Weekend Warrior, April 16 - 18

What’s our plan for this weekend? We’ll be starting the partying early Saturday at Beautiful World Syndicate to celebrate National Record Store Day by throwing down many beers and hot dogs/veggie dogs (well, maybe not veggies dogs) and rummaging through a shitload of vinyl while Kurt Vile, Creepoid (members of The G) and Rocktits DJs become the soundtrack to our afternoon. And as day turns to night, we’ll hopefully be able to straggle our inebriated asses to JB’s for fun-lovin’, psych rockers The Armchairs who will be opening the rescheduled album release party for Park the Van troubadour Pepi Ginsberg with D.C.’s Exit Clov led by talented cuties and twin sisters, Em and Suz Hsu. We’d also like to give you heads about The Deli’s Best of Philly Showcase w/Reading Rainbow, Grandchildren and Levee Drivers next Saturday which had to be moved from Pilam to The Ox. Yes, yes - shameless promotion, but how else would you know where the fun is at? Beautiful World Syndicate, 1619 E. Passyunk Ave., 12pm - 9pm, FREE, All Ages; Johnny Brenda’s 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+
Here are what’s the haps elsewhere…
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Great Vibration Album Release Party w/Mountjoy and Julia Ranier
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SAT Igor’s Egg, SUN The Quelle Source
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI (Early) Post Post, (Late) Dear Althea, SAT Delco Nightingale
M Room (12 W. Girard Ave.) SUN Lamgier and Mountjoy
The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) FRI Rosetta, SAT Successful Failures
Tritone (1508 South St.) FRI Humble Tripe, SAT Buddhafest 38 w/Pistolia
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Mutlu
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) SAT Hermit Thrushes and Nude Beach, SUN Controlled Storms
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Dave Quicks and Chris Kasper
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SUN The Escape
Murph’s Bar (202 E. Girard Ave.) FRI Clean Equations, Dani Mari, Berry Jones
Mixx (1002 Arch St.) SAT Swift Technique
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) FRI The KMX Band and The Fetals
Ava House ( or email Tony at FRI Philadelphia Parking Authority
The Carriage House ( or email FRI The Great Vibration After-Party w/’tine - ‘tine and El Fuego




Post Post Playin’ Early for the Kiddies at The Fire April 16

Audacious pop from Bryn Mawr and Haverford, Post Post’s debut EP, Meta Meta, marked the start of something great. Fronted by Michelle Zauner, ex-Little Girl, Big Spoon, this Philly four-piece has a knack for crafting rhythms that soar and captivate. Relatively new and well on their way, Post Post’s members juggle the life of undergrad with part-time jobs and rocking out. Despite their more than full plates, their songs are far from shabby. Best described as “pop music with substance” by frontwoman Zauner, the band’s sound oscillates between chilled out indie pop with a side of blippy post-punk and a pinch of riot grrl. Adding fostered focus to a laid back sort of yearning, tracks like “Drafts”  showcase 20-something feelings with dignity and grace. Beneath the hums of synth and the sound surfy riffs, Post Post’s dancey chilled-out anthems are emotional déjà vu that easily warrant praise. Cerebral yet subtle pop mixed with pure fun, their sound is heartfelt and catchy as hell. The Fire, 412 Girard Ave., 6pm, $7, All Ages (Photo by Justin Roman) - Dianca Potts



The Great Vibration Album Release Party at KFN April 16

The South Philly boys of The Great Vibration might not make the Richter Scale go off the charts or create any pulse flinging beats with their songs. But Jumboman, Pablo, Big Spliff Dawg and Evernasty do deliver some vibrant and colorful rock anthems that are fueled by catchy guitar riffs and the occasional piano. Tonight they’ll be celebrating the release of their new album Purple Stuff at Kung Fu Necktie with the help of Mountjoy who will have you climbing your way towards twanged out rock 'n roll that’s heavy on the percussions and guitar hooks. Meanwhile, songbird Julia Rainer will bring it home with her PJ Harvey like sound during songs like “Insomnia” and “Into the Night”. Their will also be an after-party at The Carriage House for all those who are just getting warmed-up when KFN’s 10pm band curfew hits. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 7pm, $8, 21+ - Bill McThrill



Pilam Lives to Rock Another Day and The Deli’s Best of Philly Showcase Finds a New Home at The OX April 24!

So we have great news! First off, Pilam is still alive and breathing. They survived the dreaded Penn council once again to rock another day/evening. However, they’ll be laying low for a little while, but will be back in the fall in full force, and hopefully sooner. We also found a new home for our Best of Philly Showcase. The kind folks at The Ox have opened up their home to us. The show will still take place on Saturday, April 24th w/Reading Rainbow, Grandchildren and Levee Drivers. We would love to see everyone out enjoying themselves that evening because we know that our staff certainly will! Cheers! The Ox, 2nd and Oxford (w/their permission), 8pm, $5, ALL AGES - Q.D. Tran




Orbit to Leslie Land at JB’s April 15

Multi-genre bending super freaks Orbit to Leslie have been keeping things spicy since the release of their album The World Was Saved With Chocolate Cake. From the salsa beats of “Elephant Fist”, to the drum processions, keyboard overtures and echoed up vocals of “Chocolate Cake” - it’s a manic rush of pure excitement. The band has played a bunch of local shows in support of their debut full length. Da Comrade! continue to impress with the songs from their homage album to their defunct West Philly house/venue, Chernobyl, The War From Your Living Room. And this outing might just mark their first big showing at JB’s. They’ll also be joined by Kite Party who just recently released the EP Wish Mountain on Prairie Queen Records and Brooklyn’s Caves (I think you should make an effort to get there early to see). Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill