7 Concerts Not to Miss in Philly This Week

Miley Cyrus visits Electric Factory, Deerhunter, Temple's Mo Lowda & the Humble and more live shows worth seeing this week.

This week, the music scene in Philly ranges from the relaxed to the out of this world. Some of Philly’s own acts are playing live, with local favorite Mo Lowda & the Humble taking the stage at The Foundry, and Jesse Hale Moore emerging solo from a resume full of Philly bands. Check out a new face in singer/songwriting, Niykee Heaton, or the outrageous performance of Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz. Both of these ladies’ shows are sold out, so check StubHub for similarly priced tickets, and more concert picks for the week below.

Niykee Heaton at The Foundry

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While you might think she’s a model from a quick glance at her Instagram, Nicolet aka Niykee Heaton is another classic case of teenaged vocal talent realized through the power of YouTube — and WorldStarHipHop. The South African-born, Illinois-raised singer released her debut EP Bad Intentions last year, and has already sold out both of her concerts at The Foundry — but there are still tickets around to catch her show tonight. Monday, November 30th, 8 pm.


Jesse Hale Moore at Boot & Saddle

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After bouncing between different Philly bands like Nightlands, and Ladies Auxiliary, Jesse Hale Moore is ready to make his entrance as a soloist. His debut single “Every Time,” is a ballad with beautiful falsetto, and produced by Philly native Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs and Nightlands. He’ll be joined by Acres of Diamonds, with music non-profit Weathervane Music presenting the Boot & Saddle show. Listen before you go: “Every Time.” Tuesday, December 1st, 9 pm.


Jill Hennessy at World Café Live

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If Jill Hennessy looks familiar, you may have seen her way back in the 90s on Law & Order, or as the star of Crossing Jordan. But the Canadian actress began as a musician. With acoustic guitar and a voice born for country and soul, her latest album, I Do, explores the sacrifices and endurances of love and relationships. Listen before you go: “I Do.” Wednesday, December 2nd, 8 pm. 


Mo Lowda & the Humble at The Foundry

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Emerging from Temple University, Mo Lowda & the Humble are no strangers to rocking venues all around Philly. As alt rockers with influences from Neil Young to Pink Floyd, the group’s sound has Southern and soulful elements that complement the driving vocals of lead singer Jordan Caiola. Listen before you go: “Curse the Weather.” Thursday, December 3rd, 8 pm.


The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die at Union Transfer

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TWIABP is a shape-shifting group, with the band’s lineup constantly changing. But as evidenced by their second full LP, Harmlessness, they still blend an atmospheric sound with the energy and lyric style of emo and post-rock. Melodic math rock group TTNG (formerly This Town Needs Guns) and St Louis’s Foxing will join the band at Union Transfer. Friday, December 4th, 7:30 pm.


Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz at the Electric Factory

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Say what you want about Ms. Cyrus, but she knows how to put on a show. After her reinvention with 2013 album Bangerz, Cyrus took things in a more experimental direction by teaming up with The Flaming Lips for Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz. For this Milky Milky Milk tour, expect crazy costumes, substance-use endorsement, and Miley just being Miley. Check out the link above for StubHub tickets; they are not much more than the original venue price. Listen before you go: “Bang Me Box.” Saturday, December 5th, 8 pm.


Deerhunter at Union Transfer

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As a band who has played with dream/psychedelia and ambient rock, Deerhunter has a host of influences and inspirations for their latest LP, Fading Frontiers, which premiered last month. One of the tracks, “Living My Life,” is dedicated to the great Miles Davis. The group has even included a concept map online for the record, which includes iced earl grey tea, R.E.M., the soulless new car smell, among other things. Listen before you go: “Snakeskin.” Sunday, December 6th, 8:30 pm.


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