Looking for something fun to do in Philadelphia this month? If you’re a music fan (and who isn’t?), check out our recommendations for some of the best upcoming concerts in Philly for the month of September. If you’re not into any of these, that’s okay. There are tons of other upcoming concerts and events in Philadelphia to choose from, so there’s sure to be something to suit your taste.
On The Road Again Tour
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Even if you’ve been living under a rock without an internet connection for the last few years, chances are you’re probably still familiar with One Direction. They’re undoubtedly the biggest boy band in the world right now, with throngs of screaming preteen fans all across the globe to prove it. Even with the recent departure of band member Zayn Malik, which left plenty of young Directioners in tears, 1D is still setting out on their On the Road Again Tour this summer. The boys are touring after having recently released a fourth album, the oh-so-creatively titled Four, which came out in 2014. If you’ve got kids, or if 1D is your secret guilty pleasure (we won’t tell anyone), don’t miss them when they come to Philly on September 1.
Made in America FestivalTickets
Starting on Saturday, September 5, 2015
Jay-Z’s Made in America Festival returns to Philadelphia for yet another Labor Day Weekend extravaganza this month. This year’s lineup is, as usual, nothing short of incredible, featuring the likes of Beyonce, The Weeknd, J. Cole, Axwell & Ingrosso, Modest Mouse, Bassnectar, and more. Check out the full lineup here!
|Sep 5TBD||Budweiser Made in America Festival: Beyonce, The Weeknd & Death Cab For Cutie – 2 Day PassBenjamin Franklin Parkway – Philadelphia, PA|
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|Sep 612:00 PM||Budweiser Made In America Festival – SundayBenjamin Franklin Parkway – Philadelphia, PA||From $102|
Starting on Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Philly’s own Dr. Dog is a band whose unique and eclectic sound blends ’60s-inspired pop with lo-fi rock and sweet vocal harmonies. They came to attention in 2004 when Jim James of My Morning Jacket hand picked the band to open for them, and soon enough critics and labels got wind of their music. Their most recent album, B-Room, was released in 2013, followed by their first-ever live album, Live At a Flamingo Hotel, which came out earlier this year. Dr. Dog will be playing FOUR hometown shows at Union Transfer this month, starting on September 9.
Radio 104.5 Block PartyTickets
Panic! At the Disco, Joywave, The Wombats, The Front Bottoms, & Good Old War
Sunday, September 13, 2015
For those of you that don’t know, Philadelphia’s alternative radio station, Radio 104.5, puts on monthly summer concerts at Penn’s Landing as part of their Summer Block Party series. The upcoming show on September 15 will be their last one for 2015, and will feature performances from Panic! at the Disco, Joywave, The Wombats, The Front Bottoms, and Good Old War. For alt rock fans, there’s no better way to close out the summer than attending this event.
Of Monsters and MenTickets
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
The indie folk five-piece Of Monsters and Men hails all the way from Iceland. Formed in 2010, the band centers around the talents of vocalists/guitarists Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir and Ragnar Thorhallsson, guitarist Brynjar Leifsson, bassist Kristjan Pall Kristjansson, and drummer Arnar Rosenkranz Hilmarsson. Of Monsters and Men first came into the spotlight in 2011 with their hit single “Little Talks,” which was getting airplay on radio stations all over the world and quickly propelled them to international fame. The next year, they released their debut album, My Head Is An Animal, which rapidly climbed the charts and sold over 2 million copies worldwide. The band is back this summer with their sophomore record, Beneath the Skin, which they released on June 9.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Roots rock band Alabama Shakes formed in Athens, Alabama in 2009, when lead vocalist and guitarist Brittany Howard met bassist Zac Cockrell in a high school psychology class and the two started making music together. Other members of the band include guitarist Heath Fogg, keyboardist Ben Tanner, and drummer Steve Johnson. They released their debut album Boys & Girls in 2012, and have since received several Grammy nominations, including one for Best New Artist and another for Best Rock Performance for their single “Hold On.” Earlier this year, Alabama Shakes released their highly anticipated second record Sound & Color, which is already being regarded as one of the best albums of 2015.
A$AP Rocky & Tyler the CreatorTickets
Rocky and Tyler Tour
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Revered rappers A$AP Rocky and Tyler the Creator are teaming up this year for their co-headlining Rocky and Tyler Tour in support their recent albums, both of which came out this spring. A$AP Rocky released At.Long.Last.ASAP in May, while Tyler the Creator’s Cherry Bomb dropped in April. Also joining them on the road are Danny Brown and Vince Staples.
Rebel Heart Tour
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Still flawless at 57, pop icon Madonna is back on tour this year in support of her latest album Rebel Heart. The upcoming tour will see Madonna on the road for the first time since her 2012 MDNA Tour, which was the highest-grossing tour of that year, and moreover became one of the highest-grossing tours of all time. Stats like that obviously speak wonders for her live performances, and we have no doubts that she’ll be just as spectacular this time around. Though the Rebel Heart tour hasn’t begun yet, we’re excited to see what tricks Madonna has up her sleeve. That being said, you can definitely expect a career-spanning set list, elaborate costumes and stage design, and great choreography from the Queen of Pop.
Friday, September 25, 2015
English indie rock band alt-J, named for the Mac keyboard shortcut for the delta symbol, have one of the most unique sounds of any band to emerge in the last few years. Their experimental style combines elements of folk, electronica, and traditional alternative rock among other influences. Their debut album exemplified just how well-rounded the band is, with a collection of very sonically different songs spanning multiple genres. alt-J’s sophomore album, This Is All Yours, came out in 2014 and was met favorably by fans and critics alike. The new record shot to #1 in the U.K. and earned the band their first Grammy nomination.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
London-based alternative rock band Wolf Alice is widely regarded as a band to watch at the moment. The four-piece officially debuted in 2013 with an EP called Blush, drawing comparisons to female-fronted grunge bands of the ’90s like Garbage and Hole. In 2014, the band released a second EP, Creature Songs, as a lead-up to their debut full-length My Love Is Cool, which came out this summer.