Hall. Photo provided
Teyana Taylor @ TLA | Thursday, April 28
Apparently some people on MTV’s My Super Sweet Sixteen can do more than complain that their new BMW has the wrong color birthday bow on it. When R&B singer Teyana Taylor was on the show, she had just signed to Pharrell’s record label, then later moved to Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music to release her debut album, out now. Also, she may have been a character on Empire.
Yo-Yo Ma @ Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center | April 28 to May 1
The famed cellist has a slew of Grammys under his belt, including his most recent one for Best Folk Album. He’s teaming up with the Philadelphia Orchestra to perform American composer John Williams’ Cello Concerto, which Williams wrote specifically for Ma. If you’re not convinced: Williams wrote the score for every film you love, from Jaws to Jurassic Park.
Last Wednesday night, Floetry brought their soulful message to a sold-out TLA. Recently reunited, the band of Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart gave an electrifying performance to an audience that could not get enough of the profound musical vibes of the British/hometown heroes.
Originally from London, the band has made a home of Philadelphia, and the show had a decidedly hometown feel. Songs like “Say Yes” and “Hey You” resonated with a timeless quality. With two memorable albums to dig into, Floetic and Flo’Ology, Floetry could easily excite the fans both new and old. Read more »
The indie and electronica fan will have a good time this week on the music scene, especially at Union Transfer. With the classic indie rock of Minus the Bear, the masterful synths of Neon Indian, or the futuristic pop melodies of Grimes, it might just feel like summer again. Feeling more in the mood for a throwback icon? Catch Don Henley of The Eagles at the Academy of Music. Click through to each day, or check out the full list below.
When folksy WXPN-favored singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens shows up for her $42-a-head gig on Friday night at the TLA on South Street, she’ll be welcomed by that wonderful ambassador of Philadelphia conflict: the giant inflatable union rat. Read more »
Canadian pop diva—and rising gay icon—Kiesza added some new dates to her upcoming North American tour, and it looks like she’ll be coming to Philadelphia this spring. If you’re a fan, you’re losing your mind right now, but it’s about to get crazier: She’s coming with Betty Who.