December 02, 2015
Thanksgiving can leave you feeling guilty and gluttonous about all that food (and drink) you downed. Most of us spend the holiday weekend lounging around the house regretfully: watching football, eating leftovers, moving slowly. And while it’s tempting to just coast through December in the same fashion, at least there are plenty of things going on around the city to lure you out of that food coma. Take a look at our picks for this weekend’s best concerts and club nights around Philly below so you know where to dance off those holiday pounds.
Justin Jay is coming up fast. The youngest artist on Claude VonStroke’s esteemed Dirtybird house label, Jay is capping off a world tour in support of his fittingly titled "Mom, I Graduated!" EP. Now that he’s out of school maybe Justin will upgrade from that dorm room studio, but with a handful of successful EP’s already under his belt, there’s probably no need. Patrick Richards will kick things off with an early set.
Doors 10 p.m., free entry
Los Angeles beat scene veteran TOKiMONSTA (a.k.a. Jennifer Lee) brings her eclectic mix of sounds to the second-floor club at Philly’s still-buzzing Fillmore venue this Friday. Lee brings along bringing Anderson .Paak, the breakout soul singer featured prominently on Dr. Dre’s recent opus, and Mad Decent duo Two Fresh. This billing has sold out venues in Boston, New York City, and Brooklyn this week, so definitely get up on the Foundry show before the outta-towners swoop in.
Doors 11 p.m., Show midnight, $17.50
Doors 8 p.m., Show 9 p.m., $27
Show 9 p.m. to late night, $5 before midnight
The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die are fresh off the September release of what is no doubt their most accomplished album to date, an emo tour de force and renaissance. Now that the album, "Harmlessness," is out in the world, the eight-piece outfit is touring it around, smartly partnering with St. Louis band Foxing in the process. On Friday the bands fill up Union Transfer with all those same feelings.
Doors 7 p.m., Show 7:30 p.m., $16
Bondage & Discipline are promising a big 2016 for fans. For now the Philly pop trio has kept fans busy chewing on singles like this year’s “First Kiss,” a characteristically ethereal pop number, and little pop-up shows. This weekend B&D will be joined by fellow locals The Morelings, who have just revisited their 2014 EP for a new video. Watch The Morelings’ “Too Far” here and hit up Ortliebs on Saturday for some decidedly dreamy vibes.
Show 9 p.m., $10
Doors 8 p.m., Show 9 p.m., $25
Doors 10:30 p.m., Show 11:30 p.m., $25Mad Blanc" via Chicago imprint Argot. It’s a stepping out moment for the Philly (via Kansas) house technician, and the four new tracks find him doubling down and trying new things at once. (There’s a side for the club deejays and a side for the zoned out listeners at home.)
Show 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., free entry and drinks
Show 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., $8 at the door
Doors 7:30 p.m., Show 8:30 p.m., $20
Darwin Deez found his stride with his own brand of indie guitar pop in 2010, a style he’s apparently committed to fully with the release of his third album, "Double Down." Deez is currently playing the new album out on a national tour and has brought upstart quartet Charly Bliss along for the ride. Catch up on "Double Down" while it’s still fresh and tune into Charly Bliss before the rest of the world catches wind.
Doors 8 p.m., Show 8:30 p.m., $12-14