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Free Live Recording w/Cowmuddy at The Fire Oct. 17

You may or may not know it, but Cowmuddy (a.k.a. Michael McShane) is a bit of a local legend on the singer-songwriter scene. The eccentric, environmentally conscious McShane probably would be an interesting subject for a documentary. I imagine him becoming one of those artists who’d gain more popularity and resurgence after its release and he had fallen off the radar like an Anton Newcombe or Daniel Johnston. You know that there must be something special there for him to attract help from a rotating cast of talented hometown musicians that have included Jonas Osterle (formerly of The Teeth, Flashy Python, Purples, Paper Masques) Amos Lee, “Steady” Freddie Berman (Amos Lee), Jaron Olevsky (Amos Lee), Todd Erk (Birdie Busch, Hoots & Hellmouth) and many, many more. He’ll be recording a live performance tonight at his second home, The Fire, for a new CD, and it’s FREE. Also on the bill are The Deli favorites, Levee Drivers, with their slow-burning, bluesy country rock. I know. But the Phillies game! Hopefully they’ll have it on like every music venue with a TV should these days. (Come on KFN - breakdown and play the games. It’d just make everyone happier. Hehe…is it really necessary to run that Bad Brains video again? :o) The Fire, 412 W. Girard Ave., 9pm, FREE, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman
 
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Big Art Show Halloween Spooktacular at Pterodactyl Oct. 16

There's nothing I love more than All Hallows’ Eve, rad music and even radder art (also on that list: instituting a false lexis). And the Big Art Show Halloween Spooktacular exhibit at Pterodactyl tonight is like an idiosyncratic flare-up of all three. Well, OK, it’s not on Halloween, but the minds behind the Kensington space did so cleverly allude to the sacred day in the show’s title, and that’s good enough for me. Still, designations are trivial when compared to the local rhythms that’ll vibrate threw your body while trolling the loft gallery - the blithesome folk of The Great Unknown’s alt-Americana missives, the incisive disquiet of Lion Versus’ alt-folk allegories, and the spectral jowls of A Stick and A Stone’s esoteric chronicles, plus the bemoaned strings and pining plucks of Baltimore’s indie-folk squad, A Cat Called Cricket. Pterodactyl, 3237 Amber St., Floor 5, 8pm, $5 suggested donation, All Ages - Annamarya Scaccia
 
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(The Sounds of) Kaleidoscope at KFN Oct. 16

(The Sounds of) Kaleidoscope plays exactly what their name suggests: a mottled cul-de-sac of cinereal garage rock, angsty power pop and dawdling psychedelic rock. And it’s not a metaphor pulled out of vivid thin air - the hometown quartet’s 2009 album¸ All This Heaven, plays out like a mollified light display reflecting the sonic reverberations of a thousand tiny mirror shards. Couple this with the auricular time-traveling of local garage-psych lo-fiers Far-Out Fangtooth, who released their self-titled 7-inch last month on Ian Records, and Australia’s psych-rock pushers The Lovetones, and you’ll find yourself sipping one hell of a cocktail, which, by the way, is served best with a side of Mary and an entrée of Jane. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St, 7:30pm, $8, 21+ - Annamarya Scaccia
 
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The 2nd Annual Bloktoberfest Oct. 16

Even though it happened on a rain-soaked day, last year’s inaugural Bloktoberfest managed to be the perfect marriage of community spirit, delicious food from Philly’s best food trucks, all kinds of epic beer varieties, and a nice lineup of music that included Adam Arcuragi and The Love Language. But in honor of its second coming, one of the city’s larger block parties has outdone themselves. The beer lineup will feature favorites from Dock Street, Weyerbacher, and Ommegang, and the food truck lineup has become twice as large to feature the likes of Honest Tom’s Taco Truck, The Dapper Dog, and Koja. But this also marks the first time that the festival will be bringing in 2 stages of music, and it will features bands like London’s Allo Darlin’, the horn-tastic Budos Band, and a bunch of up-and-coming locals. Since a busy schedule that involved signing to Merge Records, releasing an ambitious sophomore LP titled Libraries, and embarking on national tours with Camera Obscura and Local Natives prevented The Love Language from playing another local show last year, the fest decided to take matters into their own hands and invite them back as a headliner. Joining them will be Cozy Galaxies (formerly The Major Leagues) whose Americana rock echoes the likes of Wilco and Pavement as well as Strange Engineers, Giant Mind, Fishtown Jazz Odyssey and New Pony. Blocktoberfest, 20th and Christian St., 12 - 8pm, Free, All Ages - Bill McThrill
 
