They call these the dog days.
We call bullshit. Despite it soon being a wrap on summer, one look at the slate of musical acts scheduled to drive their caravan into Philadelphia means that there’s nothing to be sad about. The warm temperatures may soon chuck up the deuce, but there’s a host of great shows throughout the city worth looking into tickets for.
We aren’t talking the mega acts that sell out Philly arenas (although for you mainstream lovers, we added a few of those in our rundown), but mostly these are the bands and artists making a name for themselves organically. They’re the ones with a niche fanbase who get the love from jocks at independent radio stations.
The ones Bob Boilen insists we should all keep an eye on.
From our tiny desks, we corralled this rundown of shows scheduled at venues all across the city. It’s a sampling, but it’s one across all types of music, perfect for a city jam-packed with all types of music lovers.
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
This group’s sound is all over the place, in the best way possible. Funky, punchy and bluesy, their music is a mix of everything that makes you groove. Think you can bear it? | Aug. 15. 9pm. $20. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St. undergroundarts.org
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
These are what we would consider bong-ripping beats. Gizzard’s the perfect band to party, smoke up and air drum to. Through the haze of marijuana-tinted minds and music, they happen to put on a hell of a high-energy show. | Aug. 30. 8:30pm. $35. Franklin Music Hall, 421 N. 7th St. bowerypresents.com
Having formed last summer, this group is fresh in the Philly scene. They are a collective — their first EP, “A Light on Each Side,” features over a dozen contributing artists — but have narrowed down to a core touring group of five members. By this point, their second EP due this summer might even be released. | August 22. 8 pm. $12. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. johnnybrendas.com
Angels and Airwaves
It’s been seven long years without a tour for this band. Honestly, we’re excited to see Tom DeLonge back on stage after leaving Blink 182. We were really scared that he quit music completely to chase aliens. | Sept. 14. 8pm. $38. The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St. livenation.com
We can’t wait for these badasses to drop a bomb on us. These old punks have been yelling at us since the ‘80s, and we’re still listening. They were one of the first to mix punk with surf, appealing to rebels from basements to beaches. | Sept. 20. 7pm. $18. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. kungfunecktie.com
Let’s get freaky. This has to be one of the weirdest groups we listen to, and we fucking love them for it. They’ll be here to school us on what makes them so cool when they make a pitstop at The Met as part of their “House of Zef” tour. | Oct. 4, 8pm. $39-69. The Met Philly, 858 N. Broad St. themetphilly.com
The Black Keys
We always have a fever burning up for these two. Fuzzy, edgy alt-rock that runs deep into your innermost crevices will seep out into a 19,500-seat arena. Come out and witness just how much this duo evolves with every album. | Oct. 14. 7pm. $39.50. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. wellsfargocenterphilly.com
The only thing they’ll steal from you is your heart. This band’s known for being deep and connecting with fans through vulnerable lyrics. Their music feels like a shrooms-enhanced carriage ride through a wheat field to find yourself — or something like that. | Nov. 9. 8:30pm. $23. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. utphilly.com
This band’s known specifically for their crazy-ass shows. Think Nine Inch Nails-level heavy shit. Pigface hasn’t toured in about 14 years, so chances are they’ll let rip all they’ve had bottled up. | Nov. 18. 7:30pm. $30.50. Theatre of the Living Arts, 334 South St. tlaphilly.com
We’re not sure how Cher released 26 fucking studio albums in her career and has yet to show her age. She’s literally the G.O.A.T. of wigs and faces and one who is so damn popular that she had to add a second stop in Philly by popular demand. You know what they say — when the world bursts into flames, all that will be left is Cher and cockroaches. At least, someone out there must say that. Maybe. | Dec. 6. 8pm. $48. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. wellsfargocenterphilly.com
The Starting Line
We weren’t sure if we’d ever see these guys again. These Philly-based pop-punks are back on the road, courtesy of their “Est. 1999” tour. They haven’t released anything since 2012, so you’ll probably get treated to a slew of new material...assuming there’s new music coming down the road. Just hang in there; your patience will get you past the finish line. | Dec. 21. 8:30pm. $32.50. Franklin Music Hall, 421 N. 7th St. bowerypresents.com