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Schoolly D Opening for Aqua Teen Hunger Force at The Troc May 8

When it comes down to it, Aqua Teen Hunger Force are “#1 in the Hood G”, and if you’re a fan then that’s why you’re probably scrambling to see the show’s creators put on a live performance at The Troc tonight. But Frylock, Meatwad and Grand Master Shake wouldn’t have received that timeless moniker if it wasn’t for our local “Godfather of Gangsta Rap”, Schoolly D, who will be opening the evening. Along with the show’s theme, expect him to dish out his latest single “Family Affair”, and some songs from his upcoming album International Supersport! The Troc, 1003 Arch St., 8pm, $24, All Ages (Photo by Jonene Taddel) - Bill McThrill



Weekend Warrior, May 7 - 9

Finals are done for most of you collegiate types and it’s just in time for the summer weather. There are way too many good shows for this weekend so there is no reason why you shouldn’t be extending Cinco De Mayo! Well, tonight at JB’s was originally planned to be Grandchildren’s CD release party for Cold Warrior on Green Owl Records, but the release date has been pushed back for remastering and an additional track. It’s looking like an August or end of July drop date now. Lucky, we have TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb ready to share their latest work (we think?). We received an advance copy of a few tracks, but no word on even a title. However, we did learn that they are a “cracksmoke band of scientists who found God in the middle of the night going South in the passing lane on Rt. 81.” They’ll also be joined by Ernest Jenning’s Skeletonbreath (featuring members of O’Death, Grandchildren and The Woes) and W. Philly buddies/lover of the ladies The Chimeras. We really can’t imagine this not being a good time. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+
More fun stuff this weekend...
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Slo-Mo featuring Mic Wrecka w/ Frog Holler and The Wallace
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Leather
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Like a Fox SAT New Motels and The Rebel Yell
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) SUN Flux Capacitor
M Room (12 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Giant Mind, SUN Lillie Ruth Bussey
The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) FRI Alright Junior and Big Terrible
Tritone (1508 South St.) SUN Tongue Sculptors
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT Kidrockers w/Power Animal

Blockley Pourhouse (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI Bells Bells Bells, SAT Bodega
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI Mose Giganticus
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Schoolly D
Mar Bar (200 S. 40th St.) SAT Prowler
Murph’s Bar (202 E. Girard Ave.) SAT Experience Kef
The Institute (1126 Green St.) SAT Block Shock Block Party w/Post Post, Swift Technique, Instamatic



Power Animal Kidrockin’ at World Café Live May 8

Kidrockers are back in town for their last show til the Fall. We love the idea of bringing the parents and the kiddies together for some good times and music. I’m also glad they took my advice about adding Power Animal to bill, whose People Songs was The Deli’s April CD of the Month. Too bad I neither have any children or the ability to wake up early enough for the show, but it’s a moot point since I’m writing about this show as I’m enjoying some free booze on my international flight to London. They’ll be joining Harper Blynn whose release Loneliest Generation (Baby Jackal Records) was produced by David Kahne (The Strokes, Regina Spektor, Paul McCartney) and Malcolm Burn (Emmylou Harris, Kaki King). J. Blynn is also a former curly-haired hometown choir boy so you’ll get a chance to welcome him back. Come on parents - this is your chance to prove to your kids that you were actually pretty cool once. World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., 12pm, $13/$44 family for pack, All Ages (Ages 3-13 recommended; adults must be accompanied by a kid and vice versa) - Q.D. Tran



First Friday Vintage Bonanza at Two Percent to Glory May 7

It’s First Friday again, and it should be damn beautiful out tonight. But do you really want to deal with the annoying yuppies in Old City as you search around for some free booze? If your answer is not really, then head over to Two Percent to Glory for their “First Friday Vintage Bonanza” where they promise a night of heavy boozing and browsing. Ryat, who did spectacularly in our most recent and fiercest poll to date, will be providing some airy electronica for your enjoyment. DJ Frosty will also keep the party movin’ into the wee hours. Don’t forget to grab yourself or a loved one a little somethin’ somethin’. Two Percent to Glory, 1817 Frankford Ave., 8pm - Late, Free, All Ages (Photo by Jackie Bayne) - H.M. Kauffman



Hair Rocket Calls for “Hair Hit” on Xiu Xiu

Multi-instrumentalist and Berklee dropout Chris Blasucci, the warped-mind behind Hair Rocket, is calling for a “hair hit” on art-poppers Xiu Xiu. Below is a strange statement posted on his website.

Yesterday I heard on Pitchfork the band Xiu Xiu began collecting locks of hair at shows in which they will later burn and inhale the smoke. This media stunt has no history and is well overshadowed by a true musical hair sacrificing art.

Over 2 years ago the band and hair rocket movement came into existence when I made a cathartic music video about collecting hair from ex-lovers, making a wig from it and launching it on a rocket in hopes of closure. I’m not sure if it worked but it made me think a lot and I thought others might enjoy doing it and possibly learning something about themselves in a ridiculous ritual. I formed a band, Hair Rocket and recorded an EP, “Novelty” and began collecting hair at shows that I later put on rocket and launched as a union between myself and the audience sacrificers. I’ve done 2 group hair rocket launchings, with over 3o collections of follicles. 2 other bands Aderbat and Mi Head Ur Head have done hair rocket rituals and I have begun taking requests from fans for personal hair rocket dedications.

So I say “BRING ME THE LOCKS OF XIU XIU”. This media stunt needs backbone!

Above is the video that started it all! I love it. And so should you. You can be part of the Hair Rocket Movement at The Khyber tonight or just enjoy Blasucci leaving it all on stage. - Q.D. Tran


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