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State of the Arts

Regarding Katherine Rochester’s recent feature about the closing of art galleries around the city: I’d venture that one thing this points to is a disconnect between the art and art-administration communities in the city. There should be more engagement between those with formal training in art “making” and those from an art “business” background. These cordoned-off silos that exist within cultural organizations also seem to pervade the cultural landscape at large. I also think it’s a mistake to place too many collective hopes and fears on Pew/PEI. They wield power and are influential, but they are also not the only game in town. The overall impression that Pew/PEI alone represents a makeor-break determination on the life of a cultural organization flirts with the conspiracy-theory attitude presented by the film Art of the Steal. Get to know the broader philanthropic landscape in your community. Dig and then dig deeper. J.W. BUSSMANN via philadelphiaweekly.com Maybe galleries don’t survive because there is nothing being shown which is worth seeing, let alone buying TV/Internet electronic media is immediately powerful and offers some level of catharsis for consumers. Your gallery cannot compete against the latest pop tune or hot movie. Modern/ contemporary art is difficult for the average person to handle, and if they do “figure it out,” they still might not care. PETE via philadelphiaweekly.com

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n a makeshift office space inside the Goldtex construction site at 12th and Wood streets, lead construction manager Al McVicker opens a file cabinet drawer, pulls out a homemade weapon and slaps it on the desk. It’s a flat slab of metal the size of a brick, with seven crooked nails thicker than pencils welded to the base, jutting upward. “How’s that for your story?” McVicker, 54, says to me, adding that he found the nail bomb stuck in the tire of a delivery truck a week earlier. According to McVicker, finding the homemade weapon was just one of many such attacks since March, when Philadelphia’s trade unions began protesting outside the Post Brothers’ $38 million project to convert the old textile factory into a 10-story, 163-apartment complex. McVicker rattles off the damage he attributes to union protesters: 28 slashed tires, two broken windshields, four shattered passenger windows and four rearview mirrors so far. “Someone’s going to get fucking hurt,” he says. Men on both sides have already been injured. And they’ve told me that they won’t be surprised if someone winds up dead by the time the project is finished. The fight is so intense because Goldtex is the biggest local labor showdown in 40 years. Some union workers compare it to the protests against developer J. Leon Altemose for hiring nonunion workers to build a hotel and retail complex that eventually became the Valley Forge Convention Center. In the summer of ‘72, Altemose offered unions a 70/30 split on the $18 million project, but the unions violently declined. That June, a thousand men in hard hats stormed the construction site, throwing fire bombs and hand grenades. But Altemose refused to cave. Altemose���s success symbolized the end of Philadelphia’s unions’ power and influence on suburban development. Forty years later, Goldtex symbolizes the final frontier of union influence over development in the city. “This is on our doorstep,” said a protester who declined to give his name. “They think they can come right in here and bust the unions.” Trade unions’ traditional war tactics rely on a balance of unabashed intimidation and harassment, murky political connec-

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tions and public-relations campaigns that cast them as the victims. Historically, the unions have had complete control over developing that narrative. Union protest PR may be crude—fliers littered with misspellings, a big rat balloon (manufactured in a nonunion shop, by the way)— but they can be nonetheless effective at broadcasting the message that their opponents are “destroying the middle class” or “killing the American dream.” Goldtex shows that control is gone. The modern labor dispute is fought with technology, not muscle. From the beginning, Michael and Matthew Pestronk, the real-life brothers behind the Post Brothers, simply set up a high-tech surveillance system that beats the union at their own PR game. The Goldtex building is a panopticon; more than 30 video cameras stud its perimeter. At PhillyBully.com, they post videos, photos, updates and scans of fliers union guys allegedly circulated, including one that says “Carrie Pestronk likes to get hard with it!” next to a doctored photo of one of the developer’s wives made to look like she is holding a penis. According to McVicker, the Post Brothers have a “video team” that has collected countless hours of video and more than 13,000 photos of protesters. McVicker, who sports a small video camera strapped to the side of his hard hat, says he has personally snapped 900 to 1,000 photos. The high-tech surveillance seems to be not only winning public’s support for the Pestronks, but is also forcing authorities to take action. Several weeks ago, police made arrests after cameras caught a group of men assaulting a Post Brothers

worker. In the video, the man is shoved until he falls to the ground. Throughout the assault, the victim’s wife is in the mix, holding up an iPad, recording. McVicker says that he expects another arrest soon: A protester was caught throwing nail bombs like the kind McVicker pulled out of his file cabinet. “He’s on film kneeling down and throwing it in the street in two separate locations,” he says.

Several weeks ago, a delivery truck pulled into the site. As usual, union protesters gathered at the fence to heckle the laborers as they unloaded the truck. They taunted the workers, many who appear to be Asian, with racist insults like “Look at Long Duck Dong!” and various nonsensical jabs about eating noodles. When I pulled out my phone and started recording, a large young man cut in front of me, pushing his back into me like a wall. When I moved, he followed me and started calling me “corrupt” for taping the harassment. On a different day, after another delivery truck pulled away, a protester exclaimed, “Did you see that? That was an 8-year-old!” The protester, who declined to give his name, insisted he saw an 8-year-old working. “Illegals and kids,” snorted another protester. The man who claimed he saw a child working says he got it on his camera. But when he checked for the video, he discovered his phone battery had died. It didn’t record. “Anyone take pictures?” asks another protester, looking around. “Somebody’s got to have a picture!” No one did. ■


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closer to their essence.” Surprisingly, given her artistry and accomplishments, Kim didn’t begin dancing until she was 18. “When I was young I wanted to go to ballet class but my parents couldn’t afford it—my mom still feels a little bad about it,” she laughs. In high school, she took hip-hop dance classes, which she paid for by working at a Burger King, and eventually enrolled at a college in Seoul where she took modern, jazz and ballet classes. “I was so behind because most of the students started [dancing] when they were 6 or 7, but I felt like I had dancing in my mind and my body and I kept digging and teaching myself and discovering myself more.” “It’s a little tricky balancing everything, and every day is different, but I like it that way.” ■


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MAYOR MICHAEL A. NUTTER, City of Philadelphia First record purchased: The Jackson 5. Can’t recall the title. Last record purchased: My last download was Laura Izibor’s The Brooklyn Sessions, Vol. 1. Favorite Philly act: The Roots. Favorite Philly venue: The Dell Music Center. Now in heavy rotation: My own hip-hop/rap mixtape, with DJ Kool, Jay-Z, Public Enemy, Kool Moe Dee, The Roots, The Sugarhill Gang and Gil Scott-Heron. DJ CASH MONEY, Entertainer/DJ First record purchased: Alvin & The Chipmunks, Chipmunks a’ Go-Go. Last record purchased: A rare Barrington Levy dub 45. Favorite Philly act: DJ Cash Money & Marvelous. Favorite Philly venue: Tasty Treats at Fluid. Now in heavy rotation: Elle Varner, Perfectly Imperfect. KEVIN BACON, Actor/Director/Musician First record purchased: The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Last record purchased: John Mayer, Born and Raised. Favorite Philly act: Hall and Oates. Favorite Philly venue: Electric Factory. Now in heavy rotation: Frank Ocean, Channel Orange. NICK STUCCIO, Founder/Producing Director, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe First record purchased: Bob Marley, Kaya. His best, hands down. Last record purchased: Actual record? Maybe Kool & the Gang in college? Just got Glassworks by Philip Glass. Awesome. Favorite Philly act: Todd Rundgren. Favorite Philly venue: Johnny Brenda’s. Now in heavy rotation: Soundgarden, Pet Sounds (on bike rides), The Necks from Australia.

