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POSTED: Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 1:05 PM

Thursday, November 29: Passion Pit at the Electric Factory

2012 has been a turbulent year for Passion Pit front man Michael Angelakos: full of exuberant highs and devastating lows. The band’s sophomore record, Gossamer, earned rave reviews and debuted at number 4 on the Billboard charts—only to be followed by news of tour cancelations and Angelakos’s unstable mental health. Months later, Angelakos is healthy and ready to rock, and his stop at the Electric Factory should be a release for Angelakos and fans alike. The last time we saw the band live, they blew us away with their energy and raw passion—given that the stakes are higher this time around, we expect nothing short of catharsis. 

8.00 at the Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th St., $29.50. Tickets available here

POSTED: Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 2:08 PM

Wednesday, November 14: Macklemore + Ryan Lewis at the TLA

Seattle rapper Ben Haggerty (aka: Macklemore) has been quietly making a stir on the West Coast for half a decade now, but burst into the greater public conscientiousness just recently, when his sophomore record The Heist (with producer Ryan Lewis) debuted at #1 on iTunes, despite a lack of mainstream or label support. The record followed a string of successful YouTube hits, including the gay-friendly “Same Love” (featuring fellow Seattleite Mary Lambert) and the hilarious, fashion forward (?) “Thrift Store” (featuring Wanz.) Macklemore’s last Philly appearance was at Kung Fu Necktie last year, so this will be a big step up for him. Let’s hope he wears his fur coat. 

8.00 at the TLA, 334 South St., $16. Tickets available here

POSTED: Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 3:11 AM

Wednesday, 11/7: Cadence Weapon at KFN

When it comes to the rap game, Rollie Pemberton (aka: Cadence Weapon), might be Canada’s best-kept secret. Known for his super literate lyrics (in 2009, he was named Edmonton’s poet laureate), rapid-fire delivery, and innovative use of disco, funk, R&B, and EDM elements, Pemberton has consistently eschewed popular trends in favor of his own creativity. His 2012 record Hope in Dirt City was shortlisted for the Polaris Prize; check out this fly vid for “Conditioning” to see why. This headlining tour follows a stint opening for (fellow Canadians) Japandroids, where he undoubtedly picked up a thing or two about riling crowds.

8.00 at Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., $10. Tickets available here

POSTED: Friday, October 26, 2012, 10:17 AM
Filed Under: Awesome | Events | News | Phrequency Approved | art

You've seen him in the crosswalk, on the sides of buildings, and as a sticker. Stikman has been a friendly face in Philadelphia, surprising us by being in plain sight but in unexpected ways, for the past 20 years. Stikman says, "It was the spring of 1992 that I stuck a little man made of sticks to a wall of a derelict building on 3rd Street in Old City." Since then, the cityscape has changed and time has weathered his creations, though this is all part of his plan. Explaining the impulse behind this plan, he says, "I share this transient form of art to connect with a viewer whom I will never meet, in hopes that the joy of finding the unexpected has altered their consciousness."

Now, his mediums have expanded to include the stikman affixed and painted on numerous LP record covers, prints, book pages, cut paper paste-ups, hollow core doors and a variety of metal, wood, cloth and plastic objects. Some of his favorite pieces include stenciling images on ping pong balls, bricks, tiny slide viewers, and playing cards. However, the little stikman made of sticks never disappeared.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 12:37 PM

Formed just this year in June, MANA Presents has already hosted renowned artists such as Guti from Argentina, Luca Bacchetti from Italy, and The Martinez Brothers from NYC at their favorite spot Rumor. Next on the agenda is tINI desolat from Berlin with special guest Max Rosa at Rumor on Thursday, November 8th. Check out MANA's video below for a behind the scenes look at Luca Bacchetti's arrival in Philly and his show at Rumor. If all of MANA's shows are this insane, we can't wait to see what they have planned next.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 12:36 PM

Thursday 10/25: Jeffrey Lewis at WCL

New York “anti-folk” singer (what does that mean anyway?) Jeffrey Lewis is a lyrical genius, whose witty, heartfelt, and frequently sardonic lyrics reveal an artist who is smart, cynical, and searching for answers in a messed-up world. An artist by trade, who also boasts an impressive comic book output, and who picked up music more than 10 years back on a whim, Lewis is now touring in support of his sixth LP, A Turn in the Dream Songs. Expect fun banter and catchy gems such as “Cult Boyfriend,” in which Lewis explains his fringe appeal, and “Time Trades.” 

