Neutral Milk Hotel These are the most sold-out shows of all time. No, I can’t get you in. Jan. 29, The Tower; Jan. 30, Union Transfer; r5productions.com.
Dr. Dog A two-night jam from one of Philly’s most popular rock bands. Jan. 31-Feb. 1, The Electric Factory, electricfactory.info.
Mirah/Divers Both Zeitlyn sisters on one bill? We demand a duet. A duet must happen. Feb. 1, Boot & Saddle, bootandsaddlephilly.com.
JD Samson & Men Conscious Brooklyn art-dance pop performance music fortified with Le Tigre blood. Feb. 6, Johnny Brenda’s, johnnybrendas.com.
Murder City Devils This reunion is either the real damn deal or an insanely long nostalgia trip/victory lap. The Seattle garage fiends have been back together since ’06, so their current incarnation is actually longer than their original go-round — but still, there’s no new record. Who knows. Enjoy the ride. Feb. 7, Union Transfer, utphilly.com.
Skinny Puppy Is this the greatest Canadian electro-industrial conservationist horror band of all time? Feb. 13, Trocadero, thetroc.com.
Lil Dicky The clown prince of viral-video hip-hop plays his hometown. Feb. 19, TLA, thetla.com.
RJD2 Time for Philly’s hip-hop mastermind to wake up the fools who slept on last year’s More Is Than Isn’t. Feb. 21, Union Transfer, utphilly.com.
Disco Biscuits The local jam trailblazers present three straight nights of noodly guitars, gnarly vibes and weird smells. Feb. 20-22, The Electric Factory, electricfactory.info.
Rhett Miller Is he the last man standing from the ’90s alt-country scene? Feb. 27, World Café Live, worldcafelive.com.
St. Vincent This show comes three days after the eccentric pop scientist drops a new, self-titled record inspired by real-life “vulnerable moments.” Feb. 28, Union Transfer, utphilly.com.
The War on Drugs This show is a release party for The War on Drugs’ eagerly anticipated third album, Lost in the Dream. True-school rock ’n’ roll from Philly. March 18, Union Transfer, utphilly.com.
Ex Hex The latest rock project from indie titan Mary Timony of Helium/Wild Flag/your dreams. March 22, Boot & Saddle, bootand-saddlephilly.com.
Dum Dum Girls Dee Dee and the Girls remain the most reliable and underrated modern-Goth group going. Their third album, Too True, produced by people with Blondie, the Go-Go’s and the Raveonettes on their CVs, drops at the end of the month. March 23, Johnny Brenda’s, johnnybrendas.com.
Nicole Atkins Always brazen and bluesy, the sharknado-voiced Jersey girl is already getting buzz for Slow Phaser, due out Feb. 4. It’s apparently the most epically pretty rock record ever. March 27, Johnny Brenda’s, johnnybrendas.com.
Childish Gambino Comedian Donald Glover’s funny, punny emo-rap alter ego grows on you, then wears you out, then wins you back. And then? March 28, The Electric Factory, electricfactory.info.
Dave Hause This Philly hardcore kid (formerly of Paint It Black, currently with The Loved Ones) put out a kick-ass solo record last year. April 6, World Café Live, worldcafelive.com.
Hurray for the Riff Raff Fierce, pretty, formidable folk. April 8, World Café Live, worldcafelive.com.
Black Lips Every single song these lovable Atlanta dirtballs write is dancey, classic and catchy as bedbugs. As heard in commercials for everything. April 18, Union Transfer, utphilly.com.
Miley Cyrus Miley used to be a dull, doofy pop star who kept her image clean, her hair long and her tongue hidden. Then she spent a summer in Philly. Never forget. April 22, Wells Fargo Center, wellsfargocenterphilly.com.
Decibel Magazine Tour Philly’s world-class metal mag presents Carcass and Black Dahlia Murder. If you know who they are, you read Decibel. April 28, Trocadero, thetroc.com.
Haim What are we looking at here? The future of sweet, earthy, Fleetwood Mac rock, or the next Grey’s Anatomy montage? It’s kind of a fine line. May 14, TLA, thetla.com.
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