Start your musical weekend with a classic holiday tradition, move into rowdy brass, and finish indie.
The Philly Pops: I'll Be Home for Christmas Spectacular
Friday through Dec. 22
300 S. Broad St.
Conductor David Charles Abell returns for a third year to lead The Philly Pops’ Christmas program. Honoring military and first responders, the selection features guest vocalist Lisa Vroman, known for playing Christine in Broadway’s “Phantom of the Opera,” as well as a choir and holiday sing-a-longs.
Miley Cyrus &Her Dead Petz
Saturday, 8 p.m.
421 N. Seventh St.
The befuddling addition of Dan Deacon as an opener for Miley Cyrus’s tour with Her Dead Petz — better known as rock band The Flaming Lips — strangely helps make some sense of her long, public transformation. Known for his electronic dance music, Deacon gives Miley some cred and amplifies her party-starting persona. This show is officially sold out, so you’ll have to go the resale route.
Rebirth Brass Band
Saturday, 8 p.m.
1200 Callowhill St.
The relentlessly touring and Grammy Award–winning Rebirth Brass Band is an explosive party brought to you by an awe-inspiring wall of sound. The many members of the New Orleans-based second line outfit have a polished, single-minded playing style that creates opportunity for raucous improvisation.
Sunday, 8:30 p.m.
1026 Spring Garden St.
Atlanta's Deerhunter is in town supporting their October release “Fading Frontier,” an entry both laconic and restless, lush and angular — the album of a band in a dreamy transition. Frontman Bradford Cox opens with his pared down solo act, Atlas Sound, a headliner in itself.
Coming up next:
Dec. 6: We Were Promised Jetpacks, Underground Arts
Dec. 11 and 12: Strand of Oaks, Boot & Saddle
Dec. 15: Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Electric Factory
Dec. 17: India.Arie, Keswick Theatre
Jan. 14: Rachel Brathen, The Fillmore Philadelphia
Jan. 23: The Go! Team with Glockabelle, Underground Arts
Jan. 29: Lotus, Electric Factory
Jan. 30: Jack’s Mannequin, Electric Factory
Jan. 31: The Indigo Girls, Keswick Theatre
Feb. 12: The Weight, Ardmore Music Hall