Here’s some of the stuff we’re dying to see and hear between now and summer. For more on what's coming up in music and the art, check out our calendars of spring must-sees for visual arts, dance, theater and music from jazz to roots to classical.
Last year was a big one for the British pop-soul singer (right). Not only did her heavenly debut, Our Version of Events, top the charts back home, but her performance at the London Olympics made the world take note.
Jan. 19, TLA.
The A’s: The Last Dance
This is it, the final performance by Philly rock/new-wave knights The A’s, who put out some memorable music — look up “C.I.A.” and “Teenage Jerk Off” — in the early ’80s.
Jan. 26, Underground Arts.
Always a good time when neo-soul Black Lily alums Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon put on a show.
Jan. 30, World Café Live.
Poorness and illness caused Chan Marshall to cancel a European tour last year, but she recently declared herself healthy and wealthy enough to play again. We win. The Old World can suck it.
Jan. 30, Electric Factory.
Last year, the arcadian Denver folk-pop band rode their stellar self-titled debut to Johnny Brenda’s and the Electric Factory. After opening for Dave Matthews and scoring a couple Grammy noms, they’re marching back to headline the Tower.
Jan. 31, Tower.
Toro Y Moi
Geeky, cheeky chillwave star Chazwick Bundick (right) returns in support of his latest, Anything in Return. Everybody must dance in tight pants.
Feb. 11, Union Transfer.
A dubstep violinist. Yep: Dub. Step. Violinist.
Feb. 12, Trocadero.
Why? Will your sweetheart appreciate Valentine’s Day in a room full of sweaty, indie/hip-hop fans? Yeah? Could be a keeper.
Feb. 14, Union Transfer.