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Mad Dragon Showcase at Mandell Theater March 3

There is a seriously packed local bill tonight for the Mad Dragon Showcase at Mandell Theater. They’ll be showing off current and future label talents such as Kuf Knotz, Toy Soldiers, Hezekiah Jones, and The Spinning Leaves. Headlining the evening will be retro guitar rock/pop hot tub-lovin' outfit Free Energy. The event is free for Drexel University students with ID, and ten beans for the rest of the world. (BTW: For those who are used to kicking back a few drinks for a show, I do remember a bar close by where you’ll be able to grab drinks before and between sets.) Mandell Theater, 33rd & Chestnut St., $10/Free with Drexel ID, All Ages - Alexis V.
 
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Many Arms Open for Marnie Stern at FUC March 3

Many Arms is a nasty power trio made up of 6- and 12-string electric guitarist Nick Millevoi (Make A Rising, Joe Lally), electric bassist John DeBlase (Zevious), and drummer Ricardo Lagomasino (Capillary Action, Joe Lally). Having sited influences of equal parts Ornette Coleman, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and latter-day Black Flag, they combine the powers of free jazz and punk rock creating experimental compositions for music enthusiast to simply geek out to. And there will be an uber-amount of geeking out tonight at First Unitarian Church when they open for my latest rock ‘n’ roll crush Marnie Stern who will be accompanied by the Hella awesome drumming octopus Zach Hill. There will be plenty of talented folks showing off their chops this evening so prepare to “set your faces to stunned”. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 8pm, $12, All Ages - Q.D. Tran
 
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Like Water for Chocolate w/Birdie Busch & The Great Unknown at TLA March 3

If you’re lookin’ for a little hoedown with some soul cleansing, then the TLA might be housing what you want when they host Carolina Chocolate Drops who will be getting a double dose of some fine Philly folk when Birdie Busch and The Great Unknown open the festivities for them. Miss Birdie Busch a.k.a. DJ Slowpoke is simply a fixture in the local music community by now. Her ballads are like a comfortable old pair of shoes finely polished to look brand spankin’ new again. The Great Unknown continue to inch their way closer to being known, but I think that they’ll certainly leave an impression on those smart and/or lucky enough to catch their set. This evening should flow “like water for chocolate”. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St., 8pm, $25, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman
 

 

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Purling Hiss Sessions Up at The Key and Daytrotter!

It’s definitely someone’s birthday today! Because we’ve got not one but two recorded live studio sessions of Purling Hiss dropping today at The Key and Daytrotter. Go check them out. It’s a very rad day for Mike Polizze and crew! Now, puff that bowl, blunt, vaporizer, whatever you use these days, sit back, press play, and turn that shit up! Cheers! (Photo by Olivia Vaughn; Illustration by Johnnie Cluney) - The Deli Staff
 

 

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Buried Beds Open for SOLD OUT Murder by Death Show at JB’s March 2

Buried Beds will be swinging by Johnny Brenda’s tonight as part of their tour with buddies Murder by Death. (They performed together at the TLA the last time Murder by Death was in town when both of them opened for mewithoutYou. You can check out our review of that concert here.) Our West Philly-based crew just officially released their latest album Tremble the Sail nationally yesterday so they should have plenty to celebrate with family, friends and fans. You can check out their second single from the album, "Ivory Tower", below to help get you psyched up for the evening, but make sure that you get to JB’s early because it looks like Buried Beds will be opening the evening. So stop on by, and wish them a happy and safe rest of the tour! But hopefully you have your tix already because this baby is SOLD OUT. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $13, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman
 

Ivory Towers by Buried Beds

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