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Rockers’ 3rd Anniversary at Tritone April 28

Tritone’s current showcase is indeed aptly named. In celebration of “Rockers’ 3rd Anniversary”, this well-loved but often forgotten South Street venue sets to crank up the volume starting with Sunny Ali & the Kid. With kick drum zeitgeist and a Johnny Cash-esque drawl, Hassan Ali’s songs fall between fuzzed out psych and punk glazed folk. “Hey You Know What, Jawad?” is a charming snarky shout out with a catchy caustic backbeat, despite its brevity. “Fuck Me” is stripped down and reminiscent of Devendra’s “Rejoicing In the Hands”. Rockers thankfully includes the risky harmonics of The Mighty Paradocs. Meshing hip-hop with punk rock, The Mighty Paradocs’ politics go straight for the jugular, while their riffs screech along with the beat. “Burnin” and “Hollywood Meets Bollywood” revives the pulse of a movement that collapsed in ’76. The buzzing shreds of The Lopez are perfect for slam dancing, bringing to mind The Misfits plus Le Tigre, leaving listeners smitten with tracks like “The Ballad of DCB” and “Gates of Heaven”. Each band is ready to sonically assault you, prepare accordingly. Tritone, 1508 South S., 9pm, $5, 21+ - Dianca Potts



Let’s Get Ready to Rumble - The G at North Star Bar April 28

The former Austin rockers and now Philly natives The G are ready to open up an old-fashion can of whip-ass tonight at North Star Bar when the dudes and dudette warm-up the crowd for The Willowz, Imaad Wasif (feat. members of Shipping News) and fellow locals Busses. Hold my gold bitches, there is going to be a throw down! North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 9pm, $10, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman



My Mind Warping My Mind at M Room April 28

How to describe a band like My Mind without making too many comparisons? Because that's the music writer's bane, you know, using too many comparisons. You want to use them because it's just so easy, but at the same time, you want to judge the band on its own merits. Anyway, the phrase "Ted Leo on lots of drugs" keeps coming up in the back of my brain (er...mind?). By that I mean, on one hand there's a lot of old school punk attitude going on, and with most of their songs breaking just over the minute mark (except the nearly eleven minute "Football Boys"), you can't help but think of something like Wire. On the other hand, there's also this British Invasion vibe, sunny vocal melodies rising just barely above the surface of some scrappy, fuzzed-out guitar. These two elements are then simmered into a disorienting, lo-fi explosion. They recently released Path Masher 7" on Philly's own Badmaster Records. Head on over to the M Room where the guys will be rockin’ with the The Styrenes and Kohoutek. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave, 8pm, $10, 21+ - Joe Poteracki



Free Energy Announce Spring Tour Dates w/Mates of State and More!

Free Energy just announced new spring tour dates in support of already much-buzzed-about Stuck on Nothing which will hit the stores Tuesday, May 4th, 2010. It includes tours with Mates of State, Jukebox the Ghost and Drink Up Buttercup as well as stops at Toronto's NXNE and Daytrotter’s Barnstormers III shows. They’ll also be traveling to Japan in August for the Summer Sonic Festival so expect plenty more international and national dates to come! - H.M. Kauffman



Much Love for a Fabulous Time!

Just wanted to thank everyone who helped to pull our Best of Philly Showcase together through all the headaches and heartaches, especially Reading Rainbow, Grandchildren and Levee Divers, who all absolutely rocked the house (or warehouse) in their own unique way! Also, I can’t forget the good people at The Ox for opening up their home/venue to us - props to Vincent for helping to make the night run so smoothly and of course, Jorgan (Da Man!) for putting together and doing such a phenomenal job with the makeshift sound system! You made it easy for me to finally chill out and have a blast (so much that my body shutdown for 11 hours afterwards). I can’t wait until The Ox’s house system is built. I have complete confidence that it is going to be sweet. And finally thanks to everyone who could find this place and made it out to support! I hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did. We look forward to seeing you again next year. Cheers! - Q.D. Tran



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