7 Concerts to See in Philly This Week
The New Year brings a refreshing lineup of artists to the city. Make a resolution to turn it up this year by visiting some local music venues. This week, the TLA will reverberate with the sonic beats of The Infected Mushroom, The Roots drummer Questlove returns to The Fillmore and the Boot and Saddle will host esteemed pianist Eliza Hardy Jones. See those genre-spanning picks and more in our roundup below, or just click through to the day that interests you most.
The Sweethearts are a Denmark party band that will have you up out of the chair, dancing along to traditional Danish beats. This humorous bunch has been rocking stages across the world for nearly 27 years. Join in the fun as vocalist Pernille Højmark leads the quintet and the audience in song and dance. Listen before you go: Denmarks partyband. Monday, January 4th, 8 pm.
Tuesday: Ben Silver at Silk City
Ben Silver was once a part of a long-running DJ collective trio called Orchard Lounge. The group performed at music festivals, including Lollapalooza, Coachella and Electric Zoo. He now flies solo, yet continues to mesmerize audiences with his original psychedelic material. In the fall of 2015, Silver released two well-received DJ mixes titled “Solar” and “Lunar.” The turn master will be joined by seasoned disk jockey Wyllys and the Artist Spotlight of the month Rich Loftus. Listen before you go: “Lunar Mix.” Tuesday, January 5th, 8 pm.
Wednesday: Eliza Hardy Jones at Boot & Saddle
This Philly native will take her audience on an electric journey that is both futuristic and classic. In support of her new solo album, Eliza Hardy Jones will serenade Boot & Saddle with strong rhythmic beats, backed by synthesizers and guitars. The classically trained pianist and vocalist has played alongside pop legends like Buried Beds, Nightlands, Stand of Oaks and Grace Potter’s band. Listen before you go: “Telegram.” Wednesday, January 6th, 8 pm.
Thursday: I Set My Friends On Fire at The Troc
Don’t let the name scare you away. This tight-knit group of misfits has an offbeat sound with potential to draw the masses. The band’s musical career kicked off at the same time their high school careers did, back in 2007. I Set My Friend On Fire (ISMFOF) writes, records and produces all their own music remotely. The band will preform hits from their past albums, which showcase their unique sense of humor and mind-melting sense of rock. Listen before you go: “Things That Rhyme With Orange.” Thursday, January 7th, 7 pm.
Friday: Infected Mushroom at TLA
Electronic and supersonic, this Israel-bred, L.A based duo will blow you away with their revolutionary lineup. The band performs an average of 120 live performances a year throughout the world and is considered the pioneers of the electronic music industry. Listen before you go: “Becoming Insane.” Friday, January 8th, 8 pm.
Saturday: Cold Roses and Linus The Moon at Milkboy
Rob Clancy spent years backing up Philly bands as a guitarist. Recently, the musician made a transition from the background to the forefront and stepped out on his own. Clancy now tours as the lead singer-songwriter in his uniquely formed band, Cold Roses. Their sound incorporates the swagger of rock and roll and heartache of blues with a distinct Philly twang. Linus The Moon is a five-piece ensemble who are slated to rock alongside Cold Roses and grace the evening with a subtle British flavor. Listen before you go: “Tired Of Losing You.” Saturday, January 9th, 8:30 pm.
Philly’s favorite afro-headed DJ will return to his hometown and once again take his place behind the wheels of steel. Philly-native Questlove is a Renaissance man as he is a master percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, music journalist and record producer. He is the frontman of the Grammy Award-winning band The Roots. Watch him perform live this Sunday at The Fillmore. Sunday, January 10th, 11 pm.
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