Weekend Warrior, March 12 - 14

What’s the plan for this weekend? We’ll be heading over to Kung Fu Necktie Saturday night for Drink Up Buttercup’s debut Album Release Party for Yep Records’ Born and Thrown on a Hook, our March CD of the Month (check out our review below to the right). They’ll be joined by the monster-lovin’ crew Conversations with Enemies. For once, KFN’s weekend band curfew works in our favor. Since the night will still be young, we’ll be making the trek to West Philly to the Mar Bar for the homecoming of Free Energy who just released their debut album earlier this week Stuck on Nothing on Astralwerks/DFA Records (check out our interview with singer Paul Sprangers below). We’ll hopefully be rockin’ out with you at both shows! Drink Up Buttercup - Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 7:30pm, $8, 21+ (Photo by Bryan Bruchman), Free Energy - Mar Bar, 200 S. 40th St., 9pm, $10, 21+
It might be wet, but at least it’s pretty warm. Don’t be a baby! Go out and put some money back into the economy. Here are some other places to do it…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Faux Slang, SAT Oh! Pears Record Release Party w/The Mural and The Mint
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Parsnip Revolt, The Roddies, Hair Rocket, SAT TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb, Cheers Elephant, Sisters Three, Toy
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Phantasm, Even The Res, Metroplex, SAT PhillyBloco, SUN Ganto Barn

M Room (12 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Lauryn & EgBot, SUN Red Devil
Tritone (1508 South St.) SAT The Lopez, Betty Iron Thumbs, SUN antiEmz
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Swift Technique, The Hustle, Black Landlord

Blockley Pourhouse (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI Chris Kasper and Andrew Lipke
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Clamfight and Wizard Eye
Greenline Café (4239 Locust St.) FRI Music & Mentorship Showcase w/Clean Equations and Jim Thomas
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) Don McCloskey
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Ruder Than You
The Ox (2nd and Oxford St.) SAT Bubonic Bear
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) SAT The Chimeras and Casual Viking



Locals Get Funky at World Café Live March 12

If you’ve had a long week and just feel like lettin’ loose and gettin’ funky, World Café Live has a local bill that is sure to rain down some horns on you. Looks like kicking off the night will be Black Landlord. This is why you know it’s going to be an ass-shakin’ night. These seasoned pros, who could actually headline and bring the house down on their own, are taking the early slot to get the party started. They’ll let the young bucks, The Hustle and Swift Technique, close out the evening. The Hustle are led by WXPN lyrical darling MC Kuf Knotz and vocalist La Ru, whose fun-lovin’ energy is infectious. Backed by a group of learned musicians and friends, their polished sound finds new heads nodding with approval at each gig. And you know Swift Technique would like nothing more than to perform a funkified marathon set leaving it all out on the stage. For you older heads, go home take a nap after work and get yourself ready while the younger cats will be rolling in from multiple happy hours. Either way, get yourselves ready! World Café Live (Downstairs), 3025 Walnut St., 8pm, $15, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman



Gildon Works Building Walls of Sound at JB’s March 11

More than mere shoegaze, Philly sextet Gildon Works is a force to be reckoned with. Sincerely felt emotive nestled between deft melodies, what began as a side project between Gerard Angelini (ex-Relay) and Cody Ferdinand has evolved into a well-loved fixture of our city’s soundscape. The band composes a delicate fusion between atmospheric post-rock and chilled out indie pop with vocals reminiscent of Sunny Day Real Estate minus all the gloom. Paired with dreamy riffs and hushed percussion, songs like “Pity For the City” and “Artful Rifle” (the title-track of their debut), Gildon Works' sound avoids trendy cop-outs in favor of true musicianship. Headlining JB’s with Scout Niblett and Walker Lundee, Gildon Works live performance is guaranteed to please. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave, 9pm, $10, 21+ - Dianca Potts


Peasant’s Shady Retreat CD Release Party at World Café Live March 11

On the Ground and the vinyl The End were both strong releases for Damien Nicholas DeRose, the Doylestown artist otherwise known as Peasant. His gentle, wispy tunes have conjured up plenty of comparisons to the late, great Elliott Smith. He’ll be celebrating the release of his latest album Shady Retreat on Paper Garden Records at World Café Live tonight before beginning his tour down south for SXSW. Seeing him off will be the beautiful Vibewrangler Records songbirds, Sisters 3. World Café Live, 3025 Walnut Ave., 8pm, $13, All Ages (Photo by Heidi Greenwood) - Bill McThrill



Artist(s) Who Deserve Your Friendship: Attia Taylor

Attia Taylor records seductive lo-fi experimental bedroom tracks with vocals and beats that should surely get remixed over and over again, which may get you dancing alone in your room or the most packed Making Time that you’ve ever been to. But for now, let’s appreciate the intimacy of her psych-pop/art pop recordings. You can check out her sweet, sweet video for “Flash Photography Class” above and/or catch her live tonight at the M Room, but I’m already looking forward to her show at Tritone with local lo-fi dance queen Lillie Ruth Bussey (a.k.a. Bianka Brunson) and Gemini Wolf, who will be celebrating the release of their remix EP. - Q.D. Tran