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Weekend Warrior, June 2 - 4

Happy birthday USA! If you’re anything like Team America, then by now you're probably itching to find something that’s a little more “Fuck Yeah!” than the Goo Goo Dolls. [We think it’s time to get rid of the douchebag(s) stuck in the 90s booking this 4th of July Parkway thing.] And fortunately the Danger Danger crew have a red, white and blue celebration that’s sure to have you boogying your socks off in a stupor! The distorted beats and haunting tribal call of U.S. Girls will have you shaking your flag in a frenzy. Meanwhile the good ol’ boys behind Levee Drivers will be bringing out that drunken hillbilly in ya as they churn out a bit of Johnny Cash influenced Americana with their rockin’ country flare. Toss in some action packed sets from visiting bands like O’Death, Skeletonbreath (special nod to hometown boy Grandchildren’s Tris behind the drum set), and Drunken Tigers - add in an epic beer-BQ, and your sure to be seeing plenty of fireworks as well as stars and stripes (wait, who put the acid in my beer this time?). But don’t party too hard, because you won’t want to miss the dance beats happening across the street at Elena’s immediately afterwards. Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., 1pm, $5-$10, All Ages
 
Exercise your right to be independent and go somewhere fun this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI In Grenada CD Release Party w/Busses and New Motels
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Smiles and Everyone
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI North Lawrence Midnight Singers and Josh Olmstead
 
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Hair Rocket
 
The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) FRI High Kick and Johnny Action Figure, SAT The Danger O's, Crazy Man Crazy, Big Terrible
 
Tritone (1508 South St.) FRI The Homophones, SAT Fourth Of July Show w/ Thee Nosebleeds, Baptist Preachers, and more
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Dani Mari and Boy Wonder

Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI Bandname and Eskimeaux
 
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) SAT ‘tine-‘tine and Chang Chang
 
The Ellen Powell Tiberino Museum (3819 Hamilton St.) FRI Radio Eris, Northern Liberties, Da Comrade!, and much, much more
 
Welcome America Celebration (Ben Franklin Parkway) SUN The Roots
 

 

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In Grenada CD Release Party at JB’s July 2

Yes, In Grenada wants you to start the partying this weekend with them tonight when they celebrate the release of their debut album Break. It’s full of feel good pop begging to be the soundtrack to your summer. They’ve recruited a couple of The Deli favorites to join them (whom also happened to release most excellent albums themselves this year) when they invade JB's for a fun-filled evening. Busses’ bombastic psychedelic rock will get you pumped up while New Motels’ well-crafted, classic feeling tunes may induce spontaneous sing-alongs as well as hoots and hollers that will keep the party rollin’. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9:30pm, $10, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman
 

 

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Hair Rocket Starting the Fireworks Early at M Room July 2

If you’re looking for something to do after First Friday tonight, then shoot on over to the M Room for Hair Rocket. Led by mad man/multi-instrumentalist/Berklee dropout Chris Blasucci, powerpop never felt so cathartic as he takes you on “a young girl’s strange, erotic journey from Milan to Minsk”. No - really - Hair Rocket is a damn good time! You might not get to experience a launching of a 4 ft. hair rocket like at this year’s Molestice (don’t need to kill another Great White fan if they happen to be in the room, you know that they are a dying breed), but you’ll still go home with a bang for the beginning of this 4th of July weekend. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 9pm, $8, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

 

 

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Insert Bandname Here at DDG July2

North Philly three-piece Bandname is summer personified. Energized percussion with a side of garage rock charm, local favorites keep it DIY with tracks like the endearing “Excitable Boy” with its quasi-punk hooks and riffs. With an ironically iconic band name, Bandname’s stage presence is pure fun. Reminiscent of Tsunami Bomb, this dynamic trio is bound to please. Having opened for equally lo-fi acts like the lovely Vivian Girls, Bandname channels their inner Pavement for “Land War” while managing to mellow out for “Smile”. Add in laid back ballads by Philly/New York outfit Eskimeaux, and you’ve got a deadly concoction equivalent to a musical speedball. Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., 9pm, $5 - $10 donation, All Ages - Dianca Potts
 

 

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Radio Eris Host Multimedia Event at Tiberino Museum July 2

Radio Eris, Northern Liberties, and Da Comrade! are all no strangers to integrating multimedia, theatrics, art, and fan interaction into their sets. So when all three collide all of the above together for one truly madcap show within the confines of the suitably surreal courtyard of the Ellen Powell Tiberino Museum, they’ll be doing it within their element. This bold show will also feature video screenings from Jon F. Allen and others, live art creations to the beat of Blueberry Crush, a performance by Iris Senseless, body painting and so much more. Combine it with the ghost punk barrage of Northern Liberties, the psychedelic war paint tinged thrash of Da Comrade!, and the theatrical space rock of Radio Eris - art and music are destined to come together in ways that you haven’t seen before! Ellen Powell Tiberino Memorial Museum, 3817 Hamilton St., 8pm, $6, All Ages (Photo by Delia Gable) - Bill McThrill
 

 

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