Music: 6 Shows to See in the Next 7 Days

Patty Crash, Bilal, Lefty’s Deceiver and more.

Patty Crash plays Milkboy on Thursday. (

Rosali @ Boot & Saddle | Wednesday, December 27
Rosali’s debut record Out of Love, released last year on Siltbreeze, is a captivating mix of rootsy and ethereal, alluring and enigmatic. And I want more. After a solo tour through the South and Midwest in November, the busy Philly singer-songwriter is back for one more hometown show in 2017.

Chill Moody / Lauriana Mae / Shawn Smith / Patty Crash @ Milkboy | Thursday, December 28
A killer line-up of local talent. Chill Moody’s a top-notch rapper and Lauriana Mae is amazing soul singer, but the rare treat here is Patty Crash. The brash pop artist — and Roots collaborator — just doesn’t play her hometown enough.

The End of America @ Johnny Brenda’s | Thursday, December 28
This Philly band rattles the rafters with inspired and dramatic folk-rock.

Bilal @ World Cafe Live | Friday, December 29
The Grammy-winning Philadelphia singer recently played a “Soul Cypher” show at the Soul Train Awards and spit velvety rhymes about cops, Colin Kaepernick and justice.

John Davis & the Cicadas @ The Pharmacy | Friday, December 29
John Davis and his old band Folk Implosion (with Lou Barlow) found themselves on the pop charts back in 1995, having scored an unexpected hit with “Natural One” from the Kids soundtrack. But hits aren’t really Davis’ thing. He’s better known for keeping his feet deep in the indie world, making lo-fi and and idiosyncratic music practically defined by its lacked of commercial ambitions. Why else would he put out a record with his new band on the revered but distinctly non-digital label Shrimper?

Lefty’s Deceiver @ Boot & Saddle | Friday, December 29
My pals in this Philly four-piece haven’t played a show in years — not since singer Andy Williams moved out West for work. But now they’re back, at least for one show, and finally releasing the record they’ve had in the can for awhile. Lefty’s Deceiver is known for their blazing guitars and intricate arrangements, but their best trick is the build-up. This band knows how to wind a song up and let it fly.

We’ll get to the new year’s stuff soon.