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Kurt Vile Finds Some Real Estate at JB’s July 11

Our hometown boy Kurt Vile is coming back to Johnny Brenda’s tonight, smackdab in the middle of his impressively long summer tour. If that's not the highlight of your weekend, what is!?! It's been a crazy year or so for the long-haired rocker professionally and personally, having signed to Matador and released his full-length Childish Prodigy as well as having a “childish prodigy” of his own and buying his first home. He also just dropped his Square Shell EP while he works on finishing up a new full length tentatively scheduled for release this October. He’ll be hosting Jersey's favorite dreamy beach-goers Real Estate. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave, 9pm, $12, 21+ - Joe Poteracki
 

 

   

Adrien Reju and Charlotte Littlehales Get It On at The Fire July 11

Swing by The Fire tonight for a little girl-on-girl action! Did I get your attention? Good, but I lied. However, their will be a couple of adorable ladies ready to entertain you. Adrien Reju is not just another self-taught aspiring singer-songwriter toting her mom’s old guitar. This pixie-cut, homemade scarf sporting songbird, with a degree in classical guitar from Ithaca College, will make you take notice with her unrestricted vocal capabilities and jaunty musical accompaniment, including rootsy guitar flourishes, muted trumpet, and swinging piano chords. Joining her will be Charlotte Littlehales, the girl at the coffeehouse who pulls lovers and intellectuals away from passionate conversations over steaming cups of Columbian and demands unbroken attention. The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave., 9pm, $8, 21+ - Katie Bennett
 

 

   

Bardo Pond Always Ready for a Freak Out at JB’s July 10

Holy oldhead show Batman! For close to 20 Years, Bardo Pond have been the superstars of the underground psychedelic movement in the City of Brotherly Love. But their sound is just as fresh and innovative as it’s been during the bands early inception. So much so that it guaranteed them a spot on upcoming mega shows such as the Jim Jarmusch curated ATP Festival in New York. And the Nightmare Before Christmas event headlined by Godspeed You! Black Emperor in Minehead, UK! Is that a big deal? Fuck yeah! But before they engage themselves towards the future, the band is ready to ignite Johnny Brenda’s with a trance filled explosion tonight. They’ll be joined by Caterpillar, who were at the forefront of the Philly music scene in the 90’s before going on a 9 year hiatus. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill

 

 

   

Weekend Warrior, July 9 - 11

Dave P and crew are back at Voyeur tonight with a sweet, sweet summertime deal for us. It’s a $2 Making Time folks with the totally rad Spaniards, Delorean! This is quite a treat considering they’ve already sold out tomorrow’s show at our favorite venue in NYC, The Bowery Ballroom, as they roam through parts of the U.S. and Canada on their way to the Pitchfork Music Festival. This heat feels like it’s finally breaking, but unfortunately, they are predicting plenty of rain. Lucky for us Voyeur is adequately equipped to give us shelter from the storm and to keep us plenty liquored up. Voyeur, 1221 St. James St., 10pm, $2, 21+
 
Other places to hide out from the rain(?)…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Bardo Pond and Caterpillar, SUN Kurt Vile
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Tigersapien
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SAT The Codes and Penrose
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI North Lawrence Midnight Singers and Josh Olmstead
 
M Room (12 W. Girard Ave.) FRI New Madrid Faults
 
The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) FRI The New Connection, SAT Backwoods Payback
 
Greenline Café (4239 Locust St.) FRI Northern Valentine, SAT Death Panel
 
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI Curious Buddies and Julia Rainer
 
The Ox (2nd and Oxford St.) FRI The Circadian Rhythms, Dragonzord, Hermit Thrushes
 
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) SAT Far-Out Fangtooth and Scott Churchman SUN Hessian
 
The Ellen Powell Tiberino Museum (3819 Hamilton St.) FRI Carnivolution w/The Hydrogen Jukebox and Squidling Bros. Circus Sideshow
 

 

   

Grandchildren Releasing Debut Full Length Sept. 28 on Green Owl!

We finally have a drop date for the long-awaited debut full length from Grandchildren! The West Philly boys will be releasing Everlasting on September 28, 2010 on Green Owl Records, a Brooklyn indie label run by Ben Bronfman (son of Warner Music Group CEO Edgar Bronfman and M.I.A.'s baby daddy and fiancé). It’s about a year since the originally scheduled release date for the album when the working title was Cold Warrior (same as their debut EP). I believe that it’s been remastered and another track has been added to it. Look out for a U.S. Fall Tour in support! (Photo by Sean Flanigan) - Q.D. Tran