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Mondo Topless Freaking Out and Taking It All Off at KFN May 1

For a band that’s just 2 years shy of being around for 20 years, Mondo Topless has not missed a beat. And when you toss in the re-emergence of the garage punk sound that has been brought on by younger bucks like Tough Shits and The Midnight Beat, Philadelphia could not have a better predecessor that’s still going on strong! Mondo Topless has recently been hard at work on their first new album since 2006’s Take It Slow, and tonight the band is finally ready to have you Freaking Out with its lo-fi, guitar-fueled rock celebration. They’ll be joined by another classic throwback band in The Three 4 Tens, who have been rocking their 60s fetish since the summer of ‘97. The band has formed a tight knit bond with the likes of The Asteroid #4, whose bassist Gregg Weiss offered to release Throw Back Move on his label Lounge Records. And they have even opened up for The Who. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Frankford Ave., 8pm, $8, 21+ - Bill McThrill

 

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Weekend Warrior, April 30 - May 2

When Grammar Debate! finished up their sophmore album Broken Heart Deluxe last summer, we don’t think anyone thought that it would take this long for them to celebrate the fruits of their labor, especially when your frontman is at the helm of concert promotion group Village Green Productions. But you’ll finally get your chance to toast their hard work tonight at Kung Fu Necktie, which we’re sure Joe Lekkas and the rest of the crew will be doing - over and over again. And when the band hit the road and toured the Midwest in support of Broken Heart Deluxe, they did it alongside long-time friends Adam & Dave’s Bloodline who will also be joining them on stage this evening. Ever since the release of their album Boycott Classics and the release of their newest single “Come See Come Saw/Living Gets Easy”, Adam & Dave’s Bloodline have been getting plenty of local love!
 
More things to get you out and about this weekend…
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Mondo Topless Album Release Party, SUN Attia Taylor and Creatures of Prey
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT The Swimmers and East Hundred
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Urban Giants
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Infinien, SAT Surgeon and Big Terrible,
 
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Tough Shits, Invisible Friends, The Midnight Beat, SAT Psychedelphia
 
The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) FRI The Last Barbarian, SAT Kettle Pot Black and Crills Wilson
 
Tritone (1508 South St.) SAT Broad Street Blues
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Downtown Harvest and Stonethrown

Blockley Pourhouse (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI The Moxy
 
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI Far-Out Fangtooth
 
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Dirt Worshipper and Deathbeds
 
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) FRI Monolith
 
Murph’s Bar (202 E. Girard Ave.) FRI Thee Nosebleeds and Shakey Lyman
 
The Carriage House (myspace.com/onlyonecarriagehouse or email OnlyOneCarriageHouse@gmail.com) FRI The Spooks, The Great Vibration, Far-Out Fangtooth

 

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Paul Collins Beat at M Room April 30

Paul Collins' legendary early band The Nerves continue to be worshipped by new generations of hipsters and music lovers worldwide. And when the rock icon who has been going strong since 1974 comes into Philly tonight, he’ll be playing with three up-and-coming bands who easily embody the free spirit that his band encompassed so many years ago. Every performance of Tough Shits is fueled by a timeless garage rock swing mentality that has the crowd moving along to the beat. And since the band has been hard at work recording a new LP, they might just have some new material to unveil. In the wake of Dark Horse & the Carousels, The Invisible Friends have emerged to provide a barrage of lo-fi ballads like “Pulling Weight” and “No One Son”. Rounding out this lineup The Midnight Beat who take 2010 back to the early 70’s rock sound where guitar twanging ballads own the beat of the night while sounding like Iggy Pop jamming out to Chuck Berry. M Room, 15 W. Girard Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill

 

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Bardo Pond Making a Splash at JB’s April 29

Flagship Philly space-rock collective Bardo Pond are coming to JB’s to make you hope that some friendly hippie with an eye-dropper is making her way around the crowd. Since 1991, these shoegazers have been exploring sound in all its distorted, droney, washed out glory. Their extensive jams recall other Philly psychedelia artists like The Asteroid No.4 and Aspera, while vocally they are quite reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine. They were recently invited to take part in some extremely impressive shows curated by the likes of Lou Reed and Godspeed! You Black Emperor, and those are some people who don’t fuck around when it comes to bringing the noise, so be sure to bring some earplugs. Come out and enjoy whether you are the patchy-bearded kids looking around feeling super young or the balding man in the back wishing he were young again, it is sure to be a fun time. Remember not to dose and drive. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Adam G.

 

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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

 

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