Concert Picks: October 9–October 16

So many sweet events happening in Philly this week. ..let’s rage!

Wednesday, 10/10: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at the F.U. Church

They might seem like legends now, but let’s not forget that irreverent rockers CYHSY first got their start as DIY mavens, whose self-released, self-titled record launched them to semi-fame once bassist Tyler Sargent started mailing out copies from his Brooklyn apartment. One BNM nod later, they were venerable indie gods, and in the past years, the band has played mostly larger venues (including their last stop at Union Transfer last fall.) But that doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten their roots, and this Wednesday they return for an intimate hometown show at the Church. Expect good vibes, and front man Alec Ounsworth’s trademark twang. Not to mention fall is the perfect time for a show at the church, when it’s not 10000 degrees inside, and you can wear a hoodie without getting nasty-sweaty.

With SKATERS, 8 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., $20. Tickets available here


Thursday, 10/11: Buke & Gase at KFN

Brooklyn duo Buke & Gase boast the sort of bizarre personal characteristics you might expect of a Brooklyn experimental rock band: Arone Dyler is a career bicyclist, who has traveled across the globe doing bicycle-y things, and often makes her own clothes—while Aron Sanchez studied at RISD and performed with the Blue Man Group. Their music—as you might expect—is equally varied, mixing garage, post-punk, noise-rock and more in creative+hypnotic ways—courtesy of Dyler’s “buke” (or electric baritone ukulele) and Sanchez’s “gase” (or guitar/bass hybrid.) Their recent EP, Function Falls, is earning mad props from the blogosphere already, which means this time next year they’ll likely be playing much larger venues. Catch em now so you can claim bragging rights later. 

8 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie, 1248 N. Front St., $10. Tickets available here.

Thursday, 10/11: Mayer Hawthorne @ Penn’s Harrison Auditorium

Michigan soulman Mayer Hawthorne has a sexy-smooth voice and a knack for melody that makes grown-ups and children alike swoon. His 2011 record How Do You Do was one of the year’s best, incorporating ‘70s pop and funk into a laid-back celebration (we especially <3 Temptations-esque single “The Walk”). Penn's Harrison Auditorium has amazing acoustics that will make this sound so good. Plus, local faves Cheers Elephant open, bringing their sweet, Beatles-esque sounds to the feel-good party. Only $15!

7:30 p.m. at Harrison Auditorium, 3260 South St., $15. Tickets available here


Friday: 10/12: Bleeding Rainbow at JBs

2013 is going to be all about Bleeding Rainbow. The band formerly known as Reading Rainbow has gone through some changes the past year, transitioning from a duo to a 4-piece, and moving from the psych-tinged, free-love influenced rockers on 2010’s Prism Eyes, to fuzzier grunge- and lo-fi-inspired nugs. This was supposed to be their record release show, for new record Yeah Right, until they signed with Kanine Records, who pushed the release back to January. But the band will still be debuting a lot of new material + shredding faces during this hometown show. Let’s rage!

With Far-Out Fangtooth + Heavy Medical. 9 p.m. at Johnny Brendas, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., $10. Tickets available here


Saturbday, 10/13: Bloktoberfest on South Street!

Bloktoberfest is not just a beer festival—it’s a celebration of food, beer, good music, and good times. This Saturday, South Street between Broad + 18th will transform into a magical, suds-soaked land, complete with 2 stages of free, rollicking music. Toy Soldiers headline, along with performances by Grandchildren, Lily and the Parlour Tricks, West Philadelphia Orchestra and more, setting up shop at the Jamaican Jerk Hut’s sweet outdoor garden. Did we mention it’s free? We’ll toast to that!

Noon to 11 p.m., Broad to 18th on South Street, free. More info here