Upcoming Philadelphia Concert Watch for November 2009. Featuring Nationally Touring Acts!
Trying to find the best shows going on next month, but are too overwhelmed by how many choices are out there? Here’s a Look at some November shows that might just be a little too good to pass up! and note, while this list primarily features Philadelphia, it showcases bands who are currently touring the country. So if you like what you hear, then you might just want to check their websites and see if their coming to a stage near you!
Girls Wednesday, November 4th at Kung Fu Necktie
Girls are a heavily hyped band from San Francisco who just recently signed onto Matador Records. The band just recently released their debut full length on September 22nd, and have been touring heavily in support of it. When their music that’s sincere tribute to the majesty of great pop music combines with the languid psychedelia of New Jersey’s Real Estate, it should be a match in heaven.
Peter, Bjorn & John Sunday, November 8th at Theatre of Living Arts
Stockholm’s Peter, Bjorn & John have seen a huge amount of success with their most recent album “Living Thing”. The last time they played the Philadelphia area they were one of the headliners for WXPN’s XPoNential Festival, and won everyone in attendance over. the band is a little less than 2 weeks away from celebrating their 10th anniversary as a group. So they decided to go on an American tour in honor of the achievement, and will be bringing along artists El perro del mar.
Peter, Bjorn and John
El Perro Del Mar
Monsters of Folk Monday, November 9th at The Academy of Music
Monsters Of Folk (Jim James, Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and M Ward)
An evening with Conor Oberst, Jim James, M Ward and Mike Mogis. A 2 1/2 hour musical event showcasing brand new songs from their forthcoming group album as well as songs fans have come to enjoy from their respective Bright Eyes, My Morning Jacket and M Ward catalogues.
Monsters of Folk was born on the road five years ago when My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis, and singer/songwriter M. Ward toured together and regularly sat in on each other’s sets. Now armed with the eclectic and consistently striking songs that make up their debut album, the illustrious quartet will reconvene for a Fall tour. The four members will be switching instruments and trading roles throughout each show, maintaining the freewheeling and highly collaborative spirit of their work together thus far.
On this inaugural tour, Monsters of Folk is partnering with Air Traffic Control, a resource for musicians’ philanthropic and social change work, to donate monies raised from ticket sales. The band will be donating $1 from every ticket sold to Art-Reach. Art-Reach is a Delaware Valley nonprofit cultural service organization that helps underserved audiences to experience arts and cultural programming, working to increase accessibility to cultural venues and events. Art-Reach achieves this mission through dynamic partnerships with local artists, arts and cultural organizations, and human service agencies throughout southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and southern New Jersey.
It’s all going down at The Academy Of Music (located right downtown in Center City Philadelphia.) This historic building was built in the 1850s and has hosted everyone from former presidents to Tom Waits to Morrisey. Over the last few decades it’s been quite exceptional and rare for younger, more “contemporary” artists to play The Academy. It’s something we hope to turn that trend around starting this year. Everyone involved (from the artists, to us, to wxpn etc) have made tremendous sacrifices to make this an “evening to remember”. In other words – the band members could have made a great deal more money playing another more “typical” venue in the city. We were thrilled when they decided to do something special and play a show that would stand out in our memories for years to come here in Philadelphia. This marks our third show at The Academy of Music and we highly encourage you to really make an effort to attend a show here. I really cant emphasize how different and unique of an experience it is vs any other room that you have been to in Philly
Monsters of Folk
The Right Place
Peaches Friday, November 13th at Theatre of Living Arts
Whether it’s because of her explicitly charged lyrics on songs like “Fuck the Pain Away”, or because of her stage costumes and flamboyant costumes is irrelevant. Because Peaches always find a way to get the crowd moving. From her 2000 debut album “The Teaches of Peaches”, to her latest album “I Feel Cream”, her music is always fast paced and out of control. So when she rolls into your town for her Fall tour it shouldn’t be missed. Especially if it’s during the second half when she tours with fellow dirty diva, Philadelphia’s Amanda Blank.
Shonen Knife Monday November 16th at Johnny Brenda’s
The Japanese trio Shonen Knife has made major fans out of alt-rock’s elite (Sonic Youth, Nirvana, and Redd Kross, among others) and built a solid, worldwide cult following with their Ramones meets the Beatles brand of sticky sweet punk-pop. Comprised of members Michie Nakatani (vocals, bass), Naoko Yamano (vocals, guitar), and Atsuko Yamano (drums), Shonen Knife originally formed during December of 1981 in their hometown of Osaka, Japan (all three members were working at the time as office clerks), before playing their first real show in March of the following year.
Over the past 28 years (what!) the band has opened up for Nirvana on a tour, recorded for Sub Pop (in the mid 80s), was part of the legendary 1994 Lollapalooza tour etc. Really awesome, weird fun band live!
It’s a New Find
Melt Banana Sunday, November 22nd at First Unitarian Church
A band who have justifiably been championed across the world, Tokyo’s Melt-Banana have been responsible for some of the most complex punk rock ever made that far outshines ninety-nine percent of most other bands out there. The band once described their live show as “Shooting machine gun and laser beam, chaos in order.” We say it’s no wave without the self-conscious pretension, avant garde composition compressed into one-minute-or-less bursts, urgency, intricate destruction, pure glorious abandon. Melt-Banana play the same way that Repulsion, Naked City, The Ruins, or The Boredoms all make you want to scream and dance and kill your neighbors. This is not music that we are conditioned to accept. This is you delirious with joy scraping your five senses off the floor.
Blank Page of the Blind
Devendra Banhart Tuesday November 24th at the Electric Factory
Devendra Banhart, The singer/songwriter and visual artist from Houston, has been able to esablish a strong following ever since he was discovered by Michael Gira of Young God Records. He has recorded five well reviewed albums, appeared in the movie Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and recently signed onto Warner/Reprise. He is currently getting ready to tour in support of his newest album, “What Will We Be”.
Little Yellow Spider
The Mountain Goats Saturday November 28th at Theatre of Living Arts
â€œAmerica’s best non-hip-hop lyricistâ€ -The New Yorker
â€œMountain Goats auteur John Darnielle continues to write songs that could inspire a season’s worth of TV-movie melodramasâ€¦the results can be extraordinary. Get the man an orchestra, now.â€ -Entertainment Weekly
4AD recently released the new album by THE MOUNTAIN GOATS, which is John Darnielle, Peter Hughes and Jon Wurster. The Life Of The World To Come was recorded this spring and features string arrangements by Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy). Less a profession of religious faith than an immersion in Biblical poetry and imagery, the songs on The Life of the World to Come take their names from verses that informed or inspired them, or which, sometimes, came up against them at right angles. And to culminate it they are currently on tour with Final Fantasy.
The Mountain Goats