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Making Time Pool Party w/Deerhunter at The Flying W Aug. 15

The “Summer of Radness” keeps chuggin’ along as we find R5 teaming up with Making Time once again for their Pool Party “The 3Quel” returning to the Flying W Airplane Pool! I guess time heals all wounds. Hopefully the pool will be smart enough to deter the families from coming for one day. Whatevs! It’s still goin’ to be a damn good time with the Making Time Resident DJs and friends with special guests Atlanta’s Deerhunter (4AD). Shuttle buses are available from The Piazza (at 2nd and Germantown) so don’t worry about gettin’ another DUI. Hopefully the weather will go our way. The Flying W Airport & Resort, 60 Fostertown Rd. (Medford, NJ), 2pm - 11pm, $15/$20 w/bus ticket, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman



Ink & Dagger Reunion at Starlight Ballroom Aug. 15

Today marks the end of the wildly successful THIS IS HARDCORE FEST 2010 at the Starlight Ballroom. It’s a momentous occasion for the hardcore scene with the reunion of Ink & Dagger with Geoff Rickly of Thursday on vocals. Ink & Dagger was a local Vampire-themed punk hardcore outfit that formed in 1996. They had a rotating door of characters with guitarist Don Devore and vocalist Sean Patrick McCabe the constant driving force. Ink & Dagger disbanded in 2000 after McCabe (at age 27 - the magic number) was found dead in an Indiana motel room. He had choked on his own vomit after passing out from too much alcohol. If you missed Ink & Dagger’s unannounced performance at The Ox this past Friday with The Making Time DJs, then hopefully you have your tickets in hand for today because this shit is way SOLD OUT! They’ll be joined by fellow Philly badasses Kid Dynamite and Blacklisted plus many more. Starlight Ballroom, 460 N. 9th St., 11am, SOLD OUT, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman



Daredevil U.S. Girls Performing…(Blindfolded) at Highwire Gallery Aug. 14

Everyday I feel like a new one of these lo-fi acts pop up trying to promote their fuzzed out tin can jams, riding what seems like a monotonous and unfulfilling wave. Fortunately, some of these artists seem to have genuine quirks and undeniable hooks like Philly’s own U.S. Girls (a.k.a. Megan Remy). She sounds at times like an even more blissed out Smith Westerns (didn’t know that was possible). Remy’s vocals and guitar are dissonant and pulsing, and the drums crack through the jumble of frequencies. I really appreciate the humility of her sound and her directed songwriting. Come check out Remy at Highwire Gallery tonight! Highwire Gallery, 2040 Frankford Ave., 7pm, $8, All Ages - Adam G.



Show Review: mewithoutYou and Buried Beds Home at the TLA

Dorothy’s mantra, “there’s no place like home”, still proves true. Far from the fictional Oz, last night’s performance at the TLA was warm and fuzzy all the same. Opening with loveable local outfit Buried Beds, the tone of the evening was set with keyboardist Eliza Jones’ welcoming words, “It’s so awesome to be home.” Practically beaming, the band’s indie folk finesse unfolded with “Steady Hand”. Featured on Tremble The Sails, the staccato clicks of drumsticks and strums of mandolin induced swooning by listeners while the acoustic intro of “Ivory Towers” impressed with impeccable harmonies and claps. Closing their set with the help of their tourmates, Buried Beds’ exit was endearingly ecstatic and premised by applause.
With the swagger of a western, Vagrant vets Murder By Death took the stage with In Bocca Al Lupo’s “Sometimes the Line Walks You”. Fans leaned towards the stage with fists raised high, echoing frontman Adam Turla’s shouts of “Jailbreak!” “’52 Ford” and “King of the Gutters, Prince of the Dogs” brought to mind Johnny Cash, painting pictures of dusty trails and open skies. A quick tribute to whiskey, the band turned to older songs like “Until Morale Improves, the Beatings Will Continue” and dramatic “Devil in Mexico”. Dedicating “Brothers” to fellow tourmates, “Coming Home” gave way to goodbyes.
Before mewithoutYou graced the stage, the mere sight of their gear caused fans to cheer. The audience shuffled and shoved their way closer to the stage while chatter and “Hand In Glove” filled the atmosphere. Brother, Sister’s “Messes of Men” was a fitting first, later followed by well-loved favorites like “Goodbye, I” and “C-Minor”. A hushed “Son of a Widow” bled into the cheerful “Timothy Hay”, leading to the crashing chords of “Torches Together”. Richard Mazzotta’s drummed out beats incited rhythmic claps from fans and bouts of dancing to the tune of frontman Aaron Weiss’ shouts. “A Glass Can Only Spill What It Contains” played out poetic with melodrama, much like the prolific prose of “January 1979”. Ending with “Allah, Allah, Allah,” the band’s exit was brief. Leaving the stage empty for what felt like five minutes, mewithoutYou returned with a three song encore, sandwiching “The Fox, The Crow, and the Cookie” between “Disaster Tourism” and their last farewell of the night, “In a Sweater Poorly Knit”.
- Dianca Potts (Words & Photos)



Weekend Warrior, August 13 - 15

So we’re not gonna lie: local indie-rock success story, mewithoutYou, is one hell of a band. Their heaving spirituality-meets-experimental blitz imprint is absorbing. But the Tooth & Nail-signed outfit is not the only act on the bill that has The Deli Staff is trippin’ for tonight at the TLA. Philly’s lesser-known funhouse Buried Beds, who, along with Indiana four-piece Murder by Death, are certainly reasons to make it there early. When we said that Buried Beds’ high-spirited ‘60s AM radio pop signals a “beacon of hopefulness” in a city “dusted with tension and grit,” we really meant it (listen to their latest and The Deli’s July CD of the Month Tremble the Sails - we know you'll agree). They’re absolutely excellent and if you skip out, then we’ll just hate you. Seriously. ;o) Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St., 9pm, $16, All Ages (Photo by Josh Bender)
What to do, what to do, what to do…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI The Armchairs CD Release Party w/The Extraordinaires, Hop Along, Agent Moosehead
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SUN Ladies Auxiliary
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI The Great Unknown SUN Johnny Action Figure and The Revere
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI (Early) Northern Valentine, (Late) Mose Giganticus CD Release Party w/Monolith, SAT The Fallen Troubadours, Alien Architect and Sela
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) SAT The Tulanes
Tritone (1508 South St.) SAT Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, SUN Elliot Levin
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI When I Was 12, SAT Sunsets North
Millcreek Tavern (4200 Chester Ave.) FRI Bitchslicer and Officer Slug
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Girls Rock Philly Showcase
Highwire Gallery (2040 Frankford Ave.) SUN U.S. Girls
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) SAT Reading Rainbow and Creepoid
Pterodactyl (3237 Amber St.) FRI The Weeds and Sunny Ali & the Kid
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT Phillybloco
The Ellen Powell Tiberino Museum (3819 Hamilton St.) FRI Carnivolution
Flying W Airplane Pool (60 Fostertown Rd. - Medford, NJ) SUN Making Time Pool Party



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