Highlights this holiday week include rap performances on North and South Broad Streets, a two-night stand by Scranton pop-punk, the all-time great Motown, and three Philly indie bands showcasing new albums.
Scranton, Pennsylvania, punk-pop band The Menzingers, who on their 2019 song “Anna” plead with an ex-lover to “please come back to Philadelphia,” are on their way to release the 10th anniversary of their best acting and possibly best album of 2012. about the impossible past. Union Transfer’s Saturday night show is sold out, but tickets remain for Friday. With Touche Amore and female screams. $37, 8 p.m., 11/25, 1025 Spring Garden Ave., utphilly.com.
The St. Petersburg, Florida, rapper and rapper has built a following by not being afraid to be more vulnerable than most: He raps about the perils of being afraid to cry on “Heart on Ice.” He’s a little ahead of schedule with the release of his latest single, “Cold December.” With Tosi and Maria the scientist. $125, 8 p.m., 11/25, 1776 N Broad Street, liacouracenter.com
Add Anais Reno to the list of next-generation jazz players who love classic sound. The 18-year-old singer, who is the daughter of classical violinist Julian Kurtzman, will be performing two nights at Chris’ Jazz Cafe this weekend. On Friday, she will appear with Benny Pennack’s third trumpet quintet with saxophonist Dylan Bond, and on Saturday she will play with her own quartet featuring Bond. $30, or $80 for dinner and show, 8 and 10 p.m., 11/25 and 11/26, Chris’ Jazz Café, 1421 Sansom Street, chrisjazzcafe.com.
Arguably Motown’s greatest songwriter, the man Bob Dylan called “America’s Greatest Songwriter,” the beat-maker who penned “Clown Tears” and “Tracks of My Tears” with The Miracles, “My Girl” (for The Temptations), And he went on to record hits like “Cruisin'” and “Being With You” as a solo artist, coming to North Broad Street. The 82-year-old singer’s music and memories tour comes to the Met Philly Saturday night. $34 – $199, 8 p.m., 11/26, Meet Philly, 858 Broad Street, themephilly.com.
A complete re-creation of This Last Waltz in Philly, a 1976 Thanksgiving concert by the band and special guests, photographed by Martin Scorsese, is a benefit for the Connor Barwin Foundation Make the World Better and a tribute to Philadelphia concert booker Bryan Dilworth, who died suddenly in 2020 A short version will be shown Friday at Free at Noon at World Cafe Live at noon, 11/25, 3025 Walnut St.r., xpn.org, followed by the full show on Saturday evening. $29.50 – $100, 8 p.m., 11/26, Franklin Music Hall, 421 Seventh Street, lastwaltzphl.com
Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill made a big appearance this fall at sporting events, appearing before an Eagles game at Lincoln Financial Field, an Eagles Cowboys game, and before Game Five of the World Series at Citizens Bank Park. The South Philly Triangle will close on Saturday when it celebrates the 10th anniversary of its iconic song “Dreams and Nightmares” with a Meek Mill & Friends show at the Wells Fargo Center. $59.50 – $129.50, 8 p.m., 11/26, 3601 St. S. wellsfargocenterphilly.com
Philly songwriter Dominic Angelella has an impressive resume supporting other artists: He’s currently in the band Lucy Dacus, has played with Hop Along and mewithoutYOU, and has done studio work with rappers like Kendrick Lamar and Mac Miller. On his catchy new album, Silver dreams don’t move me, he plays with his self-concept as a back-up player in the “supporting role” while championing why he deserves to be heard in the first place. With Air Waves and Greg Mendez, $12, 8 p.m., 11/27, Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford, Available Here. Johnnybrendas.com.
When last seen in these parts, Laura Jean Grace – frontman of the punk rock band Raised Fists Against Me! And also a solo artist – He was headlining the first-ever Four Seasons Total Landscape concert, The Northeast Philly landmark made famous by Rudy Giuliani’s press conference. Her latest solo album is 2020′. Stay alive. Get there early for Gladie, the Philly band led by former Cayetana frontman Augusta Koch, who just released a stellar, stellar album, You don’t know what you’re in for until you get outThis is partly about giving up drinking and taking control of your life. $20 – $35, 8 p.m., 11/28 Ardmore Music Hall, ardmoremusichall.com
Born in upstate New York and currently based out of Philadelphia, psych rock band Palm are having a good time on their energetic, jerky new album. jokes and gratis, New album by Eve Albert and Kasra Kurt, their first album on the Saddle Creek label. With water from your eyes and drag me. $17, 8 p.m., 12/1, First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut Street, r5productions.com.
Kelsey Waldon’s country credentials are impeccable. Growing up in a western Kentucky town called Monkey’s Eyebrow, she admired no less than John Prine with her voice and the quality of her storytelling. put her album White noise / white lines In 2019. This year, she’s doing a back-to-back tour No ordinary dogwhich takes the measure of rural American hardship with an unblinking eye: “Now everything isn’t as bad as it seems,” she sings in the song “Tall and Mighty.” Most of my friends are on amphetamines. Sellersville Playhouse, 18 W Temple Ave, Sellersville, st94.com.