Best Weekend Ever: Dr. Dog and Alex G Come Home to Philly with Lissie, Coasts, and More

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Local favorites and stellar vocalists are hitting some of Philly’s favorite venues this weekend to debut new music and jam to some old classics. Philly natives like Dr. Dog and Alex G. pay a visit to their hometown after enjoying a big year for releases. Veteran artists like Lissie and Asaf Avidan each debut an authentic new sound. It’s sure to be a great (and sunny!) weekend for music in Philly. If you’re still figuring out what shows to see this weekend, we’ve got some great ideas for you below!

Thursday 4/14

Philadelphia native, Alex G, plays Union Transfer this Thursday. Hopeful that his homecoming will be nothing short of momentous following his 2015-released Beach Music, a breezy compilation of half 90s-alt-rock/half Bright Eyes-y tracks. The singer-songwriter’s sixth studio album, DSU, was featured as a Best Album of 2014 by Noisey, The Washington Post, and Vogue.

Get there early to check out soft rocker and bonafide crooner Aaron Maine, better known as Porches. Main’s vocal style hearkens back to days where 1980s New Wave rock ruled the scene; his sound is both dark and dance-worthy. To check out both artists get your tickets here.

Self-proclaimed “apocalyptic space-pop” Atlanta-bred rockers, O’Brother headline Milkboy on tonight. The groups March-released full-length, Endless Light, is a multifaceted, heavily percussion and guitar-riff driven album. O’Brother will be joined by fellow alt-rockers FRAMEWORKS and Big Jesus. Get your tickets here.

Friday 4/15

Serious power-house and raspy-voiced folk rocker, Lissie is performing a sold out show at Johnny Brenda’s featuring Jersey-born pop-rocker Skrizzly Adams. After two years with Columbia Records, folk artist, Lissie, parted ways with her Hollywood lifestyle and bought a farm in northeast Iowa. Having recently released her third album, My Wild West under her own Lionboy Records, Lissie is more genuinely “Lissie” than ever before.

Manheim, PA natives, August Burns Red, join forces with Between the Buried and Me, The Faceless, Citizen, Turnover, and Sorority Noise, for a high-intensity metal/hard rock jam fest at the TLA. The second single, “Identity,” off August Burns Red’s latest album was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Metal Performance category. Tickets are going fast, so get you’re here.

Saturday 4/16

This weekend will be met with another hotly anticipated homecoming, this time at the Fillmore, for a (or arguably, THE) Philly favorite, Dr. Dog. Since re-releasing their very first self-released 2001 studio album The Psychedelic Swamp, the wonderfully idiosyncratic six-piece rock group have proven themselves to be more innovative than ever as they aim to perform covers of their own originals. Be sure to arrive early to catch indie-rock group, Speedy Ortiz. Fronted by vocalist Sadie Dupuis, the group is riding a much-deserved high from the release of their 2015 Foil Deer, an anthem-packed collection of hits.

Gravely and infamously raw-toned bluesman, Asaf Avidan plays Boot & Saddle on Saturday. The Israeli singer-songwriter is responsible for having penned the famous, eventually remixed “One Day/Reckoning Song,” which gained massive popularity across European and American charts in 2012. Having recently released a full-length album in late 2015, Avidan is as strong as ever on Gold Shadow, as he exudes an incomparable tone that is part the Tallest Man on Earth and part Nina Simone. Get your tickets here.

Sunday 4/17

Brit-rockers Coasts hit the Foundry at the Fillmore this Sunday with fellow ambient/indie artists Knox Hamilton, Symmetry, and Philly locals Foxtrot & The Get Down.  Tickets are going fast, so get them here while you can.


Having nearly soundtracked Lifetime’s Dance Moms, Rachael Sage is capitalizing on her choreography-worthy style of song with her 2016-released Choreographic. The gentle-voiced songstress plays World Café Live on Sunday with sultry-voiced singer/songwriter Jennifer Harper. Tickets are running low, but are still available here.

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