Philly Concert Wishlist: January 2013
Matt Duke, myself, and a friend at 2009′s XPonential Music Festival.
My personal New Year’s Resolution is to see more live music. This is a resolution I can definitely stick with, because live music improves everyone’s life! It’s a great way to support the local music scene, spend time with friends, and even meet new people. If you’re in the Philly area, consider kicking off the New Year with one of these concert picks:
January 9 (and every Wed in January), Tin Angel, $6
Matt Duke is one of WXPN’s local darlings. I first heard him at the 2009 XPoNential Music Festival in Camden and I knew that once the fans of UPenn’s station fell in love with him, he’d be set. Duke is local to the area; he was raised in Mount Laurel and attended high school at St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia. He got his start playing local coffeehouses in South Jersey and Philly. For the Matt Duke fans who can’t get enough of his upbeat tracks, or for those who are just discovering this great local artist, there are many opportunities to see him live in January. He will be playing every Wednesday at the Tin Angel restaurant and performance venue on S 2nd St as part of an artist residency.
January 17, Union Transfer, $17
While Blonde Redhead may seem new to the scene, this alt rock trio has been together since 1993 when lead singer Kazu Makino joined forces with twin brothers Simone and Amedeo Pace. The band is currently on a 4 city East Coast tour, so if you’re a fan, now is your chance to see them. The band hasn’t released new material since 2010′s Penny Sparkle, but here’s to hoping they have new material to debut. Everyone could benefit from more of their ethereal, multilingual music.
Ra Ra Riot
January 24, Union Transfer, $15
Last time we saw Ra Ra Riot was in November when they opened for Passion Pit at Temple University. Now they are back, headlining Union Transfer, to promote their third album Beta Love, which will be released January 22. Check out the singles “Beta Love” and “When I Dream” from the album. If they are any indication, this latest album has much more of a synthpop sound than before, but Ra Ra Riot still remains a major player in today’s indie rock scene.
January 25, The Electric Factory, $35
I sat through Thanksgiving Dining at my school’s cafeteria listening to a random girl next to me sing Ellie Goulding’s latest single ”Anything Could Happen” over and over. Sure, it was annoying, but I couldn’t get too upset because I really enjoy that song. Actually, I enjoy most of Ellie Goulding’s music and it’s undeniable that she has a fantastic voice.. “Anything Could Happen” graces the trailer for HBO’s Girls Season 2, proving her influence and popularity among metropolitan females in their early 20s.
January 27, The Electric Factory, Rescheduled
You may remember when I wrote about The xx coming to Philly in October. Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy forced the band to take precautions and postpone the show. They kept their promise though, and tickets purchased for the October concert will be honored on the 27th at The Electric Factory. To anyone who’s going, I’m extremely jealous. I’d love to hear their music live, and I’m also curious to see how other people dance to their music in public.