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Sheffield Garden Walk

Last weekend Pitchfork Music Festival may have been what everyone was talking about, but there was actually another festival taking place at the same time. Sheffield Garden Walk attracted some quality local bands and their fans. We sent Bonnie Stiernberg to check it out and report back on what she found. You can read her full report here.

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Weekend Warrior, July23 - 25

Hide out from the heat this weekend with many cold beers and a killer show tonight at the Blockley Pourhouse. According to their Myspace page, one of The Extraordinaires' top influences is the Muppet Show. Strangely enough, it kind of makes more sense than any "normal" musical influence they could name. Just like a Jim Henson creation, The Extraordinaires possess a quirky sense of humor and theatricality, but never at the expense of real heart and substance. Sure, their albums are conceptual and packaged as cute little storybooks, but that doesn't mean the songs themselves aren't rock solid. And have you seen their packaging? It’s beautiful (courtesy of the crafty people at Punk Rock Payroll). Sure, their singer plays a guitar in the shape of a fish, but he plays it well. What I mean to say is, just when you thought Philly's psych-folk-pop scene couldn't get more fun, here's The Extraordinaires. Also no strangers to a good time are Toy Soldiers, those rustic hootenanny-throwers with the singer who never fails to crank the white boy blues all the way to 11. And of course, there's Dangerous Ponies, whose variety of giddy power pop and boy/girl vocals will probably get even the most curmudgeonly of your friends up and dancing. Oh yeah - don’t miss R5’s Punk Rock Flea Market this Sunday! Blockley Pourhouse, 38th and Chestnut, 9pm, $8, 21+
 
Other places to hide out with air conditioning…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Do You Need Service?, Photon Band, Grimace Federation
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Goodnight Lights, The Quelle Source
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Necktie, Hessian, Call The Paramedics, SAT Frog Holler, Hezekiah Jones, Sisters 3
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI The Great Vibration and The Almighty Terribles
 
M Room (12 W. Girard Ave.) SUN Workhorse 3 and Blessed Muthas
 
The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) SUN City Rain
 
Tritone (1508 South St.) SAT Karma Bat, SUN The Wallace Brothers Band
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT Peek-a-Boo Revue

Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI Eskimeaux and Motorcycle Maus
 
Greenline Café (4239 Locust St.) FRI Spirit and Dust and Zach Fay
 
Philadelphia’s Magic Garden (1020 South St.) SAT Chasing Arethusa and Gepetta
 
Punk Rock Flea Market Dome (461 N. 9th St.) SUN Punk Rock Flea Market
 

 

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Mad Decent Block Party Hits the Road!

We’re all looking forward to the Mad Decent Block Party at the end of July. Well, more cities around the country will be doing the same. The party plans to hit the road this August bringing along promises of “a super-secret headliner” at every performance as well as food and carnival games. Of course, there will be appearances by the usual suspects Diplo, Major Lazer, Maluca, PO PO, Bosco Delrey and Paul Devro. You’ll also be treated to Freddie Gibbs, Kid Sister, The Deathset, Blaqstarr, Ninjasonik, Theophilus London, and the Gaslamp Killer in select cities. And as long as you RSVP ahead of time, admission will be FREE. Here’s another freebie from Diplo. It’s a 60s rock-heavy mixtape (the first volume from his Pomp & Clout Mix Series) available for free download HERE.

Mad Decent Block Party:
07-31 Philadelphia, PA - Outside the Mad Decent Mausoleum
08-07 New York, NY - South Street Seaport
08-14 Los Angeles, CA - Premiere Events Center
08-21 Chicago, IL - The Hideout
 
- The Deli Staff
 

 

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Spirit and Dust Remain at Green Line Café July 23

As Spirit and Dust, Kristen Sylvester crafts world-weary meadow folk that transcends beyond her young, impressionable years. Her raspy voice is nothing if not profound, and as it sweeps immaculately over the plucky guitars and rustic compositions, it’s just aching for a revolution…now! And while Sylvester knows that Spirit and Dust’s music may not “cure depression, re-create the sexual revolution, or make brainwashed people suddenly wake up”, it’s hard not to think that someday it will. Watch Spirit and Dust try to change our world one note at a time tonight at Green Line Café with Zach Fray and Tradition (Canada). Green Life Café, 4426 Locust St, 7 pm, $5 donation, All Ages - Annamarya Scaccia
 

 

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Rosewood Ghosts play Rocks Off Cruise on 08.12

In Early 2009, guitarist Jamie DiTringo, lead singer Joe Montague, keyboardist Adam Weissman and bassist Steve Brown teamed up with drummer Matt Teitelman and guitarist Saul Slotnick to write and play some twangy tunes reminiscent of their parents' record collections. Hailing from Hoboken, New Jersey the six musicians make up the summery "Post Classic Rock" band the Rosewood Ghosts. But with the southern feel on their self-titled album, the guys belong on a hay truck in Dixie Land not a neighborhood of NYC. Some of their songs sound as cheesy as O.A.R. but their best songs give off a Black Crowes vibes; in fact the vocal similarity between Montague and Black Crowes' frontman Chris Robinson is uncanny. Their fifth track, "Cape Cod," is the kind of song you'd enjoy hearing as you dance around a bonfire with your new summer crush. "Store Bought Drugs," is a catchy melody with a message redolent of Wilco's "Handshake Drugs" and Ben Harper's "The Drugs Don't Work" and a series of guitar rifts any hippie will dig. Throw the C.D. on, light a BBQ, open a bottle of Evan Williams and enjoy. Check them out live at Rocks Off Concert Cruise on 08.12- Bill Dvorak

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