Music: 7 Shows to See in Philly This Week

Start with Gwen Stefani, move into Colombian pop, and finish with XPoNential.

Gary Clark Jr. plays the BB&T Pavilion on Saturday. Photo by Frank Maddocks

Gary Clark Jr. plays the BB&T Pavilion on Saturday. Photo by Frank Maddocks

Gwen Stefani with Eve @ BB&T Pavilion | Tuesday, July 19
Do we think Blake Shelton will show up in Camden to support his girlfriend, like he’s done in other cities?

Monsieur Periné @ World Café Live | Tuesday, July 19
This Colombia-based jazz/swing/pop group — Billboard described them as “something like a Colombian Postmodern Jukebox” — won the 2015 Latin Grammy for Best New Artist, and their sophomore release, Caja De Musica, was nominated for a 2016 Grammy for Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album.

Jane’s Addition @ The Fillmore | Wednesday, July 20
Jane says you should enjoy a little late ’80s/early ’90s alt rock from bands that took a break and then regrouped in the 2000s. Dinosaur Jr. was supposed to be on the bill too, but according to their website they’re bowing out of shows this week. Living Colour will open. Tickets are sold out so you’ll have to go the resale route.

Super Furry Animals @ Union Transfer | Friday, July 22
While significantly less cuddly than actual super furry animals, this Welsh psychedelic rock band is decidedly better at making music. They’ve released nine studio albums since 1993; their first single in seven years, “Bing Bong,” just came out in May.

BJ The Chicago Kid @ Foundry at the Fillmore | Friday, July 22
The R&B singer-songwriter from Chicago has written for — or been featured on tracks by — Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder, Warren G, our very own Jill Scott, and a long list of other artists, and was on Kanye’s song “Impossible” in the 2006 Mission Impossible movie. His first album with the Motown label, In My Mind, came out earlier this year.

Holy Fuck @ Boot & Saddle | Friday, July 22
This electronica collective out of Toronto is loud, with a fairly balanced mix of dance-y and angry to their sound. Unlike a lot of similar groups, they use live instrumentation — plus unexpected “instruments” like 35mm film synchronizers and toy phasers (is there such a thing as a real phaser?). Their fourth album, Congrats, came out in May.

XPoNential Music Festival @ BB&T Pavilion and Wiggins Park | July 22-24
WXPN’s summer music fest takes over the Camden waterfront with 35 acts on three stages over three days, including headliners Ryan Adams, Alabama Shakes and Brandi Carlile, plus Mavis Staples, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kurt Vile, Gary Clark Jr. and Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs as case/lang/viers, locals like RoseMary Fiki, Eliza Hardy Jones and Low Cut Connie, and a bunch more. Single-day passes for one venue or Go Everywhere three-day passes are available.

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