It’s been about a decade since the Gossip was a little garage-punk band storming the Church, and who could have predicted the international soul-pop-dance-fashion juggernaut they’ve become. And they did this despite ditching their designated dancer (still love ya, Sassy Lassy). Nobody does it live better than Beth Ditto.
Sept. 25, TLA, livenation.com.
David Byrne/St. Vincent
The head Talking Head and the indie-rock upstart have just dropped their long-rumored debut collaboration, Love This Giant, and it’s all horns and guitars and curveballs. This May-December art-pop thing might work.
Sept. 27, Tower Theatre, livenation.com.
One day, backstage at some festival, probably, Gotye and Ke$ha are just going to start going at it and there will be paint everywhere.
Sept. 29, Susquehanna Bank Center, livenation.com.
The Brooklyn rappers return with more catchy beats, mismatched samples, mixed-up metaphors and offensive/naw-just-playin’ lyrics. Limber up and thicken your skin for this one.
Oct. 8, Union Transfer, utphilly.com.
Babs launches her comeback/farewell tour in Philly, and if it turns into an accidental Obama rally, that’s fine.
Oct. 8, Wells Fargo Center, wellsfargocenterphilly.com.
This honey-smooth Seattle vocalist mines personal pain and comes up with deep, soulful, gut-wrenching ballads.
Oct. 11, Johnny Brenda’s, johnnybrendas.com.
The readers of Prog Magazine voted Rush’s Clockwork Angels the album of the year at the Progressive Music Awards, and the year isn’t even over yet. That’s the level of prog we’re dealing with here.
Oct. 12, Wells Fargo Center, wellsfargocenterphilly.com.
These Nashvillainesses have forsaken their country roots for something dirtier, garagier, sexy as hell. Definitely on the Best Albums shortlist this year.
Oct. 27, Johnny Brenda’s, johnnybrendas.com.
The Sugar Man returns.
Oct. 28, World Café Live, worldcafelive.com.
It’s weird that Mike Nesmith came out of hermitage to rejoin the band only after Davy Jones had passed, but it’s also kind of sweet. These guys, who stumbled into music and acting celebrity despite starting with dubious proficiency for either, whose friendship was arranged by execs and agents, are getting back together to pay tribute to their fallen brother.
Nov. 29, Keswick, keswicktheatre.com.
Also in our Fall Arts Guide:
- A local teacher talks to Tony Danza about teaching in the city's public schools.
- Frank Furness designed PAFA’s Historic Landmark Building on North Broad in 1876.
- Fall Arts Guide: Theater
- Fall Arts Guide: Visual Art
- Fall Arts Guide: Jazz
- Fall Arts Guide: Dance
- Fall Arts Guide: Classical
- Fall Arts Guide: Roots