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PiLam Human BBQ

Human BBQ XXXVIII at Pilam April 9

Get up, and grub down for the 38th annual Human BBQ at Pilam. The all-day affair showcases a roll call of talented bands (17 in all); the majority of which are sprung from local soil. Among those are the psych-pop of Grubby Little Hands, whose new album Garden Party is set for release on April 29 via Lefse Records. The coasting, casual wave of Blue Smiley amplifies in intensity, pushing its loose air into a turbulent state. The melting point of electro-hip hop and ambient noise with Moor Mother Goddess brings a broad spectrum of sound together. Emotively sprinkled, reserved and then raucous sounds Bone Bats and the somber, twisted, rockin' melodies of Cold Foamers juxtapose the 0 to 100 grind thrash of +HIRS+. The subtle, lilting, experimental textures of Japanese Breakfast help to round out this festive day into form. Pilam, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 12pm, $15, All Ages - Michael Colavita

Weekend Warrior, April 10 - 12

When it comes to DIY events in Philly, few (if any) can compare to Pilam’s Human BBQ. Whether it’s catching killer bands like Screaming Females before the rest of the world has caught on to them, having The Dead Milkmen pop up to perform an unannounced set, or dashing down its back steps from the roof to escape a raid by the authorities, it’s always an experience to remember. This Saturday starting at noon, the grill will be all fired up, and the amps will be cranked for 21 acts that will include local talent like Slow Animal, DRGN King, Ghost Gum, Mischief Brew, Kississippi, and much, much more. You can check out the complete schedule HERE, and take note of the time allotted for a “surprise set.” Pilam, 3914 Spruce St., 12pm - 12am, $15, All Ages - Alexis V.
More places to throwdown this weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Divers (Record Release), Louds
The Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Infernal Stronghold, SAT Yikes the Zero w/Radio Ghost
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.)  FRI Widow Maker Social Club, Deadeyes, SAT Full Blown Cherry, Louie Louie/Decap Attak, Boots Greene/SHEEP (Enabler), Drugstore
Bourbon and Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI The Greg Phoenix Experience, Fight Fuck or Dance, Dixy Blood, SAT Suburban Living, Tutlie, Mercury Girls, SUN The Bernhardt Family Band
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT Krieg
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Splintered Sunlight, SAT The Ghost In You
TLA (334 South St.)  SUN Residuels
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SUN (Upstairs) Josh Dronyi, Poster Child, (Downstairs) Tri State Indie Music Awards
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Jesus’ Older Brother, SAT Taggart, Assemble, The Stink Bugs
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) SAT Locals
Frankie Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor St.) FRI Vita & The Woolf, Milton, Cape Wrath, SUN Red 40 & The Last Groovement, Pushpop
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Seeing Snakes, Corporate Hearts, SAT (2pm) Whirr/(9pm) Whirr, Sad Actor
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Hail Sagan, BlendMode, SAT The Loud Company, Alright Junior, Andalusia, The Last Brontosarus, SUN No Stranger
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St) SAT Vance Gilbert w/Katie Barbato
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.)  FRI Sparkle Pony, SAT Dave Steel Blues Band
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Momma Hankston, AutoErotica, The Madeleine Haze/Lupe Garu, Smart Barker, King Bison, Satellite Hearts/Phantasm, Dead: Stop, Pool of Thorns, SUN Beautiful Madness, Pages & Poets
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St) FRI The Late Saints, This Way to The Eggress , Zap Goes Pop!, SAT The Strange Heat, SUN Maxray or Will, Gorgeous Porch
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) Philthadelphia Infest 3: FRI Fantasy Panther, Rumplestiltskin Grinder, Jenkem, SAT Corpse Hoarder Coffin Dust
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SAT Drugstore, Combine
El Bar (1356 N. Front St.) SAT Harsh Vibes, Dulls
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Control For Smilers, Chen City, The Absolute Sky, Dirt Dirt, Readership
Ardmore Music Hall FRI For The Love Of Gene: Hoots & Hellmouth, Burning Briget Cleary, Ben Arnold, Chris Kasper, Michael Braunfeld, Runa, Sierra Hurtt, Ansel Barnum, John Byrne, A Fistful of Sugar, Tin Bird Choir, No Good Sister, Marc Silver, Hinton, Bower, Jones, SAT (1pm) Ardmore Beer Hall : Kalob Griffin Band, Bird Watcher
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Evil Sword, SUN Good Old War, Pete Hill
Ukrainian League of Philadelphia Incorporated (800 N. 23rd St) FRI Travis J & The Rhinestones
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave,) FRI Drone Ranger, Igneous Eyes, Writhing Squares, I IM EYE MY
The Petting Zoo (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Jackie Paper, Three Sisters
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI To Tremble, Soul Glo
Lavender Town (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Daisy Fest: Mumblr, Cyberbully Mom Club, Shannen Moser
Great Indoors (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Psychic Teens, Dark Thoughts, Decade
The New Tavern (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Urine Culture
3rd & Girard (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Nearest, Moroder, Hallowed Bells, Clovermite

The Nest (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Pill Friends, Roses 


The 34th Annual Human BBQ at PiLam April 7

There really are so many options for things to do this weekend, and PiLam’s 34th Annual Human BBQ seems to be flying under the radar more than usual this year with the inaugural run of Liberty Fest. The badasssss Screaming Females will be headlining this wevening as they tour in support of their fifth album Ugly, and NY’s Young Magic will be impressing the hoards of drunken Penn kids with songs from their buzz worthy album Melt. But the mega fest features a lineup of 13 more bands playing for just $15, and if past Human Barbecues are any indication, then they might just have a few surprises planned (the secret Dead Milkmen set from a few years back most likely still fills all who were there with some good memories). While Sunny Ali & The Kid test music and racial barriers with their electrifying Pakistani cowboy rock, Norwegian Arms will impress with their lo-fi mandolin-driven ditties as they preview tracks from their upcoming LP. Dry Feet will rock you into a frenzy with their fast-paced surf punk, and Catnaps will sooth you with their melodic, heartwarmingly catchy tunes. The Tough Shits play their first home show since coming back from tour, and will have you sloshing around to their garage rock anthems in no time. Especially since The Shakes will be on hand to deliver an energetic set of under-two-minute assaults. This years barbecue will also feature the German hip hop of MC Digga (a.k.a. Ben Morgan), the three pronged bass assault of Acid Kicks, the alt rock anthems of Welter, and so much more. Check out the set times HERE. PiLam, 3914 Spruce Street, 12pm, $15, All Ages - Bill McThrill

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