ZAC RINALDO, Center, Philadelphia Flyers First record purchased: Eminem, D12. Last record purchased: Rick Ross, God Forgives, I Don’t. Favorite Philly act: None off the top of my head. Favorite Philly venue: Wells Fargo Center. Now in heavy rotation: Old school Lil Wayne. FRANK E. OLIVIERI, Owner/Executive Chef, Pat’s King of Steaks First record purchased: The Hudson Brothers’ “So You Are a Star,” the Jackson 5’s “Dancing Machine” and Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon on the same day. What a mix. Last record purchased: Last vinyl was the remastered Dark Side of the Moon. Favorite Philly act: I always had a soft spot for the Trammps back in the day. Favorite Philly venue: The Spectrum because I attended many shows there. Now in heavy rotation: I have a ‘60s and ‘70s play list that includes lots of really old staples: the Who, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Tower of Power, Blood Sweat & Tears, The Zombies, just to name a few. JOSE GARCES, Iron Chef/Owner of Amada, Village Whiskey, Tinto, Distrito and Chifa First record purchased: The Rolling Stones, Tattoo You. A classic that still makes its way out of my speakers quite a lot. Last record purchased: The Black Keys, Attack & Release. Smart, contemporary rock ‘n’ roll from some of the best in the business right now. It was their first album with an outside producer, and the result is impossible to stop listening to. Favorite Philly act: Dr. Dog. You have to love a band that builds their own amplifier to make sure that their sound reaches the crowd the way they mean it to get there. Favorite Philly venue: It’s decidedly less rock ‘n’ roll than my previous picks might suggest, but I absolutely love The Kimmel Center. Visually, acoustically and historically, it is a stunning venue and a very special place to see

all kinds of live music. Now in heavy rotation: It’s tough to find a day when I’m not in the mood for The Beatles. I’ve also been playing a lot of Grateful Dead for the past week or two, in honor of Jerry Garcia’s birthday. ZACH MILLER, Keyboardist, Dr. Dog First record purchased: The first piece of music I can remember owning is an MC Hammer cassette single: “U Can’t Touch This” b/w “Up With Hope (Down With Dope).” It came free when you bought a pair of BK shoes. I would play that cassette over and over while playing Brickles or Lode Runner on the computer. Last record purchased: Ty Segall Band, Slaughterhouse. Favorite Philly act: (Past) The Teeth; (present) Purling Hiss. Favorite Philly venue: Johnny Brenda’s. Now in heavy rotation: Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin. JASON KERNEVICH, Co-Owner, The Heads of State First record purchased: With my own money? Probably Ritual De Lo Habitual by Jane’s Addiction, though my first record was a 45 single of Prince’s “Little Red Corvette” in 1983. I was four. Last record purchased: Mount Eerie, Clear Moon and Ty Segall Band, Slaughterhouse. Favorite Philly act: When the War on Drugs played Letterman back in April, it felt like a sports team was winning something important. I was proud. But the Lefty’s Deceiver reunion show in January was also awesome. Best rhythm section in Philly. I also like those Far Out Fangtooth kids. Favorite Philly venue: I like Johnny Brenda’s. And I like staying close to home. Now in heavy rotation: Bob Dylan’s Planet Waves. Ted Lucas. Ty Segall. Tame Impala. Daniel Rossen. Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks.

FRANK STALLONE, Actor/Singer-songwriter First record purchased: Elvis or the Everly Brothers. Last record purchased: Al Jolson. Favorite Philly act: Mario Lanza, Hall and Oates, Elizabeth. Favorite Philly venue: The 2nd Fret, the original Electric Factory and the Trauma. Now in heavy rotation: Nothing new. Oldies. FATIN DANTZLER, Kindred the Family Soul First record purchased: Probably Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Last record purchased: Nas’ new CD. Favorite Philly act: Today, Bilal and The Roots; back in the day, Teddy Pendergrass and The O’Jays. Favorite Philly venue: Although they never book me, World Cafe Live is probably the classiest. Now in heavy rotation: Chuck Brown, The Best of Chuck Brown. SEAN AGNEW, Owner, R5 Productions First record purchased: I have been told it was The Clash’s Combat Rock. Not because I was cool, but because I was five and thought the lizard in the “Rock The Casbah” music video was cool. Last record purchased: Orcas (Rafael Anton Irisarri & Benoît Pioulard), self-titled. Favorite Philly act: Meek Mill. Favorite Philly venue: Union Transfer. Now in heavy rotation: Holy Other, Held. DYANA WILLIAMS, On-Air Personality, Soulful Sunday/100.3 WRNB-FM/Philly 360 Creative Ambassador/“Unsung” commentator First record purchased: Freddie Hubbard, Black Angel. Last record purchase: Frank Ocean, Channel Orange. Favorite Philly act: Carol Riddick. Favorite Philly venue: Dell Music (Georgie Woods) Center, outdoor with kinfolks, where it’s all good in the ‘hood! The intimacy and great collard greens at Warmdaddy’s.


The 2012 Music Issue Now in heavy rotation: Frank Ocean, Nicholas Payton, Bitches and Will Downing’s new trilogy, Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow. DOC GIBBS, Music Educator/Master Percussionist First record purchased: The Artistry of Freddie Hubbard. Last record purchased: Oyelola Ajibola, Obatala. Favorite Philly act: Spoken Hand. Favorite Philly venue: The Painted Bride Art Center. Now in heavy rotation: Yoruba Andabo. PHIL SUMPTER, Director of Marketing, Painted Bride Art Center/Event Curator/DJ, CityWide Friday Happy Hour at Bob & Barbara’s Lounge First record purchased: Shannon, Let the Music Play; Herbie Hancock, “Rockit;” Newcleus, “Jam on It” and Genesis, Genesis—a one-stop shop of about $12. Last record purchased: Alice Russell, “Got the Hunger? (Ticklah Remix).” Favorite Philly act: The Roots, since they were The Square Roots. Favorite Philly venue: Painted Bride Art Center and Bob & Barbara’s Lounge. Now in heavy rotation: William Devaughn, Be Thankful for What You Got; Johnny “Guitar” Watson, “Superman Lover;” The Clash, “Straight to Hell;” M.I.A., “Paper Planes;” Bone Thugs N Harmony, “First of tha Month (K&D Sessions);” Miike Snow, “Animal (Mark Ronson Extended Dub Remix)” and Easy Star All-Stars, “Us and Them (Featuring Frankie Paul).”

COLIN FRANGICETTO, Guitarist, Circa Survive First record purchased: Either Michael Jackson, Bad or Weird Al Yankovic, Fat. Last record purchased: The new Beach House album, Bloom. Favorite Philly act: That’s tough; there’s so many great ones. Probably either Good Old War or Kurt Vile. Favorite Philly venue: For small shows, Johnny Brenda’s and Kung Fu Necktie; for bigger, Union Transfer. And then The Electric Factory is killer for huge shows. Now in heavy rotation: Led Zeppelin, Purity Ring, Miles Davis, Owl Paws, O Brother, Hendrix, Mew, Beach House and Anthony’s [Anthony Green, of Circa Survive] latest album, Beautiful Things.

DON RUSSELL, Executive Director, Philly Beer Week First record purchased: The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Take Five. That and Tommy are the only albums I’ve purchased in all forms—vinyl, 8-track, cassette, CD and MP3. Last record purchased: The Black Keys, El Camino. Favorite Philly act: Ben Arnold. Favorite Philly venue: The Hot Club, circa 1978. I guess I don’t get out much any more. Now in heavy rotation: The Move and MC5. CHICKENBOY, Owner, Kung Fu Necktie First record purchased: Black Sabbath, Paranoid. Last record purchased: Future Of The Left, The Plot Against Common Sense. Favorite Philly act: A Life Once Lost. Favorite Philly venue: KFN! Of course! Now in heavy rotation: Future Of The Left or Ceremony—and Grand Funk Railroad’s Red Album. GARY STEUER, Chief Cultural Officer of the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy First record purchased: Don’t remember exactly. Probably a 45 of the Temptations’ “Cloud Nine,” which I think was 1969. Also spent a lot of time as a kid listening to records bought by my father – The Rolling Stones’ Beggar’s Banquet; The Beatles’ Help!, A Hard Day’s Night, Revolver, Rubber Soul, Sgt. Pepper, etc. Last record purchased: I think Trombone Shorty, For True—actually bought at Jazz Fest in New Orleans, though that might have been Alabama Shakes. Favorite Philly act: George Miller from Jump turned me onto Toy Soldiers, and I’ve really been enjoying them. Also, though they’re ubiquitous these days, I’m also a big fan of The Roots. Favorite Philly venue: World Café Live. Love the acoustics, sight lines, vibe and programming. I’m getting too old to really enjoy music in venues where there is no seating and where your feet stick to the crud built up on the floor. Now in heavy rotation: In addition to Trombone Shorty, the Shakes, the Roots (both Undun and the Betty Wright collaboration) and Toy Soldiers, Big Sam, The Kills’ Blood Pressure, Chimes of Freedom (the Dylan benefit tribute for Amnesty), Carolina Chocolate Drops, Leaving Eden; a variety of recent Paste mPlayer issue tracks, Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball, Bonnie Raitt’s Slipstream. And not to leave jazz out: Terell Stafford’s new CD, This Side of Strayhorn.

