Janelle Monae plays the Electric Factory on Oct. 13.
Superchunk (Sept. 24)
Black Joe Lewis | It wasn’t too long ago that only Austinites knew about this funk/soul guitar fiend. His latest record, the just-dropped Electric Slave, no longer has “& The Honeybears” on the spine, but never fear: This show will still be a full-band, bass-bumping, horns-blazing party. Sept. 22, Union Transfer, utphilly.com.
Superchunk | Possibly the greatest four-on-the-floor rock band to survive the ’90s, these indie stalwarts dropped their 10th (or so) full-length — the highly caffeinated I Hate Music — but are touring for the first time without founding bassist Laura Ballance (due to hearing issues). Bob Mould’s bassist Jason Narducy will get the nod, and he better learn how to pogo. Sept. 24, Union Transfer, utphilly.com.
Atoms for Peace | It’s hard to call this a supergroup, exactly, but watching Thom Yorke and Flea make experimental IDM-rock together should be an utterly unique concert experience. Apparently, this tour will delay the next Red Hot Chili Peppers album. Long live Atoms for Peace! Sept. 24, Liacouras Center, liacourascenter.com.
Tyler the Creator | Did you hear that Odd Future rapper Tyler the Creator and disgraced pop idol Justin Bieber were recently seen possibly sharing a milk shake? It’s gotta be true because I saw it on TMZ. It’d be a shame if Biebs’ thug-douche lifestyle rubbed off on a nice dude like TtC. This is how it starts: with recklessly unhealthy milk-shake sharing. Sept. 26, Festival Pier, festivalpierphilly.com.
The Mural and the Mint | During PIFA, Philly mad-pop-scientist Michael Kiley’s amazing music-/app-making skills secretly turned Rittenhouse Square into a crazy-weird sound installation that mutated as you walked around. Now he and his crew are doing the same thing to the Race Street Pier area with a “musical palindrome” called Animina. All you need is an iPhone, some earbuds and a wandering spirit. Oct. 1, Race Street Pier, michaelkiley.com.
Zeds Dead | Last time these Canadian DJ bros played Philly, anywhere from four to nine kids overdosed on some stupid drug and got the show shut down. Be careful out there. Oct. 3, Electric Factory, electricfactory.info.
Hall & Oates | Having passed through a couple decades’ worth of irony and agony, the city’s all-time biggest hitmakers have, in recent years, started getting respect in Philly and beyond. Oct. 5, Tower Theater, thetowerphilly.com.
Hawkwind | Judging by how many indie bands claim these British space-rockers as an influence, this show will sell out. And the conversations in the lobby will be amazingly dorky. Oct. 11, Union Transfer, utphilly.com.
Janelle Monae | The psych-soul robot just dropped her second album, The Electric Lady, two days ago and it’s hot stuff. “Dance Apocalyptic”? Damn right. Oct. 13, Electric Factory, electricfactory.info.
Selena Gomez | I don’t know who this is. Oct. 18, Wells Fargo Center, wellsfargocenterphilly.com.
Drake | Okay, dude, you can stay. But we’re not calling you “Drizzy.” Oct. 19, Wells Fargo Center, wellsfargocenterphilly.com.
Man Man | Pick up the brand-new On Oni Pond then make the commitment to spend Halloween with Philly’s wild, hairy cabaret-stompers. A guaranteed good time. Oct. 30-31, Union Transfer, utphilly.com.
Elvis Costello | The nerdy Roots sideman steps out of the shadows for a solo tour. Nov. 10, Merriam Theater, kimmelcenter.org.
Justin Timberlake | Jay-Z’s caddy steps out of the shadows for a solo tour. Nov. 10, Wells Fargo Center, wellsfargocenterphilly.com.
Morbid Angel | If you’ve been meaning to give death metal a whirl but aren’t sure where to start, Morbid Angel is sure worth a look-see. Two decades in, they’re still one of the loudest, most incomprehensible acts out there. Nov. 13, TLA, tlaphilly.com.
He’s My Brother/She’s My Sister | With their long-ass name and those dumb hats, this California folk-rock band is daring me to hate them. And I do, a little. But damn they sing like thick, pollen-rich honey. Nov. 14, Johnny Brenda’s, johnnybrendas.com.
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