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July 17, 2017

Weekend Music Picks: Incubus, 311, The Doobie Bros. & more

Weekend Music Picks Concerts
Sun Ra Arkestra Tobias Akerboom/for PhillyVoice

Sun Ra Arkestra play a free show this Sunday as part of this summer’s Twilight Music Festival along the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Thursday, July 20

Incubus @ BB&T Pavilion

The upswell of nu-metal in the 1990s was spearheaded by a handful of bands like Incubus, a group of dexterous musicians with incredible chops and a vaguely rap-inflected aesthetic. The group’s legacy is inextricably tied up in that nu-metal fad, and their fanship hinges on a certain measure of “you had to be there” nostalgia, with the “there” being a place—Southern California specifically—as much as a time.

Show 6:45 p.m. | With Jimmy Eat World | $22-175 | All ages

Friday, July 21

311 @ Festival Pier

311 are the butt of a lot of jokes. There’s a certain frattiness to the Nebraska band’s vibe—their name nods to the police code for indecent exposure—but, for the most part, they play tame, alternative rock. Their sound is soft and their lyrics can be a little cheesy, but those are the same things that endear them to a trove of cultish followers. Three decades into their reign, 311 is back with a new album that’s entirely disinterested in attracting new listeners. Instead, they’re still pouring all their energy into music they know the fans will love.

Doors 6 p.m. / Show 7 p.m. | $26-52 | All ages

Chicago & The Doobie Brothers @ BB&T Pavilion

Chicago and The Doobie Brothers have joined forces for a co-headlining tour full of throwback classics. Before they hit the Shore and start crisscrossing the rest of the country, the ‘70s rock legends share the stage at BB&T Pavilion this weekend. The horn-heavy Chicago outfit and guitar-driven Doobie Brothers share a soulful rock aesthetic that will be on full display on Friday.

Doors 6:30 p.m. / Show 7:30 p.m. | $18-189 | All ages

Saturday, July 22

Hans Zimmer @ Wells Fargo Center

The prospect of a Hans Zimmer concert might seem odd at first. Zimmer, the prolific soundtrack composer from Germany, has lately translated his blockbuster backdrops into a live set at festivals and stadiums across the country, corralling a large troupe of musicians to play immediately recognizable themes like those from “Gladiator,” “The Dark Knight,” and “Interstellar.” Out of context? Sure. But Zimmer’s talent has always been building a spectacle of sound, and that carries over just fine.

Doors 7 p.m. / Show 8 p.m. | $45-125 | All ages

Thurston Moore Group @ Underground Arts

The Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore is a relentless musician. Well after the New York band retired, Moore has soldiered on with a new group of his own, and he’s never been the type to idle along self-satisfied with his previous milestones. “We just wanted to continue playing as musicians who are well into their late fifties,” Moore recently told Rolling Stone of his ambitions for the Thurston Moore Group. “We don’t feel like we need to enter the new-band sweepstakes.” But in the same interview, Moore alluded to a certain measure of complacency that pervades rock, and how he and his bandmates avoid it. He’s not reinventing the wheel, but there’s something noble about Moore’s reluctance to sit still.

Doors 8 p.m. / Show 9 p.m. | With Taiwan Housing Project | $15-17 | 21 and over

Sunday, July 23

Sun Ra Arkestra @ Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Sun Ra’s legendary jazz troupe has soldiered on in the decades after his death, and so the pioneering cosmic Sun Ra Arkestra has remained a local fixture in Philadelphia and a national treasure everywhere else. The Arkestra stays busy playing out-of-town festival sets and local gatherings alike, and this Sunday they play a free, leisurely outdoors show on MLK Jr. Drive as a part of this summer’s Twilight Music Festival.

Show 7 p.m. | Free | 21 and over