STACEY “FLYGIRRL” WILSON, Co-Owner, Tasty Treats/Designer/Visual Artist First record purchased: The Sesame Street series. Last record purchased: Frank Ocean, Channel Orange. Favorite Philly act: The Roots, Hall and Oates, The Sound of Philadelphia. Favorite Philly venue: Tasty Treats at Fluid. Now in heavy rotation: Bucie, Frank Ocean, Khemist, Marva Whitney. JOSHUA MAYS, Muralist/Graphic Designer/Visual Artist First record purchased: My earliest music purchase I can recollect is Dr. Dre’s “Let Me Ride” maxi-single. Last record purchased: Probably the James Blake album. I’m downloading free music almost everyday. Favorite Philly act: The Roots. Maybe Diplo, if he ever dropped another solo album. Favorite Philly venue: Johnny Brenda’s. Now in heavy rotation: I’m always mixing my music. Amon Tobin, Teebs, Dimlite and Tune-Yards are regulars in the mix. STEPHANIE RENEE, On-Air Host, 900 AM WURD First record purchase: A subscription to the Disney storybook records. Original movie soundtrack LPs with fully-illustrated books on the ding-turn-the-page tip. Last record purchased: Fink, Perfect Darkness; Citizen Cope, One Lovely Day; and Conception: An Interpretation of Stevie Wonder Songs, all iTunes downloads within the past week. Favorite Philly act: The Roots and just about anybody they select as special guests. Favorite Philly venue: World Cafe Live for live performances. Now in heavy rotation: New double set from Christian Scott; Cassandra Wilson, Another Country and Oddisee, People Hear What They See. JAMES CLAIBORNE, Arts & Culture Advocate, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance & Philly 360 First record purchased: Immature, Playtyme Is Over. Last record purchased: Sarah Vaughan, “Sophisticated Lady” and “You’ve Changed.” Favorite Philly act: Bilal Oliver. Favorite Philly venue: Mann Center for the Performing Arts.

Now in heavy rotation: Absolutely everything by Georgia Anne Muldrow. GEORGE LAWRENCE, Promoter/Event Coordinator, gLProductions.com First record purchased: I can’t remember. But in third grade, I borrowed a friend’s LL Cool J tape and copied it by setting up two boomboxes faceto-face: one to play, the other to record. Last record purchased: Lady Alma, Lady Alma Live, copped at the album release party. Favorite Philly act: My three favorite DJs: Rich Medina, Sonny James aka Statik from Illvibe Collective and Jazzy Jeff. Favorite Philly venue: Tower Theater. Now in heavy rotation? Getting ready for this LF Daze EP, so I’ve been listening to a lot of his beats lately. MR. SONNY JAMES, aka STATIK, DJ/Producer/ Engineer/Videographer, Illvibe Collective First record purchased: Bohannon, “Let’s Start The Dance” on 45. Last record purchased: Opolopo, Mutants. Favorite Philly act: The Roots. Favorite Philly venue: Kung Fu Necktie and Johnny Brenda’s. Now in heavy rotation: Frank Ocean, Illvibe Remix LP, Jose James, Nas’ Life is Good. >> continued on page 19

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YUSUF MUHAMMAD, Owner, Veteran Freshman First record purchased: Mos Def, Black on Both Sides. That album changed my entire life. I still listen to it to this day. I had to beg my mom to get it. I made a wager with her, like I’ll wash the dishes for three months, I’ll clean my room for four months—all because it had cursing on it, and I wasn’t allowed to listen to music with cursing in it. Last record purchased: Nas, Life is Good. Favorite Philly act: Right now, my favorite show to see would be Dosage. His show is just memorable. Favorite Philly venue: TLA or The Blockley. Now in heavy rotation: A lot of jazz, house music and mid- to early ‘90s hip-hop. Of course, I like alternative too; I’ve been listening to a lot of Phoenix. Then there’s lots of J. Dilla and A Tribe Called Quest. For house, a lot of Nujabes, and for jazz, a lot of Robert Glasper.

KEITH GOODWIN, Lead Vocalist, Good Old War First record purchased: The first tape I ever got I think was Kris Kross. And probably then Boyz II Men. Then maybe Dr. Dre. Last record purchased: Jimmy Cliff, Rebirth. Favorite Philly act: I really like Dr. Dog, and I really like The Roots. Favorite Philly venue: That’s a tough one. I really like playing XPN, World Café Live. I really like TLA, and Union Transfer we played once, and I thought that was pretty cool. Now in heavy rotation: I kind of went back to listening to Vampire Weekend, Contra and a lot of Lucas Wainwright. And then Classical Babies for my little boy.


The 2012 Music Issue All Are Invited Who Will Cause No Harm What happens every summer when a cadre of Philly bands rock out the woods of Maine? The Caravan Music Festival.

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lthough I’m 500 miles away from Philadelphia, the conversation I’m having wouldn’t tip you off in the slightest. It’s with Philly native Jeremy Blessing, one of the city’s most superb guitarists, a cat whose long hair, bellbottoms and John Lennon glasses makes him perpetually look like he’s just walked out of 1971. The subject of our talk? The term “Founding Fathers,” which Blessing feels is outdated: “No one calls their dad ‘father’ anymore; they call them ‘dads.’ So they should change the name to the Founding Dads or the Founding Pops. Like, ‘Yo, what would the Founding Pops do in this situation? How do they interpret this shit?’” While I laugh in agreement, Blessing realizes out loud that the Founding Pops would make an excellent band name. Although we’re in Central Maine, the accents—and history—of our fair city have traveled along. Oddly enough, almost everyone around us sounds similar. This is the annual Caravan Music Festival, a three-day music event held in the woods of Belgrade Lakes, featuring more than 20 bands and almost 200 attendees, most of whom are from the Philadelphia area. The gorgeous tent-filled grounds are surrounded by massive lakes, green mountains and lush offshore islands—things we city folk likely know little about. (Before attending, the only thing I knew about Maine were its two central exports—lobsters and Stephen King novels.) If this seems like an unusual place for a gathering of Philly musicians, according to founder Matt Manser, that’s really the point: “It’s about changing the setting, instead of going to see some of these bands at the same places. There’s no more destination venues [in Philadelphia]. Everywhere has kind of become a similar environment, so it’s taking all that and driving nine hours. You get out of your car, you’re out of your element, and you can’t leave, so at no point is anyone just coming for a set and then bouncing. You’re there for the long haul.” To those who’ve never been, the best way to describe Caravan is this: You know that scene during the final battle of The Avengers when the camera glides from one superhero to the next in one long, amazing continuous shot? Well, it’s kind of like that, except the Hulk and Iron Man are replaced with incredible music and pasta. Everywhere you turn, something happy is going on: a nonstop dancefest, curated by Blessing, a self-described “funksmith;” old friends starting the nightly bonfire; kids spending hours swimming in

