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Here are ten concerts to see in the next seven days, all around Philly. For tickets and more information, head to the WXPN Concert Calendar.

Sunday 2/18: Eliza Edens at City Winery Philadelphia

Former Philadelphian, present Brooklynite Eliza Edens plays City Winery this Sunday supporting fellow singer-songwriter Molly Parden in the release of her dreamy ’23 LP Sacramented. Edens herself released a full length, We’ll Become the Flowers, in 2022 with the cool confidence of Margaret Glaspy and delightful twists of Sidney Gish. This show, complete with table service and great food and wine offerings, makes for a lovely date night. // 7:30 p.m., $18, 21+ – Paige Walter

Eliza Edens - I Needed You (Official Video)

Tuesday 2/20: Bill Frisell Three at Ardmore Music Hall

Jazz guitarist Bill Frisell leads a talented trio for this Tuesday evening show worth getting out to see on a weeknight. We appreciate Frisell for his many Americana-flavored contributions to the genre over the years, including a recent collaboration with XPN Fest star Valerie June on the old bluegrass tune “Handsome Molly.” // 7:30 p.m., $29, 21+- P.W.

Bill Frisell Trio - Leverkusener Jazztage [Bayer Kulturhaus, Leverkusen, Germany] (Nov 09, 2023)

Wednesday 2/21: Indigo De Souza at XL Live

The distinct melodies and unique vocal stylings of Indigo De Souza will grace the XL Live stage in Pennsylvania’s capital city this Wednesday during her US tour. With no new releases since All of This Will End, expect some sneak peek of a project in the works with the chance to witness it’s unreleased tracks. If this isn’t convincing, this concert marks Indigo’s final tour before a temporary touring hiatus to dedicate time to the new record. Seize this moment to see her live before she takes a break from the spotlight because you will regret missing out! // 8 p.m., $25, AA – Izbella Patrizio

Indigo De Souza - You Can Be Mean [Official Music Video]

Thursday 2/22: Jess Williamson at World Cafe Live

Immerse yourself in the essence of Texas-indie, where long drives, sun-soaked beach days, and heartfelt desires weave into every facet of her music. Join us as Jess Williamson graces our neighboring stage at World Cafe Live, showcasing tracks from her latest album, Time Ain’t Accidental, among others. As one half of the duo Plains, Williamson has established herself as a distinctive and fearless voice in the country music scene, crafting a sound uniquely her own. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear it for yourself live this Thursday. // 8 p.m., $25, AA – I.P.

Jess Williamson - Hunter (Official Video)

Thursday 2/22: Grace Vonderkuhn at Fringe Bar

Grace Vonderkuhn is not just one person but three, whom united as a trio in 2016 in Wilmington. Since, they have married the sounds of shoegaze, the intensity of post-punk, and energy of psych-pop. After catching the attention and praise of NPR following the release of their debut album and getting featured at SXSW and Audiotree, the band jumped back into the studio to record Pleasure Pain under Philly-based label, Sheer Luck. As they gear up to release their third album, don’t miss your chance to experience them live at Fringe Bar Thursday; they’re on a bill with Philly’s Puppy Angst and Babyfang. // 8 p.m., Free, 21+ – I.P.

Grace Vonderkuhn - Live From The Underground

Friday 2/23: Jason Isbell at The Met Philly

Jason Isbell is no stranger to the Met, previously opening for Father John Misty and returning to the venue post-COVID in 2021. 2023 was a big year for Isbell, who dropped Weathervanes with the 400 Unit and celebrated the ten-year anniversary of Southeastern with a sprawling special edition release. After six years playing in the band Drive-By Truckers, Isbell has burnished his reputation as a must-watch singer-songwriter with several great albums of folksy alternative country, and an always entertaining social media presence. The 400 Unit features several members of other bands including Drivin’ N Cryin’s Sandler Vaden on guitar, Son Volt’s Derry DeBorja on keys and accordion, and Al Gamble’s Chad Gamble on drums. Six-time Grammy winner also recently made his big screen debut acting in the Martin Scorsese drama Killers of the Flower Moon. // 8 p.m., $208.69 and up (verified resale), AA – Dylan Itkin

