This city must collectively be going crazy, there’s no other explanation for this weekend’s Dillinger Escape Plan show at the Church not being sold out yet.
Fresh off the release of their new album (and first for their own label), Option Paralysis, and a ridiculously great appearance on Fox news, the long-running band has been tearing up the country with their new songs and new improvisational light show. Metal without being metal, hardcore without subscribing to “hardcore” standards, Dillinger has been pushing the envelope since Calculating Infinity came out a decade ago.
Opening for DEP will be Darkest Hour, D.C.’s biggest metalcore export, IWrestledABearOnce (really?) and Animals as Leaders.
Lots to do this weekend: Highlights include An American Chinese at Johnny Brenda's or Click with Dave P.
Rittenhouse Square has always been an oasis from the concrete desert of Philadelphia for many residents. The successful Philadelphia Weekly sponsored Concerts in the Park series will return tonight to the grassy getaway for the first of three shows in August. As you may recall, Dr. Dog played to a packed park last year and we can only hope the same happens again this time around.
Tonight’s show will feature two Philly bands named Welcome to My Face and The Peace Creeps. Welcome to My Face like to describe themselves as an “80’s glam rock tribute band from hell!” So basically Twisted Sister. The Peace Creeps are likely by-products of flower children (or were them themselves) and promise psychedelic-rock goodness.
The festivities are all free and begin at 7 pm. A fairly strange billing for a night out in the park, but thankfully tonight is Center City Sips. Besides the free parking, get ahold of some cheap drinks near by and maybe you’ll be inspired by the fact that ‘Face’s bassist claims to play “basses and asses”.
Still trying to look for that old Hüsker Dü 7”? Ever thought about getting rid of that old 8-track player (It’s vintage so it has to be good…right?) sitting in your basement collecting dust? Always wanted to pick up the guitar, but stuck with a budget of $25? Look no further than this summer’s Punk Rock Flea Market.
The bi-annual flea market hosted by everyone’s favorite R5 Productions has returned and this time it is two whole days! On July 11th and 12th, the Starlight Ballroom will play host to the event where over 100 tables will be set up to sell everything from automobiles to baked goods. A number of businesses set up shop in addition to your average Joe Punker selling his clothes-pinned jacket and rude boy pants. Despite what you may think, the flea market does not only sell “punk” items. For every old pair of combat boots, you’ll find vegan cookies, laptops, stereos, bicycles, and more!
There is a small donation fee to get in ($3!) that will grant you entrance both days of the event. All proceeds go towards R5’s ability to put on amazing shows at the First Unitarian Church every year. A majority of the money raised goes to covering the high insurance costs it takes to have such hardcore and dangerous bands like Hey Monday and Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. All fans of the church shows, and R5 in general, should do the right thing and make their way over to the ballroom to support such a great Philadelphia staple.
Johannesburg based punk/metal/dub soul band BLK BJKS played at Kung Fu Necktie last night along with Grandchildren and and the So So Glos. Photos by Tiffany Yoon.
More photos here.
After you’ve spent your Saturday eating an egg salad sandwich with Questlove at The Roots picnic wake up Sunday and head over to Ya Digg??, the 1st Annual Record Festival at the Arts Garage. The Record Festival will be a gathering of collectors, enthusiasts, and general music lovers.
Located in the heart of the city at 1533 Ridge Ave., the festival will not only have boxes and boxes of dusty records, but also encourages the buying, selling and trading of cassettes, CDs, and used musical/studio equipment. Your trash could become another’s treasure.
In addition to the selling of old MJ records, there will be over 10 DJs spinning throughout the day. There will be a 90-minute panel discussing the topic “The Future of (Vinyl) Music” featuring many professionals currently in the business. For all you who dream of scratching and sampling your nights away there will be a 2 hour youth development.
Last night at the Khyber, 18 rock-god wannabes gathered to shred and power slide their way to rock immortality in the 2009 US Air Guitar Regional Championship competition.
The show got a late start, but it probably only helped that everyone – audience and performers – had a chance to get a few more drinks in them. The event was officially and appropriately sponsored by Boones Farm, after all. Entire bottles were just $5.50 at the bar.
The 2008 World champion, Hot Lixx Hulahan, hosted the event. He and US Air Guitar veteran Björn Türoque (who doubled as a judge) started the show with some professional air guitar shredding to what seemed to be the Official Air Guitar theme song -- a Flamenco tune-turned heavy rock song, backed by Boones Farm girls on air bass and air drums.