the lake; the breakfast cook is making the best eggs you’ve ever tasted; s’more-sharing with people you barely know, health risks be damned—the list is long. Caravan’s mantra is “All are invited who will cause no harm.” And everyone who attends follows this to a tee. To see a few hundred people of all backgrounds partying in the rain for over three days, without incident, is pretty special. It’s doubtful even The Avengers could pull that off. Caravan’s birth, explains Manser, “was a product of resources.” As a teen, he began traveling with a few friends from his Philly home to the quarry in Maine, where his family has owned the land since the early ‘70s. Each year, more and more people would join him on the journey, culminating in 2009 with the first official Caravan fest. Along with his band Flamingo, he invited some other musician buddies to come perform, resulting in a crowd of about 70 people. At the following year’s festivities, the number of campers more than doubled in size—as did outside interest. Soon after, other Philly bands were asking to join; complete strangers, too. What started as a yearly trip with a select few grew into a full-fledged event with a large audience to entertain. Knowing he couldn’t do it alone, Manser recruited the aid of two close friends, Lynne Krohn and Tom Murphy. “It was pretty much just the three of us in charge of everything,” says Murphy, who’s also a member of local heavy-blues trio Penrose with brothers Pat and Dan. “We were doing sound, on top of the food, on top of the wristbands, and it was the three of us trying to maintain 200 wild motherfuckers.” Manser’s father, Clark, can be seen all weekend helping out around the grounds and happily talking with all the campers. He’s super-friendly and warm, like only a parent can be, especially considering there are hundreds of strangers sleeping in his backyard. When I ask Manser how his father feels about Caravan, he explains that his dad is openminded, “[coming] out of the hippie generation.” (Dad’s nickname in high school was Dr. Feelgood. Manser really wanted me to tell you that.) Though the idea was a hard sell the first year, after viewing the respectfulness all the attendees had, the rest of his family have continued to give their blessing. Though one or two neighbors might not approve, more of the Belgrade Lakes locals come to enjoy the good times each year. In fact, Manser says, “my one neighbor was angry at me that I

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Party hearty: Caravan revelers enjoy Cheers Elephant in Maine.

don’t do it more often.” It’s impossible to overlook the Philadelphia story imprinted on the festival, especially with some of Philly’s most popular local favorites performing—Cheers Elephant, Conversations With Enemies, Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang, and a barn-burning set by low-down folk-punkers TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb. The latter has been one of the best live acts in Philadelphia for some time, but their Friday night performance made them a candidate for best act in Maine. As they ran through older songs, ragged-blues tunes from their upcoming Manufacturing Joy LP and an energetic take on Tom Waits’ “Way Down In The Hole,” there wasn’t a pair of still shoes to be seen. Every one of the bands play at their best when they’re here, which makes the fest such an incredible experience. “When everybody you know and all these musicians you really respect are here,” Murphy tells me, “you want to look good.” Besides all of the hard work and support, there’s still the high cost of putting Caravan together. To power an outside concert in the woods, you need to rent a generator. To feed 200 people, you need about $2,000 for food, as well as grills, cookware and paper goods.

To sustain that number of folks, you also need porta-potties, recycling/trash pickup and countless other supplies. Manser and his crew charge the attendees a reasonable $50 fee, and even then, they don’t always make their money back. Although their admission is cheaper, this also applies to the bands. So far, Tom points out, there have been almost no complaints. “We love doing it, but it kind of blows our minds that all these bands are so into it that they’ll come up here and spend their money. We would love to pay these guys, but nobody who played got paid a dollar. They all chipped in for food and supplies. That kind of dedication—to put a thousand miles on everybody’s cars just to play in the woods with all these kids—really says a lot about the scene we got going on.” Brendan Higgins of Vitamin Cheese— who’ve performed the past three festivals— sees the event as an extension of Philadelphia’s musical spirit. “Caravan and the whole DIY thing is all over the place in Philly,” he says. “People want to play music wherever they can, and they all drove 10 hours so they can play music up here. I don’t think Caravan would happen if people didn’t care about >> continued on page 16


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it, especially the people working, like Matt Manser and all the people cooking. Those dudes work all day long, but they have a blast, ‘cause they pour their hearts and souls into it.” In a similar vein, TJ Kong’s guitarist/singer Dan Bruskewicz feels Philly today is “the perfect place to be an artist and musician” since “you can make it whatever you want.” In Bruskewicz’s opinion, “there’s no musical footprint in Philadelphia at the moment,” and that gives everyone—just like Manser and Caravan—a chance to do something creative. “People don’t come to town looking for jazz like they did when Coltrane was here, and they don’t come in looking for hip-hop like they did when The Five Spot was in its heyday. People come to Philly looking for a good time. That is the city’s new cultural reputation.” Lynne Krohn, who, aside from organizing the festival, also manages Penrose, thinks Caravan ultimately brings musicians from our area even closer. “I now feel that we can hit up any of those bands and say, ‘Hey, let’s play a show together.’ You really get a sense of camaraderie.” And although it applies to bands, this sentiment is branched out to everyone. “I’m pretty sure there’s kids riding home with people they’ve never met before,” adds Mike McNamara of Vitamin Cheese. “I met a couple people here, and they’re all from Philly, so you have new friends when you get back home— though you get to be showered and hopefully won’t smell as bad.” On Sunday morning, about a dozen campers march from the lake right to the stage, banging and strumming on anything they can find, to announce the annual performance of The Pat Friend Five. The group’s eponymous band leader has only one main rule in the band: There must be more or less than five people on stage at any time. Their set is a mix of incredibly skilled musicians with kids who have no musical background whatsoever, and all are invited to join. In between various sets and sending off the folks heading back home, numerous open jams occur throughout the day. On a whim, I decide to take the stage to run through one of the two songs I can fully play on guitar: “Dead Flowers” by The Rolling Stones. (The other is “Your Love” by The Outfield.) The band behind me is full of old pals and people I’ve never met before, though we all know the song, and that’s what’s important. They make my impromptu attempt sound half-decent, which really says a lot about their skills. Just as Bruskewicz said, “People come to Philly looking for a good time.” And although this is Maine, it still feels pretty damn close. ■

Undeniably a Lady After disappearing from the scene, Alma “Lady Alma” Horton is back, with her music—and her priorities—intact. By Nia Ngina Meeks // feedback@philadelphiaweekly.com he crowd murmur couldn’t drown out the crashing rain on a recent stormy Thursday night at Warmdaddy’s. People milled about under the rose-colored lights, browsing and weaving through the bar, occasionally glancing at the burgeoning talent that kept the stage warm for the main event, Lady Alma. Hugs and “Oh-my-God-where-have-youbeen” gasps permeated the air at this album release party. Smiles spread at memories of glory years at Black Lily, the legendary female-focused music review that catapulted Philly’s strand of neo-soul into the national spotlight. A stage where Lady Alma once reigned. “What ever happened to Alma? Haven’t seen her much,” a woman asked, swirling her drink. “She’s taking care of her mom, doing that kind of thing,” her companion said. “She’s not out as much.” She nodded, and then shifted her conversation to other friends and acquaintances past. It was 9:30 p.m., and polite applause ushered off another artist leaving the mic. Eyes stayed fixed on the wings. Awaiting her arrival, her homecoming. Awaiting something they know will be special. For nearly two decades, Alma “Lady Alma” Horton has given the Philly music scene its soul chord, with a timbre whose notes resonate deeper than a Percy Heath bass riff, powerful enough to even overrun thunder. She has stood as a standard bearer that kicked house grooves into high gear, infused new rhythms into R&B and rivaled the angels in her gospel renditions, performed across the globe. And that’s just her singing. Her arsenal brims with composition, piano and arrangement skills, too. Despite that talent and a wicked sense of humor, she doesn’t grace many magazine covers, billboards or music video playlists. To a degree, it’s by design, having made the decision to put her family’s needs above pursuing the standard measures of stardom. It’s a stance that’s put her career on a zigzag course, but her followers have always been a fierce band of believers, whether in Philadelphia or Bangkok. Eventually, they say, the rest of the world will catch up and catch on to the magic that is Lady Alma. King Britt, the globetrotting DJ and producer, first “discovered” Horton in the ‘90s

