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Polar Ice Cap at North Star Bar Dec. 21

Talk about properly named artists to see when there’s snow outside! The North Star Bar takes the storm inside for a bit when Polar Ice Cap takes their indie alternative rock to the stage. The band is still fairly new to the scene, but with a sound that’s fairly reminiscent to the likes of Hum and Weezer, they may be on the right track. They’ll be joined by Machine Gun Joe. You might have caught them playing shows with the likes of The New Time and Levee Drivers before, and their rock music has a strong Neil Young influence with subtle hints of psychobilly. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 9pm, $8, 21+ myspace.com/polaricecaptheband - Bill McThrill

   

Artist(s) Who Deserve Your Friendship: SuperGoose

You can probably lump SuperGoose in with the number of Bucks County artists that I think have been really spicing up the Philly indie music scene for years (as well as the Brooklyn/NYC scene). I’m not sure what’s in the water up there, but I do know that the wooded areas and open spaces leave little to do while growing up except think, listen to music, take drugs and have sex which certainly helps nurture great musicians (and can often be their downfall). SuperGoose is a power trio that combines ominous mechanical sounding indie rock with layers of fuzzy synth-noise and vocals that ooze rock n’ roll. It’s a big sound that I’d like to hear through arena speakers. Check out the video above for “Do the Catapult” from the Pipedown Finale, and decide for yourself! myspace.com/supergooseband - Q.D. Tran

   

FREE Prowler Show at KFN Dec. 19

A name like Prowler should have you think of something edgy and infectious, with an urban swagger that makes you want to get up from your seat and unleash all that stored tension. It's an apt name for a band that delivers what the Philly music scene certainly needs more of: an odd brand of funky, indie dance-rock. Spastically soulful vocals are laid over fat, polyrhythmic beats, angular guitar scratches, and boisterous bass and synth effects. "Spooky Pussy" shows them at their most playful; that is, until it bleeds into an instrumental refrain that could only be described as, well, spooky. Check out their dope remix of "Spooky Pussy" with Plastic Little here. Kung Fu Necktie, 1205 North Front Street, 10 p.m., FREE, 21+ myspace.com/prowler - Joe Poteracki

   

North Lawrence Midnight Singers at The Khyber Dec. 19

Ever since their self-titled debut was named one of the top ten best local releases of it’s year by beloved Philadelphia Weekly’s Doug Wallen, who praised the band for their "shambling country-folk goodness culled from the oldest of schools," North Lawrence Midnight Singers have been raising some ears. Their blend of roots music and Americana does a good job of bringing everyone together in a satisfied hoe down. And that might just be what they’re aiming for tonight, but it wouldn’t be a good hoe down without some bluegrass music, and fortunately HogMaw, whose music was just recently featured on WXPN’s folk show, have enough to keep you moving. Oddly placed, but also dedicated in keeping the evening in motion is Igor’s Egg with their quirky progressive, psychedelic brand of mischief. They recently released a book/album combo called The Ultimate Tuh. The Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., 9pm, $8, 21+ myspace.com/northlawrencemidnightsingers - Bill McThrill

   

Weekend Warrior, December 18 - 20

You should make it to the M Room tonight for Dave Sommer’s Benefit Show. It’s full of local acts that were nice enough to donate their talents for an evening to help a comrade in need. It’s a good cause. We HATE cancer! You should too. Also don’t forget to grab a gift for someone you love at The Punk Rock Flea Market in The Starlight Ballroom. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 9 pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/cloudminder

Other things to do besides shopping…

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Like a Fox and The Cobbs

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Prowler

North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Grimace Federation SAT The Codes

The Khyber (56 S 2nd St.) FRI Dirty Diamond’s Third Annual Vagina Jam, SAT North Lawrence Midnight Singers and Igor’s Egg

Tritone (1508 South St.) FRI Buddhafest 36 w/ Kickin' Bear, New Pony, Urban Giants and more

Voyeur (1221 James St.) FRI Making Time w/Cold Cave

M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) SAT The Elevator Parade, Gondola, Music for Headphones

World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Among Criminals, SAT (Downstairs) Peek-A-Boo Revue POSTPONED

The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) SAT The Tough Shits, SUN Mischief Brew