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TONIGHT: Kata Rokkar Presents Snob Theater @ The Dark Room

Continuing what has been a fascinating series, tonight local blog Kata Rokkar will be putting on their fourth Snob Theater, once again in the intimate space of the Dark Room in the Mission. This time around local country folk band, and previous artist of the month winner, TV Mike and the Scarecrowes will be playing with Sean Hayes along side comedians Coree Spencer, Loren Kraut, Dave Thomason and Miles K. Starting at 10, if you haven't had a chance to check out one of these shows yet they come highly recommended. More information about the comedians and the bands can be found here.


-Ada Lann


Weekend Warrior, July 16 - 18

Our Weekend Warrior pick has you crossing the Delaware River into Dirty Jerz and even dirtier Camden for XPN’s Xponential Music Festival, but Camden Waterfront is certainly one of the better spots in the city. However, three days of the fest are usually a little overkill for us, but Saturday anchored by Yo La Tengo and The Walkmen looks like the best day to hang, but it’s lacking the local love so we’re going to give some out with a little rundown of artists that you should try and catch. Friday is all about Free Energy and Toy Soldiers while Birdie Busch represents on Saturday, and Sunday closes hometown pride strong with Dr. Dog, Blood Feathers and The Great Unknown. Xponential Music Festival, Camden Waterfront - Wiggins Park, daily $20/3 day pass $45 (members) & daily $30/3 day pass $65 (general public), 12pm, All Ages
In case the fest is a little too adult contemporary for you…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Gang, SAT Mondo Topless
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT The Spooks
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Xponential Afterparty w/Cheers Elephant and Toy Soldiers, SAT Noncanon and Ladies Auxiliary
M Room (12 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Deathbeds
The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) FRI Windlestrae Album Release Party, SAT The Midnight Beat and The Slot Cars, SUN Time Ghost
Tritone (1508 South St.) SAT Mr. Unloved, SUN Elliot Levin
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI Many Arms
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Early Ape
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) SAT Jukebox Zeros and The Handsome Petes
Eris Temple (602 S. 52nd St.) SAT Anti Emz and Lisa Sunshine
The Ellen Powell Tiberino Museum (3819 Hamilton St.) SAT The Dubsmith
Philadelphia Magic Gardens (1020 South St.) SAT A Stick and A Stone Album Release Party
The Brown Bear Art & Music Festival (Benefit for Haiti) - Clark Park (43rd and Chester) SAT Surgeon, The Last Barbarians, Alien Architect, Big Unkle, Floco Torres, Te V. Smith and more
Pop Festival - Liberty Lands Park (3rd and Wildey) SAT West Philadelphia Orchestra, The Weeds, The Mean, Betty Iron Thumbs, Elder Brother



Hot Guts Release Another Split 7” on Badmaster Records

Hot Guts just added another piece to Badmaster Records’ continuing split 7” series with two songs about paranoia and male prostitution. “Dar’rat Hessia” comes at you with screeching buzz-saw guitars and bludgeoning drum beats packed in just barely over two minutes of night sweats. They’ll be joined on the 7” by fellow post-punkers NYC’s Pop. 1280. You can purchase the album at Hot Guts is currently working on their debut full length so stay tuned. - H.M. Kauffman



The Brown Bear Art & Music Fest - Benefit for Haiti at Clark Park July 17

Clark Park is no stranger to rocking action packed music festivals. But few of them support a cause that’s as noteworthy as the one that The Brown Bear Music & Arts Festival is collecting for this Saturday. Because every musician, poet, and artist on the lineup will be playing to the tune of rebuilding Haiti! Remember them, folks? Well, they certainly still need your help. So while you get an ample dose of jazz, rock and floetry, donate some cash and feel good about supporting a good cause. But the festival also brings together a pretty eclectic lineup! Surgeon are at the forefront of the fest’s rocking foundation, while The Last Barbarians bring some screamo punk, and Alien Architect get intergalactic. Moka loads up the soul guitar, while Big Unkle brings the funky fresh beats. The fest also brings some moving poetry and spoken word from Te’ V. Smith and Esha Thornton as well as plenty of arts & crafts vendors. The Brown Bear Art & Music Festival – Clark Park, 43rd and Chester, 11am - 8pm, All Ages, 21+ - Bill McThrill



Gang Banging Out the Jams at JB’s July 16

Ever since Gang stormed onto the scene a couple years back with “Guess What You’ll Find”, they’ve been carving their own niche on the local music scene with their dance art-pop. The fashionistas are certainly not afraid to get the party started with their melodically catchy tunes, gang vocals from Amanda Damron and Jaclyn McGraw, operatic overtones, and stellar production work from The Big Kids combine to create a sound that feels like a Rocky Horror Picture Show performance on a rocket ship headed directly to the edge of the universe. Whether you find yourself singing along to “Rat Poison” in large doses or hitting the dance floor in a fast-paced frenzy, you WILL be strangely moved. And when they are matched up with a hot act like Kid Sister, a former Top Performer in The Deli’s Best of Chicago Poll, the pace will be 2 fast 2 furious (even for Vin Diesel)! Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $15, 21+ - Bill McThrill