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Weekend Warrior, February 25 - February 27

Good music comes in all kinds of numbers, but this weekend hooks up three very special festivals that celebrate solo artists, duos, and three-piece bands. 2 Piece Fest has been a success for 3 years now, and last years memorable lineup at The Ox touted amazing sets by the likes of Reading Rainbow, Hulk Smash, and Best Friends. In honor of its fourth year the fest organizers decided to branch out and deliver a 1 Piece Fest and a 3 Piece Fest at equally DIY minded venues. Tonight PhilaMOCA (formerly Mad Decent Mausoleum) plays hosts to solo artists such as legendary Dead Milkmen frontman Joe Jack Talcum, the especially talented Hop Along a.k.a. Frances Quinlan, and New York folk crooner Jeffery Lewis. On Saturday, 2 Piece Fest returns full force at The Ox with some familiar faces in Hulk Smash, Best Friends, Peter and Craig, and The Joint Chiefs of Math. But the stacked lineup also has plenty of our favorites like Sunny Ali & The Kid, Omar, Slutever, Erode and Disappear, and Heavy Medical. The weekend’s festivities wrap up Sunday at Danger Danger and the impressively rocked out 3 Piece Fest. Bands like Dry Feet, Band Name, and one of the top performers in our poll this year and recently reformed three-piece, Party Photographers, will be ready to melt faces. And headliner Algernon Cadwallader will be packing the gallery with their legions of fans. 1 Piece Fest - PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 7:30pm, $8, All Ages; 2 Piece Fest - The Ox, (you should know by now or just ask a friend), 2 - 11pm, $8, All Ages, 3 Piece Fest - Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., 8pm, $5 - $10 donation, All Ages (Photo by John Vettese)
More things to do if all these fests weren’t enough…
The Ox (you should know by now or ask a friend) FRI The Armchairs and Arrah & the Ferns
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI When I Was 12, SAT Do You Need Service? and Univox, SUN Folkadelphia w/Meg Baird
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SUN Blood Feathers and The Cobbs
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Cannons and Mater Mathu
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Old Rival Hope, SAT The Codes and Hunters Cannon
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Coppertonic and Lokatone, SUN Spirit & Dust and The Tressels
Tritone (1508 South St.) FRI Creepoid and Lux Perpetua, SAT Sugartown w/Thee Nosebleeds
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Lost Coves
Highwire Gallery (2040 Frankford Ave.) FRI Dan Blacksberg Trio, SAT Eric Carbonara
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) SUN Leiana
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Kuf Knotz and Mutlu, SUN Sonni Shine and the Underwater Sounds
The Blockley (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI Steppin Razor
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI (Early) John Train, (Late) Dan Collins, SAT Consenting Adults
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Giant Mind and Cozy Galaxies
Greenline Café (4239 Locust St.) SAT Snow Caps Album Release Show w/ Lux Perpetua
The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) SAT AMP It Up! East Coast All-ages Music Summit  w/Slutever and SGNLS
Triumph Brewing (117 Chestnut St.) SAT West Philadelphia Orchestra
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI DeSoto Rust, Avi Wisnia, Stolen Rhodes, SAT Lamagier, La Violencia, The Elctric Boa, Liat
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Yeah Clementine

Creepoid See Red at Tritone Feb. 25

The cover of Creepoid’s latest album Horse Heaven sure is alluring, isn’t it? It’s a good representation of their sound, the way it’s grown so clean and simple, yet easy to get lost in and ruminate. For those of us who like a little gruffness in our folk and a feminine touch in our grungy numbers, Creepoid might be the best bet. They’re somewhere between the airy ballads of Hope Sandoval and the smoldering guitar trails of Dinosaur Jr. They have a spooky side to them as well, like in “Grave Blanket” or the powerful “Spirit Birds”. Lux Perpetua dishes out ditties of a lighter-hearted nature, however, from jittery power-pop to graceful folk epics that capture the feeling of lying in a hammock on a spring morning. (Stay tuned also for Creepoid's Church show where they’ll be opening for Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Twin Shadow!) Tritone, 1508 South St., 9pm, $5, 21+ - Joe Poteracki


The Armchairs & Arrah and the Ferns at The Ox Feb. 25

It’s getting close to that time of year again when indie acts hop into their vans, forego a little hygiene, and descend on the crowded Austin streets. Psych-pop outfit The Armchairs will be performing tonight at The Ox (or I guess you can kind of call it their home). It’s a bit of a bon voyage party for the loveable crew as they prepare to hit the road for a 20+ show tour which includes a stop down at SXSW. They’ll be joined by buds Arrah and the Ferns who will be sharing in the madcap adventures so there should be plenty of laughs, smiles, strange conversations, and feel good tunes. Come throw down and wish them well! The Ox, (you should already know or just ask a friend), 8pm, $5, All Ages (The Armchairs' Photo by Tiffany Yoon) - Alexis V.

Kuf Knotz Opens for Mutlu at WCL Feb. 25

Kuf Knotz has been working hard to help build a place for creativity to flow in the music and art community with his monthly series BoomBox Collective at World Café Live. Well, he’ll be taking the big stage this evening to release some of that positive energy to get you rockin’ and swayin’ to his own soundtrack of hope. Kuf Knotz will be opening for his brother from another mother and blue-eyed soul man Mutlu who has been on tour a lot lately backing his brofriend Amos Lee. Tonight should be a reunion of old heads from the BurnDown crew and the singer-songwriter community so be prepared for some good vibes. World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8pm, $21 - $31, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman

Reminiscing w/When I Was 12 at JB’s Feb. 25

The sugar-sweet indie pop troupe When I Was 12 is swinging by Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The charmingly chipper group creates nostalgic and catchy tunes that are the musical equivalent of a snicker doodle. Singer/songwriter Adrianne Gold writes witty narratives that reminisce on endearingly minute details of flourishing and crumbling relationships, like eating Ben and Jerry’s in the cold or wearing a cherished Hunter Green sweater. Their debut LP Dear Eskimo is intimate both in its largely acoustic sound accompanied by Gold’s coy, delicate vocals and in the bedroom-esque feeling of the recording. The totally twee foursome is preparing for the release of an eponymous new 7” on Drexel’s Bantic Media, which you can preorder here. Below is their candy-coated video for “Tree Trunk Of My Heart” which somehow makes winter actually look enjoyable. Don’t show up late cause they are opening! See you there! Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Adam G.


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