Take Me to Philly! This weekend, the City of Brotherly Love welcomes all sorts of talent, from international artists like Hozier, to local groups like No Good Sister. And as the temperatures are expected to be marginally above freezing, it’s the perfect weekend to check out some live music!
Looking for the hottest band coming out of North Wales? Then head over to MilkBoy on Friday night to check out Catfish and the Bottlemen. This band released their debut album only a few months ago, and already it has reached No. 10 on the UK Albums Chart. Their single “Kathleen” was MTV’s hottest track last April, and now that they have finished up the UK portion of their tour, they’re coming to Philly, presented by Radio 104.5!
Or if you’re looking for some Christian rock to fill your weekend, check out Third Day with Peter Furler at the Merriam Theater, Kimmel Center. Third Day has won four Grammys and inspired millions over the past twenty-four years with pop-rock gospel music. And Furler has instilled a passion in his fans both through his own music and through the music he created as a member of Newsboys. Together, they’re bringing the “Soul On Fire” tour to Philly!
But what if you’re looking for a different take on religion? You’ve sung along to his single “Take Me to Church,” you’ve seen him perform with Annie Lennox this year at the Grammys, and now you can see this Irishman perform live in Philly! Hozier is coming to the City of Brotherly Love, and together with his spirituality-laced lyrics and satirical sounds from Eden, he will be rocking the Electric Factory with George Ezra on Saturday night.
On Sunday, two Pennsylvania groups will be coming through Philly. August Burns Red is a metalcore band from Manheim, PA, and this Sunday they’ll be playing with Miss May I at the Theatre of Living Arts. Open in their faith and passionate about touring, the boys from August Burns Red are known for including melodic guitar riffs and odd time signatures in their songs, and with six studio albums and two EPs, they continue to make their mark on the metal genre.
If, on the other hand, you’d prefer a more folksy / country evening, check out No Good Sister at Johnny Brenda’s, performing with The Band of Rivals, The Hello Strangers, and Todd Fausnacht. No Good Sister is a female vocal trio from right here in Philly. The women blend their passions for blues, Americana, folk, and country through fun, three part harmonies, and this weekend they’ll be at Johnny Brenda’s, sharing their music with their hometown.
Philly is always alive with rockin’ music, even in these freezing temperatures. But the sun is coming back, and this weekend’s lineup will warm you from the inside-out with its hot, spiritual themed artists. Get ready; Philly’s about to take you to church!
Image courtesy of Hozier.