MusicNovember 8, 2012 at 5:33 am

Concert Previews: 11/7—11/11

Who's playing Philly this week.

Wednesday, 11/7 Ben Gibbard, Keswick Theatre, $25–35, All Ages

Ben Gibbard, former frontman of Death Cab for Cutie (and former husband of Zooey Deschanel), recently released his first solo album, “Former Lives.” Come see Gibbard perform songs from this record, and see for yourself whether the intense speculation about which songs––if any––might be about Zooey has any merit.

Listen: “Teardrop Windows”

Wednesday, 11/7 Nas and Lauryn Hill, Electric Factory, $59.50, All Ages

On his latest album, “Life is Good,” Nas proved he could still do what he does best: delivering incisive commentary over classic beats from notables like Heavy D and No I.D. and proving that even after eleven studio albums, he’s still a leader in the rap world. 60 bucks may put this show out of reach for some, but the chance to see a living legend doesn’t come cheap.

Listen: “The Don”

Thursday, 11/8 Tame Impala, Union Transfer, $16–18, All Ages

This Thursday the Australian psych–rock group come to Philadelphia in support of “Lonerism,” their critically lauded album released in October. Their music is stoner–friendly, but with a rocking backbeat that’ll keep people moving. Get there early to catch support act The Amazing’s dreamy, psychedelic pop sounds.

Listen: “Apocalypse Dreams”

Thursday, 11/8 The Wallflowers, Trocadero Theatre, $32, All Ages

The Wallflowers are finally back from their hiatus following 2005’s Rebel Sweetheart. The L.A. group’s latest, “Glad All Over,” maintains the rock n’ roll classicism that gained them fame in the 90s while incorporating looser, livelier characteristics that keep their sound interesting. Lead singer Jakob Dylan (the youngest son from Bob Dylan’s first marriage) lets his husky voice tread somewhat familiar waters while new drummer Jack Irons maintains a rockin’ beat throughout the album.

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