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Positivity on CNN for Philly Rappers Freeway & Young Chris Taking a Stand on School Violence!

It’s always nice to see positivity flow through the Philly community. Well, yesterday we finally received some national attention other than cheese steaks, duck boats and Michael Vick. CNN ran a nice piece on Philly rappers Freeway and Young Chris taking a stand against violence in the schools. Check it out here. Thanks CNN! (Photo by Dominic Savinni/Salvatore Fullmore) - The Deli Staff
 
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Jukebox the Ghost Popping By at First Unitarian Church Dec. 10

If you thought that their debut album, Let Live and Let Ghosts, was just a slice of heaven, then you’ll be happy to know that Jukebox the Ghost have more sugary confections for you with their latest Everything Under the Sun. Of course, it didn’t hurt that they had help in the kitchen from producer Peter Katis who has worked with the likes of The National and Jonsi. But the piano pop masterminds also spent countless hours in studios, basements, and hotel rooms crafting the 11-song album as well as keeping up with their hefty 150+ shows per year touring schedule. At the Church tonight will be their last show in Philly for the year, but rest assured. They already have plans for more shows in 2011 which includes a sold out one in NYC with fellow D.C. natives and newly reunited The Dismemberment Plan as well as Guster and Barenaked Ladies (we know guys - sometimes ya gotta do whatcha gotta do). First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 7:30pm, $10 adv/$12 door, All Ages - Bill McThrill
 

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Strand of Oaks Opens for Crooked Fingers & Cotton Jones at JB’s Dec. 10

As Strand of Oaks, Tim Showalter crafts devastatingly brave and unsettlingly idiosyncratic folk - unnerving moments lay bare in both his howling acoustic homilies and absorbing synth fables. Just listen to Pope Killdragon and you’ll understand within seconds. There’s something so restless and poignant in the way Showalter melts the numinous with the doleful that it’s almost too difficult to put into words. In fact, catching his gig tonight with North Carolina’s Crooked Fingers (featuring Archers of Loaf’s Eric Bachmann) and Maryland’s Cotton Jones might be all the description that you’d need. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $12, 21+ - Annamarya Scaccia

"Bonfire" by Strand of Oaks 

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Too Cool For School Winter Fest Dec. 10

Post-finals rager Too Cool For School Winter Fest sets to start winter break with a bang. The perfect combo between house show meets house party, tonight’s celebration includes an impressive lineup of Philly’s next generation of lo-fiers for the affordable price of FREE. Dreamy tracks like “Smile” by Gypsy Death and You fit the mood of the occasion with upbeat chords and optimism while the two-piece’s fuzzed-out revamp of Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Something I Can’t Have” plays out lush and loud. Boy plus girl punks Omar (Candice uses picks and Nick uses sticks and they both lalala) might incite a blitzkrieg bop with fast paced anthems like “Triracial Cat” and “Jumping Jacks”. Add in self-proclaimed "shit-fi" compliments of Slutever with washed out pop by Slow Animal and you’ve got the perfect prelude to the freedom of yet another semester’s end. Too Cool For School Winter Fest, (we know but just ask a band or a friend), 8pm, All Ages (Photo by Corinne Ryan) - Dianca Potts
 
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The War on Drugs Belated EP Release Party at KFN Dec. 9

Psychedelic folk rockers The War on Drugs will be celebrating a belated EP release party tonight at Kung Fu Necktie. Their latest EP Future Weather follows in the experimental vein of their past efforts with waves of reverb on, well, everything. The songs do not drone as much as groove into an almost hypnotic state that various guitar and harmonica tracks cut through sounding like spacey whale calls. Frontman Adam Granduciel recently returned from tour as a member of Kurt Vile’s Violators, and wrote on their website about spending some time in the studio with The War on Drugs bassist Dave Hartley where they worked on their seemingly unfinishable album. Fortunately, this new EP should tide fans over while they crawl toward the completion of their second LP. Granduciel has a passion for pushing the boundaries of sound and plunging head first into sonic journeys making the Americana overtones only the first step in the creation of The War on Drugs tracks. Come check them out at this intimate performance before they head off to Europe and inevitably hole up to complete their upcoming album. The War on Drugs will be joined by Michael Johnson’s Ape School to open up the festivities. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $8, 21+ - Adam G. (not Granduciel)

Comin' Through by The War on Drugs 

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