14 concerts to see this week, including Bonnie Raitt, Gary Clark Jr., Sophie Ellis-Bextor and more - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

Here are 13 concerts to see in the next seven days, all around Philly. For tickets and more information on these shows, head to the WXPN Concert Calendar.

Sun. 6/2: OkCello at City Winery

Okorie Johnson, aka OkCello, uses live looping and fluid improvisation to made instantly likeable music that spans the worlds of classical, jazz, jam, and EDM. He begins the week with an early set at City Winery Philly. // 7:30 p.m., $18, 21+

OkCello - Liminal

Mon. 6/3: of Montreal at Underground Arts

Does it blow your mind to think that Athens, Georgia psychedelic popsters of Montreal have been doing their thing for just south of 30 years? Do you wonder what Kevin Barnes and company have been up to lately? The band probably hit their peak of visibility in the early aughts with the killer trifecta of Satanic Panic In The Attic, 2005’s The Sunlandic Twins, and 2007’s Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?, but in terms of their overall discography, those records barely sit at the halfway point. The band just released its 19th studio album, Lady on the Cusp, and they bring it to Philly Monday at Underground Arts with New York’s Godcaster opening. // 8:30 p.m., $33.74, 21+

of Montreal - Yung Hearts Bleed Free [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Wed. 6/5: Sophie Ellis-Bextor at Union Transfer

Speaking of time, and how it’s a flat circle, UK electro pop star Sophie Ellis-Bextor first released her banger “Murder On The Dancefloor” in 2001, on her debut album Read My Lips. Though she’s been steadily active across the 2000s, her playful Kitchen Disco livestream series during lockdown brought her back into the spotlight, which led to last year’s Hana LP, and eventually “Murder” becoming a massive hit when it was featured in the closing scene of Saltburn. Now, Bextor embarks on her first-ever U.S. tour, and it includes a stop in Philly this Wednesday at Union Transfer.  // 7 p.m., $30, AA

Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Murder On The Dancefloor (as featured in Saltburn)

Wed. 6/5: Mdou Moctar at Anchor Rock Club

Seeing Taureg rock performed live is a journey, and with Mdou Moctar’s thrilling Funeral For Justice album just a month old, the time is optimal to see this band. They’re playing Union Transfer later this month — and we’ll be reminding you of the show that week, too — but get to Anchor Rock Club in Atlantic City tonight to see the band’s innovative, endlessly catchy music that unpacks themes of political strive, environmental crisis, colonialism and more to fluid and freewheeling guitar playing. // 8 p.m., $20, 18+

Mdou Moctar- "Funeral for Justice" (Official Music Video)

Thu. 6/6: Chris Stapleton at Freedom Mortgage Pavilion

Saddle up to a PATCO train and get yourself to the Freedom Mortgage Pavilion on the Camden Waterfront this Thursday for a headlining concert by modern country star Chris Stapleton. Almost a decade after its release, “Tennessee Whiskey” from the Kentucky singer-songwriter’s debut Traveler is still inescapable, and his fifth studio album Higher, released last year, sees him breaking past genre restraints. Marcus King and Nikki Lane open. // 7 p.m., $123 and up (verified resale), AA

Chris Stapleton - White Horse

Thu. 6/6: Kyle Sparkman at Johnny Brenda’s

Philly guitarist and composer Kyle Sparkman has established himself as a sideman and collaborator over the past decade, and his latest work cements him as a solo artist in his own right. Neon Fever Dream Home rides rippling grooves like Khruangbin and dips into electro-soul in the spirit of late-era Vampire Weekend, and he’ll showcase it tonight at Fishtown’s home for local music, Johnny Brenda’s. // 8 p.m., $15, 21+

Kyle Sparkman - Mean Ol Disco

Thu. 6/6: The Menzingers at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center

