13 concerts to see this week, including Lake Street Dive, Samia, Macy Gray, Lilys and more - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

Here are 13 concerts to see in the next seven days, all around Philly; tickets and more information on all these concerts can be found at WXPN’s concerts and events page.

Sunday 2/5: Lake Street Dive at New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Jazzy poppy XPN faves are back in the area tonight, playing New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. The band revived its Fun Machine covers project last fall with versions of “Linger” by The Cranberries and “You’re Still The One” by Shania Twain, meaning we’re in for a fun way to start the week. // 7 p.m., $40.50 and up, AA

Lake Street Dive - Linger

Monday 2/6: Joie Kathos at Kimmel Cultural Campus

For this week’s free Nightlife At The Kimmel series, Philly rapper and producer Joie Kathos brings a night of hip-hop to the Commonweath Plaza. Kathos’ most recent project, Jojo’s World, hit streaming services last summer and delivers her trademark existential wordplay over vivid left-of-center beats. // 8 p.m., free, AA

Joie Kathos - TRFE Music Series

Tuesday 2/7: Vance Joy at The Met Philly

Melbourne modern rock folksinger Vance Joy is coming up on a decade since his breakthrough hit, the earworm “Riptide.” He’s stayed productive, though, with his third LP In Our Own Sweet Time releasing last fall, and Tuesday night the album’s bootstomp rhythms and singalong refrains will fill The Met Philly’s halls. // 8 p.m., $85 and up, AA

Vance Joy - Missing Piece

Wednesday 2/8: Samia at Union Transfer

In the confessional style of contemporaries Christian Lee Hutson and Phoebe Bridgers, LA to NYC artist Samia carries the torch of sad girl music with the recent LP Honey. Songs like the title track are reminiscent of Samia’s debut The Baby, supported by a tour with Lucy Dacus and Courtney Barnett (Samia was memorably the only one to play their Skyline Stage date at The Mann due to a wicked downpour). If that and a 2021 Johnny Brenda’s show are any indication, this Wednesday gig at Union Transfer will be bright with star power. // 8 p.m., $20, AA

Samia - Kill Her Freak Out (Official Video)

Thursday 2/9: Kath Bloom at Johnny Brenda’s

It’s acoustic singer-songwriter night at JB’s, for sure. Poignantly warbly and timeless, legacy artist Kath Bloom shares her quarantine-era album Bye Bye These Are the Days following an opening set by buzzing soft-folk local Shannen Moser. Don’t leave home for this show without your vintage embroidered handkerchief. // 8 p.m., $15, 21+

Kath Bloom "Your House Is Burning" (Official Music Video)

Thursday 2/9: Honeythunder at Kung Fu Necktie

Local newcomers Honeythunder write indie rock with a punk rock sensibility that’s spreading among Philly bands like wildfire. Their debut EP That’s Baseball, Baby! Has Screaming Females undertones and unfinished basement vibes, and their latest two singles show the band slightly cleaned up in terms of production, but still clouded over with a thick layer of grunge smudge. // 8 p.m., $10, 21+

Honeythunder - When It's All Over

Thursday 2/9: Ajay at Silk City

Singer songwriter Ajay has been hustling his guitar skill around the scene for the past several years, particularly as part of the Omar’s Hat Extended Universe, but this Thursday he celebrates the release of his new album These Yesterdays. The eight-song project hit streaming services on Friday, and recent gigs Ajay has played with Stereo League and Thee Sacred Souls have shown that the music — a heady mesh of Hall & Oates flavored soul with post-millennial hip-hop — absolutely slays in a live setting. Don’t miss this gig with Ajay’s good buds Black Buttafly (who has a new album of her own on the way this spring) and Jonill. // 7 p.m., $12, 21+

Ajay - I Never Slept In The Summer Shade

Friday 2/10: Orrin Evans at Chris’ Jazz Cafe

After a week of rock clubs, we’re looking forward to the jazz cafe vibe instead. Pianist and director Orrin Evans puts a modern, subdued cinematic spin on compositions with his award-winning band. We recommend bringing a date to this Friday night show — or again on Saturday as well. // 7 p.m., $90 and up, 21+

Orrin Evans Quartet Featuring Immanuel Wilkins- Firm Roots

Friday 2/10: DURRY at Tellus360

During lockdown, suburban Minneapolis siblings Austin and Taryn Durry started releasing music online, with one song in particular — “Who’s Laughing Now” — going massively viral on TikTok. It’s a raw and scrappy pop-punk anthem that’s equal parts self-depricating and righteously silly in its rejection of middle America’s societal benchmarks. Following a year of courting from labels, the band is at work on its debut album, and it’s short winter jaunt around North America brings them to Lancaster this Friday for a Tellus360 show. // 7 p.m.,  $15, 21+

DURRY - Who's Laughing Now

Friday 2/10: Macy Gray at Bergen Performing Arts Center

A seasoned voice in R&B and soul, Macy Gray appears this Friday at North Jersey’s Bergen Performing Arts Center. Breaking out at the turn of the millennium with the classic On How Life Is, Gray released her tenth studio album, Ruby, in 2018, and it was praised for its impressive instrumentation and the sense of joy the singer infuses in each of its ten songs. // 8 p.m., $39, AA

Macy Gray - Buddha

Friday 2/10: Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard at Etess Arena

In an encore run of last summer’s stadium tour, heavy-hitting hard rockers Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard are together again this Friday night for an indoor gig in a comparatively smaller (for them) space: Etess Arena in Atlantic City. The Crüe’s politically incorrect decadence will no doubt have the Friday night crowd revved up, but look for the bombastic Brits Def Leppard to steel the show with their classic roof-raising anthems of the 80s. // 8 p.m., $199, AA

Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar On Me

Saturday 2/11: Lilys at The Latvian Society

Precious few tickets remain for night two of this homecoming run from Philly-rooted indie-psychedelic heros Lilys; night one sold out in short order. Idiosyncratic and influential frontperson Kurt Heasley is joined on this run by players from School of Seven Bells and the Sparks live band, and considering that the last time the band played Philly was almost eight years ago, it might be wise to get tickets while you can, since who (aside from Kurt) knows when they’ll be back? // 7:30 p.m., $25, AA

Lilys - Ginger

Saturday 2/11: Airspace at The Grape Room

Snappy Lehigh Valley modern rockers Airspace are making the drip down the turnpike this Saturday to headline The Grape Room. With cheeky, catchy anthems reminiscent of The Strokes and Franz Ferdinand, the band will have the Manayunk venue dancing to its All The Way Up LP, as well as the new music it has in the works. // 8:30 p.m., $7, 21+

Airspace - Monaco
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