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Philadelphia Slick EP Release Party at The Blockley Pourhouse May 22

Since 2005, Philadelphia Slick have been giving Philly a fresh burst of jazz laden hip hop. It’s their 5th anniversary, and it also happens to coincide with the release of their latest EP Everything’s Game, which features impressive tracks like “Everything Must Go”, and guest appearances by Via Motive’s emcee Storyville and The Hustle’s Kuf Knotz. The band certainly has a lot to celebrate at The Blockley tonight so expect a torrent of horns, keyboards, and rhyme fueled hooks. They’ll be joined by the refreshing hip hop stylings of The Hustle who will be doing double duty today with a performance at Maysie’s Farmfest. The Blockley Pourhouse, 3801 Chestnut St., 10pm, $5, 21+ - Bill McThrill


 

 

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Northern Liberties - No Yuppies Please at Highwire Gallery May 22

Notorious for their unhinged and intense on stage force, post-punk experimenters Northern Liberties give new meaning to (awesome) auditory unpredictability. With three full-length albums, two 7” and one full-length single-song 12” vinyl release, this battered music-meets-performance art trio puts garage rock through the grinder, leaving us with a self-possessed noise meat pie. This evening, Northern Liberties will bring this controlled spazz to the side lot of Highwire Gallery for its Fire Museum Presents: West Philly Heads East! showcase with bands-in-arms Circles (complete with guest choir), and Signals. Digital master Jimbotron will provide the electronics inside the gallery. Highwire Gallery, 2040 Frankford Ave., 6pm, Free, All Ages (Photo by Enid Crow) - Annamarya Scaccia
 

 

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Weekend Warrior, May 21 - 23

OK, grab whatever utensils that you use to get those skinny jeans and cut-off shorts on because it’s time to GET RAD one more time! While the official celebratory date is May 28, Dave P and the crew are set to bend time, space and sound with “The Making Time 10 Year Anniversary Summer of Radness Blast-Off Weekend Finale” this Saturday. Can you believe that it has been 10 years already? (Don’t worry - you still look OK for your age. Just work on that little beer gut.) Well, the peeps that have brought such artists like The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip and many more into your lives don’t plan to stop! They’ll be bringing legendary NYC post punk/disco punk band Liquid Liquid and local dance party favorites Pink Skull along for their cosmic journey at Voyeur. So throw on your hippest duds because you will be watched!
 
We also have a warm spot for Jon Rehr a.k.a. Chang Chang. He’ll be celebrating the release of Yo Man…Chang Chang Has the Best Friends EP (produced by Ruinit). It will be a double record release party with buddies Doctor Scientist who will be partying down for their latest release Prehistoric Times. Chang Chang will also premiere his video which was directed by Elizabeth Sentry. The Homophones will be joining them as well as the host with most ‘tine-‘tine who will be providing the music interludes between sets.
 
Other things to keep you occupied this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Chang Chang & Dr. Scientist Album Release Party w/The Homophones
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Gas Money
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Ryat, SAT Surgeon, The Subtle Urge, Grindcity, SUN Sure Juror, Officer Roseland
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Swift Technique, SUN The Menzingers CD Release Party w/The Holy Mess
 
M Room (12 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Rumpelstiltskin Grinder and Vulcan, SAT Organ Blues, SUN Beretta76
 
The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) FRI Cheers Elephant, The New Connection, Paper Cat
 
Tritone (1508 South St.) SAT Wareika Hill
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Beaucoup Blues, SAT (Downstairs) Jealousy Curve CD Release Paty w/IKE

Blockley Pourhouse (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI Pawnshop Roses, SAT Philadelphia Slick EP Release Party w/The Hustle
 
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) SUN Creepoid
 
Greenline Café (4239 Locust St.) FRI The Josh & Pete Band
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Phillybloco
 
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) SAT The Midnight Beat, SUN Signals
 
Murph’s Bar (202 E. Girard Ave.) FRI The Great Vibration, SAT Sideshow Prophets
 
TLA (334 South St.) FRI Ben Arnold
 
Highwire Gallery (2040 Frankford Ave.) SAT Northern Liberties, Circles, Signals
 
Trenton Avenue Arts Festival (Trenton Ave. between E. Norris & E. Arizona St.) SAT Ravens and Vultures, Creeping Weeds, North Lawrence Midnight Singers and many more

 

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The Roots in the Studio with Dirty Projectors

Seems like more news about The Roots breaking out of ?uestlove’s Twitter account. They’re in the studio with Dirty Projector sirens Amber Coffman, Angel Deradoorian and Haley Dekle who will be working on a couple of interludes and possibly an intro to How I Got Over.
 
Below is the current tracklisting to How I Got Over.
 
01 Walk Alone (ft. Truck North, P.O.R.N., Dice Raw, Mercedes Martinez)
02 Dear God 2.0 (ft. Jim James, Monsters of Folk)
03 Radio Daze (ft. Blu, P.O.R.N., Dice Raw, Mercedes Martinez)
04 Now Or Never (ft. Phonte Coleman, Dice Raw)
05 How I Got Over (ft. Dice Raw)
06 The Day (ft. Blu, Phonte Coleman, Patty Crash)
07 Right On (ft. Joanna Newsom, Sugar Tongue Slim)
08 Doin' It Again (ft. John Legend)
09 The Fire (ft. John Legend, Rick Friedrich)
 
With the lineup consisting of indie darlings like Jim James and Joanna Newsom on their upcoming 11th album, it’s no surprise that The Roots Picnic lineup is looking more Pitchfork-esque than in the past years. Oh, unity through music - The Roots do it well!
 
- H.M. Kauffman
 

 

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Cheers Elephant Live at The Khyber 21

When it comes to psychedelic indie rock bands, Cheers Elephant are often regarded as one of the best that our scene has to offer. They’re still in the studio recording a new album, although a fancy new website, and recent video shoot at Drexel Studios could indicate that it’s coming sooner than later. But in the meantime, it’s time for the boys to do what they do best - rock out! And that’s exactly what they plan to do when they stampede into the Khyber tonight with their friends The New Connection. The lineup also features the tripped-out guitar sounds of Paper Cat, a new band that features Eric & Julie Slick from The Adrian Belew Power Trio. The Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., 9pm, $8, 21+ - Bill McThrill
 

 

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