on Silk City’s dance floor, where he heard her out-singing the record he was spinning. He knew she had to be part of his Sylk 130 collective, performing on 1998’s acclaimed When the Funk Hits the Fan, which went on to gold-certified sales. A re-release of that work and an accompanying tour are set for 2013. But Horton has stayed busy, providing guest vocals on tracks by English outfit 4Hero, Fanatix, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Silhouette Brown and Philly’s own soul duo Kindred the Family Soul. “Any listener cannot deny pure, unfiltered vocals, and that’s first and foremost. That’s what you get when you hear Alma: pure energy,” says Britt. “She is right up there with Chaka Khan and Aretha Franklin when it comes to making each audience member feel like she is singing only to them. There is never any ego.” Horton tucked hers away a long time ago, and almost sealed it permanently when she stood in a hospital room two years ago, staring at a flatline glowing across her mother’s EKG screen. “I promised God, ‘If you give her back to me, I’ll always be here when she needs me,’” Horton says, staring at the memory. She blinked her eyes, grew quiet and quivered. Carla Horton did return to her only child that day, and her daughter has returned that miracle with daily devotions. Juggling appointments with doctors and specialists. Prepping her meds and meals. Bantering and laughing. And always checking her blood sugar. All that couldn’t possibly repay her mother for all the times she ensured her baby girl had the latest finery and music lessons while the long-time supervisor at Philadelphia’s Dept. of Public Welfare trudged to work with cardboard in her shoes. “If anything now, all I desire is to make a little more so I can take care of her, to give back to her, for the investment she made in this talent,” Horton says. That means making money around a new kind of schedule. Giving vocal lessons. Leading a band, A Black Tie Affair, complete with running rehearsals and performing gigs. Selling her CDs hand-to-hand. But a phone call can make her drop everything for the woman whose voice she inherited, who first dubbed her “Lady” as a reminder of all that she is and could be. Horton has canceled gigs and turned around a car midjourney to race back to her mom’s side, sit-

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Philly’s soul: Lady Alma is fierce on stage.

ting in a room crammed with a full-sized bed, oversized dresser, microwave, tiny TV, oxygen tank, ice cooler and an array of seasonings and medicines on the second floor of a family home in Kensington. She has resisted dire diagnoses from doctors, relying on her faith. But even that has wavered for Horton at times, and life’s pressures have pushed her close to the edge. Yet, the music always brought her back. The microphone tattoo plugged into her forearm serves as a visual reminder, a virtual IV. She’s converted her battles with depression into lyrics and healing, a secular ministry that compliments her longstanding church life at Agape Love Ministries in Southwest Philadelphia. “I just feel an extreme amount of respect for her,” says Aja Graydon Dantzler, the wife half of Kindred. “Over the years, her identity as an artist has become more and more solidified, creatively, where she’s coming from. She just really has a lot of energy about her. But she’s still Philly. She still keeps it really, really real.” On this Thursday night in Warmdaddy’s, the crowd crackled when Horton took the stage. She struck an opening tune from her new album, Lady Alma Live, stoking the audience. She beamed as she floated into the crowd to introduce her special guest: Carla Horton, who hadn’t been able to go see her daughter perform live for almost a decade. She beamed back. “This night is special here,” Horton said, “because my mom is here.” Then she proceeded to bring the house down. ■


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He’s closed the door on Nocturne; now dark-music impresario Patrick Rodgers looks to the future. s the thumping industrial grind segues into a Depeche Mode remix, the dense crowd of gas-masked twentysomethings and fishnetted ragdoll-girls in black who pack the all-ages dance floor shift in their steps a bit, just enough to reveal, behind them, a sight that pretty much cuts to the heart of the evening’s je ne sais quoi: a dude in a Darth Vader helmet, the lines of its face carefully outlined in glow-strips, getting his swerve on like he’s only just now tasted the power of the dark side. It is Aug. 1, 2012, and it is the final Nocturne Wednesday—the last installment of a weekly gothic/industrial dance-club night that’s been running continuously for more than 16 years under the direction of Patrick Rodgers and his Dancing Ferret entertainment group. Its relocation this spring from Shampoo Nightclub on North 8th Street to Rumor on Sansom Street notwithstanding, Nocturne has long since shattered Philadelphia’s endurance record for any ongoing club night, regardless of theme. And after tonight, it will be over. A few rooms away from the main dance floor—in the designated 21-and-over half of the event, where the bar is significantly more tightly packed than is a small, adjacent dance space—the scene is mellower. Not any less visually stimulating, mind you, just mellower. There is a tall young man in a striped corset and a poofy bow, and he is beautiful. There is a voluptuous Mother-Earth type whose breasts are draped in a floating gossamer spider-web fabric, and she is beautiful. Then, in rapid succession, there’s the sci-fi guy in the long, vinyl, Aeon Flux robe-coat and the slightest wift of ginger hair; the medieval guy in dance-club armor with chains connecting his epaulets and a dragon insignia on his back; and the elegant lady decked out in high art nouveau fashion, the tall bird’s feather that rises above her face balancing out the elaborate chandelier necklace that hangs below. They are all, in a word, beautiful. They laugh, they hug, they admire one another’s outfits—all the while moving subtly to the music, even when not quite dancing. It is the last Nocturne Wednesday, and they are determined to be resplendent in their fun. Standing at the bar, a statuesque, blackclad pixie named Ruxandra gives voice to the bittersweet sentiment of the celebration. “A couple of guys were walking past while we were standing in line outside,” she says, “and

they stopped to look and said, ‘Wow, you all look awesome.’ They were amazed to know that something like this has been happening every week. We told them it was the last one—they couldn’t believe they’d missed it.” Exactly one week later, rather than preparing to run a dance night for the eight-hundredsomethingth time in a row, Patrick Rodgers instead sits quietly in the living room of his home near Fairmount Park. He is dressed, as always—as befits a man who is thoroughly dedicated to his aesthetic—in a long black coat. “Eventually, everything has to evolve,” he muses. He’s nothing but proud of Nocturne’s 16-year run—”I’d be hard pressed to ask for a better quality of crowd than we had”—and he suspects, though it’s hard to prove, that it was the longest-running club night not just in Philly but in the United States. (The event that lays claim to that title, L.A.’s Monday Social, started several months later in 1996 than Nocturne did.) Still, that achievement cut both ways: “It’s great to provide consistency to people. The down side is, creatively, it becomes a straightjacket. People develop deeply ingrained ideas about what that event should provide, and they view deviations from that with skepticism.” Rodgers obviously isn’t someone who’s comfortable feeling constrained by other people’s expectations. Growing up in the Bahamas, he recognized young that he wouldn’t be making his life there: “The Bahamas only have two business, banking and tourism, and I didn’t really have any interest in either.” After moving to Philly in the mid-’90s and launching, one at a time, the various pieces of his music mini-empire—Dancing Ferret Concerts, the live-show operation; Dancing Ferret Discs, which released original recordings from popular gothic and industrial acts from 1998 till 2009; and Digital Ferret Compact Discs, the retail music store on South Fourth Street’s Fabric Row—Rodgers became known around town not just for his prolific cultural output, but for his signature personal style, which famously includes full-time, permanent vampire fangs. Most recently, he made national headlines last year—including an appearance on The Colbert Report—when he resolved a mortgage dispute with Wells Fargo by suing the bank and getting a sheriff ’s levy placed against its local office.

The home he was defending is a stately, centenarian, three-story Tudor Revival house that hews to a minimal, DIY sort of decor, its sparse furniture accented by a handful of items suggesting Rodgers’ interests. Books are carefully positioned around the living room: a photographic history of Pennsylvania’s abandoned mining town, Centralia, where underground fires have been raging for decades; an old Koran preserved in a museum-quality wooden display case by the window; a copy of Neil Gaiman’s collected Sandman volumes sitting to the right hand of Rodgers’ black leather armchair. Just inside the front door, a black feathered masquerade costume hangs inside a tall glass cabinet; Rodgers IDs it as the outfit that bestselling author Anne Rice wore when she hosted New Orleans’ vampirethemed Memnoch Ball back in 1995. Two decades after Anne Rice’s heyday, of course, a romantic spin on vampires has once again seized American mass culture. And while anti-Twilight backlash from longtime goths hasn’t been particularly demure— they liked vampires when it wasn’t cool, after all—Rodgers doesn’t see Stephenie Meyer’s besparkling of the befanged as any sort of cultural threat. “Vampires are such a compelling story, people are going to riff on it endlessly,” he says. “While Twilight’s not my personal thing, it’s interesting in how it took pop culture’s picture of what vampires are and turned that on its head. Then you get an almost 180-degree spin on it in True Blood, which is hypersexed rather than chaste—and there’s room in people’s hearts and Netflix queues for both. And if 90 percent of Twilight fans only enjoy it as a passing fad, then the 10 percent who stick with vampires is still an enormous number, and I’m not going to turn my nose up at them.” That said, he cites the ‘80s movie The Lost Boys as his own largest inspiration: “That concept of vampirism being something subversive and cool, as opposed to a curse afflicting a creepy old bald guy—you’ve got Kiefer Sutherland on his motorcycle and girls hurling themselves at him.” He grins, fangs in evidence. “I like that idea of a rock & roll vampire—‘Party till the sun comes up!’” Now that the weekly Nocturnes are over, Rodgers’ midnight party schedule is simpler, but by no means quiet. He’s still producing the quarterly Dracula’s Ball at Shampoo—the next one will be on Halloween—and then there’s a final, previously scheduled, postscript-edition Nocturne back at Shampoo the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. And while the stalwart gothic/industrial dance crowd hasn’t been abandoned in the meanwhile—another promoter has promptly launched a new weekly series dubbed Vortex, at the Starlight Ballroom on North 9th Street, to fill Nocturne’s place—Rodgers isn’t sure he won’t come up

