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June 07, 2017

Weekend Music Picks: Jurassic 5, Train, Jack Johnson & more

Weekend Music Picks Concerts
Girlpool submitted photo/for PhillyVoice

Girlpool performs at Union Transfer this Saturday.

Thursday, June 8

Jurassic 5 & Schoolly D @ Theatre of Living Arts

Jurassic 5 are a throwback rap crew. The L.A. group are known for their commanding stage presence and globetrotting collaborations. With six members (and two DJs amongst them), a Jurassic 5 live show is the stuff of legend. This weekend, they’re joined by the bonafide Philly gangster rap hero Schoolly D for a night of nostalgic hip-hop.

Doors 7 p.m. / Show 8 p.m. | With Porchlite and Shaheed & DJ Supreme | $40 | All ages

Train @ BB&T Pavilion

Train are the type of band you know a few songs from almost too well. Not many of us ever went out and actually bought a Train CD—I think they’d be in the adult contemporary section—but then again you didn’t have to with songs like “Drops of Jupiter” and “Hey Soul Sister” assaulting the airwaves. Their current tour, cheekily called “Play That Song,” riffs on this not-quite-one-hit-wonder-but-popular-for-a-few-of-their-songs status with accompaniment from O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield.

Doors 6 p.m. / Show 7 p.m. | With O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield | $25 | All ages

Friday, June 9

B.O.B. @ Kung Fu Necktie

Before he was beefing with Neil Degrasse Tyson over his own out-there theories, the ascendant weirdo pop rapper B.O.B. was on top of the world—which, by the way, he thinks is flat. But never mind the intellectual eccentricities, B.O.B. once seemed like an obvious star. He can sing and play guitar as well as he raps, and he’s already proven his chops as a hitmaker. (Remember, it was a B.O.B. track that helped Bruno Mars break out way back in 2010?) These days the Atlanta emcee is back on the mixtape circuit, finding himself all over again with new sounds and collaborators.

Doors 7 p.m. / Show 8 p.m. | With London Jae and Jaque Beatz | $30 | 21 and over

Saturday, June 10

Girlpool @ Union Transfer

The Los Angeles-based indie duo Girlpool recently expanded their sound and membership with the addition of a drummer. But the added dynamic and slight lean away from sonic sparsity hasn’t stopped Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad from affective vulnerability. They continue to write perilously emotional tunes on their splendid new record “Powerplant,” there’s just a bit more noise to go along this time.

Doors 7:30 p.m. / Show 8:30 p.m. | With Ian Sweet and Lexie | $15 | All ages

Jack Johnson @ BB&T Pavilion

A proud soundtracker of beach bum vibes and lazy mornings, Jack Johnson will croon to you about banana pancakes and lovely postcards. His lyricism can be a bit melodramatic, but the softness of his acoustic guitar style and breathy voice can turn what might scan as triteness elsewhere into endearing lullabies in his hands. Johnson’s is a soft toe-tapping style that never boils over, but that he never seems to be holding anything back is his truest gift.

Show 7:30 p.m. | With Lake Street Dive | $30-70 | All ages

Sunday June 12

Happyness @ Underground Arts

South London indie rockers Happyness have a good thing going. Their sound is both upbeat and dreamy, but can meander into weirder and more distorted territory as well. Lyrically, they are at turns wonky and self-serious, emo and then carefree. Their new album “Write In” reigns in some of their freakier tendencies to prove a simple point: Happyness churns out contemporary classic rock with the best of them.

Doors 8 p.m. / Show 9 p.m. | With Telepathic and Rosu Lup | $12-14 | 21 and over