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Tours may be tapering off as the year winds down, but we have lots of hometown favorites in the mix this week. Here are 12 concerts to see in the next seven days, all around Philly; tickets and more information can be found at WXPN’s concerts and events page.

Sunday 12/11: The Side Chicks at Kung Fu Necktie

This indie-jazz five-piece band is a local joy not to be missed. The group is active around town, with saxophonist Staci Fink contributing to many of South Philly’s finest DIY groups, but the best showcase of their abilities comes in the form of their own original music, of course. Listen to recent single “Campground Rules” for a taste of what to expect. // 7:30 p.m., $10, 21+

The Side Chicks - Campground Rules

Monday 12/12: Sadurn at Johnny Brenda’s

Sentimental soft-rock group Sadurn is finishing up a career-changing year in Philadelphia with a headlining gig at Johnny Brenda’s. Their shimmering debut Radiator came out earlier this year and was picked up by Run for Cover Records, and earned the group valuable press coverage locally and otherwise, including a moving set at Audiotree live. Get into their DIY heartfelt sound while they’re still at the hyper-local level, and enjoy equally bright openers Doll Spirit Vessel and Florry. // 8 p.m., $15, 21+

Sadurn - snake | Audiotree Live

Tuesday 12/13: Raheem DeVaughn at City Winery

Veteran neo-soul singer-songwriter Raheem DeVaughn plays four sets in two nights at City Winery Philly this week, beginning Tuesday. This year, DeVaughn released his tenth studio project Back 2 Love, a collaboration with Richmond producer and multi-instrumentalist Bee Boy$oul, and in addition to a showcase of that, we expect these shows to be a tour through his back-catalog where the word “love” features more prominently than not. // 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $55 and up, 21+

Raheem DeVaughn - If I Don't

Wednesday 12/14: The Lemonheads at Union Transfer

One defining album of the alt-rock era is indisputably It’s A Shame About Ray, the fifth studio album by singer-songwriter Evan Dando’s long-running project The Lemonheads; it combines grunge crunch, warm power-pop melodies, biting lyrical wit, and moments of 60s nostalgia. The record turned 30 this summer, and a fall tour celebrating the milestone comes to Union Transfer this Wednesday. Dando’s old friend Juliana Hatfield plays an opening set with her band, and her robust discography is worth the price of admission alone; it’s unclear whether she’ll reprise her onetime role in the headlining band (she was a Lemonhead in the band’s Ray configuration) but perhaps we’ll at least get a “My Drug Buddy” duet. // 8 p.m., $30, AA

The Lemonheads - It's A Shame About Ray

Thursday 12/15: Lambchop and Friendship at World Cafe Live

Merge Records brings this tour to Philly’s World Cafe Live on Thursday, featuring shape-shifting Lambchop and local indie rock group Friendship. The latter’s LP Love the Stranger helped fill a David Berman-shaped hole in thoughtful music listener’s lives this year, and offered an impressive 17-song odyssey of Americana pastoral landscape. // 8 p.m., $25, AA

Friendship - Hank (Official Video)

Thursday 12/15: Art Garfunkel at Bergen Performing Arts Center

The golden voice of Art Garfunkel will grace the stage of North Jersey’s Bergen Performing Arts Center this week. Purveyor of high harmonies in iconic folk duo Simon and Garfunkel, as well as a solo artist and actor, he releases new music only when he feels moved – and as his last record was 2007’s Some Enchanting Evening, we can count on this show being a tour of classics from Wednesday Morning 3 a.m. all the way up to Everything Wants To Be Noticed, his 2002 collab with with Maia Sharp and Buddy Mondlock. // 8 p.m., $39 and up, AA

Simon and Garfunkel - For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her

Friday 12/16: Dave Hause at Sellersville Theater

Punk-rooted singer-songwriter Dave Hause is back on his Keystone State home turf this week with a headlining show at the Sellersville Theater. Joined by Will Hoge on this east coast run, he’ll be diving into material from last year’s Blood Harmony, his fifth LP. // 8 p.m., $29 and up, AA

Dave Hause - Sandy Sheets

Friday 12/16: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at XL Live

Get your weekend under way with a jam odyssey care of Baltimore four-piece Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. The Free at Noon and XPoNential Music Fest vets have a new record out this year, Perspective, and they’ll follow their Friday night show at Harrisburg’s XL Live with a gig on Saturday too. // 8 p.m., $25, AA

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong - Elephante

Friday 12/16: The Front Bottoms Champagne Jam at The Fillmore

Seasoned emo-folk modern rockers The Front Bottoms always end their year with a big multi-day party called the Champagne Jam, and this year the throwdown is once again in Philly at the Fillmore Complex this Friday and Saturday night. Tickets are available for individual shows, or you can get weekend passes if you want to go hard, and artists you’ll see along the way include Joyce Manor, Titus Andronicus, Soul Glo, Sweet Pill, Riverby, and recent WXPN studio session star Shannen Moser.  // 6 p.m., $49 and up, AA

The Front Bottoms - More Than It Hurts You

Saturday 12/17: Son Little at Underground Arts

Underground Arts will experience max soul at this extraordinary show. Son Little is at his best in 2022’s Like Neptune, which bravely explores his darkest moments from a lifetime of unearthed personal journals. But don’t shy away – this experience will be more uplifting than saddening. Contemporary folk truth-tellers Lizzie No and Sug Daniels open the evening. // 8 p.m., $20 and up, 21+

Son Little - "what's good" (Live at Paradiso)

Saturday 12/17: Cosmic Guilt at Arden Gild Hall

If you haven’t heard of “The Guilt,” now’s the time to discover this powerhouse local supergroup. The band has had a strong first year with the release of their self-titled debut, and was championed by XPN from the beginning, with performances on our summer lockdown series the Unprecedented Sessions in 2021, as well as Free At Noon, NON-COMM and XPoNential Festival performances in 2022. Make the not-so-long haul out to Delaware for a lovely show in a bucolic setting.  // 8 p.m., $19.49, AA

Cosmic Guilt - "Silver and Lead"

Saturday 12/17: Brushstroke at Kung Fu Necktie

Eoin Murphy is a guitarist and vocalist who has accompanied a range of Philly artists from meditative R&B singer Solomon Temple to blue-eyed soul jammer Ajay. His solo material under the name Brushstroke sits comfortably in either camp, he knocked us out with a surprise appearance at Underground Arts last month during the latter’s set opening for Thee Sacred Souls, and he’ll bring that energy and more to Kung Fu Necktie this Saturday. // 7:30 p.m., $10, 21+

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