8:00 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., $8. Tickets available here

POSTED: Monday, October 22, 2012, 2:38 PM

Last week the Hendrick's Gin brought their delicious cucumber and rose infused gin to our fair city along with a cast of intriguing characters for their Voyages into the Unusual gatherings. Trust gallery in Old City was transformed into the world of Hendrick's Gin providing a fun glimpse into this very unusual world that celebrates those with peculiar tastes. 

The festive voyages included a delightful cocktail academy, wherein their brand ambassador Jim Ryan led a small class through the history of Hendrick’s Gin, and taught us how to make two cocktails and one punch recipe. The following two nights parties were held, lucky revelers got to sip on handcrafted cocktails prepared by some of Philly’s finest bartenders including Phoebe Esmon and Katie Loeb. 

The gin itself is a lighter floral style of gin made with 11 botanicals (Caraway Seeds, Juniper, Orange Peel, Coriander, Yarrow, Lemon Peel, Chamomile, Elderflower, Angelica Root, Orris Root and Cubeb Berries), infused with cucumber and rose, and distilled in a small town in Scotland. It mixes very well in modern cocktails, and has a subtle taste that’s very refreshing in a martini or gin and tonic. 

POSTED: Monday, October 22, 2012, 2:12 PM

Saturday, October 27th


Fun House of Horrors
Zee Bar
100 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
9:00pm
Tickets

5th Annual Ghosts + Goblins Halloween Party
Manayunk Brewery
4120 Main St.
Philadelphia, PA 19127
8:00pm
Tickets
XFINITY Live! Philadelphia presents: Nightmare on Broad Street
1100 Pattison Ave.
Philadelphia, PA
8:00pm

The Sex Dwarf Halloween Party w/ Rocky Horror Midnight Screening, DJ Robert Drake
The Trocadero
1003 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
8:00pm
Tickets

Sunday, October 28th


Cool Halloween featuring DJ Sliink, Krueger, Pressure Points, Nadus, Copout
Silk City
435 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
10:00pm
Free!

Monday, October 29th


Mischief Night w/ DJ Vell Mack
Silk City
435 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
10:00pm
$10
Bass Masquerade w/ Rusko, Love City DJs, Designer Drugs, Dubsef
Starlight Ballroom
460 N. 9th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
9:00pm
Tickets

Wednesday, October 31st

The Trestle Inn
339 N. 11th Street (11th & Callowhill)
Philadelphia, PA 19107
9:00pm
267-239-0290
RSVP

The Dead Milkmen w/ MC Lars, Psychic Teens
Union Transfer
1024 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
8:00pm
Tickets

2nd Annual Jazz-querade Ball
Chris' Jazz Cafe
1421 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
8:30pm
Tickets

Kuf Knotz Presents The BoomBox Collective Halloween Bash
World Cafe Live Upstairs
3025 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
8:00pm
Free!

Soundgarden Hall
520 N. Delaware Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
9:00pm
Tickets

WXPN Welcomes: Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady) w/ Stephen Lorek (of Shark Tape)
MilkBoy Philly
1100 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
9:00pm
Tickets
Dethklok w/ Machine Head, All That Remains, The Black Dahlia Murder
The Electric Factory
421 N. 7th St,
Philadelphia, PA 19123
6:30pm
Tickets
STS9 w/ Kap10 Harris
Tower Theater
69th & Ludlow St.
Upper Darby, PA 19082
Tickets

The Devil's Crawl
Northern Liberties / The Piazza
Boardwalk Bar - Registration
1031 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
5:00pm
Tickets

Splintered Sunlight (Grateful Dead Tribute) w/ Close To Good
The Blockley
3801 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
9:00pm
Tickets

Dress Up and Make A Sound: Halloween Spectacular w/ The Spinto Band, Toy Soldiers, Delicious Pastries
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
9:00pm
Tickets

Halloween Night with Universal Cave
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
8:00pm
No Cover

Disco Machine Gun w/ Out of the Beardspace, Liat, DogHead, Dirty Cartoons
North Star Bar
2639 Poplar St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
7:00pm
Tickets
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