6 Concerts To See In Philly This Week

Lamb of God and other ways to sacrifice your free time

Tuesday: The New Schematics at The Fire

Hit up The Fire on Tuesday night to witness a bromance in its purest form. The New Schematics, aka BFFs Cory Bishop and Michal Bare, are Nashville natives touring in support of their five-track, self-titled EP, released back in October. Driven by storytelling lyrics, their music has been described as powerful and honest. Listen before you go: “The Breakdown.” Tuesday, January 12, 8:30 p.m.


Wednesday: The Suitcase Junket at World Cafe Live


Photo credit: Bill Foster

The Suitcase Junket is one-man-band Matt Lorenz, who backs up his slide guitar with a stage full of salvaged and repurposed objects. But it’s not just junk in his trunk; the wickedly mustachioed Lorenz is also a self-taught throat singer. Listen before you go: “Never Leave, Let Me Be.” Wednesday, January 13, 8 p.m.

Thursday: Three Man Cannon at The Boot and Saddle

Scranton bred foursome Three Man Cannon makes the quick trip to Philly in support of their second full-length album, Pretty Many People. “It’s a record for basement punks and ’90s snobs who want to dance while contemplating their own finite existence,” or so they say. We say it’s darker and deeper than all that. Listen before you go: “Simple, Your Room.” Thursday, January 14, 8 p.m.

Friday: The Knocks at The Foundry 

It’s a classic tale of classmates turned roommates turned bandmates. Ben Ruttner and James Patterson do funk-inflected hip-hop; their thumping sound scored them a spot on NME’s“20 hottest producers in music” list. Listen before you go: “New York City feat. Cam’rom.” Friday, January, 15, 11 p.m. 

Saturday: Lamb of God at the Electric Factory

This Virginia quintet will melt your face off , like they’ve been doing since 1994. Listen before you go: “512.” Saturday, January 16, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday: Broken Arrow Neil Young Tribute at The Ardmore Theater

Philly performers pay tribute to the great Canadian singer-songwriter and musician. The frontman of the evening will be veteran guitarist and singer Joe Mass. Sunday, January 17, 7:30 p.m.