Wanna know what’s happening in your city over the next seven days? Here, we lay out plenty of ideas for fun things to do in Philadelphia this week so you don't have to stress about it. Go to a festival, see the latest Philadelphia concerts, check out what’s happening at Philadelphia museums and swing by some of the buzziest Philadelphia nightclubs.
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Best things to do in Philadelphia this week
There’s electronic music and then there’s British “post-dubstep” duo Mount Kimbie, who sound like all your old phones getting it on at a night club. You’ll hear melodies and beats, but also beeps and field-recorded clicks and swells of punkish pink noise. Every so often they add a singer—James Blake, King Krule, etc.—or tweak a vocal sample, just to add a human touch to the proceedings. Meanwhile they’re hacking into your brain, changing your passwords and mislabeling your files.
The headliners, of course, are Philly/soul/pop royalty Daryl Hall and John Oates, hitmakers of the highest caliber (“Kiss on My List,” “Maneater,” “Method of Modern Love,” “Private Eyes,” etc.). Beyond that you’ve got alt-rockers Train, blues-rock Philly mainstays Tommy Conwell & the Young Rumblers, indie-soul favorites Fitz and the Tantrums and more. Show up on time for Seattle heartbreakers Down North, who mix soul, funk and rock to great effect.
The 65-piece Philly POPS orchestra bring back their annual Memorial Day tribute show, held at the open-air Mann Center for the Performing Arts. The 90-minute concert is a heart-swelling patriotic salute to our troops that features vocals by a handful of choirs and special guests Nikki Renée Daniels, of Broadway fame, and Philly-born opera star Justin Hopkins. Bring a little flag to wave as the POPS go through a songbook of patriotic anthems and Great American Songbook standards, such as “Summertime,” “Old Man River,” “Salute to the Armed Forces” and “My Country Tis of Thee.” The concert is absolutely free, but you have to register here.
Combined, these two bands have more than a half-century of thrashing, head-bashing metal-making under their belts, and they did it all with somewhat decent hair and only cursory references to Satan. No offense to the Dark Lord to Whom We Have All Sworn Allegiance, but He’s kind of a cliché and a crutch for lazy songwriters.
Released in April, The Lookout is the twangy Portland, Oregon singer-songwriter’s first record in five years—the longest hiatus in her long career. Of course, the big asterisk is 2016’s spectacular Case/Lang/Veirs, in which she teamed up with Neko Case and k.d. lang. Hopefully it won the perennially underrated Veirs some new fans.
On every fourth Friday of the month through the end of spring, Philly’s natural history museum will keep its doors open a little later so folks can explore Dinosaur Hall and all its massive inhabitants after-hours. The event also features hands-on activities, demonstrations, meet and greets with live animals and an indoor beer garden, called Dino Drafts, where you can snag beer, wine, cocktails and light bites. And the best part (besides the beer): admission is pay-what-you-wish.
Bundle up and grab a seat on this 90-minute guided train tour of West Philadelphia that rolls past the series of 50 rooftop “A Love Letter for You” murals painted by Philly native Steve “ESPO’ Powers. Created in collaboration with Mural Arts Philadelphia, the works spell out adorable sayings like “open your eyes/i see the sunrise” and ”see me like i see you: beautiful.’ This is an especially good year to take a tour, since several of the murals were recently restored and Powers added a few more to ogle.
As popular as Radiohead is, not many bands actually sound like them. Suuns is one, but even then you have to squint your ears a little. Felt, the latest record by these wily indie-rock veterans from Montreal, is full of dissonance and obfuscation, computer-pop manipulations and slyly angsty vocals, but there are also jazzy, jammy bits, and a saxophone when you least expect it.