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Weekend Warrior, March 26 - 28

In case you missed our SXSW recap, one of West Philly’s finest Grandchildren wowed audiences during their shows, which included a trippy set with some man-made visuals at The Beauty Bar. This was all part of a southbound tour that included an appearance at this year’s VOV Festival in Arkansas. But now the band is finally ready to return back to homebase West Philly. Before they officially play a show at Danger Danger Gallery, Grandchildren is ready to bring a little bit of action to its neighbor Elena’s, and host an event like it has never seen before. They’ll be joined by another set of West Philly neighbors in Da Comrade!, who have really been making the rounds on the Philly circuit since the release of their newest album. Also on the lineup is TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, who may be pulling an all-nighter bender on Baltimore Ave. since they just played Danger Danger Gallery last night. Elena’s, 4912 Baltimore Ave., 9:30pm, $5, 21+ myspace.com/grandchildren

Other places to hide this weekend from the flash mobs…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Jukebox the Ghost
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Panic Years EP Release Party w/Robes and Overlook
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The National Rifle, SAT Urban Giants and McRad
M Room (12 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Adam & Dave's Bloodline and Knife Show, SUN Ganto Barn
Tritone (1508 South St.) SAT Gemini Wolf, Lillie Ruth Bussey, Attia Taylor, SUN The Wallace Brothers Band
Blockley Pourhouse (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI Toy Soldiers, The Tressels, El Fuego,
SAT Igor's Egg
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) SAT Chasing Arethusa
Pi Lam (3914 Spruce St.) FRI Big Attack!
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Xande Cruz
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI The Joe Jordan Experiment
The Ox (2nd and Oxford St.) SAT Rosetta
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) FRI Tough Shits and The Peace Creeps, SAT Party Photographers, Signals



Toy Soldiers Storming the Banks of The Blockley Pourhouse March 26

Don’t let the name fool you, Toy Soldiers are not the kind of band you want to play around with. Let’s just say that I wouldn’t want to get in a fight with the right fist of any of the male members. Not to mention that all those ferocious yet sultry female members could probably drink me under the table and bury a heel to my manhood. No, these Temple nice guys’ and sweethearts’ driving force of the evening are to have the best time ever on stage (and hopefully the audience will join them). Their energetic blues/folk ditties are even more radiant thanks to their jovial bluegrass-tinged harmonies that will have you singing along without even realizing it. I believe that I made a vocal comparison between singer Ron Gallo and self-proclaimed genius Ryan Adams, and I have found it more and more true, except Gallo has an even more impressive range and isn’t stuck constantly trying to replicate his forefathers. They recently announced that their album Whisper Down the Lane will get nationally re-released May 18th, 2010 on Drexel’s Mad Dragon Records, so go them. Other bands on the bill include The Tressels from “Tresselmania, Pennsylvania” who, with songs like “Brothel Blues” and “Prison Wine”, sound like they should be right at hom on this bill. Along with them will be El Fuego who I was lucky enough to catch live completely by accident a couple years ago, and it was one of the better mistakes of my life, my two-year-old boy topping that list. Just kidding I hate kids. They played a sweet mix of garage-rock and Against Me!-style punk that will either have you holding your lighter or punching your neighbor, your choice. Don’t miss out! The Blockley Pourhouse, 3801 Chestnut St., 9pm, 21+ myspace.com/ohnotoysoldiers - Adam G.



Panic Years EP Release Party at North Star Bar March 26

Panic Years will be celebrating the release of their EP Finally, Today Is Tomorrow tonight at the North Star Bar. Led by Virginia Beach transplants Ed Everett and Amy Miller, Panic Years bring us straightforward guitar indie rock from the gut. They’ll also be joined tonight by shoegazey indie popsters Robes and alt rockers Overlook . If you can’t wait for this evening, they’ll be performing live in the studio of local radio station 104.5 which will be broadcasted this afternoon. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 9pm, $5, 21+ myspace.com/panicyears - H.M. Kauffman


The Deli at SXSW: My Final Chapter - SXSW Do’s and Don’ts

I am happy to say that after a fairly massive delay in resplendent St. Paul, Minnesota and a drenched drive back to school, I have made it home. I am thoroughly exhausted. The trip was one for the ages, and I hope to recover in time to get back next year. I’d say it’s 40% at this point. Being a total SXSW n00b, I knew that I had some serious catching up to do. I wouldn’t say that I should be writing a travelers guide or anything, but after spending some of the most hectic and enthralling days of my life in Austin, TX, I thought that I might pass on some survival tips for those who think next year will be the year that they finally sack up and get down to the lone star. Here are some do’s and don’ts for ya!
Do: bring around some attention-attracting device for those snippy male/female bartenders who “can’t see you behind all those regularly sized men” or “can’t trade a tequila shot for a cigarette”.  In my case, I brought around a finger puppet of a tiger that worked wonders.
Do: buy two drinks at a time all the time. Whether booze are free or not, the lines get massive, and if you are actually there to see some music, then you reduce your line time and look totally awesome rocking out while double fisting. 
Do: see Free Energy! I can’t say enough about their live show, and they are overall congenial dudes that are all about having a good time, and damn good at it. Jorts strongly suggested.
Do: eat at Bestwurst. The name says it all, and it’s open all night, but don’t be impatient. Once the bars close down and the penises with crew cuts flood the street, the place gets wild.
Do: check out Emo’s. It is a sight to be seen with a stage in nearly all of its 6+ rooms, and you can play DJ by running back and forth between rooms with a sweet pair of Technics headphones over an ear.
Don’t: take taxis. Traffic stays at a standstill, and they are generally dick-ish. 
Don’t: hang out with little Indian girls who are acting like hyenas and pouring you drinks.
Don’t: wear shoelaces. I tripped over mine in front of a bouncer and was denied entry because I “was too drunk and smelled like a brothel”.  I tried to get back in line and was turned away despite my line of “needing to get in because Mayor Hawthorne is my brother and he needs me”.
Don’t: drink Lonestar. That shit tastes on the way down like it does on the way up, and you don’t look nearly as hip as when you’re bear clawing a PBR like the rest of the mustached folks. Plus, you can get Shiner Bock equally as cheap, and it makes Sam Adams taste like Natty Ice.
Don’t: worry about being “too weird”, but definitely trying to stick out is futile. I met so many furies, men with breast implants and fire eating ventriloquists that I thought I was tripping even for the short time that I wasn’t. 
Don’t: try and get into all the bars you have heard of. The lines are ridiculous. The beer is horribly overpriced, and the bands are often underwhelming. 
Don’t: leave Austin without eating some TexMex. It is a phenomenon that your stomach will thank you for. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for your asshole.
Don’t: pull on the catheter. Shit sucks.
Be merry, be safe, be hungry, be grateful, be my friend. That is all.
(Photo by Joey F.)
- Adam G.



Power Animal Celebrate People Songs at Kung Fu Necktie March 25

I wrote a review about Power Animal’s Female Wrestler EP for our December CD of the Month 2009 pretty soon after I received the CD-R in the mail. Well, since then Power Animal has been picked-up by Waaga Records, an offshoot of indie label Lefse (Neon Indian, Tape Deck Mountain). You can download a Waaga compilation aptly titled Waaga Records Compilation from Pitchfork here. Tonight is Power Animal’s album release show for People Songs at Kung Fu Necktie, and they’ll be celebrating it with The Ruby Suns and Toro Y Moi. Check out Keith Hampson with his new live band. They are just amazingly awesome - definitely one of my faves in Philly! Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $10, 21+ myspace.com/poweranimalpa - Q.D. Tran



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