Wednesday, 11/7: Cadence Weapon at KFN
When it comes to the rap game, Rollie Pemberton (aka: Cadence Weapon), might be Canada’s best-kept secret. Known for his super literate lyrics (in 2009, he was named Edmonton’s poet laureate), rapid-fire delivery, and innovative use of disco, funk, R&B, and EDM elements, Pemberton has consistently eschewed popular trends in favor of his own creativity. His 2012 record Hope in Dirt City was shortlisted for the Polaris Prize; check out this fly vid for “Conditioning” to see why. This headlining tour follows a stint opening for (fellow Canadians) Japandroids, where he undoubtedly picked up a thing or two about riling crowds.
8.00 at Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., $10. Tickets available here.
Thursday, 11/8: Tame Impala at Union Transfer
Tame Impala’s sophomore record Lonerism is undoubtedly one of the year’s best, mixing slippery, Beatles-esque psych pop with an undeniable sense of solitude and wonder. Developed by front man Kevin Parker almost immediately after debut InnerSpeaker dropped, Lonerism is the product of nearly 2 years spent creating and imaging, and is influenced by “the desperation that comes when you're questioning yourself.” Describes Parker to Spin: “For me, music is about filling a void. But you have to face the void if you want to try and fill it." The band’s live show does just that—adding passion and energy to Parker’s seductive melodies, and incorporating mesmerizing visuals liable to transport. This show is not to be missed!
8:30 at Union Transfer, 1024 Spring Garden St., $16. Tickets are sold out, so Craigslist it.
Saturday, 11/10: The Fresh & Onlys at JB's
San Fran’s The Fresh & Onlys often get lumped together with a slew of other SF’ers making fuzzy, low-stakes rock (see: Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Sic Alps, etc). But The Fresh & Onlys offer their own take, incorporating 60’s surf and psych influences for something warmer and encompassing. On new record Long Slow Dance, the band tackles love (a fruitful subject, though difficult to get just right) and pretty much nails it—or as front man Tim Cohen puts it: "You supply the innocent mind, and I'll bring the guilty heart...and borne together, we'll make the perfect romance.” Think jangly guitars, sweeping synths, and easy, fluttering melodies. A perfect show for a first date!
9.30 at Johnny Brenda’s,1201 N. Frankford Ave., $10. Tickets available here.
Tuesday, 11/13: Mirah at JB's
Philly-born Mirah—née Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn—has been a fixture on the lo-fi pop scene for over a decade now, her sweet, wide-eyed vocals and whimsical lyrics capturing a unique yet infinitely relatable perspective on life, love, and everything in between. Since 2000, she’s released more than a dozen records and EPs of delicate, playful pop, including 2011’s Thao & Mirah (with songwriter Thao Nguyen), and the infectiously dance-y single “Low Self Control,” featuring French rapper Tender Forever. Always an activist in addition to a songwriter, she’s spent the past few weeks getting out the vote and helping victims of Hurricane Sandy—but will take a short break to come play songs for us. Swoon.
9.15 at Johnny Brenda’s,1201 N. Frankford Ave., $14. Tickets available here.