Thursday 10/25: Jeffrey Lewis at WCL
New York “anti-folk” singer (what does that mean anyway?) Jeffrey Lewis is a lyrical genius, whose witty, heartfelt, and frequently sardonic lyrics reveal an artist who is smart, cynical, and searching for answers in a messed-up world. An artist by trade, who also boasts an impressive comic book output, and who picked up music more than 10 years back on a whim, Lewis is now touring in support of his sixth LP, A Turn in the Dream Songs. Expect fun banter and catchy gems such as “Cult Boyfriend,” in which Lewis explains his fringe appeal, and “Time Trades.”
8:00 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., $8. Tickets available here.
Saturday 10/27: "Howardween" Benefit for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research Fall Festival Musical Costume Block Party Extravaganza—with Bandname, Soldiers of Soul, and more
If doing it for Marty McFly isn’t enough of a reason, consider this: as winter approaches, your block party options will be few and far between + you’ll be trapped inside remembering that one time you dressed as an Internet meme and drank beer in the streets and listened to bands. This all-day fest features a sweet local line-up, including Philly punks Bandname, Soliders of Soul, Conversations with Enemies, and more—not to mention our fave story rockers The Really Cooks doing a Rocky Horror-themed set. Did we mention it’s BYOB? Go forth and seize the day!
1:00 to 8:30 at 1400 North Howard St., donations accepted.
Saturday 10/27: The Making Time Halloween Experience at The Barbary
Ok, so this one’s not a concert in the traditional sense (as in: there are no bands playing—just DJ’s) but when you think about it: isn’t Halloween at the Barbary a concert of the flesh in the grandest sense? In which slutty Honey Boo Boos and Lana Del Reys rub up against sweat-soaked dudes just “pretending” to be douchebags, their movements a drunken symphony, over which the scent of PBR hangs limp in the air, like a long, drawn-out bass note? No but seriously. No one throws a party like Making Time + Halloween is the perfect occasion to get drunk + rage. This is the place to do it.
9:00-2:00 at The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave., $7 before 11:00, $10 after. Tickets at the door.
Sunday 10/28: Black Landlord Halloween Extravaganza at KFN
Philly hip-hop/soul collective Black Landlord don’t just make music: they hit you in the face with swinging beats, playful horns, and front man/landlord Maxx Stoyanoff-Williams’s fly raps. Conceived by Stoyanoff-Williams—who honed his skillz in legendary Philly rap trio The Goats—as a band of all stars, the 9-member group is practically incapable of not rocking a venue to its foundation. Openers St. James and the Apostles are pretty great too, combining acidy, ‘70s sounds with a modern, bluesy sludge that’s warm+intoxicating.
7:30 at Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., $10. Tickets available here.
Monday 10/29: The xx at the Electric Factory
The xx craft moody, minimalist pop which they match with a gigantic stage show—we’re talking choreographed light sequences, projections, dry ice, and more. It helps that their musical chops are up to snuff as well, from Romy Madley-Croft’s smoky vocals and hazy guitar to Oliver Sim’s and Jamie Smith’s exacting bass and percussion. The band’s sophomore record Coexist dropped last month, so expect some new material (we’re digging the absolutely heart-breaking “Angels”) mixed in with your old faves.
8:00 at The Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th St. Tickets are sold out, so Craigslist it.