Best Weekend Ever: Gogol Bordello, The Last Shadow Puppets, The Griswolds, and More Heat Up the Chilly Weekend!

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I guess the weather didn’t get the memo that it’s supposed to warm up, and it’s looking like a wet, chilly weekend. At any rate, bring your most fashionable poncho and a friend that’ll dance with you and keep you warm all night to these shows!

Thursday 4/7:

Gogol Bordello is performing two nights at Union Transfer with Xylouris White, first of which is on Thursday. Tickets are still available here, but probably not for long! Friday’s show is already sold-out, so Thursday is your best bet if you don’t have tickets yet. The free-spirited, musically diverse band’s most recent album, 2013’s Pura Vida Conspiracy has a heavy dose of gypsy influences that’ll keep you moving.

Cloud Cult from Minnesota will be performing at The Foundry. They’ll need a bigger stage inside The Foundry for this band with heavy instrumentation and a style that’s their own. With horns and strings in different forms, you can look forward to genre crossovers from folk to baroque rock. Tickets are available here.


Friday 4/8:

If you’re not going to night two of Gogol Bordello’s sold-out show, there are a ton of other shows to see. Issues out of Atlanta is coming to the TLA for the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour. The show is sold-out and has a hefty lineup consisting of Crown the Empire, One Ok Rock, and Night Verses. This is definitely a show you will be jumping along to, so wear your comfy Chucks and head on out!

British rockers The Cult will be at the Electric Factory. The band has lived through one heck of a career, and they left quite an impression at Coachella in 2014 and their album Hidden City released in February is mysterious with deep meanings. The band’s live performances are notorious for their heavy sound and dramatic aura. Tickets are for sale here.

Saturday 4/9:

Hotline Spring Tour is making its way to Union Transfer with The Griswolds and Magic Man. Both the bands are no strangers to Philly and are party rockers with good times. Check out our interview with The Griswolds’ lead vocals Chris Whitehall here. Get tickets here.

Interested in impressive facial hair? Head to the TLA for the East Coast Beard and Mustache Championship Vol. 5. From tidy, classic mustaches to over-the-top creations, you’ll see it all. Get tickets here.

Folk band David Wax Museum and Darlingside are putting on a sold-out show at Johnny Brenda’s. David Wax Museum’s Mexican folk influence sets them apart from the folk that people have in their mindset. Their album Guesthouse is harmonically pleasant, with interesting instrumentation. The vocals are raw and expressive. Enjoy the show, ticket holders, since the rest of us will be missing out.

Big Gigantic‘s latest single “The Little Things” ft. Angela McCluskey is heavy on the soul and bass. The sounds of Big Gigantic combined with Angela McCluskey’s powerful voice is delightful. Come see them perform at the Electric Factory. Tickets are available here.

Sunday 4/10:

The Last Shadow Puppets are performing a very sold-out set at Union Transfer. The duo consists of Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys and Miles Kane joining forces to create what is quite possibly the most artistically romantic and dramatic rock. Their latest album Everything You’ve Come To Expect released on April 1st sounds like something straight out of a Tarantino score.

They Might Be Giants will be at the TLA. You might recognize their music from TV themes and children’s songs, but they’re a rocking band with many albums under their belt, 19 to be exact. Their latest Phone Power was released in March. Get tickets here.

Immerse yourself in the sound of Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals at The Fillmore. Ben Harper’s soothing voice will help you wind down and calm your mind as you get ready for the coming week. Tickets are still available here.

Will this be your best weekend ever? Tell us what YOU are doing in the comments below!

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