Along with crisp fall weather, October brings an absolutely massive lineup of indie rock shows to Philly. The beginning of the month is overloaded with fantastic gigs at all our favorite venues across the city, so lace up your concert shoes and get ready to see some old favorites, some newcomers, and a few acts who have been away for a long time.
Kick off the month at the Electric Factory, which welcomes Toronto-based electro duo Crystal Castles on October 2. Vocalist Alice Glass puts on one of the most unusual, energetic shows you’ll see this year, backed by Ethan Kath’s warped experimental instrumentals. They’ll be joined by frequent collaborators HEALTH.
The next night (October 3), make your way to the Mann Center for one of the last outdoor gigs of the year courtesy of Animal Collective. The Baltimore-based psych-rockers love an outdoor gig– see the title of their debut, Merriweather Post Pavilion— so get ready to spread your blanket on the lawn and listen to some great tracks under the stars.
Two bands who have been on hiatus for quite a while will return to Philly in October. The first are East Coast locals The Walkmen, who will take the stage at the Electric Factory on October 6. The next day (October 7), head to Upper Darby’s Tower Theater for the much-hyped return of piano rockers Ben Folds Five.
Shows taper off later in the month, but be sure to head over to the TLA on October 16 to catch British indie rockers The Wombats. The Liverpool trio puts on a consistently energetic show that sparkles with tongue-in-cheek lyrics. They’ll be joined by fellow Brits Morning Parade.
Close out a concert-heavy month with a low-key evening at the Electric Factory featuring The xx and tour mates Chairlift. The low-fi duo is touring in support of their critically lauded sophomore album Coexist.
Phew! There are so many great gigs this month that we can’t talk about them all here. For some other options, check out our list of Honorable Mentions:
The Soft Pack: Kung Fu Necktie, October 5
Matt & Kim: Electic Factory, October 7
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: First Unitarian Church, October 9
The Temper Trap: Union Transfer, October 14
Silversun Pickups: Tower Theater, October 16
Beach House: Union Transfer, October 16
Kimbra: TLA, October 21
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