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November 24, 2016

Weekend Music Picks: Sweater Beats, Dinosaur Jr., Bilal & more

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J Mascis and his veteran indie noise rocker mates in Dinosaur, Jr. will be at Union Transfer on Saturday night

Friday, November 25th

DJ Skratch Bastid @ Silk City Diner

DJ Skratch Bastid has spent the better of his life honing his chops behind the turntables. The award-winning Canadian DJ lends an effortlessness to all his pyrotechnics, mixing and conjuring up flabbergasting blends of soul, funk, and hip-hop.

Doors 10 p.m. | $10 | 21 and over

Sweater Beats @ The Foundry

Maryland producer and DJ Antonio Cuna, who releases music under the name Sweater Beats, makes funky electronica with an eye towards the dance floor. Cuna channels sounds you might expect from a contemporary R&B producer—syrupy, full-bodied synths—but he channels them through an electronic dance paradigm, building up to EDM drops and snappy breakdowns.

Doors 9 p.m. / Show 10 p.m. | With Bearson and Different Sleep | $12 | All ages

Saturday, November 26th

Dinosaur Jr. @ Union Transfer

Massachusetts band Dinosaur Jr. has a knack for consistency, which, for a more than 30-year old group, is perhaps a quietly vital quality. The veteran indie noise rockers have a career that’s most easily read in chapters, and their latest has been an unexpected marvel. Since 2007 Dinosaur Jr. has been serving fans new music after a reinstating their long-defunct original lineup. For a group of guys that began playing together in the ‘80s, they suddenly sounded reinvigorated. They’re still at it, and in August shared yet another late-career highlight with a new album called “Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not.”

Doors 7:30 p.m. / Show 8:30 p.m. | With Easy Action | $30 | All ages

A$AP Ferg @ Theatre of Living Arts

Over the last several years the Harlem collective A$AP Mob has ushered in a new wave of New York City hip-hop with charm. The group’s innovations have never been stylistic so much as curatorial, borrowing and rearranging influences with aplomb. Beside the de facto frontman star (A$AP Rocky), it’s A$AP Ferg that has nestled his way into the mainstream, mixing shifty dance music into his street hop.

Doors 7:30 p.m. / Show 8:30 p.m. | With Playboi Carti and Rob $tone | $27 | All ages

Sunday, November 27th

Bilal @ World Cafe Live

Bilal is perhaps Philly’s quietest legend. The Grammy award winning singer has a veritable list of classics under his own name, but he’s also long been an entirely reliable songwriter and vocalist for the stars, popping up on magnum opuses from the likes of Common, Erykah Badu, Kendrick Lamar, and more. Based in New York, the artist is home for the holidays with a rare Philly show.

Doors 7 p.m. / Show 8 p.m. | With Johnny Popcorn | $20-30 | All ages

ENDON @ Kung Fu Necktie

In an interview with Noisey a couple years ago, the lead-singer of the Japanese outfit ENDON tried to come to terms with the type of music his band produces. “I know I should be modest,” Taichi Nagura said, “but how about ‘catastrophic noise metal?’” For his part, Nagura lives up to that promise, tormenting his voice excessively while the musicians behind him conduct weird, oppressive electronic hardcore.

Doors 8 p.m. / Show 8:30 p.m. | With Bituminous Pit, L.M.I., and Faking | $8 | 21 and over