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Early Ape EP Release Show at The Grape Room Dec. 4

Tonight rock trio Early Ape is making their way to The Grape Room to celebrate the release of their newest EP, Science Colony. Former Philadelphia Boys Choir superstar Nate Rylan shows off his vocal chops on this new batch of power-pop gems. The polished, bouncing tunes remind me of the effortlessly catchy numbers cranked out by modern songwriting great Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne, Ivy). The EP has stadium-sized hooks with the energy and humility of a band on the rise. While micro-genres are steadily outnumbering the amount of actual bands playing music, this band makes it easy for critics by embracing the sounds of many pop-rock greats. The simplicity of the bands sound is one of their biggest strengths by tightly executing their shimmering rock stylings in their latest recordings. Don’t miss out on this intimate show from a band that could someday be opening for one of the massive bands they take cues from. The Grape Room, 105 Grape St., 8pm, $7, 21+ - Adam G.

Being and Nothingness w/Helena Espvall at Highwire Gallery Dec. 4

You may easily recognize Helena Espvall as part of the ethereal psychedelic folk outfit Espers but beyond that the multi-talented cellist and guitarist has played in several other bands such as Fursaxa, and has even contributed to silent movie orchestras and Arabian music ensembles. Her worldly music may very well have the potential to shuttle you across the universe, and seeing her perform in an artistic and intimate setting such as Highwire Gallery tonight could help you achieve a higher state of being. Joining Espvall tonight will be another exceptional multi-instrumentalist in Jesse Sparhawk. Sparhawk is versed in the mastery of guitar, harp and mandolin, and along with his solo work, he has contributed alongside the likes of Fern Knight and Eric Carbonara. Highwire Gallery, 2040 Frankford Ave., 8pm, $5, All Ages - Bill McThrill

Weekend Warrior, December 3 - 5

Imagine you’re sitting in the back of a pub in the heart of a small mountain village in Serbia. The floor, sticky with the sudsy remnants of pint glasses clashing in fits of rage and vigor, vibrates beneath your feet. The full, boisterous crowd moves around you, feet stomping, hands clapping, bodies swinging. And the music, just your local variety of Balkan and gypsy melodies but it sends bolts of sonic lightning through your bones anyways because the energy is just that intense. Now imagine you’re actually in Johnny Brenda’s tonight, watching a four-hour sonic mêlée between New York’s Slavic Soul Party! and our hometown West Philadelphia Orchestra(WPO plays at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.; SSP! plays at 10 p.m. and 12 a.m.). The two collectives, whose member sizes can tip the double digitals, play a spirited soundscape of standard Eastern European folk-dance rhythms interweaved with modern decadence - a grandiloquent wall of sound that bolsters deep brass wallops and colliding percussion knocks. But they also come with their own intricacies: Slavic Soul Party! takes the ritual of the Balkan brass band bravado and mixes it with the scorching  vitality of Western techno, funk, jazz, gospel and Latin traits, while the 14-member West Philadelphia Orchestra adheres more to traditional regional refrains, like the dusky ballads of Romania and the wedding hooplas of Bulgaria, and infuses it with jazz and classical charms. I’d be remiss if I didn’t say it would be one hell of a celebration. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10 adv/$12 door, 21+
More homegrown activities for the weekend…
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Dutch
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI McRad and Halo of Snakes, SAT Bridge Underwater and Music Box Dynamo
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI (Early) Jet Set Sail and The Bleeding Fractals, (Late) Returner and Clamfight
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Goreaphobia and Mortal Decay, SAT Busses, SUN Shannon Pelcher
Tritone (1508 South St.) FRI Box 5 and This Way to the Egress, SAT Broken Prayers
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI John Francis
Highwire Gallery (2040 Frankford Ave.) SAT Helena Espvall and Jesse Sparhawk
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT Peek-a-boo Revue
The Blockley (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI Ben Arnold
Voyeur (1221 St. Jame St.) FRI Making Time w/Creepoid
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI When I Was 12, SAT Motorcycle Maus
The Ox (you should know by now or ask a friend) SAT Aunt Dracula, Hop Along, Yianni (of Hermit Thrushes)

Creepoid Added to Making Time w/Warpaint at Voyeur Dec. 3

Just heard from Creepoid that they’ve been recently added to Making Time tonight with Warpaint. Creepoid will be performing some new material in the Ruby Lounge from their upcoming full length Horse Heaven that they’ve been working on in the studio with Kyle “Slick” Johnson, whose engineering and producing credits include Modest Mouse, Wavves, Fischerspooner, Cymbals Eat Guitars, and many more. Horse Heaven is due out in January on Ian Records. Creepoid will also be performing at The Deli’s Pipeline Series on December 16 with the nasty instrumental avant-rock of the Notekillers. Voyeur, 1221 St. James St., 9pm, $12, 21+ - Q.D. Tran

Carol Bui's Single Release Party 12/8

DC's pop rock songstress Carol Bui has a new single out "Mira: You're Free With Me", and thusly a homecoming celebration to promote it on the backstage of the Black Cat on Dec. 8. It's off her upcoming third album Red Ship (release date 3/8/11) which we'll be out on Bui's own label, Ex Oh Records. 'The single brims with the musicality that caused Pitchfork to call Bui’s previous album “...a punk-bred record where the guitar is loud but the tunes prevail” and My Old Kentucky Blog to proclaim it the completion of the rock trifecta that also includes Liz Phair’s Exile In Guyille and PJ Harvey’s Rid of Me.'"

Also joining in on the stage action are Kristeen Young, and Lucia, Lucia. (Doors @9 $10)

01 Mira You're Free With Me by carolbui


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