Music: 9 Shows to See This Week
Jeffrey Gaines, King Britt, Destroyer, a Dead Moon tribute and more.
The Posies @ Milkboy | Wednesday, January 24
Back in the ’90s, everything was “alternative,” but the Posies — with their soaring guitars and easy-going melodies — were really power-pop. Their best-known song, the cool and catchy “Dream All Day,” certainly sounded more like the Beatles or the Hollies than the other stuff coming out of the Pacific Northwest at the time. The Posies’ core duo, Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, have been making music off and on together for 30 years, and they’re celebrating with the re-release of 1990’s Dear 23 and 1993’s Frosting on the Beater.
Sløtface @ Everybody Hits | Wednesday, January 24
Speaking of the ’90s, this young pop-punk act from Norway sounds like vintage WDRE: righteous, infectious and fun as hell. Also, they named their last EP Empire Records, so.
Pia Zapata @ The Fire | Wednesday, January 24
Bright and rootsy indie-pop from Chile. This is happy-making music.
King Britt Presents Fhloston Paradigm @ Johnny Brenda’s | Thursday, January 25
Philly music fans know: Follow King Britt wherever he goes. Whether he’s producing dancefloor bangers or lost gospel anthems, Britt’s always right. His spacey, spooky Fhloston Paradigm project might be his most out-there, but that just means we gotta get out there too.
Tennis @ Union Transfer | Thursday, January 25
This wife-and-husband duo, like, sails around the world writing retro pop songs and sporting retro hairstyles. I don’t know. The kids like it.
Destroyer / Mega Bog @ Underground Arts | Friday, January 26
If you like your music idiosyncratic and lovely, buy your ticket now. Destroyer is Dan Bejar, beloved wildcard of the New Pornographers gang, making curious, restless rock music. He released his 11th record, Ken, in October. Mega Bog is Brooklyn’s Erin Birgy making freaky, jazz pop. Her latest is called Happy Together.
Dead Moon Night: A Tribute to Fred Cole @ Liberty Vintage Motorcycles | Saturday, January 27
Heavy, messy and fiercely independent, Clackamas, Oregon’s Dead Moon were everything you wanted in a rock band, and their live shows were top-notch. On Saturday, fans will gather at a Fishtown motorcycle shop to pay respects to beloved frontman Fred Cole, who passed away in November at age 69. Several bands will take on the Dead Moon catalog and related sounds. Among them: Bong Daemon, Dad Mom, The 99’s and Stepdad.
Jeffrey Gaines @ Ardmore Music Hall | Sunday, January 28
The veteran rock-soul-folk singer-songwriter plays a big hometown show to celebrate the release of his first studio record in 15 years, Alright. Sounds like he’s still got it.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @ Union Transfer | Tuesday, January 30
The San Francisco garage-rockers released Wrong Creatures earlier this month.