Written by: Kate Bracaglia
Friday, January 11: The Walkmen at Union Transfer
Thursday, January 10: Parquet Courts at Kung Fu Necktie
Holy band on the rise! New York’s Parquet Courts craft fuzzy, punk-y, hook-laden ragers, fueled by angst, disillusion, and a genuine love for both snot-nosed punks like the Wire and passionate NYC bands throughout history: Sonic Youth, The Velvet Underground, Dylan. On debut record Light Up Gold, they combine these loves into a rambunctious 30-minute rollick: exploring deep topics such as finding your place in life, and walking through the city stoned and starving. Fergus & Geronimo’s Andrew Savage acts as front man, and brings his trademark humor to play here too. Check out stellar single “Borrowed Time” now to get psyched.
9 p.m. at Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., $5. Tickets available at the door.
Perhaps no band better epitomizes the interminable spirit and swagger of indie rock than The Walkmen, 5 NYC preps who combine garage rock and catharsis in just the right amounts. Formed more than a decade back, the band boasts 7 records, including 2012’s Heaven: a simultaneously easy-going and exuberant journey that shows the boys settling into adulthood without ever losing their sense of wonder. This show doubles as a make-up for a cancelled date back in October; to appease fans who’ve been waiting 3 months to see them, the band invites anyone with a cancelled ticket stub (or just anyone planning to attend the October show) to join them beforehand for a free spaghetti dinner during sound check. Want in on the action? Shoot them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the list. Talk about a delicious deal.
9 p.m. at Union Transfer, 1024 Spring Garden Street, $22. Tickets available here.
Friday, January 11: The Really Cooks at Connie's Ric Rac
What is it with all the music-food crossovers this week? Local guys The Really Cooks’ self-appointed “food rocker” designation might suggest a novelty project, but these West Philly dudes are the real deal. Yes, they’re fond of dressing up in costumes and adopting silly monikers like “King Alon” and “Dr. Lemonade.” And yes—their website features some seriously impressive dessert recipes. But just cuz they have an appetite (and a sense of humor) doesn’t mean they don’t rock too, and indeed the band’s debut record Dr. Lemonade Stand is a playful romp through ‘60s, psych-influenced jammers, like the quirky, sweeping “She Dances in High Heels” and the skulking, steamy “Mr. Badman.” Come hungry for rock; leave satisfied.
9 p.m. at Connie’s Ric Rac, 1132 S. 9th St., $7. Tickets available at the door.
Saturday, January 12: Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through Volume 4 Kickoff featuring Twin Sister at Johnny Brenda’s
For several years now, local arts nonprofit Weathervane Music has wowed us with its “Shaking Through” project, a curated web series that documents the birth of a song from start to finish by an independent artist 10 times a year. Past series have featured both acclaimed national acts like Sharon Van Etten and the Family Band, as well as local faves like Bleeding Rainbow, Creepoid, and Purling Hiss. For the project’s 4th year, Weathervane will celebrate with a showcase featuring alums Twin Sister and Ava Luna, plus up-and-coming R&B’er Steven A. Clark, whose own Shaking Through episode kicks off the 2013 season.
9.15 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., $15. Tickets available here.