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December 29th, 2011

This Week Out Print: Sonic Liberation Front, Third Eye Blind, Electric Simcha, The Lawsuits, Levee Driver, and Mike Lorenz Quartet

Too much music happens 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, December 29: Free-jazz collective Sonic Liberation Front plays Tritone tonight. Expect over 10 of Philly’s finest sonic experimenters fiercely blowing horns, manically plucking strings and joyfully bashing big and small percussion. While you’re there, pick up a copy of the band’s 2011 release, SLF Meets Sunny Murray. It’s wild. (9pm. $?. With Alert New London. Tritone, 1508 South Street).

Friday, December 30: Remember Third Eye Blind? The San Fran outfit’s one of the best bands ever, and only because of “Semi-Charmed Life” and “Jumper.” Right? Those songs defined a generation. A generation that amped up on meth, rode mopeds, fucked recklessly and then wanted to kill themselves. Perfect. Hegelian? The crowd at this sucker’s gonna be…. special. Sociology students should go do some field research. Take notes. Take the hits that you’re given and then bump again and then bump again, etc. (8pm. $40. With U.S. Royalty. Electric Factory, 421 N. 7th Street).

Saturday, December 31: West Philly quartet Electric Simcha make rawkus party music that combines punk rage and traditional Hasidic music. DJs will spin before and after sets. Happy new year! (9pm. $5-10. Highwire Gallery, 2040 Frankford Avenue).

Sunday, January 1: It’s new year’s day. Instead of going out, getting drunk and tracking down a show (trust me, there aren’t m/any), stay home and work on your resolutions. Be a better person. Change everything. Love the one you’re with. Start by picking a theme song. Mine is “Ain’t With Being Broke” by Geto Boys. What’s yours?

Monday, January 2: The Lawsuits is a rock band and tonight the Bucks County kids play Kung Fu Necktie. I spun 2011’s Darleen’s Backside on Bandcamp, and am getting some very heavy Fleetwood Mac vibes. Could be fun. (8pm. $5. With Octopus Jones, Plastic Traps + Matt Spitko. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front Street).

Tuesday, January 3: Southern blues rock tonight over at KFN by Yardley’s Levee Drivers, along with opening sets by Philly songwriter/producer/composer Andrew Lipke and others. (8pm. $5. With Zach Zaitlin + Kevin Killen. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front Street).

Wednesday, January 4: Young Philly jazz guitarist/composer Mike Lorenz is bringing his quartet to Tritone. He released a tasty, sparkly record in early November called Of The Woods. It’s very autumnal and wintry. Fireside slow-burners. (9pm. $?. Tritone, 1508 South Street).

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