Weekly Concert Picks: March 27–April 2

Pusha T plays Union Transfer on Friday, March 29th

It’s finally warm outside…let’s get out there and rage! 

Thursday, March 28: Lantern at Kung Fu Necktie

Vice once called them “the best band in Philadelphia,” but then it turned out that label came from the band themselves, who argue that you have to believe in what you’re doing if you ever want others to believe in you too. Good advice, and better still when what you’re doing is making rightfully raucous, ‘50s-influenced garage-rock ragers. Formed in 2010 when singer/guitarist Zachary Devereux Fairbrother and bassist Emily Robb moved to Philly from Montreal and started gigging locally, Lantern has won fans with high energy shows and a no-holds-barred attitude. Now fresh off a killer SXSW, the band returns to KFN, where they’ll surely inspire raging AND dancing. Before you go: Download new single “Mr. Mars” and vibe out.

9:00 at Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., $8. Tickets available at the door.


Thursday, March 28: Here We Go Magic at Underground Arts

As the weather warms up and we all venture outside, hesitantly, sans winter coats, there are few bands as poised to capture the glee as New York’s Here We Go Magic, whose gentle, hazy melodies feel as warm and soothing as the spring. Started in 2008 as a bedroom project for electronic dappler Luke Temple, the band slowly evolved into a full-fledged entity, touring with the likes of Andrew Bird and Elbow. Their most recent LP, A Different Ship, plays like a dream sequence into a psychedelic wonderland full of blooming fauna and twinkling waterfalls…which should be the perfect distraction on a blustery spring evening. Arrive early for opener Laser Background, aka Andy Molholt crafting dreamy, psychedelic charmers.

8:00 at Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., $12. Tickets available here.


Friday, March 29: Pusha T at Union Transfer

Terrence “Pusha T” Thornton first rode to prominence in the early 90s as one-half East Coast hip-hop duo Clipse—the Neptunes-backed, critically-acclaimed force behind 2006’s Hell Hath No Fury (and untouchable jam “Keys Open Doors”). As a solo artist, T’s released both a mixtape of jams (Fear of God), and a solid EP (Fear of God II: Let Us Play), and has lent his skills to everything from Kanye’s “Runaway” to British pop star Pixie Lot’s “What Do You Take Me for?” His highly anticipated (and excellently-named) debut LP, My Name Is My Name, comes out this May—we’re already feeling early single “Pain,” and hoping he drops some new cuts this Friday. Local file: Philly MC’s DJ Damage (aka: “King of Temple University”) and DJ Aktive open, lending sweet support to this super-stacked bill.

9:00 at Union Transfer, 1024 Spring Garden St., $30. Tickets available here.


Friday, March 29: Dangerous Ponies at Milkboy Philly

Few Philly bands can rile a crowd quite like Dangerous Ponies, whose seven person line-up includes two “hype men” (well, a hype man and a hype woman), and who, in the past, have been known to bust out bodysuits and glitter for live shows. It’s fitting accompaniment for a band who describes its genre as “danceyourfaceoff” on Facebook, although don’t be fooled into writing them off as a vapid party machine. Actually, these guys can really rock, combining their raucous energy with punchy percussion, bright harmonies, and wicked guitar lines, all anchored by front woman Chrissy Tashjian’s excellent songwriting and affecting alto. Before you go: Stream the band’s new EP, Tenderheart, via Bandcamp and get ready to shout along!

9:30 at Milkboy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St., $6–$8. Tickets available here.