Whether you like it or not, summer is halfway over. So, what better way to ease the mental transition from chill to, well, Penn, than to check out all of the insane music coming to Philly this fall? If there’s any way to get your friends to leave the Penn bubble, it’s a bangin’ can’t–miss concert. Street’s rounded up the hottest (and coolest) acts coming to the greater Philadelphia area right around when class picks up.

Made in America | September 1–2, Benjamin Franklin Parkway

While last year was slightly disappointing due to a less–than–stacked lineup and a handful of rain showers, this year’s Made promises to pick back up where Rihanna and Chance left it off in 2016. With headliners Nicki Minaj and Post Malone backed up by big names like Meek Mill, Diplo and Miguel, this MIA promises to kill, rain or shine. So, don’t risk it for the biscuit—if you’re thinking about returning to the PMA for the first time since your freshman year gala, grab your tickets now before you have to sketchily stalk Facebook for a not–ridiculous price.

Tickets start at $175.00 for a two–day festival pass on Ticketmaster

Mac Demarco | September 4, Mann Center

Following a killer set at the Mann last year, your favorite norm–core Canadian is returning to Philly at the beautiful outdoor venue in Fairmount Park. Whether you got on the Mac Demarco bus with Salad Days, This Old Dog, or 2, any and all Mac fans should go to this show: DeMarco plays tunes from all his days, and even throws in the occasional Dean Martin and Vanessa Carlton cover. I mean, what’s better than chilling in the grass, listening to extremely chill music with a wonderfully weird crowd on a breezy summer(ish) night? 

Tickets start at $32.50 on Ticketmaster.

Childish Gambino | September 12, Wells Fargo

If you want some rap with lyrical poetry as opposed to catchy hooks and made–for–radio lyrics, the one and only Donald Glover is coming to town—maybe even with a taste of his hilarious standup. And, with Rae Sremmurd opening the first leg of shows and Vince Staples opening the final five, these tickets have a little more bang for their buck. 

Tickets start at $49.50 on the Wells Fargo Center site

Drake with Migos, Aubrey and The Three Migos Tour | September 15, Wells Fargo

If you’re wondering where rap that doesn’t involve a “Lil something” has gone, fret not. Drizzy and company—this time, Offset, Takeoff, and Quavo in lieu of Future and Travis Scott—are headed to the stadium game yet again, making a stop at Wells Fargo. If history is any guide, Drake will play a mix of both new tracks off his hit album Scorpion, as well as So Far Gone and Nothing Was the Same

Tickets start at $49.50 on the Wells Fargo Center site


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The National | Sept 27, Mann Center

Yet another reason to head out to The Mann and spend an evening outside before Philly gets too cold for comfort: indie sensations The National are making their way to the venue later this September. Whether they’re part of your regular music rotation or not, the creative and instrumental development the band has amassed over their past few live runs promises an unforgettable show. If indie, post–punk, Brit–pop, or even Americana are slightly your thing, do yourself a favor and make your way to the great urban outdoors.

Tickets start at $40.50 on Ticketmaster.


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