Music: 11 Shows to See This Week

U.S. Girls, Giraffage, Julien Baker, Travis Scott and more.

Giraffage plays Coda on Thursday. (Holy Mountain)

Aminé @ TLA | Wednesday, October 25
Ya gotta like Portland rapper Aminé — he’s goofy, he’s clever, and he’s got a dirty mind and an upbeat outlook. The Portland rapper — who got the NYT profile treatment in July — is riding high off his single “Caroline” and his first record, Good for You. This is NSFW unless your boss is like really chill:


Good Behavior Records Hurricane Relief @ Underground Arts | Thursday, October 26
Back in September, nonprofit Philly-based record company Good Behavior Records released a compilation to raise money for the Hurricane Harvey Relief fund. This Thursday, the label goes the extra mile with a live show featuring comp contributors Grubby Little Hands and Dane Galloway, plus The Undercover Dream Lovers, Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease and Night Bloom.

Tom Petty Tributes @ Connie’s Ric Rac on Thursday and Ardmore Music Hall on Sunday
There are two tributes to Tom Petty going on this week:
1) A Ric Rac All Star Tribute to Tom Petty at Connie’s Ric Rac on Thursday, October 26. It’s hosted/headlined by Rev. TJ McGlinchey and Mike McShane (a.k.a Cowmuddy) and features performances by Vilebred, The Griz Band, TC Cole Riot, Rob Clancy (Cold Roses), Someone’s Daughter and Ozzie & Nicole Colon.
2) Philly Loves Petty at Ardmore Music Hall on Sunday, October 29. Performers include Low Cut Connie, Ross Bellenoit, Travel Lanes and No Good Sister.


Giraffage @ Coda | Thursday, October 26
Longtime California electronic music producer Charlie Yin (aka Giraffage) just dropped his first full-length album of dreamy, kinda kitschy electronic music Too Real last week. Before that it was just highly acclaimed mixtapes and EPs. Too Real features guest appearances by Japanese Breakfast, Angelica Bess (of Body Language), Matosic and more. This video isn’t precisely NSFW, but the CGI webbed crotch has little place in polite society.


Death From Above @ Union Transfer | Friday, October 27
The Canadian dance-punk duo formerly known as Death From Above 1979 dropped the number they never wanted anyway (it was a legal thing) and dropped a new record in June called Outrage! Is Now. The music’s tight. This video’s… it’s weird. I feel weird now.


Powerhouse 2017 @ Wells Fargo Center | Friday, October 27
Power 99 offers an all-star hip-hop/R&B show featuring Travis Scott, Migos (who played Made in America a couple months ago), Rick Ross, French Montana, Lil Uzi Vert and more. Seeing as how rapper/Nike pitchman Travis Scott is dating/having a child with Kylie Jenner, this show represents your best chance to see a Kardashian in Philadelphia this week. Anyway here’s the Lil Uzi Vert song my friend’s five-year-old kid keeps singing. I hope he doesn’t see the video till he’s old enough.



TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb @ Underground Arts | Saturday, October 28
Halloween means Murdershow time for TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb. Once again, the bluesy, boozy indie institution has put together a solid night of rock for the occasion, including Tutlie, Levee Drivers, Shy Boyz and Red 40.


The Dead Milkmen @ The Trocadero | Saturday, October 28
The Philly punk heroes love Halloween. Also, they just dropped their new EP, Welcome to the End of the World (available on yellow vinyl).


Julien Baker @ Union Transfer | Sunday, October 29
The young Memphis singer/songwriter releases her second record, Turn Out The Lights (Matador), two days before this show. Baker — who is “queer, Southern, Christian and proud” — writes pretty, humble and often quiet songs that come off both strong and vulnerable at the same time. Give this a listen:


Shout Out Louds @ Underground Arts | Monday, October 30
The Swedish rockers released Ease My Mind on Merge last month. There’s always been a jangle and a swagger to the Shout Out Louds sound, something that lets you know they’re aiming at a bigger reaction than you usually get from an arms-folded indie crowd. Maybe it’s all those lush crescendos and dramatic choruses about love. They’re all love songs, pretty much.


U.S. Girls @ Johnny Brenda’s | Tuesday, October 31
Once a lo-fi Siltbreeze Philadelphian, Meg Remy is now a 4AD indie-pop Torontonian. This song’s a pop hit in a better dimension: