HOUND celebrates the release of Born Under 76 on Friday at Space 1026.
HOUND @ Space 1026 | Friday, October 20
Philly artist Perry Shall’s pretty well-known in the music world, but not always for his music. He’s designed posters, albums and shirts for the likes of Kurt Vile, Modern Baseball, Dan Auerbach, Best Coast and tons more. Everybody loves him, from Tom Scharpling who had Shall on The Best Show, to Ted Leo who gave him a shout-out from the Union Transfer stage a couple weeks ago. Shall also makes music, of course, with his band HOUND — featuring drummer Chris Wilson (of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists) and bassist Pat Hickey (Purling Hiss) — and their new record, Born Under 76 is a blast. Comparisons to Sword, Sabbath and Hold Steady don’t really do it justice, but I’ll start there and you can tell me how wrong I am. Friday’s release party has lots of comedy on the bill, including Mary Houlihan and “Financial Guru” Greg Gethard.
Radiator Hospital @ First Unitarian Church | Friday, October 20
Radiator Hospital’s kinda the best — a jangly, unsinkable dreamboat of a band. Sam Cook-Parrott’s songs of wonder and longing really hit the spot on a rainy grey day. Where their early stuff was rustic and bedroomy, their new record, Play The Songs You Like, is lush and spacious. Like a living room. Here’s a video where nothing really happens but the song is quite nice: Read more »
Vivian Green plays with Musiq Soulchild and Bilal at the Electric Factory on Friday. (viviangreen.com)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13
Wyclef Jean @ Stratus Lounge
The Old City club celebrates its fifth anniversary with performances by DJ Menace Cartel and hip-hop superstar Wyclef Jean.
Vimpir-Cuadecuc @ Lightbox Film Center
Pere Portabella’s 1971 film about vampires as a political metaphor, “filmed on the set of Jess Franco’s 1970 cult film Count Dracula starring Christopher Lee.” Also screening is John Smith’s short film The Black Tower (1987). Read more »
Everybody wanted to be slimed back then. (youtube.com)
In the late ’80s and early ’90s, every kid knew who Marc Summers was. These days he’s a friendly Food Network personality, but back in the day, he was the friendly host of Double Dare — the Nickelodeon game show that had contestants wading through oatmeal and sticking their hands up giant noses in search of that elusive orange flag.
For viewers of a certain age, it was the grossest, most hilarious thing on TV. How we dreamed of being the kid in the goggles and helmet sliding into the giant sundae or sitting in the giant bowl of spaghetti, trying to catch the gravy-covered nerf meatballs. Every episode ended with an obstacle course full of whipped cream, chocolate sauce, slime and every other disgusting thing.
It didn’t come out till years later that Summers — now based in Philly part time — had been suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder the whole time. So why’d he keep going? It was good TV.
The new documentary On Your Marc — premiering at the Troc on Friday — tells Summers’ insane, oddly inspiring personal obstacle course, from the Double Dare days to prepping his one-man-show on OCD, to the car accident, the cancer and everything else. It’s a wild ride. Here’s the trailer: Read more »
Author Lindsey Fitzharris launches the book tour for The Butchering Art at the Mütter Museum on Tuesday. (Youtube)
Diwali @ International House | Wednesday, October 11
A celebration of the Hindu “Festival of Lights” with food, music, dance, games and more. “Diwali is rooted in the Hindu philosophical story of the return of Lord Rama from his 14-year-long exile and his vanquishing of the demon-king Ravana. To honor and celebrate Lord Rama, and to illuminate his path home, villagers light diyas to celebrate the victory.”
The Lost Films of Weng Weng @ PhilaMOCA | Wednesday, October 11
Australian filmmaker Andrew Leavold screens a compilation highlights from films featuring Weng Weng, the little person actor known as the James Bond of the Philippines. Andrew Leavold wrote a book (and made a film) about his attempts to find the actor called The Search for Weng Weng. Read more »
Weaves plays Boot & Saddle on Saturday. (Brendan George Ko)
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue @ The Fillmore | Wednesday, October 11
The in-demand jazz artist — who also sings and plays the trumpet — released his first record for the legendary Blue Note, Parking Lot Symphony, label in April.
Andrew W.K. @ TLA | Wednesday, October 11
Enthusiastic party advocate Andrew W.K. says he will release his first album in nine years in March of next year. So get ready, I guess. More importantly, he owns a guitar shaped like a taco. And, like, is that him or a wax statue?… Read more »
The Good Good Comedy regulars trying to act normal.
Has it only been a year?* Good Good Comedy Theatre, located on 11th Street in Chinatown, already feels like a vital part of the city’s arts and entertainment landscape.
In addition to giving out-of-town comics an intimate alternative to the larger, two-drink-minimum clubs, Good Good has also become a Petri dish for local talent. In a good way. They focus on $5 to $10 shows, many of which are premise-driven, which helps when lesser known performers are trying to build an audience.
In runaway hit Weeding out the Stoned, host Alex Grubard tries to figure out which one of his panelists isn’t high. John Deary and Alyssa Al-Dookhi give the Newlywed Game a “sadistic twist” with their Make Up or Break Up show. Dungeon Pals is a live D&D session. Sex With Ecks is some kind of dirty talk show. And on a on. Read more »
Best Coast plays with Paramore at the Tower on Friday. (Janell Shirtcliff)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6
DesignPhiladelphia @ all over town
The citywide DesignPhiladelphia festival is under way in earnest, with workshops and presentations pertaining to all manner of design (lighting, industrial, graphic, textile) and related areas (urban planning, architecture). On Friday, October 6, for instance, you can take a tour of NextFab — checking out their 3D printing and other cool tech. DesignPhiladelphia continues through October 14.
Terri Fridkin @ MUSE Gallery
First Friday reception for printmaker Terri Fridkin’s colorful Convergence exhibition. Runs through October 29. Read more »
Bill T. Jones (2008), black-and-white Polaroid diptych mounted on aluminum. (Chuck Close)
Photography has always at the heart of Chuck Close’s artwork, the painter famously recreating portraits on a massive scale. It was often portrayed as an arduous, painstaking process, with Close filling in little dots and triangles long after everybody else had gone home.
As a straight-up photographer, Close is less well-known. But the camera has always been there, we were merely blinded by those 10-foot-tall faces. Chuck Close Photographs is, according to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, “the first comprehensive survey” of Close’s work. Read more »
Comedians Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher play The Troc on Friday.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari @ The Mütter Museum | Wednesday, October 4
Watch the silent horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari — about a very scary cabinet — while Not-So-Silent Cinema plays a live score. (P.S. Next Tuesday, the Mütter hosts a discussion entitled Bugs & People: When Epidemics Change History.)
Yedoye Travis @ Good Good Comedy Theatre | Wednesday, October 4
You might’ve seen this NYC standup comedian on Colbert, Search Party and/or Coming to the Stage on Hulu. Read more »
Alvvays plays Union Transfer on Friday.
Herbie Hancock @ Kimmel Center | Wednesday, October 4
Damn, I forgot how weird the video for “Rockit” is. I guess with the synths and the robot voice, the song was deemed “futuristic” by 1983 standards, so video full of kicking, writhing, nodding android parts made sense. All these years later, “Rockit” — which swept the Grammys and the MTV Awards back in the day — remains an uplifting instrumental hip-hop tune but the video is like a house of horrors for our robots companions that do our chores, cook our food and tuck us in at night.
Zakk Sabbath @ Underground Arts | Thursday, October 5
Yeah, it’s a cover band but also that’s Zakk Wylde up there, Bayonne-born guitarlord and Ozzy’s main axeman from ’88 to ’07. (Meaning he’s the dude doing all those shrieking trills on No More Tears.) And the rest of Zakk Sabbath has Ozzy, QOTSA and Danzig stints on their résumés as well. Read more »