September 8th, 2011
Out Print: Halvorson/Walter/Evans, Steely Dan, Phi-Phenomena Tour, Kid Dynamite, Secret Chiefs 3, Japandroids, Bee Mask, and heavy metal posters
There’s too much music happening in Philly to fit it all in print. Here’s a rundown of this week’s recommended concerts that didn’t make it onto the pages of the magazine.
Thursday, September 8: Prepare for a real good time tonight at Highwire Gallery with a trio gig featuring guitarist Mary Halvorson, drummer Weasel Walter, and trumpeter Peter Evans. These three young players have put out some of the swellest contemporary experimental recordings of the last few years, and if you wanna hear one of the most critical, hauntological jazz LPs of 2011, get your hands on Peter Evans Quintet’s Ghosts. Also on the gig is Archer Spade, a duo with Philly guitarist Nick Millevoi and trombonist Dan Blacksberg, and a solo performance by cellist Helena Espvall (7:30pm. $6. Highwire Gallery, 2040 Frankford Ave).
Friday, September 9: The Phi-Phenomena Tour stops by Pageant Soloveev this eve. Now in it’s tenth year, the mind-boggling event features 10 bands playing 5 minute sets and wrapping it all up in one quick, brutal, wonderful hour. The Philly version includes quickies by Laundry Room Squelchers, FUN, Antler Piss, Paranoid Time, C Lavender, Drums Like Machine Guns, Suicide Magnets, McCord, Thee Ultimate Vag, and People Skills. There’s also a bonus: two full sets by Satanized and Mindless Attack (8pm. Pageant Soloveev, 607 Bainbridge Street). Meanwhile, at PhilaMOCA percussionist Dan Weiss is performing his 2011 LP, Jhaptal Drumset Solo, in its entirety with guitarist Miles Okazaki. Think heroic, Indian rhythms played on a good old fashioned drum set, and speaking of sets, tonight they’re doing two of them (8:30/9pm. $10. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th Street).
Saturday, September 10: What’s that you say? You don’t like Steely Dan (video above)? Well, then you’re fucking nuts, have questionable taste, and you lack a soul (8pm. $104-627. Tower Theater, 69th Street and Ludlow Street). That said, anyone who pays that much to see a concert is most likely a neocon. Oh, hey! Bill Cosby likes them! Anyway, you’re better off going to the very rad Heavy Metal Poster Show happening over at the always lovely Grindcore House, where the walls are covered with work by over 20 metal album, poster, and t-shirt artists (7pm. Free. Grindcore House, 1515 S. 4th Street).
Sunday, September 11: Legendary Philly pop-punk crew Kid Dynamite are back to let you know they can still really shake ‘em down. In fact, they shake it down so hard that this one sold out, but maybe you’ll wanna just go stand outside and hang with the kids (5pm. $15. With No Friends + Spaynard. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut Street).
Monday, September 12: Trey Spruance, a former member of Mr. Bungle and Faith No More, has led Secret Chiefs 3 for over a decade, and tonight he leads them right into Johnny Brenda’s. If you’re into that whole John Zorn, post-modern thing, this is for you (9pm. $15. With Fat32 + Cleric. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue).
Tuesday, September 13: Vancouver rock-n-roll duo Japandroids love to have fun and tonight they’re having it at Kung Fu Necktie. Their debut album, Post-Nothing, was all about eyeball kicks, bromance, and skinny-dippers in Paris, and here they headline with Mississippi’s Bass Drum Of Death opening (8pm. $12. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front Street).
Wednesday, September 14: Bee Mask’s the solo recording project of Philadelphian Chris Madak, who recently released an epic anthology of limited edition cuts over at Spectrum Spools, an Editions Mego imprint. Spectacular and sophisticated electronic music for a whole new new world, a new fantastic point of view (8pm. $7. With Drainolith, Autre Ne Veut, and Form A Log. Pageant Soloveev, 607 Bainbridge).