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Weekend Warrior, October 15 - 17

Sorry folks, we’re taking a break today for the first time in a long time to prepare for the festivities this evening. By now, you should already know that tonight is our Anniversary Party at Johnny Brenda’s, and we wanted to thank everyone for all the kind words and support that we’ve received since we’ve joined the Philly music community. It’s been a wonderful time watching it prosper, flourish and come together in a way that we’ve never seen it happen before here. The most exciting thing is that we truly believe this is only just the beginning. It constantly amazes us all the interesting new artists that we discover everyday, and we look forward to the many more who will join us because let’s face it. Philly rocks! And tonight we are going to prove why that statement is true with are special guests The Extraordinaires, An American Chinese and Power Animal! Yes, our staff kind of creamed a little when we confirmed this bill, and we are happy to finally share it with you this evening. You’ll also be treated to sweet tunes spun by DJ Jersey Dan and visual art provided by Meredith Edlow as well as FREE mags, pins and Meredith’s & Frannie’s tasty homemade oatmeal chocolate chip “crack cookies”. We hope that you can join us in the fun! “It’s goin’ to be Legen-(and I hope that you’re not lactose intolerant)-DARY!” - The Deli Staff

 
BTW: Our apologies about the black out of show picks today, but below are our weekend listings just in case our showcase isn’t your poison (shame on you - just kidding). We’ll be hopefully back tomorrow depending if we survive through the night.
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Sounds of the Kaleidoscope and Far Out Fangtooth SUN McRad and Jukebox Zeros
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Mother of Mercy and The Claw
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI (Early) The Lopez and Dear Althea, (Late) Casey Alvarez and The Almighty Terribles, SAT Kill You In The Face and The Revere, SUN Free Cowmuddy Live Recording
 
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Bridge Underwater, Red Letter Life, June Divided, Formerly Divided, SUN Howling Fantods
 
Tritone (1508 South St.) FRI Starving the Tsunami Album Release w/ Galaxies, Born Pilot, SAT Broken Prayers
 
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI Snow Caps and Motorcycle Maus, SAT Levee Drivers and The Lawsuits
 
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Lion Versus
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI The Fallen Troubadours
 
The Ox (2nd and Oxford St.) FRI YVYNYL Showcase w/Blackhawk
 
Pterodactyl (3237 Amber St.) SAT Big Art Show Halloween Spectacular w/ The Great Unknown, Lion Versus, A Cat Called Cricket, A Stick In A Stone
 
Greenline Café (4239 Locust St.) FRI Allison Polans and Psalmships
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT Kuf Knotz Album Release Show w/ Jawnzap 7, Chalk & the Beige Americans
 
The Blockley Pourhouse (3801 Chestnut St.) SAT Legends of Punk Show w/ Dead City Psychos, Mikey Wild, Handsome Petes
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Oso
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Barbara Gettes Birthday Show w/Spinning Leaves and Hezekiah Jones, SAT Joe Jack Talcum, Boog
 
Triumph Brewery (117 Chestnut St.) SAT The Goodnight Lights and Dani Mari
 
Theatre of Living Arts (334 South St.) SUN Dirty Tactics
 
Electric Factory (421 N 7th St.) FRI Blood Feathers

Blocktoberfest (Graduate Hospital Area) SAT The Love Languages, Cozy Galaxies, Strange Engineers, New Pony
 
Latvian Society (531 N 7th St.) Watersports and Meg Baird
 
Philadelphia AIDS Thrift (514 Bainbridge St.) FRI Dangerous Ponies Album Release w/Arrah & The Ferns and Sisters3

 

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