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - White Beretta (Official Music Video)

Friday 2/23: So Long Surfer, Kennedy Shaw at The Grape Room

It’s a solid Philly-centric bill up at Manayunk’s Grape Room, headed up by So Long Surfer, an emerging indie four-piece celebrating the release of its latest single, “Ego Death.” The band fuses jangley beach-friendly guitar tones true to their name with a balance of basement show energy and tasteful jamming, and is rolling out singles in preparation for their debut project release sometime later this year. Opening the show is Kennedy Shaw, a local artist who spent a few years releasing music as Makeoutgrrl and is back to working under her name. Shaw’s music brings reflective emo, anthemic indie rock, and bold pop tones under a single umbrella, and works them all remarkably. Mojohand and Jette Planes round out this bill. // 8:30 p.m., $10, 21+ –John Vettese

So Long, Surfer - Ego Death

Saturday 2/24: The Kills at Union Transfer

The Kills have stuck out as a thrilling must-see duo since their early 2000’s breakout success and have since stuck around longer than most of their peers from that era. The group, featuring frontwoman Alisson Mosshart and guitarist Jamei Hince, has often been labeled as pure garage rock. Yet while the distorted thump of their early work drew comparisons to the White Stripes and the Arctic Monkeys, they’ve gone in various, often electronic directions in the years since. The band made a big return to live stages opening for Jack White in 2022 and released God Games, their first all-new album in seven years, just last year. The Paranoyds will open for the Kills on Saturday –  fresh off the 2023 release of their EP I Like It Here on Third Man Records. // 9 p.m., $42 and up, AA – D.I.

The Kills - New York (official video)

Saturday 2/24: St. Paul and the Broken Bones at The Fillmore Philadelphia

It’s been a decade since St. Paul and the Broken Bones broke out with a roof-raising performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk series. In the video, frontman Paul Janeway stood atop the desk and unleashed his impressively soulful voice. The band’s retro sound is reminiscent of some of the R&B greats from the past: think Al Green or Otis Redding. In years since, the group has branched beyond their nostalgic origins to pull from a range of genres on recent releases: introspective acoustic tracks, metal, psych rock, and more. With Sugadaisy opening, their Philly show is sure to be a can’t-miss celebration of soul. // 7 p.m., $45, AA – D.I.

St. Paul & The Broken Bones - South Dakota (Official Audio)

Saturday 2/24: Matt Pond PA at Johnny Brenda’s

It’s been around two decades since he called Pennsylvania home, but the leader and namesake of Matt Pond PA is forever a Philadelphian. The veteran singer-songwriter has an appreciation of beauty and melody, a sense of wistful introspection, and also a tough-as-nails exterior that acts as armor against an unkind and uncaring world — a combination uniquely bred in Philly. MPPA’s latest, an EP called Call And Response, finds Pond in collaboration with Asheville singer-songwriter Alexa Rose on a set that finds the two artists joining their voices to explore askew alt-rock storytelling (“Side Eye Rolls”), revisit warm and inviting indie folk hits past (“Halloween Two”), and cover The Verve (“Bitter Sweet Symphony”). Minneapolis’ Bathtub Cig, aka singer-songwriter Hilary James, joins the latest iteration of MPPA in a return to their onetime hometown Saturday. // 9 p.m., $17, 21+

Matt Pond PA - Imagining Everything

Saturday 2/24: Dann Pell at Exeter Friends Meetinghouse

Central PA singer-songwriter and guitarist Dann Pell makes music that’s gorgeously meditative, delivering sublime fingerstyle acoustic reflections and grizzly Dylan-esque vocals that reflect on the human condition, spirituality, and our place in the universe. Pell’s gorgeous sixth album sanctuary was released last April, and this winter he’s started a monthly showcase at the Exeter Friends Meetinghouse just southeast of Reading. His next installment of the series happens this Saturday; for added incentive to check it out, listen for a live performance by Pell on the Key Studio Sessions this week. // 5 p.m., free will donation, AA

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