Torres – Jan. 20 at Boot and Saddle (21+)
Georgia-born but Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Torres (stylized as TORRES) is making a splash not only with her all-caps moniker but also with her sophomore album “Sprinter.” The album is chock full of deeply personal songs infused with emotion. Heralded by Pitchfork and named one of Time magazine’s “2015 Bands to Watch” don’t miss the opportunity to see Torres in the great concert venue of Northern Liberties’ Johnny Brenda’s.
Ratatat – Jan. 23 at the Electric Factory
The duo of Evan Mast and Mike Stroud have been making music as Ratatat since 2003 and 12 years later they show no signs of slowing down. Their fifth album “Magnifique” was released back in July and the band has been on the road since. Opening band Hot Sugar was just recently added to the bill. With a dazzling light display as well as stellar video accompaniment, Ratatat’s live shows are not to be missed.
Guster – Jan. 23 at the Fillmore
Guster has been a band longer than most Drexel students have been alive. After releasing their seventh studio album “Evermotion” last year, the guys have been touring around seasonally since. Northern Liberties’ newest venue, the Fillmore, will be a stop on Guster’s winter tour 2016. The band is taking song requests on their website so now’s your best chance to request “Happy Frappy”! Deciding between this concert and Ratatat’s is sure to be a tough call for concertgoers throughout Philadelphia.
Oh Wonder – Jan. 26 at Union Transfer
London-based pop duo Oh Wonder will be at Union Transfer Jan. 26. Comprised of Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West, Oh Wonder plays mellow and slow-tempo alternative-pop songs that have just a tinge of rhythm and blues mixed in.Their self-titled debut was released back in September of last year. This show was originally scheduled for Boot and Saddle but was moved after the tickets sold out in just a few hours. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this duo before they hit it big!
The Bacon Brothers – Feb. 4 at Union Transfer
Do you love Bacon? Then have I got something for you! Not one, but two Bacon brothers will be headlining the Benefit Concert for the Reading Viaduct Park at Union Transfer Feb. 4. Kevin freakin’ Bacon will be on stage singing songs with his brother to raise money for a great cause. Who wouldn’t want to have our very own rail park like the Highline in the Big Apple? Come on out to Union Transfer and see a living legend in acting try his hand at music.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Feb. 18 at Union Transfer
Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson has outdone himself with his latest album “Multi-Love,” producing some dance-y, psychedelic indie rock that will surely have everyone in Union Transfer dancing. Check out the song “Can’t Keep Checking my Phone”; it is a real jammy jam. With this show right after Valentine’s Day, a ticket would make a great present for that special someone!