The Last Emperor LIVE at Silk City March 30

Philly’s superhero of hip hop and former Deli Tunes Wiz Wit showcase performer, The Last Emperor, returns from the Red Planet to save the day or should we say the evening when he celebrates tonight at Silk City the release of Science Team…Go!, a 20-song album mixed by DJ Mickey Knox and DJ Concept. It’s full of intelligent lyrical gymnastics that makes our underground warrior a hidden gem among the crappy manufactured hip hop polluting our airwaves. You can download a FREE copy for yourself here, and this is also a link to the artwork. Enjoy! Silk City, 435 Spring Garden St., 9pm, $5, 21+ - Q.D. Tran



You’ll Dig Death Panel at North Star Bar March 29

Our man whose full of wit and whimsy (no, not Lord Whimsy), Death Panel (a.k.a. Charles Latham), is on a nice folky/anti-folky bill at North Star Bar tonight with Dylan-esque troubadour Pepi Ginsberg and Paste Magazine’s “Best of What’s Next” Tristen. But we’re pretty sure that with his well-crafted tunes and dynamic stage presence you’ll leave the show thinking “damn I really dug that Death Panel guy”. I sure did. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 9pm, $8, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman



Party Photographers Wanna Take Your Picture at KFN March 28

Ah, reverberating vocals buried in waves of hazy distortion. Count me among those who feel Philly needs more of a shoegaze scene (I'm not the only one, right?). Thankfully, Party Photographers are here to up the quota when it comes to introspective rock n' roll rhythms that lie firmly between the likes of Jesus and Mary Chain and Black Tambourine (perhaps a more feminine version of the former, and a more rockin' latter). Bouncy leads found in tracks like "Piano Vache" are the perfect counterpart to the claustrophobic psychedelia of "Four Legged Bird". If you want to get lost in some hazy drug dreams (without, necessarily, taking drugs - well, you can if you want to), head over to the Kung Fu Necktie where these guys and gals are joined by Beaches, Love of Diagrams and Mothers Day. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 North Front Street, 8 pm, $5, 21+ - Joe Poteracki



Gemini Wolf Remix Album Release Partay at Tritone March 27

Tritone will be holding a dance partay tonight when Gemini Wolf celebrates the release of Rare But Serious Side Effects, a remix album for Synchronized Eyes, on local label earSnake. They’ll be joined by fellow earSnaker and one woman dance partay herself Lillie Ruth Bussey (whom we heard will be getting an extra-long set for the evening) as well as “mad scientist” and former Girls Rock Philly camper Attia Taylor. So grab a city special and fried candy bar before you start jammin' on the one! Tritone, 1508 South St., 9pm, $5, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman



Jukebox the Ghost Back Home at JB’s March 27

While you’re waiting for Jukebox the Ghost’s yet to be released album with Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Mates of State) of Tarquin Studios, the boys will be ending their trip from SXSW and run with Tally Ho tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. You should come out and welcome them back because rest assured that they’ll be off and running from city to city again. But when they take the stage and break out classics like “Hold It In” and “Good Day” as well as the tandem guitar riffs and piano rhythms, it should feel like old times. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill