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Mischief Brew Brewing Up Some Mischief at First Unitarian June 12

Hailing from pissed-off Pennsylvania, local punks Mischief Brew, cook up a riot like nobody’s business. Between frontman Erik Petersen’s antics and punk-folk riffs, this Philly collective knows how to keep it fresh. Mischief Brew’s mix of marimba and mandolin bring to mind Eastern European street parades, or a less sophisticated Gogol Bordello. With the DIY aesthetic that Against Me! now lacks, Petersen along with his  bandmates  crank up the volume with tracks like, “Fight Dirty”, and “A Liquor Never Brewed”. Think the summer of ‘77, Mischief Brew is punk as fuck. They’ll be taking the stage with the garden state surf punks Mirrors and Wires. Leave your studded belts at home. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. 3pm. $10, All Ages (Photo by Chris Martell) - Dianca Potts 
 

 

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Serpent Throne - None Shall Pass at June 12

Citing Black Sabbath and the Dark Lord of the Underworld (and in the Church Lady-est voice in my head, “mmm…Satan”) as influences, local instrumental four-piece Serpent Throne is an aural work out in epic ruthlessness. With 2007’s Ride Satan Ride and 2009’s The Battle of Old Crow (available on Philly’s Vessel Records), the stoner act fuses twisting arrangements, leaden drum batters and mammoth guitar riffs to construct valiantly protracted oeuvres or in short, music so much bigger than the body it escapes the physical realm. No, seriously - see for yourself tonight at the M Room, where they’ll play alongside the ambitious hometown power-trio Gondola, and Los Angeles-based psychedelic hard rock throwback Dead Meadow. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave, 9 pm, $12,  21+ - Annamarya Scaccia
 

 

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Welcome to My Face and 722 at JB’s June 12

It wouldn’t be Philly Beer Week without Philadelphia’s Most Rocking Bartenders taking the stage. Whether it was during many drunken nights at Fergie’s, his tenure at The Khyber during their legendary happy hour, or at his home of Jose Pistola’s, you might have heard Casey Parker crooning the bar with some serious rock ballads. And if you have, then you wouldn’t be surprised to hear about his double life as the Voxez n' Foxez scoring frontman of Philly’s 80’s Glam Rock tribute band from hell, Welcome to My Face (that’s what she said). With their balls to the wall attitude and thrashing guitar fervor, the band will have you rocking out like it was a head banging 1984. Theatrics and music collide when tonight they’re joined by 722 who formed at the natural setting of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Its cabaret sensibility meets skilled musical craftsmanship whenever Davy Raphaely takes the stage with Mike Pietrusko and the Catalano Brothers. So when these bands join forces. There will sure be plenty of the musical theatrics to keep you more than mildly amused. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill
 

 

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Weekend Warrior, June 11 - 13

Summer is here! And ‘tis the season to get out and have some fun. Our Weekend Warrior pick is goin’ to be a fuckin’ great time! So if you can find The Ox (reason one million and one why the El and Broad St. lines should run later), then you should be planted there when Reading Rainbow, Creepoid and Party Photographers hit the stage. You already know The Deli Philly’s recent End of the Year Overall Poll Winner, Reading Rainbow, who combine gorgeous harmonies, raging yet melodic guitar riffs and punchy precise drumbeats to put some serious shakin’ in your bones. Can we still count the number of Creepoid live performances on one hand? Buzz, buzz, buzz…we’re creating some of our own. Check out the review of their debut EP Yellow Life Giver in our CD of the Month section (to the right)! We are definitely digging their live set too. And Party Photographers will give you all the fuzzy walls of sound and feelings of disillusionment that you can handle. As if that wasn’t enough, Miami’s The Jacuzzi Boys will be rockin’ with their beach party enthusiasm to close out the evening. Grab whatever gets you off and head on over to The Ox this Saturday for some fun,fun,fun! ‘Tis the season - remember!?! The Ox, 2nd and Oxford, 8pm, $5, All Ages
 
Many more things to get you out of your place…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Prowler, SAT 722
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI The Sermon
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Cheap Dinosaurs, SAT Electric City and Kuf Knotz
 
M Room (12 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Anvil Bitch, SAT Gondola and Serpent Throne
 
The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) FRI Bacio, SAT Suttercane SUN The Sobriquets
 
Tritone (1508 South St.) FRI Sideshow Prophets
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI The Spinning Leaves and Downtown Harvest

Blockley Pourhouse (3801 Chestnut St.) SAT Government Cheaze Album Release Party
 
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI The National Rifle
 
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Swift Technique and The Groovement
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Zombie Beach Party w/The Slotcars
 
The Ox (2nd and Oxford St.) SAT Party Photographers, Creepoid, Reading Rainbow
 
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) SAT Jukebox Zeros and The Handsome Petes
 
Pterodactyl (3237 Amber St.) SAT Big Art Show w/ Grandchildren, Oh! Pears, Cheers Elephant
 
Murph’s Bar (202 E. Girard Ave.) SAT Experience Kef
 
Crane Arts Building (1400 N. American St.) SAT and SUN Art For The Cash Poor 11 w/ McRad, The Josh and Pete Band, North Lawrence Midnight Singers, Knife Show, and more 
 
Eris Temple (602 S. 52nd St.) SAT “Yellow” / “bunnies” Video Release Party w/ Radio Eris
 
The Ellen Powell Tiberino Museum (3819 Hamilton St.) FRI Carnivolution w/ Hydrogen Jukebox, The Radarmen, Squidling Bros. Circus Sideshow
 
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) SAT Mischief Brew
 
The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) SAT Birdie Busch
 
The Moonlight Forest (515 Memorial Highway) SAT Iris and Shibley Fest I w/ The Spinning Leaves, Chris Kaspar, Mason Porter, Psalmships, Papertrees, Tin Bird Choir, and more
 
Dock Street Brew Pub (701 S. 50th St.) SUN Dock Street 2nd Annual Music Festival w/ Grandchildren, The Homophones, Chasing Arethusa, Among Criminals, Stinking Lizaveta
 

 

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Zombie Beach Party w/The Slotcars at The Troc June 11

Ever since Robert Drake, Melissa Torres, and Dave Ghoul organized Philly’s first Zombie Crawl in 2006, it has elevated itself into becoming one of South Street’s most decorated traditions. It became so popular that it led to a second annual happening in the Zombie Prom, that first kicked off on September of 2007 at The Trocadero. Last year the call for a summer event was answered in the form of The Zombie Beach Party, and tonight the legions of the undead are once again ready to raid The Troc in a flesh eating frenzy. While the Terror Behind The Walls make-up crew provides the rotting flesh touches for those who arrive out of costume, Robert Drake and Dave Ghoul will be providing brain eating boogies for zombies to Thriller dance to. And since it wouldn’t be a good beach party without a little surf guitar, and Philly surf punks, The Slotcars,are ready to answer the call of the damned. For a few years, Dave Roller and the ladies X have been breaking out tunes that will make fans of The Ramones and The Queers happy. And songs like “The Slotcars Theme” and “Surfing New Jersey” are perfect for slam dancing in the pale moonlight. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill
 

 

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