Erin McKeown plays Johnny Brenda's (courtesy of the artist)

Erin McKeown plays Johnny Brenda’s

Winter means three things to us – eating, drinking and warming up with some of the finest live music performances coming to Philly. To be sure you don’t miss your favorite diva (or poster boy) we’ve created a list of must-see acts this season (including a few blasts from the past).

January 12: Got an itch for some 80s music? Then The Legwarmers could just what you need. This cover band plays the Troc (9 p.m.) in all their neon glory.

January 17: Transport back in time to 1970s New York when David Johanson takes the stage at World Cafe Live (8:30 p.m.). The New York Dolls frontman (and former Buster Poindexter alter ego) can still kick up some punk-inspired anthems.

January 18: U.K. export Jessie Ware plays Union Transfer (8:30 p.m.). Check her out:

January 19: Another talent from the U.K – Emile Sande – brings her sultry sound to the TLA (8 p.m.). Catch her before she goes big.

January 20: WXPN welcomes Erin McKeown to Johnny Brenda’s (8:30 p.m.).

January 24: Enjoy some new singer-songwriters during The 9 Songwriter Series at Milkboy (9 p.m.), including Ben Arnold, Crystal Cheatham and more.

January 26: Philly’s own Aiden James plays Tin Angel (7:30 p.m.). We’re hoping he includes this one on his playlist:

January 30: Two words: Cat Power. She plays the Electric Factory (8:30 p.m.).

February 12: Lindsey Stirling is cute and she can sing and play the guitar. Give her a shot when she visits the Troc (7:25 p.m.).

February 17: Jill Sobule kissed a girl way before Katy Perry ever did. You can find out all about it when she plays the Tin Angel (7 p.m.) with Suzi Brown.

February 19 + 20: Little Monsters, get ready for Lady Gaga when she hits the Wells Fargo Center. Her Born This Way Ball (7:30 p.m.) will also feature the debut of the Born Brave Bus, a mobile space space that will be handing out anti-bullying goodies for 13-to-25-years-olds in support of her aptly named Born This Way Foundation.

February 23: The Desaparecidos play Union Transfer (8:30 p.m.) with the ever-so-dreamy Conor Oberst.

February 24: Sophie B. Hawkins makes us swoon all over again with hits like “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover” at the Tin Angel (7 p.m.).

March 14: Rihanna plays the Wells Fargo Center (7:30 p.m.) as part of her Diamonds World Tour.

March 17: Philly’s native badass Pink comes home to the Wells Fargo Center (7:30 p.m.) for her Truth About Love tour. We just hope she blows us a kiss.

March 24: She (and her glasses) had us in the 1990s. Now you can catch Lisa Loeb at World Cafe Live (7:30 p.m.).

Know of an LGBT-friendly act coming to Philly? Or have an event to post? Share it with us: ThePhillyQ@yahoo.com.


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