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Weekend Warrior, April 15 - 17

We know. This weekend is all about Record Store Day so go out and grab some new or used vinyl and take advantage of the great FREE performances by Philly artists going on at some of your favorite shops. Below is a list of local places that you might want to hit.
Record Store Day Performance Schedules:
Beautiful World Syndicate (1619 E. Passyunk Ave.) SAT Pissed Jeans (2pm)
A.K.A. Music (27 N. 2nd St.) SAT Purling Hiss (2pm)
Main Street Music (4444 Main St.) SAT Brown Recluse (4pm), Creepoid (3pm), Cabin Dogs (1:30pm)
Hideaway Music (8612 Germantown Ave.) SAT When I Was 12
Other things happening that will probably cost you…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SUN Strapping Fieldhands and Hermit Thrushes
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Gasoline Heart, Big Hurry, Guys + Dolls, SAT Full Blown Cherry, SUN Voss
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Asteroid #4 and Music for Headphones, SAT Lion Versus Album Release Party w/Cuddle Magic
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Amanda Wells and Andra Taylor, SUN Christian Bitto and Shannon Corey
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) SUN Save Gonzo Benefit w/ Vilebred, John The Conqueror, Isaac Hurt and More
Tritone (1508 South St.) FRI Halo of Snakes and Ghosts in the Valley, SAT Buddhafest w/The Holcomb Family, Funkharp, Baptists Preachers and More
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Clamfight and Ganto Barn
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT The Young Werewolves
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) SAT Doctor Scientist
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Blackened Blue and Parkside Ave.
The Blockley (3801 Chestnut St.) SAT DJ Logic, Bodega, Kuf Knotz
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Baby Flamehead, SAT Sunshine Superman, SUN Rusty Cadillac
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Johnny Miles
The Barbary (951 N. Frankford St.) FRI Josh Wink’s Annual Birthday Bash, SUN Daylight
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) SAT When I Was 12, Gypsy Death and You, Caboder
Pterodactyl (3237 Amber St., 5th FL) SAT Animal Show Closing w/A Cat Called Cricket, Boom Chick, Chris Brooks
The El Bar (1356 N. Front St.) SUN Watery Love and Spacin’
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SAT Hop Along
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI G Calvin Weston Band and Parsnip Revolt, SAT The Better Half, SUN Seven Heads and Maze in Change
Triumph Brewing Company (117 Chestnut St.) SAT Orbit to Leslie
The Station (1550 McKean St.) SAT Crills Wilson
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St. Philadelphia) FRI Ghost/Light
Kimmel Center (260 S. Broad St.) SUN ?uestlove, Rich Medina, AfroDJiak
The Philadelphia Naval Yard (1423 Langley Ave.) Dayglow Philadelphia: Diplo
The Dream Oven (Please contact one of the acts for details.) FRI Closing Ceremony w/Creepoid, Hot Guts, Far-Out Fangtooth
Hong Kong Garden (Please contact one of the acts for details.) SAT Fecal Dick, Code Orange Kids, Emily Pukis & The Vagrants, Ardmore Assault

Ridiculously Awesome New Video for RJD2’s “Might As Well Step Forward” Featuring Quest Crew!

Below is a ridiculously awesome new video for RJD2’s “Might As Well Step Forward” from 2010’s Inversion of the Colossus. It features some seriously amazing dance moves by Quest Crew and was directed by Brad Hasse. Hope that it inspires you to step up your game at the club this weekend. Enjoy! - The Deli Staff


Asteroid #4 Open for Spectrum at North Star Bar April 15

Much like Brian Jonestown Massacre (whose label they are signed to) and Spacemen 3, the classic UK band for whom their name is a special nod to, Asteroid #4 are a psychedelic outfit who have traveled along an intergalactic journey of many twists and turns throughout the years. But no matter what has been thrown at them along the way, the band has managed to transcend forward and re-invent themselves. They’ve been touring heavily in support of their 6th album Hail to the Clear Figurines that was released a few months back. The band has recently had the honor of going full circle by touring with Spectrum, the space rock band formed by Spacemen 3 founder Sonic Boom. That tour comes into town with a stopover at North Star Bar, and tonight’s bill will also have another act that should be right in their element. Music For Headphones will be sharing cuts from their latest experimental release Life.in.Mono so I suggest that you bring plenty of herb or your favorite psychedelics for the evening. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 9pm, $12 adv/$15 door, 21+ (Photo by Sarah Morrison) - Bill McThrill

Grandchildren Home from Tour w/O’Death and Arches at KFN April 14

Yes, Grandchildren have a big show coming up on May 1 at the TLA with Peter, Bjorn & John, but bigger isn’t always better. They’ll be taking their skittish prog-pop, with its densely-orchestrated mish-mash of organic and electronic elements to a “slightly” smaller stage this evening at one of our favorite watering holes, Kung Fu Necktie, which is probably how I’d prefer it. And joining them on tonight’s spectacular bill will be the dark Americana of Brooklyn’s O’Death (who they've been touring with) and the languid summer strains of Philly’s own Arches. You can see why there is a reason to get pretty pumped up for this evening’s show! But that doesn’t mean I won’t be at the TLA as well. Cheers! Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman


Strand of Oaks Bringing It All Back Home at JB’s April 14

Philly’s epic folk teller Strand of Oaks is making a return home tonight, if only for a brief spell. Strand of Oaks a.k.a. Tim Showalter is currently out on a 50+ date tour with Joe Pug where he and his hauntingly effected guitar are playing tunes largely from his latest stellar LP Pope Killdragon. The album finds a deep sincerity within a world of fantasy. The demos from the album are beautiful and effecting in their barest state, but the warm synthesizers and backseat drumming turned this album into one of the finest local releases in recent years, and one of the best folk records around for that matter. (BTW: He just made the demos available for download at "name your own price" HERE.) Showalter seemed a bit stuck, largely because of media portrayal, in his sad sack musician stage, but at his recent vinyl release show, he seemed like he couldn’t be more at peace with his situation, appreciative of friends and excited for the future. Since he is home tonight I think that barring some scheduling conflict, there is a good chance you’ll see Chris Ward behind the skins with him again, but I guess you will just have to go and see. Strand of Oaks have also been churning out some pretty sweet covers, like Damen Jurado’s “Ohio” and the Joe Pug’s “Hymn #101” so maybe he will throw a cover into his set. While Joe Pug might be the headliner, chances are JB’s will fill up for Strand of Oaks homecoming, so it will be best to get there early. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Adam G.

Strand of Oaks - "Ohio" (Damien Jurado Cover) by TwentyFourBit.com


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