The clock is ticking to make plans for New Years Eve. If you’re still up in the air, why not ring in the new year with some live music?
Here are six shows happening in Philly:
Kurt Vile at The Fillmore
You can expect Philly’s own indie rock veteran Kurt Vile to deliver a night to remember for his hometown crowd. He’s even got the full support of Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Connor Barwin. Vile will be joined by Brooklyn-based Woods and its dreamy psych-folk, along with banjo picker Nathan Bowles.
Dark Star Orchestra at the Electric Factory
Of those on the long list of Grateful Dead cover bands, few do it better than Dark Star Orchestra.
David Wax Museum at Johnny Brenda’s
I first heard “Guesthouse” – the lead single off David Wax Museum‘s 2015 release of the same name – on WXPN while driving to work one morning. By the time I’d returned home later that day and parked my car, I was still humming the infectious chorus to myself. Married couple David Wax and Suz Slezak have crafted their own unique sound while retaining elements of Mexican folk music that inspired them at their start.
Mo Lowda & the Humble at Ortlieb’s
As students at Temple University, Mo Lowda and The Humble earned its chops playing sweaty basements and small clubs all over Philly. Ortlieb’s compact venue will serve the booming, often frantic three-piece well.
Mo Lowda & the Humble have often been compared to Kings of Leon. They released a new song earlier this month – “Freight Train” – which I think sounds a lot like another young Philly band known for its stirring live act – The Districts.
Cabinet at the TLA
When asked to describe Cabinet during a 2013 interview with The Bluegrass Situation, guitarist Mickey Coviello called it, “Bluegrass by a bunch of guys who don’t know what bluegrass is.”
“People call it bluegrass because we play bluegrass instruments. So, yeah, we’re bluegrass but not in the traditional sense,” Coviello said. “We mix reggae, elements of rock, folk, Americana, all kinds of stuff into our music. People have called it a lot of things.”
Start Making Sense at Ardmore Music Hall
The spirit of David Byrne and Co. is alive and well in this Talking Heads cover band. If you’re willing to make the trip out to Ardmore, Start Making Sense will make it worth your time.