12+ Amazing Concerts Hitting Philly This June

Phoenix, Nick Cave, Digable Planets and more coming your way.....

There’s something about summer and live music, and post-Memorial Day Weekend there’s that influx of outdoor event notifications large enough to spend the next three months outdoors with yours ears fully pleased.

Starting in June, here’s the roundup of countless concerts, reunions, benefits and block parties to give you the best of the best in terms of music in Philly this month.

If you’re into rock, rap, hip-hop, pop, punk, grime or Icelandic post-rock, you’re covered below.

Read on for our music picks for this June.

Skepta

Winner of the “Songwriter of the Year” at the UK’s Ivor Novellos Awards this year, Skepta’s signature grime is also sweeping through the U.S in a big way. Maybe Drake will be there? Probably not, but maybe.

Skepta

When:Tuesday, June 6
Where:Theatre of The Living Arts, 334 South Street

www.lnphilly.com

The Avalanches

Last year, the iconic art rockers released their first record in 16 years, Wildflower, a long-awaited follow up to their 2000 debut. Both albums show off the group’s ability to crate dig and sample with the best of them. This is the sound of summer: think Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff if they were a group of jumpsuit-wearing Australians. I know, it’s hard, but you’ll get it when you listen.

The Avalanches

When:Wednesday, June 7
Where:Theatre of The Living Arts, 334 South Street

www.lnphilly.com

GirlPool

Despite the fact that the duo recently moved from Philly, where they wrote and recorded their latest record, Powerplant, doesn’t mean we don’t love when they come back and grace us with a harmony-laden punk show. It’s always exciting to see a local act headline a venue like Union Transfer, and after this year’s release (in which they added a drummer to their live lineup) we’re really excited to see them up there under the bright lights.

GirlPool

When:Friday, June 10
Where:Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street

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Spirit of the Beehive

Spruce Street Harbor Park just announced a summer slew of Waterfront Sessions Live Music Series shows that won’t disappoint. First on our list is Spirit of the Beehive, arguably one of the best examples of Philly’s fuzzed-out grunge and comparable to Alex G and Dark Blue.

Spirit of the Beehive

When:Thursday, June 15
Where:Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Boulevard

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

XPN Presents: Elvis Costello & the Imposters

Catch the iconic man who kicked hints of punk, reggae, and new wave into the pop sphere with songs like “Alison,” “Welcome To The Working Week” and “Watching the Detective.” This is the man who made glasses—and the music writers who wear them — cool again. Thanks, Elvis.

XPN Presents: Elvis Costello & the Imposters

When:Friday, June 16
Where:The Tower Theatre, S. 69th Street & Ludlow Streets, Upper Darby

www.lnphilly.com

Sigor Rós

The sound of Iceland — it’s enchanting, echoed melody and chilling instrumentals — live at probably one of the most breathtaking venues in the city. What’s left to want?

Sigor Rós

When:Friday, June 16
Where:The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue

www.manncenter.org

Songs: Molina - a Memorial Electric Co.

When Songs:Ohia/Magnolia Electric Co. frontman Jason Molina passed away suddenly in 2013, the music world grieved. He was an amazing indie folk songwriter with a haunting voice that truly made its mark on the industry. This June, his friends and bandmates are celebrating his life with a remembrance show that will also feature readings from Erin Osmon, friend and author of Jason Molina: Riding With The Ghost, a new biography.

Songs: Molina - a Memorial Electric Co.

When:Thursday, June 22
Where:Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street

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Make Music Philly

To celebrate the summer solstice — the longest day of the year — the good people of Philly are donating their streets, stoops, shops, and sidewalks to local musicians of varying degrees of experience so they can jam. And jam they will, from sun up to sundown or longer. This event is free and extremely DIY, so attend with the caveat that you might see something you didn’t expect and/or miss something you planned on seeing (that is, just “go with the flow”).

Make Music Philly

When:Wednesday, June 21
Where:Various locations including the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street

www.makemusicphilly.org

Digable Planets with Pharoahe Monch, Smoke DZA

After a successful reunion tour last year, hip hop’s legendary Digable Planets decided to do it again. (We won’t make a “they’re cool like dat” joke.) See them with New York rhyme giants Pharoahe Monch and Smoke DZA.

Digable Planets with Pharoahe Monch, Smoke DZA

When:Thursday, June 22
Where:Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street

www.electricfactory.info

John Legend with Gallant

John Legend is the sweet, sweet man everyone wants to know — and hear belt it out behind a piano. The soul singer, in sugary form, is on the road with his 1-year-old daughter, Luna, and his hilarious wife, Chrissy Teigen. If his buttery voice doesn’t melt your heart maybe that will.

John Legend with Gallant

When:Thursday, June 22
Where:BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard

www.livenation.com

New Kids On The Block, Paula Abdul & Boyz ll Men

Hello, nostalgia! If you were just a bit too young to see NKOTB without a chaperone on their first national takeover, here’s your chance. Throwing in “Motownphilly” heroes Boyz II Men and pop-and-lock queen Paula Abdul only serves to justify the validity of this “Total Package Tour.

New Kids On The Block, Paula Abdul & Boyz ll Men

When:Saturday, June 24
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Dead & Co. Summer Tour

When John Mayer joined a handful of the founding members of The Grateful Dead to form this band, deadheads were skeptical. Then they saw him perform. It’s no joke that Mayer is probably one of the best guitarists of our generation, so sit back and watch him help to reconfigure some of the most legendary jams of the century.

Dead & Co. Summer Tour

When:Sunday, June 25
Where:BB&T Pavilion, 1 Harbour Boulevard, Camden

www.lnphilly.com

Hip Hop for Philly 2017: 5 Year Anniversary Show

See and celebrate some of Philly’s best and boldest hip hop artists, including Power 99’s DJ Diamond Kutz, as well as singer/producer and rapper Lee Mazin and Kur, both of which have had Meek Mill’s cosign for years.

Hip Hop for Philly 2017: 5 Year Anniversary Show

When:Sunday, June 25
Where:Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch Street

www.thetroc.com

Palehound

If you’re not hooked on the squiggly lo-fi guitar of Boston’s Ellen Kempner, you may need your ears checked. Paired with her exposed vocals on May’s "If You Met Her" and discordant, Elliott Smith-like dark melodies (see the title track), you’ve got a complex-sounding, beautiful album. And with that, a great show.

Palehound

When:Wednesday, June 28
Where:Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad Street

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Dove and the Wolf

Let the dreamy indie rock played by Philly’s Paloma Gil and Louise Hayat-Camard turn you all woozy and reflective on a hot summer night on a blanket at the park. Again, Spruce Street Harbor Park knocked it out of the… park… with this particular Waterfront Sessions show.

Dove and the Wolf

When:Friday, June 30
Where:Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Boulevard

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

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