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with something new to bring to the scene as well. “It’s entirely possible that, after a few months of being too relaxed, I may return to another club night,” he says. “It’s not as though I’m trying to creep toward semi-retirement.” In the immediate future, he plans to focus more of his attention on the Digital Ferret music shop. “It’s a very difficult sector,” he acknowledges. “Music retail is shrinking, not growing. We’re trying to diversity the product lines we have at the retail location. We’ve entered into a partnership with a shoe dealer—we’re offering club shoes. If people are buying more of their music digital format, we’ve got to get them into the store to buy something we sell.” Even more immediately, Rodgers is consumed for the next two weeks with what he calls “the pinnacle of my career thus far”: promoting an Aug. 26 Dead Can Dance concert at the Kimmel Center. “I’ve been a fan of the band since before I’ve been in the business,” he says of the legendary Australian group, which blends Celtic folk and Middle Eastern chants with dark. ambient instrumentation. “They make music that I can only describe as spiritual ... When [vocalist] Lisa [Gerrard] uses her voice as an instrument, singing made-up words— glossolalia, I think it’s called—whatever your concept of spiritual is, you can decide it fits, because it doesn’t carry the baggage of any particular words with it. The way Dead Can Dance can go from this ethereal, otherworldly sound when Lisa’s singing, to [vocalist] Brendan [Perry] with an acoustic guitar singing about how he’s in love ... it seems very true, very genuine.” He pauses. “They’re not just doing some one thing that’s their shtick.” ■


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Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band

more polished production, the vibe’s mostly the same. The Rev first picked up the guitar at age 12. He got so good so fast that he was giving lessons by age 13, and by high school he could play the fiery blues like Stevie Ray Vaughan. And then it all nearly got taken away forever. At 19, he started suffering hand pain so debilitating that he was forced to quit playing. His dreams of becoming a professional touring musician crushed, he took a job at the front desk of a hotel. After a year of doctor’s visits and tests, he finally underwent surgery to remove a huge mass of scar tissue from his hand and a few days later he met Breezy. As it turned out, the surgery had given him a kind of hand flexibility he’d never had before. “I like to think it was because of me, ’cause that all happened right after he met me,” Breezy laughs. “I’ll go with that,” says the Rev. The pair married in 2003; the band got going around that time, too. Six years later, their stage presence and musicianship won over crowds on the punk- and emo-heavy Warped Tour, and they were voted “Best Band of Warped Tour” in 2010 by festival organizers, bands and crew. Still, some regard the band as a country bumpkin caricature, faking it for effect. The Rev insists otherwise. “Where we come from it’s plain-speaking people who are what they are, who say what they mean and mean what they say. That’s the mentality that’s revered, and that’s the way we’re livin’ and playin’.” ■ Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band performs Wed., Aug. 15, 7pm. Free. With TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb. Rittenhouse Square Park, Walnut St. & S. 18th St. philadelphiaweekly.com/concertsinthepark

DJ SKIPMODE, Turntable Commando/ Ambassador of the Funk, Illvibe Collective First record purchased: The Count Presents Numbers double LP (Sesame Street) and Stray Cats, Built For Speed. Pretty sure I got them on the same day. Last record purchase: Beastie Boys, Paul’s Boutique 7” boxset. Favorite Philly act: Tuff Crew. Favorite Philly venue: Upstairs at The Barbary. They have a fridge in the DJ booth. Now in heavy rotation: Crash Course In Science, Marley Marl, Hot Chillin’s Juice Crew EP, Illvibe Remix LP LIL DAVE, DJ/Producer/Designer, Illvibe Collective, Eavesdrop Radio, Record Breakin’ Music, The Boom Bap First record purchased: Partners In Kryme, Turtle Power (TMNT movie theme). Last record purchased: Brainstorm, “Lovin’ is Really My Game” 12-inch [1977] (R.I.P., Belita Woods.) Favorite Philly act: To see live, other than The Roots? The Sun Ra Arkestra or Alo Brasil. Favorite Philly venue: There is this warehouse space in West Philly … Now in heavy rotation: Jamie XX, Quantic & Alice Russell, Nas, Jessie Ware, Hudson Mohawke, Robert Glasper. DJ JUNIOR, Record Breakin’ Music/Eavesdrop Radio (WKDU 91.7FM) First record purchased: Donald Byrd, Places and Spaces. I remember my uncle having this record and thinking the shots from the plane were cool. Last record purchased: Tall Black Guy Presents: Tempo Dreams Vol. 1. Favorite Philly act: Lady Alma and DJ Rich Medina. Favorite Philly venue: Footwork, R.I.P. A great place for music, culture and the All That! showcases. Now in heavy rotation: My 45 collection. RICH MEDINA, DJ, Rock Steady Crew/Lil Ricky’s /Jump N Funk/Props/The Marksmen/Dubspot Music School/Patta/Cornell University First record purchased: Kiss, Alive II. Last record purchased: Willie Colon, The Hustler on Fania Records. One more checked box on the bucket list. Favorite Philly act: That would require a full article. Too many. Favorite Philly venue: Silk City. Now in heavy rotation: Frank Ocean, Seun Kuti, Coemine 7” series, Lee Fields, Alala Records, Nas’ Life Is Good, Jungle By Night, Brassroots, Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper, Lefto’s Brownswood Compilation, all things African, Larry Levan’s Live at the Paradise Garage and a lot more. There’s so much music in the world. KUSH SHALIMAR, Producer/Engineer, Writtenhouse First record purchased: A Tribe Called Quest, Midnight Marauders. Last record purchased: Stereolab, Dots & Loops. Favorite Philly act: Aquil, Fatnice, Zarinah, Reef The Lost Cauze, Gargantuans, Chill Moody and

Chase Allen. Favorite Philly venue: The Trocadero. It was the first major venue Writtenhouse has ever rocked. Now in heavy rotation: D’Angelo, Voodoo. ZARINAH, Singer-MC/Radio Personality/Actress First record purchased: Carmen McRae, Carmen Sings Monk. Last record purchased: Luiz Bonfa, Solo In Rio. Favorite Philly act: The Roots and Patti Labelle. Favorite Philly venue: The Five Spot, RIP. Now in heavy rotation: The Calm by Zarinah, available Sept 2012. DJ AURA, DJ, Places & Spaces on G-Town Radio First record purchased: The Roots featuring Amel Larrieux, “Glitches” 12-inch. Last record purchased: Miss Al Boogie, Miss Al Boogie’s Lo Fi Sci Fi EP. Favorite Philly act: Santigold. Favorite Philly venue: Johnny Brenda’s. Now in heavy rotation: Azealia Banks, “Fierce.” DENICE FROHMAN, Poet/Teaching Artist/Lyricist First record purchased: Janet Jackson, janet. Last record purchased: Frank Ocean, Channel Orange. Favorite Philly act: Too many poets to count. Favorite Philly venue: The Pigeon (Philly Poetry Slam), The Harvest (World Cafe Live). Now in heavy rotation: Miguel, “Adorn.” ULTRAVIOLET, DJ/Event Planner, Bee Eater First record purchased: Madonna, “La Isla Bonita.” I was like eight. Last record purchased: Rick Ross, God Forgives, I Don’t. Favorite Philly act: Ethel Cee. Favorite Philly venue: No comment. Now in heavy rotation: Meek Mill’s Dreamchasers 2, Azealia Banks, “Aquababe,” Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange, various DJ friends’ edits. GET UP, DJ/Producer/Visual Artist First record purchased: As far as vinyl, I remember grabbing Nas’ “Nas Is Like,” “I’ll Bee Dat” by Redman, and “So Ghetto” by Jay-Z on my first Armand’s trip. Last record purchased: Some weird foreign stuff from the thrift store. Favorite Philly act: The Roots. Favorite Philly venue: Electric Factory, because they let me paint it. Now in heavy rotation: Been catching up on Chill Moody’s catalogue. AMBUSH, DJ/Event Producer/Artist Mgmt. and Consulting First record purchased: Souls of Mischief, ‘93 til Infinity. Last record purchased: MF DOOM & Ghostface, DOOMSTARKS. Favorite Philly act: Chill Moody. Favorite Philly venue: World Café Live. Now in heavy rotation: Daft Punk, Tron: Legacy soundtrack.

