Philadelphia's live music scene rocks. From great halls to intimate one-room venues, shows for every taste take stages in neighborhoods all across town this month. (Photo by G. Miller for Visit Philadelphia)
On any given night of the week, there’s no shortage of awesome music rocking stages in our fair city.
We’ve sifted through flyers, calendars and tapped in-the-know friends to bring you the best of what’s going on in Philadelphia, music-wise.
Here’s a look at the shows we’re the most excited about in February, including a local all-indie music awards event and a return visit a sought-after multi-instrumentalist.
Read on for our picks of the best live shows to take in this month, below.
• Darkside: Thursday, February 6, 8 p.m., Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street. The spacey, atmospheric sounds of Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington’s Darkside sound so good through headphones, we can only imagine what the producer/guitarist duo’s experience is going to be like with the D&B Audiotechnik system at Union Transfer.
• Seth Troxler: Thursday, February 6, 9 p.m., The Dolphin Tavern, 1539 S. Broad Street. We are more than a little excited that The Dolphin has snagged Seth Troxler for its weekly Thursday night Snacks party. Currently residing in Berlin, Troxler’s Detroit house/techno roots are totally apparent in his sets and collaborations with the likes of Matthew Dear and Art Department.
• Murder City Devils: Friday, February 7, 8 p.m., Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street. A break up and reunion plus a 10-year gap in recording hasn’t stopped gravelly, organ-driven Seattle outfit Murder City Devils from putting out a solid seven inch and a mini East Coast tour. If you missed them back in 2001, this is your chance.
• Mission of Burma: Saturday, February 8, 7:30 p.m., The First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut Street. Talk about a band with a legacy. Everyone from Moby to Fugazi have sited these Boston post-punkers as an influence. Are they as fresh as they were in the That’s When I Reach For My Revolver days? Maybe not but, heck, it’s been nearly 35 and they still put on a damned good show.
• Cosby Sweater: Thursday, February 13, 9 p.m., Underground Arts 1200 Callowhill Street. It’s pretty hard not to like a band named after the psychedelic Koos Van Den Akker pullovers that a certain Philadelpia-born comedian popularized in the late ’80s. Add a dose of high energy live on stage electronica (with sleazy sax!) and we’re totally sold.
• Kid Sister: Thursday, February 13, 10 p.m., Voyeur, 1221 Saint James Street. While Friday’s festivities are most likely going to be of the mushy flowers and chocolate variety, Thursday i.e. Galentine’s Day is the night to get your girl party on. Kid Sister is bringing in her lady-centric hip hop game from Chicago and there are promises of sweet swag like fake nails and candy all night long.
• Tri State Indie Music Awards: Sunday, February 16, 6 p.m., World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street. Think of it as the Grammy Awards minus the paparazzi and stylists, plus a whole lot of close-to-home talent from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Maryland and D.C. Keep your eyes peeled for local nominees like Night Panther (indie electro/dance band of the year), Pattern is Movement (indie rock band of the year) and Norwegian Arms (indie folk/American roots band of the year).
• Gardens & Villa: Thursday, February 27, 8 p.m., Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad Street. Gardens & Villa are bringing some much needed breezy, summertime sounds via Santa Barbra to Boot & Saddle supporting a newly released album, Dune. Expect a dancier vibe courtesy of a newly added synth and a producer who has worked with Cut Copy and James Murphy’s DFA Records.
• Far-Out Fangtooth: Thursday, February 27, 8 p.m., Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 North Frankford Avenue. We’ve had out eye on fuzzed out four piece Far-Out Fangtooth and it looks like the rest of the world is finally catching up to their smooth and kind of spooky sounds.
• St. Vincent: Friday, February 28, 8 p.m., Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street. Fresh off a collaboration with David Byrne and with a new album inspired by hallucinations in the west Texas desert and staring contests with rattlesnakes on the way, the conceptual ambitions of Annie Erin Clark i.e. St. Vincent are showing no signs of slowing down.