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The 2nd Annual Bloktoberfest Oct. 16

Even though it happened on a rain-soaked day, last year’s inaugural Bloktoberfest managed to be the perfect marriage of community spirit, delicious food from Philly’s best food trucks, all kinds of epic beer varieties, and a nice lineup of music that included Adam Arcuragi and The Love Language. But in honor of its second coming, one of the city’s larger block parties has outdone themselves. The beer lineup will feature favorites from Dock Street, Weyerbacher, and Ommegang, and the food truck lineup has become twice as large to feature the likes of Honest Tom’s Taco Truck, The Dapper Dog, and Koja. But this also marks the first time that the festival will be bringing in 2 stages of music, and it will features bands like London’s Allo Darlin’, the horn-tastic Budos Band, and a bunch of up-and-coming locals. Since a busy schedule that involved signing to Merge Records, releasing an ambitious sophomore LP titled Libraries, and embarking on national tours with Camera Obscura and Local Natives prevented The Love Language from playing another local show last year, the fest decided to take matters into their own hands and invite them back as a headliner. Joining them will be Cozy Galaxies (formerly The Major Leagues) whose Americana rock echoes the likes of Wilco and Pavement as well as Strange Engineers, Giant Mind, Fishtown Jazz Odyssey and New Pony. Blocktoberfest, 20th and Christian St., 12 - 8pm, Free, All Ages - Bill McThrill
 
   

Weekend Warrior, October 15 - 17

Sorry folks, we’re taking a break today for the first time in a long time to prepare for the festivities this evening. By now, you should already know that tonight is our Anniversary Party at Johnny Brenda’s, and we wanted to thank everyone for all the kind words and support that we’ve received since we’ve joined the Philly music community. It’s been a wonderful time watching it prosper, flourish and come together in a way that we’ve never seen it happen before here. The most exciting thing is that we truly believe this is only just the beginning. It constantly amazes us all the interesting new artists that we discover everyday, and we look forward to the many more who will join us because let’s face it. Philly rocks! And tonight we are going to prove why that statement is true with are special guests The Extraordinaires, An American Chinese and Power Animal! Yes, our staff kind of creamed a little when we confirmed this bill, and we are happy to finally share it with you this evening. You’ll also be treated to sweet tunes spun by DJ Jersey Dan and visual art provided by Meredith Edlow as well as FREE mags, pins and Meredith’s & Frannie’s tasty homemade oatmeal chocolate chip “crack cookies”. We hope that you can join us in the fun! “It’s goin’ to be Legen-(and I hope that you’re not lactose intolerant)-DARY!” - The Deli Staff

 
BTW: Our apologies about the black out of show picks today, but below are our weekend listings just in case our showcase isn’t your poison (shame on you - just kidding). We’ll be hopefully back tomorrow depending if we survive through the night.
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Sounds of the Kaleidoscope and Far Out Fangtooth SUN McRad and Jukebox Zeros
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Mother of Mercy and The Claw
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI (Early) The Lopez and Dear Althea, (Late) Casey Alvarez and The Almighty Terribles, SAT Kill You In The Face and The Revere, SUN Free Cowmuddy Live Recording
 
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Bridge Underwater, Red Letter Life, June Divided, Formerly Divided, SUN Howling Fantods
 
Tritone (1508 South St.) FRI Starving the Tsunami Album Release w/ Galaxies, Born Pilot, SAT Broken Prayers
 
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI Snow Caps and Motorcycle Maus, SAT Levee Drivers and The Lawsuits
 
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Lion Versus
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI The Fallen Troubadours
 
The Ox (2nd and Oxford St.) FRI YVYNYL Showcase w/Blackhawk
 
Pterodactyl (3237 Amber St.) SAT Big Art Show Halloween Spectacular w/ The Great Unknown, Lion Versus, A Cat Called Cricket, A Stick In A Stone
 
Greenline Café (4239 Locust St.) FRI Allison Polans and Psalmships
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT Kuf Knotz Album Release Show w/ Jawnzap 7, Chalk & the Beige Americans
 
The Blockley Pourhouse (3801 Chestnut St.) SAT Legends of Punk Show w/ Dead City Psychos, Mikey Wild, Handsome Petes
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Oso
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Barbara Gettes Birthday Show w/Spinning Leaves and Hezekiah Jones, SAT Joe Jack Talcum, Boog
 
Triumph Brewery (117 Chestnut St.) SAT The Goodnight Lights and Dani Mari
 
Theatre of Living Arts (334 South St.) SUN Dirty Tactics
 
Electric Factory (421 N 7th St.) FRI Blood Feathers

Blocktoberfest (Graduate Hospital Area) SAT The Love Languages, Cozy Galaxies, Strange Engineers, New Pony
 
Latvian Society (531 N 7th St.) Watersports and Meg Baird
 
Philadelphia AIDS Thrift (514 Bainbridge St.) FRI Dangerous Ponies Album Release w/Arrah & The Ferns and Sisters3

 

   

Boy King Islands on Plustapes

The local cassette only label Plustapes released their latest title this week in the form of the debut album from Boy King Islands, Fall. The duo of Zachary Mastoon and Jason Hunt have been together since the winter of 2003. Musically, Boy King Islands is lo-fi basement rock in its purest form, and their sound lends itself to the cassette format.

Fallis being released in a limited edition of 200 with digital download.

 

   

Jail Weddings at the Bootleg and Alexs Bar

Jail Weddings by Lauren Everett

Jail Weddings, one of bands worthy of your votes in this month's poll, is gearing up for the release of Love is Lawless by playing their release party at the Bootleg Theater Oct. 22nd and following up with Alex's Bar in Long Beach Oct. 28th.

This 10 piece powerhouse sounds like the sweet lovechild born from a night of passion betwee a Vegas lounge lizard and a 60s girls group do-wopper. Phil Spector's wall of sound philosophy rings true through their sneak peek track "I Thought You Were Someone I Knew" with up-stroked guitars, xylophone, piano, and fiddle crafting their vintage pop sound. You can grab the track for free from the band's website.

Along with their Bootleg Theater show, Jail Weddings will be having a listening party at Origami Vinyl the preceeding night, Oct. 21st. The album, Love is Lawless, will be officially available on Oct. 26th.

-Angelo Lorenzo

   

Secret Colours @ Mayne Stage

After releasing their self-titled debut album on August 3rd Secret Colours (Tommy Evans, Dave Stach, Dylan Olson, Justin Frederick, and Margaret Albright) have been buzzing around the web, but have yet to hit the road. If you have not yet heard their impressive and psychedelic debut your can stream it here. You can also listen to their track "Love" below.

Secret Colours will be performing at Mayne Stage (1328 W Morse Ave) this Sunday (10/17) at 8pm.