Northeastern Pennsylvania punk rockers The Menzingers are one of the best live acts in the scene, in the state, dare I say in the country? Last year’s Some of It Was True finds co-songwriters Tom May and Greg Barnett in top form, and their latest leg of tour in support of the record visits the state capital Thursday night at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center. Lucero and The Dirty Nil open. // 7 p.m., $33.50, AA

The Menzingers - Hope Is A Dangerous Thing

Fri. 6/7: Bonnie Raitt at The Met Philly

How does one summarize Bonnie Raitt in just a few sentences? Master songwriter? Guitar shredder? Rock veteran of 50+ years? Prolific studio artist still riding high on her nineteenth studio album, 2022’s Just Like That…? The strongest case for making your way up North Broad Street this Friday to see her, though, is the fact that she’s headlining The Met — a venue whose mix of ornate grandeur and warm intimacy make it the perfect place to a legend like her perform. // 8 p.m., $168.14 (verified resale), AA

Bonnie Raitt - I Can't Make You Love Me

Fri. 6/7: Say She She at Upper Merion Concerts Under The Stars

Disco revivalists, pop retrofuturists, and simply a charismatic trio of singers and songwriters, Say She She won the hearts of the WXPN universe in 2023 with their album Silver and their breakout performances at World Cafe Live, the XPoNential Music Festival, and more. Catch them tonight in the great outdoos of Upper Merion Township’s Concerts Under The Stars series. // 7 p.m., $30, AA

Fri. 6/7 and Sat. 6/8: The Dresden Dolls at Union Transfer

A little bit goth, a little bit cabaret, and a whole lot of the punk-rooted punch and power of singer-pianist and co-songwriter Amanda Palmer come together in The Dresden Dolls. The cult favorite duo, which also features drummer Brian Viglione, are back together for a 2024 tour, and they’re playing two nights this week in Philly, one of the first cities that embraced them beyond their hometown of Boston. With two LPs and one oddities collection comprising their discography, you can expect robust setlists of the familiar, the forgotten, and the favorites in their Union Transfer two-night stand. // 8 p.m., $45, AA

The Dresden Dolls 'Girl Anachronism' music video

Sat. 6/8: Wayne Music Festival

One of our favorite weekends of the year (at least one not called the XPoNential Music Festival) is the annual Wayne Music Festival, a free day-long concert in the downtown of the main line burg. This year’s performers are Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers, Margaret Glaspy, Soraia, SNACKTIME, and more. // 12 p.m., Free, AA

Sat. 6/8: West Philly Porchfest

For a free music festival closer to the 215, West Philly Porchfest is a great bet. An array of artists, from folk to jazz to punk to jam to even electropop, playing on sidewalks and front stoops north of Chester, south of Walnut, east of 54th, and west of 43rd is an optimal way to spend a late spring / early summer day. The best news: it’s done early enough for you to take in one of the other concerts happening tonight. // 12 p.m., Free, AA

West Philly Porchfest 2023

Sat. 6/8: Gary Clark Jr. at The Met Philly

Seriously though, The Met is giving guitar enthusiasts a lot to be excited about this week. Austin singer-songwriter and shredder Gary Clark Jr. veers from blues to psychedelia to jaw-dropping displays of skill, and he stretches his musical palette even further than ever on this year’s JPEG Raw album. (Okay, nerds, it’s not an album about photo file formats: it stands for Jealousy, Pride, Envy, Greed, Rules, Alter Ego, Worlds.) Free Nationals opens the show. // 8 p.m., $59.60 and up, AA

Gary Clark Jr. - MAKTUB (Official Music Video)

Sat. 6/8: Charlie Hall’s Invisible Ink at Solar Myth

With a moment of downtime in The War On Drugs rigorous touring schedule (they’ll pick up on a co-headline run with The National later this summer), drummer Charlie Hall gets to indulge the more avant garde corners of his musical spirit in his Invisible Ink project, which plays two nights at Solar Myth this weekend. // 8 p.m., $48.81, 21+

Charlie Hall - Meet Me at Fagan's
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