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hey wear suspenders, fedoras and flapper fascinators, proudly posing for publicity photos with a big ol’ pig in the foreground, snout dug deep in the dirt. They rock three-string cigar-box guitars, vintage resonator six-strings, washboards and plastic buckets, and take their musical cues from the Delta blues of the (Teddy) Roosevelt administration. They write songs called “Mama’s Fried Potatoes” and “Your Cousin’s on Cops” because their mamas make spuds good enough to write songs about and, yes, one of their cousins was on Cops. And, y’know, he wasn’t driving a police cruiser. They’re Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, straight out of Brown County, Indiana—the most rural part of the Hoosier state—and despite appearances, they’re not on some novelty-schtick kick. “What you see is what you get—this is who we are,” says 31-year-old singer and guitar slinger Josh “Reverend” Peyton, an actual ordained minister and an honorary Kentucky Colonel (the latter puts him in the rarefied company of Elvis Presley, Winston Churchill and Tiger Woods). “We were hillbillies before it was cool to be hillbillies,” says his wife, “Washboard” Breezy Peyton. Throw in a distant cousin, Aaron “Cuz” Persinger, on drums and five-gallon bucket, and you get the entirety of the Big Damn Band, a family affair. Tonight’s headlining gig at PW’s Concerts in the Park, and Thursday night’s set at the 51st annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, are but two of the nearly 300 shows the hard-touring trio will play by year’s end. And they can make a giant riotous racket onstage that belies their bare-bones configuration. Thanks to his virtuosic and aggressive fingerstyle-slide technique, The Rev can play about 37 melodies at once, while his lowstring-plucking thumb becomes the bass player. Then there’s the metallic, percussive scrape of Breezy’s washboard, which she attacks with gloved hands so her knuckles don’t get shredded like mozzarella through a grater. And Cuz hits the pickle bucket and the rest of his kit like he’s beating a confession out of ’em. They’re road-dogs, for sure—so much so that before this year, they usually set aside just one afternoon and one microphone to make an album. Those half-dozen discs are field recordings, essentially, with the Rev’s voice—a distinctive, vibrato-laden twang—leading the way through old-timey country-blues and folk. They spent a month making their just-released Between the Ditches, though—yet despite the

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In the America of the late ‘70s, innumerable fleets of punk bands were sprouting throughout the nation, with a handful of locations becoming the most fertile of breeding grounds. Save for New York City, there was perhaps no bigger or more influential punk scene than in Southern California, one that spawned such legends as Black Flag, the Germs and surf-punk pioneers Agent Orange. Birthed in the affluent suburbs of Orange County, the trio of Mike Palm, Scott Miller and Steve Soto mixed the fast pace of pre-hardcore with the beach-baked guitar twang of Dick Dale and the Ventures. On the classic title track of their first (and best) release, 1979’s Bloodstains, the gang criticizes SoCal’s “rich girls, fine wine”-filled lifestyle, which not only struck a chord with their local peers, but perfectly soundtracked the thenburgeoning skateboard culture. After their 1981 full-length Living In Darkness, Agent Orange began a decades-long period of off-and-on inactivity, as well as many line-up changes; their current incarnation features frontman Palm as the sole original member. BRYAN BIERMAN 8pm. $12-$15. With Combat Crisis. The Trocadero Balcony, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com

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With her creamy, cocoa-colored complexion and absurdly photogenic good looks, Bay Area indiesoul vocalist Goapele is beautiful to the point where she could make the most sought-after supermodel feel ugly about herself. But instead of being another songstress who coasts on her insatiable sex appeal (Katy Perry, we’re looking in your direction!), Goapele wants to make sure people recognize her for her often scintillating, usually hellacious vocals. This may explain why she didn’t release her latest album, last year’s Break of Dawn (her first LP since Change It All in 2005) until it was downright outstanding. (It is, by the way.) Considering that she will now make her motion-picture debut alongside Jordin Sparks, Cee Lo Green and the late Whitney Houston in the upcoming Sparkle remake (she also contributes a song on the soundtrack), Goapele seems secure enough to chill on proving her mettle as a musician and will finally put that gorgeous face of hers on the big screen where it belongs. CRAIG D. LINDSEY

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Singer Perry Farrell was caught stealin’. Once. When he was 5. Guitarist Dave Navarro shot heroin inside the Playboy Mansion. He married Carmen Electra. All of these things can rightly be considered “Things Assholes Do,” but the two records these two produced together in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s—Nothing’s Shocking, Ritual de lo Habitual—can put anyone in a forgiving mood after a few listens, such sexy, shimmering jewels of acid-soaked Los Angeles psyche punk they were. The rumbling opening bass line of “Mountain Song,” the now-classic acoustic chords and steel drums of “Jane Says”—this is a rare band that can both kick your ass and show its vulnerability at the same time. So you’ll also have to forgive them for reuniting. Again. Now that Farrell is closing in on 55. What was that line in “Mountain Song” again? Ah, yes: “Cash in now, honey.” BRIAN McMANUS Wed., Aug. 15, 8:30pm. $29-$55. The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave. 215.893.1999. manncenter.org

There aren’t too many speaking humans who can make a funny joke about a dead baby. There are even fewer who can do so with a wry delivery and evil grin. Enter Anthony Jeselnik: An unbelievably perverse comic with model good looks who writes concise, incredibly lean and impressively mean one liners that will make you wince through your laughs. Jeselnik’s persona— cocksure uber-asshole frat guy—works because his jokes are so perfectly crafted. He’s smart as hell, which makes the audience believe he’s earned every bit of his smarm. Few men mining for yuks can elicit the types of reactions he’s able to with such practiced cool and seemingly no effort. Jesnelik’s words are bombs. He doesn’t need to use many to kill. B.MC. 8pm. $23. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com [WORKSHOP]

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Early in François Truffaut’s homage to American gangster films, protagonist Charlie Koller turns to the prostitute sharing his bed and says, “This is how it’s done in the movies,” a signal that this isn’t a typical film noir. Charlie is a diminutive, timid man seeking refuge from a painful past by playing piano in a Parisian dive. The anti-hero, portrayed by Charles Aznavour, becomes entangled in the fallout from a heist gone bad, thanks to his brothers, two small-time hoodlums. Truffaut infuses the genre with a loopy exuberance. The gun-toting thugs are slapstick figures, there’s a bawdy vaudeville song, and men randomly discourse on the nature of womanhood. There’s even a 20-minute flashback, just for good measure. That it all works may be due to the setting: Rather than confine these losers indoors, Truffaut lets them stroll the streets of Paris and careen in cars down its boulevards. Charlie knows he’s going to crash; the audience gets to view the wreck. RAYMOND SIMON 7pm. $7 to $9. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. ihousephilly.org

