FRIDAY, APRIL 14
Cinedelphia @ PhilaMOCA
Through April 29, Philadelphia’s beloved rock mausoleum plays host to the wonderful and strange Cinedelphia film fest, putting cult favorites and rare gems on the big screen. I watched a bunch of trailers earlier in the week and liked what I saw. By the way, PhilaMOCA is once again displaying a one-of-a-kind Ghanaian Movie Posters throughout the fest.
Stinking Lizaveta @ Johnny Brenda’s
Stinking Liz has been doing it dark, deep and instrumental in Philly for years. They continue to crush it on their latest, Journey to the Underworld. Victor Fiorillo just did a big ol’ piece on them.
Dave Douglas Dada People @ Painted Bride
Ars Nova Workshop presents Dave Douglas (trumpet) and Frank Woeste (piano) drawing inspiration from the Dada movement.
Transmission @ The Barbary
Darkwave lives. The “Dark Dance Party” returns with DJs JHN RDN and EBGIII and Haus of Ham’s “Dragarella.”
Thank You For Coming: Play @ FringeArts
Faye Driscoll returns with the second installment of her Thank You for Coming series. “This semi-fictional collective autobiography explores “who we are” as mythically urgent and elusively empty.” Friday and Saturday.
Sorted @ The Dolphin
The classic indie pop dance party continues.
Get Pegged Cabaret @ Fringe Arts
Hosted by John Jarboe (of Bearded Ladies Cabaret) and starring Bulgarian performance artist Ivo Dimchev and Polish “voice dancer” Malgorzata “Gosia” Kasprzycka.
Little Hurricane @ Boot & Saddle
Little Hurricane has me thinking about the end of the world (again). Specifically, it’s their video for “OTL” which feels like a short film about our modern doomed condition soundtracked by the San Diego duo’s minimalist bluesy, groovy rock. It’s quite moving. As a Lactose Intolerant American, I always figured I’d spend my final minutes on Earth with pizza and a milkshake, but now I’m worried I’ll be too sad. Watch it:
Broadway Sings @ World Café Live
Broadway stars Corey Mach, Sydney Morton, Jelani Remy and Natalie Weiss do songs made famous by Beyonce and Bruno Mars.
Andrea Gibson @ Trocadero
Gibson is as much an advocate for sublime moments and plainspoken truths as she is for peace and protest. Plus: A poet headlining the Troc? How cool is that?
Sondre Lerche @ Fillmore Philly
The Norwegian specializes in humane pop. It’s earnest, but undeniably groovy.
The Room with Tommy Wiseau Live @ Ritz Five
Two midnight screenings of famously bad movie The Room featuring its star, Tommy Wiseau. Friday and Saturday.
SATURDAY, APRIL 15
Kreator @ TLA
Those riffs. Those grouched-out vocals about Satan and sin. This is serious heavy metal for heshers and prodigal smokers with patches on their back. FYI: Kreator would like to remind you that Satan is real. The more you know!
The Donuts @ Boot & Saddle
There will always be a place in my heart for this hard-working good-time rock and roll from Philly. The Donuts have always been hard to put your finger on — they trace their origins to a “Spectrum parking lot prior to an ACDC show” in 2001, and their roster (currently) appears to include several characters from Infinite Jest — but I know that’s Jon Houlon from John Train and the mic, and he always delivers.
Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival @ Morris Arboretum
Trees of unreal colors plus “traditional Japanese cultural activities.”
FDR Fest @ FDR Park
Family fun featuring wine, beer, music, paddle boats and more down at the Lakes.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Family Festival @ National Constitution Center
“Colonial-era games, live music, food trucks, entertainment, family friendly activities, water ice, and of course, lemonade,” all for a good cause. Plus: Kids under 18 get in for free.
Jason Kahn, Ben Owen, Geoff Mullen, Al Jones and Reed Evan Rosen @ Vox Populi
An evening of experimental/electronic/jazz/weird music you probably haven’t heard before. For instance, Al Jones “has spent collective years underwater analyzing, studying and monitoring the acoustic environment of the world’s oceans.”
Tribute to Todd Marrone @ Underground Arts
Music, spoken word and comedy benefiting the “artist’s work & vision.”
Performances by Chip Chantry, Lamont Steptoe, Todd Young, Cardinal Arms and more. For more about Marrone, watch his TEDx talk.
Chris Sneade @ Kung Fu Necktie
Songs about the Eagles. The football team.
Holy Fuck Comedy Hour @ Good Good Comedy
On loan from NYC, this best-of edition of the Holy Fuck Comedy Hour features comedians and writers from funny shows: Conner O’Malley (Late Night with Seth Meyers, Broad City), John Reynolds (Stranger Things, Search Party on TBS), Mitra Jouhari (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee) and more.
SUNDAY, APRIL 16
Sterile Garden @ Kung Fu Necktie
Obfuscating experimental noise and field recordings from the man behind the Basement Tapes label. Sort of terrifying.
Lil Peep @ Fillmore Philly
With his tats, dumb hats, slimy emo asides and dick rhymes, scuzzball rapper Lil Peep was basically built to piss off the PTA. P.S. If this dude plays a show on Easter Sunday and doesn’t throw peeps into the audience then he is a monster.
Once a year, the rabbit goddess emerges from a volcano to select a husband. Nobody knows which volcano it’ll be. Kinda nuts this keeps happening and nobody talks about it.