15 Must-See Concerts this Fall and Winter
There’s no shortage of talent headed to the Philadelphia area.
Grizzly Bear. Photo by Tom Hines.
Grizzly Bear at the Fillmore
Grizzly Bear features an assortment of melancholic vocals, spacey instrumentation and minimalistic drums. Fresh off the release of their fifth album, Painted Ruins, their live show is sure to feature loads of groove and an excited dance floor.
Nov. 11 and 12
Bob Dylan at Tower Theater
Bob Dylan is a mobile musical landmark. His revolutionary instrumentation and vocals paved the way for so much evolution in music. Dylan’s shows are infamous for studio quality sound and lengthy set lists. For any Bob Dylan devotee, his rare show at the Tower will offer a cozy, masterful experience.
Philly Really Loves Petty: A Tom Petty Tribute at Ardmore Music Hall
Join as numerous bands and fans combine to appreciate the late Tom Petty and his astronomical impact on music. Petty tribute band, the Big Jangle, as well as other Philadelphia-based musicians Flightschool and Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, will be performing in his honor. Plus, 50 percent of proceeds will benefit Puerto Rico relief funds. The event is 21 and over.
Kelela at Coda
With a 90’s R&B vibe that’ll speak to lovers of TLC and Destiny’s Child, Kelela details every aspect of an emotional breakup on recent album Take Me Apart. She finds the perfect balance of detailed lyrics and catchy musicality and has exhibited the sort of potential that sprung SZA to the top.
Jack Antonoff of Bleachers. Photo by Daniel Silbert.
Bleachers at the Fillmore
Bleachers find a way to make their music transcend time. Their 2017 album Gone Now is equal parts 1980s and 2010s. You also may recognize front man Jack Antonoff from 2012 breakout trio fun. Since then, Bleachers has been dominating the airwaves, including hit single Don’t Take the Money.
Tommy Conwell and the Young Ramblers at Ardmore Music Hall
The raspy voice of Philadelphia native Tommy Conwell pairs with his rebellious attitude. The combination make him a staple for 80s and 90s music fans. Now, Conwell is bringing his infectious guitar riffs to Ardmore. Known for conversing with the audience during his shows, Conwell’s shows are nostalgic, but also dwell in the present.
LCD Soundsystem at the Fillmore
LCD Soundsystem front man James Murphy is one of the most adept songwriters in the business. The band’s 2007 album Sound of Silver captured the emotional crisis one often experiences when making the transition into independent adulthood. Back together after a five-year hiatus, with album American Dream, they put on an exciting show.
Angel Olsen. Photo by Kyle Coutts.
Angel Olsen at Union Transfer
Angel Olsen made a name for herself with her heartstring-pulling vocals and raw instrumentation. Whether it’s the 80s movie-esque bassline in Woman or hysterical plea for affection in Shut Up Kiss Me, Angel has what you need for an intimate live music experience shared between performer and observer. If you’re a Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac fan, you’ll love her.
Aimee Mann at Colonial Theater
Aimee Mann’s timeless voice has always been suited for gentle guitar and simple drum beats. Her songs are well thought out and purposeful, and hearing her voice live is sure to be a captivating experience.
Samantha Fish at Ardmore Music Hall
Blues music has long had a reputation for memorable rhythms and chemistry. Samantha Fish is no exception, as her live shows are packed with zesty melodies and a feel for modern blues. Equipped with a one-of-a-kind voice and a skilled band backing her, Fish will offer an intriguing show for any blues-rock fan.
SZA at the Fillmore
SZA may have seen the biggest popularity climb of any musical artist in 2017. Her debut commercial album Ctrl. established a vice grip on the hearts of listeners everywhere with her themes of being underappreciated. The album is an emotional quest to find self-love following a breakup where she combines bouncy production with honest lyrics.
The Killers at Wells Fargo Center
One of the most iconic bands of the 2000s, the Killers have incomparable live energy and a wealth of singalong tunes that will have even the most casual music fan on their feet.
Lana Del Rey. Photo by Neil Krug.
Lana Del Rey at Wells Fargo Center
Lana Del Rey maneuvered her way into songwriter-loving hearts when she released debut album Born to Die. She graces the cover in plastic doll stiffness, but proved her music is anything but with songs like Blue Jeans and Video Games. Del Rey is all smiles on her new album, Lust for Life, and headlining shows in 20,000 seat arenas.
Milky Chance at the Fillmore
Milky Chance’s breezy guitar riffs paired with the raspy vocals of singer Clemens Rehbein transports listeners to lazy summer days. Unfamiliar listeners will recognize them from their hit single Stolen Dance.
Maceo Parker at Ardmore Music Hall
Maceo Parker has quite the impressive resume. He’s performed saxophone for the likes of James Brown and George Clinton. Now, on his solo tour, Parker brings his universal rhythms and grooves to the Main Line. His band’s drum cadences are audial earworms that funk and jazz lovers will adore.