Music: 6 Shows to See in Philly This Week

Dua Lipa is at the Foundry at the Fillmore on Thursday. Photo by Nicole Nodland

Dua Lipa is at the Foundry at the Fillmore on Thursday. Photo by Nicole Nodland

Dua Lipa @ Foundry at the Fillmore | Thursday, March 2
This young pop singer out of London is on Entertainment Weekly’s list of “10 Artists Who Will Rule 2017” and her self-titled debut album, slated for a June release, made it onto Billboard’s roundup of the year’s 40 most-anticipated albums.

The-Dream @ Theatre of Living Arts | Thursday, March 2
Singer, songwriter and producer The-Dream, who co-wrote hits like Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” in addition to releasing his own studio albums, is on tour for a new EP, Love You to Death.

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Songwriters, Win a Chance to Play at Firefly Music Festival

Quincy Mumford performs at the 2016 Philadelphia Songwriters Project finals show at Ardmore Music Hall. Photo by Doerthe Externest

Quincy Mumford performs at the 2016 Philadelphia Songwriters Project finals show at Ardmore Music Hall. Photo by Doerthe Externest

Submit a song to the Philadelphia Songwriters Project’s annual competition and you just might win a summer tour. This year’s theme is Songs of Our Time and all genres of music are welcome, including instrumental. Read more about what fits into the theme here.  Read more »

Music: 5 Shows to See in Philly This Week

Daya plays the Troc on Saturday. Photo from Facebook/The Official Daya

Daya plays the Troc on Saturday. Photo from Facebook/The Official Daya

July Talk @ Boot & Saddle | Wednesday, February 15
Peter Dreimanis’ scratchy, deep voice blends with Leah Fay’s light and sweeter tones atop driving guitar riffs and a thudding-but-danceable rhythm section on this Toronto-based band’s records, including last year’s Touch. They’ve opened for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer and Alabama Shakes.

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Music: 6 Shows to See in Philly This Week

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.

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Music: 5 Shows to See in Philly This Week

Florent Ghys is playing a show with Nicholas Photinos on Friday. It's part of the LiveConnections series at World Cafe Live.

Bassist and composer Florent Ghys is playing a show with cellist Nicholas Photinos on Friday. It’s part of the LiveConnections series at World Cafe Live.

DJ Jazzy Jeff at Boiler Room x Budweiser’s What’s Brewing @ Foundry at the Fillmore | Tuesday, January 24
The What’s Brewing series highlights the underground music scene in different cities “by introducing them to up and coming talent via more well-known local talent.” For the Philly stop, the well-known local talent is DJ Jazzy Jeff, who’ll be joined by hip-hop artists and DJs Kur, Joie Kathos, Cosmo Baker and Matthew Law. The show is free but you have to RSVP. (NSFW language in the video below.)

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Music: 6 Shows to See in Philly This Week

Davina Sowers brings her Vagabonds to Chris' Jazz Café. Photo by Garrett Born

Davina Sowers brings her Vagabonds to Chris’ Jazz Café. Photo by Garrett Born

Reel Big Fish and Anti-Flag @ The Fillmore | Thursday, January 19
Reel Big Fish struck it, um, real big in the ’90s with the song “Sell Out,” as part of the ska craze. They also had a hit with their cover of A-ha’s “Take On Me.” They’ve been playing since then, but with an awful lot of lineup changes: Lead singer/guitarist Aaron Barrett is the only original member. Anti-Flag is a punk band out of Pittsburgh.

The Lemon Twigs @ Underground Arts | Thursday, January 19
Brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario are only in their teens, but they come across much more mature with their ’70s pop rock sound. In October they released their debut, Do Hollywood, on British label 4AD, which made a splash in the 1980s with artists like the Pixies and Modern English.

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Music: 6 Shows to See in Philly This Week

The Daedalus Quartet performs at the Penn Museum on Friday. Photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco

The Daedalus Quartet performs at the Penn Museum on Friday. Photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco

Run the Jewels @ Electric Factory | Wednesday, January 11
El-P and Killer Mike gave us a surprise Christmas present in the form of a third album, Run the Jewels 3. Their Philly show sold out, of course, so you’ll have to find a friend with an extra ticket, or you can sign up at Ticketmaster to get notified if any last-minute tickets become available.

Alash @ The Rotunda | Wednesday, January 11
I can’t quite wrap my head around what this is, but I’m digging the sound. The Alash ensemble does Tuvan throat singing, which is where you sing multiple pitches at the same time. They also play traditional instruments from the Tuva region in Siberia, but infuse their songs with some Western inspiration.

Black Angels and Secrets @ Penn Museum | Friday, January 13
The Daedalus Quartet is embracing the eerie for Friday the 13th with this site-specific concert, complete with glass harmonicas, chanting, whispers and shadow projections, underneath the 90-foot dome of the Penn Museum’s Chinese Rotunda. They’ll open with a new work, lens flare from Alpha Centauri, move on to George Crumb’s avant-garde Black Angels: Thirteen Images of the Dark Land for Electric String Quartet, composed in 1970, and end with an interactive “whisper play,” Tonight We Tell the Secrets of the World, which was inspired by the artifacts and acoustics of the museum.

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