Who’s Playing Philly This Week
Twin Shadow is the stage-name of George Lewis, Jr. His 2010 debut, “Cover,” was produced by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor. Twin Shadow’s success—built on the back of a 1980s new wave inspired sound—led to spots at Coachella and Bonnaroo and a slot opening for Florence + the Machine in 2011. Lewis is on tour now in support of his 2012 sophomore effort, “Confess.” Twin Shadow plays at Union Transfer with Niki and the Dove at 8pm.
Buy tickets: http://www.r5productions.com/event/115159/
Listen: “Golden Light”
In the past year, St. Vincent and David Byrne teamed up to write and make “Love This Giant,” a collaborative effort that followed after Byrne performed with St. Vincent and contributed to her album “Here Lies Love.” The album’s cover is an unsettling image that grew out of a “Beauty and the Beast” joke between the two, because of their difference in ages—but despite its absurdity, the picture is also a cipher for both their quirky partnership and its product. St. Vincent and David Byrne play at Tower Theatre at 8pm.
Norwegian Arms is a local folk band led by Brendan Mulvihill, who wrote the songs on the album “Wolf Like a Stray Dog” on a mandolin while living in Siberia, where he was teaching English on a Fulbright scholarship. Norwegian Arms are currently on a month-long tour of Philadelphia neighborhood house show spaces with Laser Background. The show at Pilam is the third and second-to-last concert on the tour.
Listen: “Run! Ran! Run! Rah!”
The Boom Room is hosting a day of live music and DJs to celebrate its first anniversary, which will feature hip-hop group Camp Lo, Jaguar Wright and her new band The W.E., and a variety of other live acts, including DJ sets. There will be food, drinks, acrobatics, and dancing.
Listen: “The What If’s”
The Irish indie-rock band Two Door Cinema Club are back this September with new album “Beacon,” which debuted at number one on the Irish charts. The track “Sleep Alone” is a rock song that’s got enough hooks and singalong choruses to get stuck in your head after only one listen. Two Door Cinema Club play with Friends at the Electric Factory at 8pm.
Listen: “Sleep Alone”
Propelled by the success of narrative-driven album “Hospice” from Brooklyn to Lollapalooza and an appearance on Jimmy Fallon, The Antlers released EP “Undersea” in July. The songs are hazy, coasting waves of watery sound, with singer Peter Silbermann’s silky vocals floating on top. Don’t miss The Antlers with Port St Willow at Union Transfer at 8pm.
Buy tickets: http://www.r5productions.com/event/144301/
Listen: “Drift Dive”