Music: 6 Shows to See in Philly This Week

Rick Astley will never let you down.

Rick Astley plays the Electric Factory on Saturday. Photo from Facebook/Rick Astley

Rick Astley plays the Electric Factory on Saturday. Photo from Facebook/Rick Astley

Talib Kweli @ TLA | Thursday, February 9
Rapper Talib Kweli and fellow Brooklynite Mos Def teamed up as Black Star in the late 1990s before moving on to solo careers. Kweli’s worked with the likes of Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Just Blaze, but his most recent collaboration is the Awful People Are Great At Parties compilation on his Javotti Media label.

Tallis Scholars @ Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul | Thursday, February 9
For the classical music fans: The Tallis Scholars, an internationally touring choral ensemble made up of 11 singers, will be performing works written for Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, with Daniel Hyde on the organ. They play Carnegie Hall the night before.

Tragedy @ Underground Arts | Friday, February 10
I know you’ve been crossing your fingers for a metal/Bee Gees mash-up. Underground Arts is hosting the Philadelphia Tattoo Convention after-party, featuring an “all metal tribute to the Bee Gees and beyond” courtesy of Tragedy.

Meek Mill @ Wells Fargo Center | Friday, February 10
Meek and Nicki Minaj may have just broken up, but she’s still on his new mixtape, Dreamchasers 4, along with 21 Savage, Young Thug, and fellow Philadelphian Lil Uzi Vert.

Rick Astley @ Electric Factory | Saturday, February 11
“Rickrolling” has kept Rick Astley a part of pop culture despite the fact that “Never Gonna Give You Up” topped the charts 30 years ago. He spent most of the ’90s retired from music, then came back in the 2000s and released his eighth studio album, 50, this past October. Harrison Kipner opens and DJ Robert Drake will be spinning.

Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Wells Fargo Center | Sunday, February 12
The Red Hot Chili Peppers, who’ve been going strong since they formed in the ’80s, released their 11th studio album last June. The Getaway is their first record since 1989’s Mother’s Milk that didn’t have Rick Rubin the producer’s chair; instead, the funk rock band teamed up with Danger Mouse. Give it a listen:

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