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Weekend Warrior, January 14 - 16

No Wavelength gives you fun and interesting things to do off the beaten path. Tonight they’ll be importing Detroit’s Tyvek (In the Red Records) and Reading Rainbow besties, Roanoke, VA’s Eternal Summers (Kanine Records), to South Philly’s garage/warehouse/studio space Cha-Cha’Razzi. Local trio Moon Women will be representing our hometown this evening. The post-punk outfit has created a nice buzz off of their captivating, noisy rocker “Listen Closely” and its mysteriously intriguing music video (which they made from found footage at Philadelphia Public Libraries - you can check it out below). Moon Women have a limited edition cassingle out now and will be releasing a 7” on Ian Records. They’ll also be opening for Gang of Four and Hollerado at the TLA on Saturday, February 5 so this will be a good opportunity to catch them in a more intimate setting. No Wavelength’s Grace Ambrose knows the venue maybe a little difficult to find so she suggests that you head “between 16th and 17th and Mifflin and McKean” and keep a listen for some tunes. Cha-Cha’Razzi, 1918 S. Bancroft St., 8pm, $7, All Ages (No Jerks)


So many good shows to hit this weekend - just take your pick...

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Audible and Ports of Call, SAT Buffalo Stance and Lux Perpetua
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Ladies Auxiliary, SAT Slutever and Omar, SUN The Armchairs, Virtual Virgin, Paper Masques
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Grimace Federation, Cavemen, Somata, SAT Amnesia Star Hotel, The Codes, High Kick
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Octopus For Yes, SAT The Electric Boa and Music Box Dynamo, SUN Phantasm
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Jacobs Hill, SAT Cadaveric Spasm and Old Head, SUN Northern Liberties, Sounds From Atlantis, The Non-stop Mint
Tritone (1508 South St.) FRI Ganto Barn, SAT Vintage Kicks
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SUN Victoria Spaeth
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Squidling Brothers, SUN Honah Lee
The Ox (you should know by now or ask a friend) SAT Grandchildren
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) FRI Cubehead
The Blockley (3801 Chestnut St.) SAT Cee Knowledge and Governmenrt Cheaze
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Oso
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI Power Animal and Snow Caps, SAT WKDU Benefit w/Bleeding Fractals and Everyone Everywhere
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI In Grenada, Daylight Savings & Loan, Wild Rompit

New Mister Heavenly Tracks Available for Download!

Indie supergroup Mister Heavenly is offering up a FREE digital single via the band’s website here (well, for the price of your e-mail address). It features two tracks, the eponymously titled “Mister Heavenly” and “Pineapple Girl” (which you can check out below). Still no Philly dates on their calendar yet, but if you’re jonesin’ to see them live, then you can head up to NYC and catch them at one of our favorite music venues, Bowery Ballroom, this Sunday, June 16 (or you can teleport yourself to Chicago tonight for Tomorrow Never Knows Festival). Enjoy! (Photo by Johnny Le) - The Deli Staff

Mister Heavenly by Mister Heavenly 

Pineapple Girl by Mister Heavenly 


Power Animal Get Primal at Danger Danger Gallery Jan. 14

Power Animal are ready to bring their found sound orchestrations to Danger Danger Gallery tonight. This percussive collage of samples, harmonies and various instruments is the brainchild of Keith Hampson and filled out live by a crew of members including Matt Hampson, Kevin O’Neill, Dave Ott, Chris Clark, and Marie Nicolo. Banjo and homemade vibraphones often act as bandleaders while dialoging with the spoken word samples. Power Animal’s fine LP People Songs is a series of musical nuggets that combine folk-pop orchestrations similar to Danielson or Tunng and sample-happy sound explorers The Books. Their sound is all over the place with hip-hop drum beats fitting perfectly under Hampson’s sleepy croon on “Sometimes” to the schizophrenic blasting of instrumental epic “Summer Came From Nowhere”. People Songs is one of the strongest and most slept on albums of last year, and it still doesn’t capture the power of their live show. Don’t miss this chance to see their big sound in a super intimate setting. Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., 8pm, $5 - $10 Donation, All Ages - Adam G.

Sometimes by Power Animal 


Kopecky Family Band @ Mercy Lounge, 1/12/11

The stage looked like a small music store at Mercy Lounge Wednesday night, every square inch lined with cellos, violins, guitar amps, drums, xylophones and tubas. With an inch of elbowroom to spare, Kopecky Family Band took the stage to an eager crowd of heat-seeking Nashvillains; although the weather was bitter cold, the vibes were warm enough. Kopecky has garnered a lot of notable accolades over the past few years, including spotlights at SXSW and their critically acclaimed album “The Disaster.” The ambition in their sprawling compositions justifies the praise; the band members don’t look much older than their mid-twenties and are producing music most wouldn’t even attempt. It’s difficult to find the balance between harmony, discord, surrealism and authenticity, but Kopecky made it a cakewalk.

During the show, there was a lack of attention from the audience. When you write songs that feature long sections of droney strings, bass, and guitar with little to no percussion, it comes with a territory. While their music is brilliant on record, the songs that contain more upbeat rhythms and lyrics are the ones that translate better live. One great example is “God & Me,” highlighting intense fist-pumping rhythms and amazing vocal performances from lead singers Gabe and Kelsey. Their display of songwriting and musicianship was impressive, but it appears those merits don’t carry the weight of their audience’s attention in concert. – Marc Chirico


Drew Grow Benefit Fund

One thing I love about Portland's music community is that it's a real community. When the good times rain, they pour, and we all get in on the party. When the bad things come around, we help each other out. Sadly, it seems that the worst things happen to the best people. A couple of days ago, Drew Grow of Drew Grow and The Pastors' Wives was in a very serious car accident, that left him broken, and with his upcoming hospital bills, probably heading towards broke. Thankfully, Drew will be alright in time, but pocketbooks don't heal quite so quickly. A few benefit shows are coming up to help Drew out, including a show at the Doug Fir March 2nd. and if you're in a place where you can help him out in any way, you can donate to the Paypal now! Our thoughts are with you Drew!


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