Weekend Warrior, September 16 - 18

I love getting to see talented artists for free! Now, nothing is ever really, truly for free with corporate-sponsored events, but I’m cool with giving up my junk email (you know you have one) for a day of performances by gifted, homegrown Philly acts. This Saturday afternoon at The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey has recruited local up-and-comers Tunji Ige, GoGo Morrow, and Anthony Somebody (of Quite Hype) for a block party to celebrate our city’s neighborhoods. And though she no longer lives here in the City of Brotherly Love, I have definitely mad love for Santigold, who is (in my humble opinion) one of the most underrated contemporary artists of our time. If you’ve never experienced her live, then do yourself a favor and make sure to make it happen. Santigold effortlessly destroys (like it ain’t no thang) every time she hits the stage. Masterfully combining music, visual art and choreographed dance, in a way that would certainly impress my spirit animal, David Byrne, I always feel like the happiest/baddest motherfucker alive each time I walk/dance out her show! That’s why I make it a point to never miss her when she’s in town, and you shouldn’t either. The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd St. #21, 2pm-7pm, Free +1 (w/RSVP), 21+ - Q.D. Tran
More places to enjoy this beautiful weather this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SUN Needle Points (Record Release)
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Foxtrot & The Get Down, Morning River Band, SAT Mutlu, Katie Barbato
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Mitch Esparza/Booklegger/Matthew Law, SUN Posers/Mt. Vengeance, Petunia, Along The Way
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Splintered Sunlight
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT Catullus, Attic Tapes
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Rated Raw, Ream Raw, SAT 56 Men, I Think Like Midnight
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Philly Gumbo/(Downstairs) Book of Love (30th Anniversary Show), DJ Robert Drake
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Marah, Ben Arnold, SAT Grand Re-Opening Festival: Mumblr, Chalk & The Beige Americans, Archawah, Levee Drivers, Dirty Dollhouse, The TC Cole Riot, Harmony Woods, Thought Patterns, RFA, Dirty Soap Blues Band, Anjuli Josephine/Amanda X, Hemming, The Obsessives, SUN The Ill Fated Natives, I Yahn I Arkestra
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI The Phonies, Kodiak Park, SUN Outer Heaven, Moros
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Gina Sicilia, Liz Anne Knott, Gretchen Schultz
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Tom Morris Quintet, SUN Anomie Fatale & Great Neck, Alexander Stopp, The Absinthe Drinkers, Cthulhu Martini
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) SAT Mr. Sonny James
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Rasputin’s Room / Craig Dash, DJ Sega, SAT Ed Christof
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI No Stayer, Alement
Fiume (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Cast Shadows, Evan Cory Levine
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Zymotic Flow (EP Release Show), Danielle & Jennifer, SAT The Tisburys, Local Smokes, Weezer Tribute (feat. members of Post War Dream)
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Philly is the Boss (Celebrating Springsteen): Tom Hamilton’s American Babies (with special guest Aron Magner), The Once Was, SAT June Rich, Christine Havrilla
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Left & Right (Record Release), Friendship, Horsecops
Goldy’s (732 Chestnut St., 3rd Floor) SAT Tremellow, Doubles, Dweller
All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Sports, Free Cake For Every Creature

New Track: "Funk'd" - Miles High

The debut EP from Miles High is due out later this month. “Funk’d” balances the raw edge of electric guitar against the continuous, smooth bump of bass and vamping electro-key tones. The infusion of rising communal vocals punctuates as the vibrant beat is given ominous inflections of tolling bells. It's a freeing jam!


Video Premiere: "Sobering Up" - Very Bad Vibes

“Sobering Up,” the new video that we are premiering today from Very Bad Vibes, a.k.a. Sam Huntington (formerly of The Original Crooks and Nannies), finds the subject beating himself. The footage (shot by Katie Huntington) enlists simple yet effective chalk and sharpie titles, before showcasing the one-sided battering. Simplicity rules the day, and the music’s energetic bounce meshes with the display of exorcising personal demons, pulled back in intensity by the playful placement/use of ketchup. You can find "Sobering Up" opening his debut solo effort, Toothpaste.


Crush Club drops single and plays Rough Trade tonight (09.09)

8 seconds into "Get Me Off" and Crush Club erupts into a groove so infectious, it's impossible to not be hooked. Utilizing spacey synths, the funkiest bass lines, and addictive disco beats, the NYC-based duo lays down extremely danceable tracks that are only heightened by the group's gorgeous falsetto vocals. All things considered, Crush Club's latest single is definitely gives us something to swoon over. If you want to start your Friday night dance party off right, check them tonight (September 9th) at Rough Trade opening up for Bright Light Bright Light, and in the meantime, check out their single below.-Olivia Sisinni


Sylk 130 Reunion at the TLA Sept. 4

The TLA is set to burn down tonight. Not by malice, not by terrorists, not by pyromaniacs, and no, Great White is not playing. King Britt will be reuniting Sylk 130 to perform When the Funk Hits the Fan, his classic release, along with selections from Re-member's Only. When the Funk changed Philly, and left techno, house, dance, and remix producers with their jaws dropped, like an artfully placed break. Also joining King Britt on stage this evening are former collaborators and friends Ursula Rucker, Lady Alma, Tanja Dixon, Vicki Miles, Alison Crockette, Capitol A, Chuck Treece, Tim Motzer, Anthony Tidd, Damon Bennett, Japhar Barron, Elliot Levin and more than likely, many more surprise and special guests. Boy Blake will be hosting this memorable event. TLA, 330 South St., 8:30pm, $20, All Ages (Photo by Gary Dan) - Keith Kelley