Philly, curated

Philly, curated: What to do with the next two weeks of your life

Hannibal Burress is back for his first big show since the infamous Bill Cosby rant.

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Across the next two weeks, look out for anonymous candy-coated DJs (Marshmello), under-the-radar Philly bands who won’t stay undercover forever (Low Cut Connie, Hop Along), and the now-famous comedian who helped bring down Bill Cosby (Hannibal Burress).

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko: Séancers

Friday and Saturday, May 11-12
FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd.

Nigerian poet-performance artist Jaamil Olawale Kosoko applies pressure to “the American racial-ized body” to use psychic, spiritual, and theoretical strategies to shape-shift through concepts of loss and oppression. With each performance, a different “guest séancer” will be present.

Shakey Graves

Friday, May 11
Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.

The once-solo, folksy storyteller with the wobbly voice has matured into a Joe Strummer-ish performer with a rockabilly edge and a large-scale ensemble. Using The Clash’s front-man as a formidable comparison, Graves’ upcoming new album, Can’t Wake Up, is more full-bodied and richly orchestrated than standard skeletal punk; think London Calling instead of Combat Rock.

Marshmello

Saturday, May 12
Festival Pier, Columbus Blvd & Spring Garden St.

While deadmau5 and his techno-rat disguise is still a force, and Daft Punk exist in fans minds as mere silver helmets wearing robot-biker gear, DJ/producer Christopher Comstock (Marshmello) has taken EDM anonymity even further. Beyond his Sta-Puff head gear and its X-ed-out-eyes facelessness, he traffics in a bass-heavy electronic groove loved by fellow electro-men (his remixes of Zedd and Jack Ü), rappers (Logic, Migos) and fans of his own steely mellifluous singles, such as “Alone.”

Monette Sudler’s Guitar Summit

Saturday, May 12
World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

Forty years since her one-two post-Bop LP punch – Brighter Days for You and Live in Europe, both on the Steeplechase label – Philly jazz guitar’s secret weapon is still one of the city’s most undervalued musical treasures. Even better is the fact that this will be her ninth annual “Guitar Summit” with fellow Philly stringers Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Diane Monroe, V. Shayne Frederick and more.

Thunderpussy and Playboy Manbaby

Monday, May 14
Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 North Front St.

Two of spaz-rox noisiest ensembles join forces for a skronky punk and messy jazz war.

Low Cut Connie

Thursday, May 17
Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.

You can’t get away with calling many bands “saucy,” anymore, yet, the Philly/NYC/Birmingham (England) outfit led by local pianist and singer Adam Weiner – this city’s answer to the question of finding a young Jerry Lee Lewis – does indeed dip into the sauce of rockabilly, punk and raw R&B. The group has a new album, Dirty Pictures (Part 2), the release of which will celebrate with Philly’s own noisemakers TJ Kong & the Atomic Bombs.

Fun Home

Thursday, May 17 to Sunday, June 17
F. Otto Haas Stage at Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd St.

Based on the maudlin-yet-magical graphic novel memoir by Alison Bechdel, with a new script and lyrics by Lisa Kron, this dark and daring musical runs the gamut, from the wrongs endured living in a family funeral home in Central Pennsylvania to coming out loud and proud. Intense and endearing, Fun Home shouldn’t work as a musical, yet does handsomely, in the able hands of Arden boss, director Terrence J. Nolen.

Pink Martini

Saturday, May 19
Keswick Theatre, 291 N Keswick Ave, Glenside

If Lawrence Welk was alive to lead a kitsch underground orchestra playing cocktail music and cool nu-European originals (viz the recent recording, “Je dis oui!”), you’d have a Pink Martini on your hands.

Hannibal Burress

Saturday, May 19
Merriam Theatre, 250 S. Broad St.

Burress hates admitting as much at this point, as no one wishes to take responsibility for another man’s fall (especially when that somebody is an elderly icon of African-American culture and entertainment). However, if it wasn’t for Burress’ blistering put down of Bill Cosby being rape-y, the latter might never have been prosecuted — and the former might never have become famous enough to fill the Merriam. For the record, this marks the first time that Burress is playing downtown Philly proper since he made the YouTube worthy remarks that started the anti-Bill ball rolling.

Hop Along

Saturday, May 19
Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.

It took three years for Philly emo-pop kids Hop Along to finish Bark Your Head Off, Dog after its Painted Shut. This was worth the wait, as songwriter/vocalist Frances Quinlan bathes her songs in Fender Rhodes pianos and other rich arrangements.

Andrew WK

Monday, May 21
Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St.

Equal parts glossy metal rocker and TED Talker (Welcome to My Nightmare era Alice Cooper meets Tony Robbins, perhaps?), the all-white-wearing Andrew returns with a loud new album, You’re Not Alone.