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Weekend Warrior, June 4 - 6

We are in the midst of summer folks so get ready to work on your tans because it’s festival season. Yes, yes - we know. You can’t ignore that this Saturday will be The 3rd Annual Roots Picnic with the hometown heroes inviting local buddies DJ Jazzy Jeff and Pattern Is Movement as well as a few Pitchfork darlings like Vampire Weekend (headlining? - whose picnic is this?), Mayer Hawthorne and The Very Best. Raekwon, Ghostface and Method Man should be a more interesting performance than originally planned Reverend Run and DMC. We’re also diggin’ on 4AD’s Tune-Yards and Brooklyn’s Das Racist. But if you don’t have eighty bucks ($66 ticket + $14 rip-off charge), then you can join us economically-challenged music lovers at Best Fest (check out the feature interview below). Don’t forget your brown bag for your forty! Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. and Spring Garden St., 2pm, $80 w/charges, All Ages
 
Clark Park (43rd and Baltimore Ave.) Best Fest SAT U.S. Girls 1:00-1:20; Joshua Marcus 1:25-1:45; The Golden People's Game 1:50-2:10; Attia Taylor 2:15-2:35; Death Panel 2:40-3:00; Far-Out Fangtooth 3:05-3:25; Unidos de Filadelfia Samba School 3:30-3:50; Skeletonbreath 3:55-4:15; The Lesbian Dorkestra 4:20-4:40; My Mind 4:45-5:05; Kozak 5:10-5:30; Chosen Dance Company 5:35-5:55; Reading Rainbow 6:00-6:20; Mojohand 6:25-6:45  
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI MC Digga, SAT Black Landlord
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Pilot Cloud, SAT Thinking Machines, SUN Woe
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Buy Star Bombs and Desoto Jones
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI (Early) Owl Stations, (Late) Toy Soldiers, TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb, The Divine Lorraine
 
M Room (12 W. Girard Ave.) SUN Cannons, Mirador, Pet Primative, Northern Valentine
 
The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) FRI Codename and Igor's Egg, SAT Levee Drivers 

Tritone (1508 South St.) SAT The Broken Prayers and Psalmships
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SUN Marah
 
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI The Armchairs and TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb
 
Mar Bar (200 S. 40th St.) SAT New Madrid Faults
 
Angler Movement Arts Center (1550 E. Montgomery Ave.) SAT Fatima Adamu and Eric Carbonara
 

 

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The Armchairs Rocking at DDG June 4

The charismatic psych rock popsters The Armchairs are going to be performing tonight at Danger Danger Gallery. They are bringing with them a bag full of tricks including the brooding garage folk-blues of TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb and get this, custom songs. That’s right, you could hire The Armchairs to write a song about anything, like that lipstick that’s poppin’ or that internet girlfriend that “totally exists”. Dibs on Road House The Musical. I have seen things like this on a way lamer level asking one grand for a name drop, but these cats are practically giving it away. For only 10 bucks a song at a live show of your choice or $20 for a recording. You could have your personal Armchairs song. That’s what you call good business. If that isn’t enough, you can look forward to the release of their long-awaited debut LP Science & Advice. The hook? This show is their last until The Armchairs’ release party in August. You’ve been warned. Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., 9pm, $5 - $ 10 donation (Photo by Robert Patterson) - Adam G.
 

 

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MC Digga Swaggers into JB’s June 4

Gil Mantera’s Party Dream and Sunbears are two bands that are equally faszinierend. But when both bands take the stage during tonight’s Super-ficial Opening Night Show of Philly Beer Week, they’re not the only acts that are going to have you saying, “Achtung Baby!” Because they’ll be joined by Philly’s only emcee to bust rhymes in Deutsch, MC Digga. What started out as a joke by Mill Creek Tavern’s Director of Music, Ben Morgan, a few years back has since spawned into his German rapping alter ego. From his anthem about being born “Geboren”, to his umlaut-filled version of “Ice Ice Baby”, you will find yourself giggling with glee (not that painfully awful type of Glee - sorry ladies, gay men everywhere and teenie boppers who don’t know better) as you dance along to the pulsating beats. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill
 

 

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Endless Spring

It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks for Houses, and I can’t wait to see what is coming next. Their one released track, “Endless Spring” has been all over the internet lately, and when you hear it you will know why. It is a beautiful encapsulation of the welcomed warmth of the Chicago spring.

Houses signed to Lefse Records (home to Neon Indian, Sunglasses, Woodsman, and other like minded bands) late last month, and is planning to release their debut EP All Night later this summer. Below is a more tropical remix of “Endless Spring” created by David Bird.

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Pilot Cloud Live at KFN June 4

Justin Lerner and Nick Biscardi first started Pilot Cloud two years ago as a means to create the music that they wanted to hear so the indie shoegaze duo set off on their journey and released their debut album In Transition. Since that time, the band formed a live set so they could embark on several small tours, and managed to have their work picked up by startup netlabel, Acoustic Firework Records. The guys have recently started a new chapter when they put out their follow-up Halcyon, and tonight’s show at Kung Fu Necktie marks their first show back since the mini-tour that they did in support of it. When you listen to their music (which you can download for free on their website) your ears will become awash in intricate guitar work and spaced out harmonies that aim to transport you to another galaxy. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by Melissa Marie Hernandez) - Bill McThrill
 

 

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