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Weekend Warrior, September 17 - 19

Philly’s “childish prodigy” Kurt Vile will be taking the stage tonight at The Mann Center, and he’ll be with his trusty compadres the Violators. Yes, it’s a big deal that they get a chance to perform on the stage of this historic and beloved local venue. But what really makes it oh so sweet for them (and us) is that they’ll be opening for reunited legendary indie rock gods Pavement! Man, there are plenty of people creaming themselves right now, and it’s OK. They should. We just ask them to be sure to clean up afterwards and use plenty of hand sanitation. The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave., 7:30pm, SOLD OUT, All Ages
As summer 2010 fades into the distance of our memories, here are a few things to look forward to in the near future…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Hezekiah Jones and Birdie Busch, SAT Echo Orbiter Album Release Party w/Joe Jack Talcum and Circadian Rhythms
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Creepoid and Boog
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) SUN Big Terrible
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Urban Giants, SAT The Fleeting Ends
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Karmakanik, SAT Audible and Ghosts in the Valley, SUN Old Love
Tritone (1508 South St.) SAT Vulcan, Total Fucking Destruction, Old Head
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI The Peace Creeps, SAT Tiva Tiva

JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) SAT (Early) Mose Giganticus, (Late) Heavy Medical, SUN Drums Like Machine Guns

Greenline Café (4239 Locust St.) SAT Northern Valentine

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Big Blue Spruce, SAT Alo Brazil, SUN The New Connection
The Blockley Pourhouse (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI Kickin’ Bear, SAT Cabin Dogs
Clark Park Music Festival (43rd and Chester) Stinking Lizaveta, McRad, Dr. Ketchup, The Spades and more
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Oso, SAT Grubstake
The El Bar (1356 N. Front St.) Soulamite
Lickety Split (401 South St.) FRI 7envy
Triumph Brewery (117 Chestnut St.) FRI The Groovment
Dave & Buster's (325 N. Columbus Ave.) SAT Penrose

Maps & Atlases are on Solid Ground

Maps & Atlases have released a video for their track "Solid Ground" which appears on their debut full-length Perch Patchwork.


Hezekiah Jones and Birdie Busch Folkin’ Out at JB’s Sept. 17

The Philly folk scene remains steadfast among the growing harvest of genres thriving on our fertile musical landscape. You’ll get a taste of some of the folk scene’s finest tonight at JB’s when Hezekiah Jones, a.k.a. Raph Cutrufello, and Emily “Birdie” Busch join forces. With the recent release of Everyone Will Take You In and plethora of local press/radio love, you should be no stranger to XPN darling Ms. Birdie Busch or her gentle flowing vocals (but don’t be fooled because this gal has some sass and soul in her). While Cutrufello may not receive all the accolades of his bill partner, he still simply continues to create beautiful comforting tunes that sometimes aren’t afraid to start a good ole hoedown. Be assured that plenty of the “Joneses” will be comin’ outta them there hills to join him (and her) on stage. But it’s all good in the hood because this evening’s theme is about family. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ (Hezekiah Jones Photo by Lisa Schaffer, Birdie Busch Photo by Denise Guerin) - Q.D. Tran    


Y La Bamba Record Release Show TOMORROW, September 17, at Mississippi Studios



It's been a long time coming, but the wait is finally over. Tomorrow night marks the release of the whimsical Y La Bamba's first studio record, Lupon. With the help of The Decemberists' Chris Funk, the seven-piece has successfully produced an album that incorporates dreamy, sultry folk with Mexican tradition.

Lead lady, Luzelena Mendoza, pulls from her strict Mexican Catholic upbringing to create hazy, haunting lyrical harmonies back by a melange of guitar, ukulele, woodwinds and percussion. Help the septet celebrate Lupon September 17 at Mississippi Studios. $10 in advance, $12 day of. 9 pm. 21+.



-Katrina Nattress


NYC Artists on the rise: Food Stamps, 8 NYC shows in a month?

Gee, don't we all miss early Ween? I personally also miss early They Might Be Giants, but I know some people have bad reactions when they hear that name. I mean, would we have had Beck without Ween? And TMBG were The Pixies' Black Francis favorite band... The two duos shared a super-playful, totally DIY approach to bedroom pop that many current lo-fi and or DIY NYC bands - consciously or not - inherited. This may sound weird, but Food Stamps (who curiously enough have in their name one of Ween's favorite themes - grub) could be described as a shoegazer, not as silly (but goofy in some kind of cool way) version of Ween. Well, yes, they do sound weird, in a charming way though. If you are interested in checking them out, you have plenty of opportunities - they have a gazillion shows in the NYC area in the next month...


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