Our Weekly Concert Picks: June 12–June 18

Mates of State play Underground Arts on Thursday, June 13.

What we’re hitting up this week!

Wednesday, June 12: We Were Promised Jetpacks at Morgan’s Pier

Finally, concert season at Morgan’s Pier is here!  Scottish rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks kick off the very first show of 2013, bringing their moody, cathartic blend of post-punk to life at the Pier. Front man Adam Thompson’s yearning vocals (and Scottish drawl) are reason enough to check them out—but if you need further convincing, consider this: the weather at 9 p.m. is forecasted to be 75 and sunny; Morgan’s Pier features beach umbrellas, oysters, and Love Stout on tap. Did we mention the show is free? Plus arrive early for opener (and fellow Scots) PAWS, whose brash, playful take on pop-punk makes them a band to watch.

9:00 at Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Blvd., free.


Thursday, June 13: Baths at Union Transfer

Best New Music recipient and electronic artist Baths (aka Will Wiesenfeld) stops by Union Transfer for an evening of mega vibes. A classically-trained musician who grew up playing piano, Wiesenfeld boasts two records of intricate, layered electronics, including the recently released Obsidian. Inspired by a bout of illness that left him bedridden for months, as well as his own tendency towards darkness, Obsidian teems with morbid imagery, and complex, clashing melodies, such as the dour “Worsening” and the floaty “Miasma Sky.” Live, the bespectacled madman hunches over his rack and gesticulates wildly, weaving mixes that transport crowds to his own (dark) personal universe. Date music this is not—but for EDM heads looking to get introspective, Bath’s head-y jams will wash over you like the cleansing soak they’re named for (and yes, we just compared Baths to baths).

8:30 at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., $14. Tickets available here.



Thursday, June 13: The Mates of State with Alec Ounsworth at Underground Arts

Seeing big artists in small venues is always exciting, and this Thursday, peppy husband-and-wife duo the Mates of State will bring their shimmering brand of indie pop to Underground Arts. (When they stopped by Philly a year ago, they played at Union Transfer, so this is a classic under-play.) Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel might be parents now, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still let loose…and seeing as it’s pretty much impossible to listen to “Palomino” while standing still, expect positive vibes and lots of dancing. Plus, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah front man Alec Ounsworth opens, lending his trademark twang to solo versions of your fave CYHSY hits (we’re hoping for “Let the Cool Goddess Rust Away.”)

8:00 at Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., $15. Tickets available here.


Friday, June 14: The Chairman Dances LP Release at Kung Fu Necktie

Philly art-pop group The Chairman Dances take their name from an operatic outtake, and combine a knowledge of classical and orchestral music with lush, breezy pop concoctions that sound decidedly more XTC than symphony orchestra. Pals Eric Krewson and Ben Rosen met while working at U Penn’s rare books’ department, and starting performing with drummer Mike Giuliana in 2010. Guitarist Andrew Ciampa climbed on board this year…just in time for the release of their 3rd LP, Michael and the Prophetess. Inspired by a litany of literary as well as musical influences (think: modern classical, magical realism, The Master and Margarita), Michael is a sparking record that tells the story of a young man living in 1956 Brooklyn with the help of full strings and horns. If “Fragments of Time” is your fave song on the new Daft Punk record (as it is mine!), you will <3 these guys! Scope the record trailer here.

8:00 at Kung Fu Necktie, 1129 N. Front St., $10. Tickets available at the door.


Monday, June 17: Black Flag at Union Transfer

Because sometimes Mondays really make you mad, and you just wanna freak out and shout along to “Rise Above.” It’s true that Henry Rollins is no longer in the band (he’s busy doing talk shows, and acting in TV series)—instead Black Flag will bring along second vocalist Ron Reyes, who played with the band on early tours before quitting in 1980. But founder Greg Ginn will be there, and—if we’re lucky—might even shelve his much-publicized hatred of nostalgia in order to bust out some old jams. Either way, we expect lots of attitude, and unbridled, Monday night raging.  The band’s due to release a new record this fall (their first since 1985), which—judging from first single “Down in the Dirt”—should be gritty and ferocious. And yeah, Ginn and co. are getting old, but if you’re like me, you were too young to catch them back in the day, so it’s probably best to do it now, before they disband for another 20 years.

8:30 at Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., $25. Tickets available here.