Things to Do: Our weekly concert picks

Wednesday, November 14: Macklemore + Ryan Lewis at the TLA

Seattle rapper Ben Haggerty (aka: Macklemore) has been quietly making a stir on the West Coast for half a decade now, but burst into the greater public conscientiousness just recently, when his sophomore record The Heist (with producer Ryan Lewis) debuted at #1 on iTunes, despite a lack of mainstream or label support. The record followed a string of successful YouTube hits, including the gay-friendly “Same Love” (featuring fellow Seattleite Mary Lambert) and the hilarious, fashion forward (?) “Thrift Store” (featuring Wanz.) Macklemore’s last Philly appearance was at Kung Fu Necktie last year, so this will be a big step up for him. Let’s hope he wears his fur coat. 

8.00 at the TLA, 334 South St., $16. Tickets available here


Friday, November 16: Metz at Kung Fu Necktie

New Sub Pop signees Metz craft loud, in-your-face rockers exploding with ferocious guitar shredding and some of the loudest drumming this side of the continent. Their debut, self-titled record rages with ferociousness and angst—and their ruthless live show put them on many a must-see list at this year’s CMJ. These dudes def have the wherewithal (not to mention ferocity) to go the distance, so check ‘em out now at a small venue and get sweated on while you still can. Download killer singles “Headache” and “Wet Blanket” first to prepare. 

8.00 at Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., $10. Tickets available here

Friday, November 16: Yeasayer at Union Transfer

In the years since their 2007 debut record All Hour Cymbals, Brooklyn’s Yeasayer have involved—from a trendy-to-like buzz band making lush, Middle Eastern-inspired grooves—to a formidable giant on the indie rock scene, whose constant evolution and experimentation continue to surprise. On new record Fragrant World, the band tinkers with ‘90s-inspired R&B grooves and perverted dance beats to trippy effect; we’re particularly digging the clatter and seduction of standout single “Henrietta.” Live, the band always impresses, thanks in part to front man Chris Keating’s energy and antics—and we don’t expect this show to be any different.

9.00 at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., $25. Tickets available here

Friday, November 16: Making Time with Matthew Dear

Matthew Dear makes some of the most creative + hypnotic dance music the twentieth century has seen; Making Time founder Dave Pianka calls his beats “PURE 3CSTACY.” It’s not a far cry, given their swaggering, stylish melodies and relentless, thumping bass lines. Plus nothing says “WEEKEND” quite like heading into a dark club, PBR in your hand, body a slave to the speakers and the dance floor. Torn between this and seeing Yeasayer? Word on the street is that the boys of the Yea will drop by Voyeur later on in the evening for an impromptu set of groove-spinning—given their eclectic influences, we can’t wait to hear it!

9.00 at Voyeur, 1221 St. James St., $10. Tickets available here

Sunday, November 18: Conor Oberst at The Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall

The Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall is one of the most beautiful + acoustically impressive spots in the city (if not the country) and Conor Oberst is just the man to fill it with earnest and intimate melodies. The driving force between Bright Eyes, not to mention countless other projects (Desaparecidos, Commander Venus, The Monsters of Folk), Oberst’s gentle, quivering vocals and poignant lyrics have made him something of a national treasure, and this show promises to be pure magic. Texas outsider Daniel Johnston opens, with what is sure to be a set of playful, sweet melodies.

8.00 at The Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St., $25. Tickets available here

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