10+ Can’t-Miss Concerts In Philadelphia This October

Music festivals, world tours and more dominate Philly's music scene this month...

Festival season might feel like a distant memory, but that’s no reason to batten down the hatches quite yet.

October is alive with some fantastic shows from local acts like Japanese Breakfast as well as Paradise City rock icons Guns N’ Roses.

Here are just a few gigs you won’t want to miss this month.

Alex Cameron

It seems like Alex Cameron climbed out from the depths of some dimly lit karaoke dive to sing jocular love songs with whiskey-worn vocals. His stage presence is so captivating, you have to wonder if he’s been performing night after night for the last decade.

Alex Cameron

When:Tuesday, October 3
Where:Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Avenue

www.johnnybrendas.com

Broken Social Scene

The FillmorePhoto courtesy The Fillmore

Experiential Canadian rock group Broken Social Scene is back with Hug of Thunder — the band's first album in seven years — and they've received major kudos for the return. But why be surprised? 2002’s beautifully accurate Anthems for a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl was proof that this band has the stamina and staying power.

Broken Social Scene

When:Tuesday, October 3
Where:The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen Street

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Paramore

Hayley Williams is a force — once in pop punk, and now in pop. This is a front person with more dynamism than most, who can exude arena rock enthusiasm while also genuinely connecting with her fans. It's no wonder that throngs of people want to be that one person she brings up on stage on any given night.

Paramore

When:Friday, October 6
Where:The Tower Theatre, S. 69th Street & Ludlow Streets, Upper Darby

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The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years, the pop-punk pride of Lansdale, PA, brings its Intimate Acoustic Tour to Philly this month to help promote its newest EP, Burst & Decay, which is — you guessed it — an acoustic record.

The Wonder Years

When:Friday, October 6
Where:Theatre of The Living Arts, 334 South Street

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Halsey

This enlightened pop star has come a long way since her 2015 Badlands debut, including working on a hit with The Chainsmokers. Come see the Jersey-bred singer bring it all back home on her world tour to promote her second album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom.

Halsey

When:Saturday, October 7
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Guns N' Roses

You’re in the jungle, baby — or at least, you will be if and when Axl takes the stage. According to Rolling Stone, Guns N' Roses have been pulling out all the stops (and covers) during this year's Not in This Lifetime reunion tour. That could mean over three hours of hits, Guns N' Roses and otherwise.

Guns N' Roses

When:Sunday, October 8
Where:Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street

www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Andrew W.K.

The reigning king of posi-rock comes back to Philly to share his party scripture. Last month, Andrew W.K. announced that he’s working on a new LP, the first since 2009’s Gundam Rock and 55 Cadillac. Being that those records were edits of anime cartoons and improvisational piano sets, it’s really hard to say what he has up the sleeve of his white tee this time around.

Andrew W.K.

When:Wednesday, October 11
Where:Theatre of The Living Arts, 334 South Street

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Red Bull Sound Select Presents 3 Days in Philly

Red Bull Sound Select has curated shows with a number of Philly's up-and-coming artists over the years. This year, they’re doing it big with three days of performances by mostly female or non-binary artists like Girlpool, Andrea Valle, Brianna Cash and Queen of Jeans.

Red Bull Sound Select Presents 3 Days in Philly

When:October 12-14
Where:Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street, and The Trocadero, 1003 Arch Street

www.redbullsoundselect.com

The Deli's Philly's 9th Anniversary Bash

The Deli has served Philadelphia as a go-to news source for the local music scene for almost a decade. It’s only right that they host a party with this year’s Best Emerging Indie Rock Artists, with The Retinas serving as headliners.

The Deli's Philly's 9th Anniversary Bash

When:Saturday, October 14
Where:PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th Street

www.philamoca.org

Japanese Breakfast

If you missed Michelle Zauner and her band open for Alex G at July’s Union Transfer gig, here’s your chance to see the gutsy songwriter and guitarist play another lauded rock and roll homecoming.

Japanese Breakfast

When:Thursday, October 19
Where:First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 Chestnut Street

www.r5productions.com

TJ Kong's Halloween Murdershow

TJ Kong’s annual Halloween party is never thrown together like the ghost costume you pulled off of your bed last year. This year, the eighth annual bash features performances by TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Levee Drivers, Shy Boyz, Tutlie and more. It’s a lineup so solid, it’s … scary.

TJ Kong's Halloween Murdershow

When:Saturday, October 28
Where:Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street

www.undergroundarts.org

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