The Fall Philly Concert Guide

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The Fall Philly Concert Guide

Earlier this summer, we compiled a guide to all of our favorite summer festivals in cities across the Northeast. But with the end of August nearing and most of us finding our way back to campus, we are lucky that Philadelphia is the city we’re heading back to. This next semester, Philly is playing host to a number of musicians of every genre. Here are a few artists we recommend penciling into your calendar this fall.

1. Avicii: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 @ Liacouras Center, Listen | Tickets
We all know Penn’s caught the rave bug, and Avicii’s a main player in the game. Every song that reaches the top 10 is somehow mashed up with “Levels” (“Call Me Levels,” “Levels That I Used to Know,” and more). And even if that’s the only song you know, this concert may be the perfect way to broaden your horizons – even if you do have to trek all the way to Temple to see it.

2. Bon Iver: Sunday, September 16, 2012 @ The Mann Center, Listen | Tickets
Bon Iver, or “Bonny Bear” as a few rather knowledgeable music listeners dubbed the group after their Grammy win last year, are making their way to Philadelphia. Their sound is most often described as folk or alternative, and Justin Vernon’s voice and lyrics as beautiful and haunting. This isn’t exactly a high-energy show, so even though it’s on a Sunday, we have faith in you to make it to your Monday classes.

3. Ed Sheeran: Sunday, September 23, 2012 @ Penn’s LandingListen | Tickets
 The 21-year-old singer/songwriter hails from England. Over the course of the summer, he has found a way not only to get onto every radio station in the country, but also finagle his way into the hearts of girls everywhere. While he looks like a member of One Direction, he boasts more mature music of a mellow variety.

4. Two Door Cinema Club: Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 @ The Electric Factory, Listen | Tickets
This indie-rock trio has a sharp, fun sound that’s sure to put a smile on your face. While they’re less well-known than some of the other artists on this list, they’re worth checking out; YouTube proves they put on a killer live performance.

5. Crystal Castles: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 @ The Electric Factory, Listen | Tickets
This Toronto-based duo has a unique electronic sound. They combine distorted vocals with heavy, quick-changing beats. The song “Plague” was released this summer, and if it’s any indication of their upcoming album (which will hopefully be sampled at the show), this is definitely one you don’t want to miss.

6. White Panda: Saturday, October 13, 2012 @ TLA, Listen | Tickets
They played at Penn last year, and while this venue is a little bit further away, their past performance proved they’re worth the trip to South Street. Forever finding ways of mixing together the catchy beats that play on the radio with vocal performances that no one would think could mesh well, White Panda offers a new take on everything they play – plus a light show.

7. Kimbra: Sunday, October 21, 2012
@ TLAListen | Tickets
While she’s most well-known for her haunting verse on the summer anthem “Somebody That I Used To Know,” Kimbra’s got an adorable indie-pop sound that’s similar, albeit more cheerful, than the Gotye hit she’s featured on.

8. The xx: Monday, October 29, 2012 @ The Electric FactoryListen | Tickets
This English band really needs no introduction. Their first album was amazing, and their first single from their new album Angels is amazing. Sure, they’re mellow, but what else are you looking for on a Monday night.

9. Grouplove: Thursday, November 1, 2012 @ The Electric Factory, Listen | Tickets
So while Never Trust a Happy Song is not exactly the happiest album title you could think of, this American indie-rock group has a unique, clever sound and a wide variety of emotion in their songs. ‘”Tongue Tied” has been filtering to the radio recently, and they’ve got enough great stuff to get you out of bed on the night after Halloween.

10. Justin Bieber feat. Carly Rae Jepsen: Sunday, November 4, 2012 @ Wells Fargo Center,
Listen | Tickets
Laugh all you want, but you probably know all the words to “Call Me Maybe.” And we know you’re lying if you say you weren’t totally impressed by how catchy “Boyfriend” was. You can’t go anywhere without hearing their music. The show might be a bit pricey, but Justin said that you could be starving or broke as long as you love him…

11. Carrie Underwood: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 @ Wells Fargo Center, Listen | Tickets
Carrie is about as country as this list is going to get. We have to admit it, though, the American Idol winner boasts some lively, catchy songs with a beautiful voice. This concert is exactly the pick-me-up you’re going to need before the last few weeks of classes (and finals) finally catch up with you.

 – Rama Hamarneh

Images courtesy of Electronic Oasis, Wit and Fancy, Dope, Brooklyn Vegan, You Aint No Picasso , and Zhaac

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