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Do You Need the Service? at KFN Jan. 23

 
Before forming Do You Need the Service?, Mark Sconyers and Justin Hallman made up the rhythm section of The Vanishers. When that ended they became a rhythm section for hire, while creating songs of their own. They also found the time to collaborate with people like Ken Brune and Michael Tramontana of Black Landlord. They also managed to create music that’s a jazzed out psychedelic trip that will easily unfold when they play the early show at Kung Fu Necktie. They’ll be joined by percussion heavy ghost rock legends Northern Liberties, who haven’t played a show since they shook the foundation of Code Space during the release of their 7” split album with Lesser Known Neutrinos on October 10th. So this show should be action packed. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 7pm, $5, 21+ myspace.com/doyouneedtheservice - Bill McThrill
   

Weekend Warrior, January 22 - 24

 

 
The Spinning Leaves will be celebrating the release of their vinyl record entitled LOVE on Rope A Dope at newly re-opened MarBar this Saturday. A pleasant trip down folk lane, this boy-girl duo is a minimalist’s delight, utilizing their few elements and producing a surprising amount of force and emotion. The vocals presented by both Michael Baker and Barbara Gettes mix splendidly - the right touch of tragedy and hope. Sweet lyrical melodies are reinforced by horns, piano, and other miscellaneous instruments that are lent to the record by special musical guests. One such guest is Hezekiah Jones a.k.a. Raph Cutrufello who will also be performing in support of the release. He leads a ragtag crew of talented musicians full of veterans from the Philly folk scene. Well, they are really family so just call them the Joneses. In addition to both of these amazing groups, one of our personal favorites in Philly lately, The Great Unknown, are scheduled to make an appearance. If you haven’t checked out The Great Unknown yet, now is a pretty good time to start listening. MarBar, 200 S. 40th St., 9pm, $7/students $5 also $20 entry + record, 21+ myspace.com/thespinningleaves
 
More stuff to do…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Toy Soldiers, The Great Unknown, TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb, SAT Bo Bliz and Emynd, Reef The Lost Cauze

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Do You Need Service?, Northern Liberties

MarBar (200 S. 40th St.) FRI Steppin Razor
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SAT Infinien and Oud Blues

The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) FRI Le Fits

M Room (12 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Acres of Diamonds, SAT Fooling April

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Sam Friend

Blockley Pourhouse (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI Long Walk Home and The Quelle Source

Green Line Café (4426 Locust St.) SAT Northern Valentine and Sensory Whore

Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Absolute Zeros, Parsnip Revolt, Dani Mari
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI (Early - All Ages) Kevin James Devine (CD Release Party)

 

   

Let’s Do the Timewarp at JB’s Jan. 22

 

 
Start making plans because this weekend TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb will be letting loose their twisted concoction of blues, Bob Dylan and whiskey on our inebriated eardrums. Caught somewhere between rickety small town saloon and laying on your couch hungover the next day, Kong and the Bomb bring together everything we love and hate about drunken nights spent drifting between the barroom floor and your bedroom pillow. They’ll be joined on this alcohol-soaked evening by The Great Unknown, who won’t remain that way for long. Their lyrics are wound so tightly around soulful guitar melodies that bring up images of oh so familiar settings and experiences. This fearsome foursome who began as a duo in a quiet, dark basement have emerged to the surface and are ready to show what they have to offer. Looks like they’ll be pulling double duty this weekend at The Spinning Leaves' Vinyl Release Party! Capping off the bill will be the strange and wildly entertaining army of Toy Soldiers. All three of these bands are unique, different and ready to rock your winter socks right off your chilly feet. So get your skinny jean wearing asses out to Johnny Brenda’s tonight for a show that will timewarp you to a rollicking partay! Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Meaghan McCafferty

 

   

The Deli Presents at KFN Jan. 21

 

 
Tonight we’ll be presenting a most enjoyable bill at Kung Fu Necktie. Headlining will be sound manipulator Michael Johnson with his crew of experimental popsters under his moniker Ape School. Come learn how intelligent a school of apes can be. Make sure to get there early to catch The Deli’s January Artist(s) of the Month The Circadian Rhythms with their throwback sound in a new school way. They’ll be sandwiching Jenkintown’s New Motels, who’ve been recording their fun, ramshackled radio-pop at American Diamond with Bill Moriarty, and Brooklyn’s Savior Adore, who will be on tour most of March with Mon Khmers. We’ll be there with our drinking shoes on. We’d love for you to join us and hopefully buy us many shots of Jameson! Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $8, 21+ - The Deli Staff

 

   

Gina Ferrera & The Philadelphia Gyil Fusion Project CD Release Party at MarBar Jan. 20

 
Gina Ferrera maybe an Italian-American girl from dirty Jerz, but her heart lies somewhere in the warm climates of West Africa. She specializes in a tonal percussive instrument called a gyil - pronounced jeel - an acoustic, wooden mallet instrument in the xylophone family that originated from the tri-border region of Ghana, Burkina Faso and Cote D’Ivoire, where Ferrera traveled to learn from gyil masters Kakraba Lobi and Bernard Woma. She’s brought her knowledge and rhythms back to Philly where she’s recorded her latest album on Rope A Dope, titled Gina Ferrera & The Philadelphia Gyil Fusion Project - imagine a more organic, primal sounding Imogen Heap. Come to MarBar tonight for her CD Release Party with her all-star local lineup of special guests if you are in the mood for a little soul cleansing! MarBar, 200 S. 40th St., 9pm, $5, 21+ myspace.com/ginaferrera - Q.D. Tran