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So, you’ve read 50 Shades of Grey and now you’re hoping to spring some new moves on your partner. This enlightening class in rough sex play at the Sexploratorium could be your ticket to some kinky canoodling. Instructor Eric Pride will teach you “how to safely use punching, face slapping, abrasion, tickling, hair pulling and other bodily sensations” in a sexual context. Pride is a founding member of the Master/slave Development Center, and with his wife Lady Christie, runs a “structured lifestyle household” in New York City. We don’t 100 percent know what those words mean, but we’re pretty sure it means that Pride performs more hot kinky acts of filth before breakfast than you have throughout your life. TOM COWELL 7pm. $15-$20. Sexploratorium, 620 S. Fifth St. 215.923.1398. passionaltoys.com


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There are always diamonds hidden in the rough of cinema history, so credit the Alamo Drafthouse— the salty theater chain-turned-distributor—with unearthing Miami Connection, a delightfully undersensical 1987 martial-arts extravaganza. Streets of Fire re-imagined with neither a budget nor acting chops, it pits coke-dealing biker ninjas against tae kwan do rocker college students, one of whom models his looks on John Oates. Exhumed Films—which has paired Connection with 1985’s L.A. Streetfighters, which boasts a similar premise and the same resilient director, Woo-sang Park—have touted this find as akin to such OTT obscurities as Raw Force and Lady Terminator. It never reaches their absurd heights, but it comes close, particularly whenever Korean star, writer, and casting director Y.K. Kim inventively mangles the English language. More important, you’ve likely never seen synth rock performances in which the band does highkicks. MATT PRIGGE 8pm. $12-$15. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.895.6528. exhumedfilms.com

Ahoy, mateys! Polish your peglegs and adjust all eye patches when Pirate Day sails into Fort Mifflin. Bring along the smallest swashbucklers in your life to learn about the seadogs that sailed the Delaware River. X marks the spot as you dig for your very own pirate’s booty, and keep your cutlass handy for the pirate skirmishes throughout the day. The Sea Dogs, a New Jersey band and pirate re-enactment group, will feature a performance of traditional sea shanties. Sing along, or be prepared to walk the plank. MARISSA MARZANO 10am-4pm. $3-$6. Fort Mifflin & Hog Island Roads, Philadelphia PA. http://fortmifflin.us

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The music of Prince and Michael Jackson has managed to transcend time and cultural boundaries, inspiring fans and musicians across the globe for more than four decades. Now, during one rather epic party, the Blockley celebrates the two biggest pop icons of our generation, paying tribute to their most legendary tunes and moves. In addition to some general theme-dancing, fans of the Purple One and the King of Pop will have a chance to face off on the dance floor, as DJ Dave Paul mixes album cuts and rare tracks in addition to their greatest hits. To top it all off, you’ll even get to see the pop superstars up close—or, at least two people who look an awful lot like them. Professional celebrity impersonators Ed Hollins and Marcus Scott will travel from Chicago for the occasion. NICOLE FINKBINER 9pm. $10-$12. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234. theblockley.com

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KEITH SWEAT

Keith Sweat has earned his loverman bonafides from a career crooning out sexy love songs. Since his chart-topping 1987 debut Make It Last Forever, the aptly named Sweat has kept his countless female fans in a state of excited anticipation; his biggest hits—“I Want Her,”“Nobody” and “Twisted”—all share sexual angst as their central theme. The Harlem, N.Y. native and one-time Wall Streeter found his fortune in music instead, becoming one of the stalwarts of the late ‘80s “New Jack Swing” era. He’s credited with discovering the hit ‘90s soul group Silk and shared the stage with Johnny Gill and the late, great Gerald Levert in the supergroup LSG, which scored a Top 5 Billboard hit in 1997 with “My Body.” Aside from having babies with reality show stars—Sweat is former Real Housewives of Atlanta”cast member Lisa Wu’s former husband—Sweat also hosts a nationally syndicated radio show “The Sweat Hotel.” Bet it’s worth a stay. TONYA PENDLETON 8pm. $52.50-$62.50. Keswick Theater, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. keswicktheater.com [COMEDY]

GARFUNKEL & OATES

Probably the best musical comedy act in the country right now, Garfunkel & Oates are the duo behind infectious YouTube hits like “Pregnant Women are Smug”, “This Party Took a Turn for the Douche” and “I Don’t Understand Job”. The pair—Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome—have cute faces, but grizzled veteran comedy resumes, with three full-length albums to their name and blow-out performances on The Tonight Show and Comedy Central Presents. Their folksy songs hit that double sweet-spot of “hummable tune plus dark jokes,” cheerfully lancing the weeping blister of female frustration that afflicts smart women in world built for dicks. Enjoy seeing them now, before they get all Flight of The Conchords huge and annoying people ruin them for you. T.C. 7:30pm and 10pm. $20. Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St.

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If you like women, and you like ‘em big, there is only one place for you to go this week: to Philadelphia’s yearly celebration of full-figured hotties. Organizer Dave Wilkes runs this sincere salute to plus-size beauty, which aims to land a few heartfelt blows against body-image

prejudice while still having pageant fun with gowns and tiaras. This year’s event marks 13 years of promoting plus-size beauty, talent and intelligence. The event even has its own theme song “Beauty Comes in Plus,” by R&B vocalist Destinee Maree, whose lyrics capture the essence of the pageant: “Don’t fade in the background, I shine up in front. I’m a full bottle, and not just a sippy cup… I am not no skinny mini, just plus size and above. What some call two-car fat, others call more to love.” T.C. 2pm. Holiday Inn Stadium, 900 Packer Ave. 877.294.5537. wilkesproductions.com [EVENT]

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From the moment most of us first felt silly putty between our fingers or watched a makeshift volcano erupt in science class, we’ve been instilled with an inherent fascination for all things oozy, gooey and explosive. With that in mind, for two consecutive weekends, the science educators at the Franklin Institute will be conducting massively messy experiments sure to amaze the young and old alike. Held at the top of every hour from noon to 4 p.m., the grand-scale demonstrations include everything from an epic gravity drop and “soap bubble monster” to a giant “elephant toothpaste” and ball explosion. Meanwhile, all afternoon, guests will have a chance to unleash their inner child during several continuous, hands-on and take-home activities. Remember to bring some Wet Naps because things are sure to get slimy. N.F. Noon. $12-$16. The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. 215.448.1200. fi.edu

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show on the zoo’s Impala Lawn features peppy Manhattan children’s singer Joanie Leeds, who fittingly enough released an album last year called What a Zoo! She’ll probably sing ditties like “Froggie Went a Courtin’,” “Happy as a Clam” and “Sea Cow,” your kids will smile and laugh, and the antelopes will listen along happily, safely removed from the lions’ hungry fangs. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

11am. Free (with zoo admission). Impala Lawn at the Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave. philadelphiazoo.org [MUSIC]

KITTY PRYDE

The Internet, much like the plant from Little Shop of Horrors, has a thirst for human blood that’s impossible to quench. Quickly after ripping Lana Del Rey to shreds—somewhat unfairly, one could argue—the Internet began scoping for its next meal, but even before the hunger pains could kick in, a new “Worst Thing to Literally Ever Happen, Today” was found: a quirky teenage MC/Claire’s employee named Kitty Pryde. On “Okay Cupid,” her dreamy, semi-surreal viral hit, the 19-year-old Pryde raps about what most teenage girls know best: boys—although, there is way more Frank Ocean than Carly Rae Jepsen in the song’s honest, diary-like depictions of pill-snorting and underage Bud Light Lime consumption. Unsurprisingly, the Internet’s backlash was immediate—“A teenage girl expressing herself? Not on my watch!”—but the self-proclaimed “rap game Taylor Swift” has soldiered on, continuing to carve out a niche fan base. The top comment on one of her YouTube clips? “Ay girl, I’m trying to take you to Olive Garden.” B.B. 8pm. $12. The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave. facebook.com/thebarbary

The Beta Hi-Fi Emerging Music Festival kicks off this week at World Cafe Live, seeking to find new and emerging artists from the Philadelphia area. Five performers will take the stage each night and the audience will vote on its favorite performance. Prizes, which will be awarded after a culminative performance on the final night of the festival, include 10 hours of professional studio time with Glen Barratt of MorningStar Studios, a Tri-State Indie Promo Package, a fully edited, multi-camera video shoot at World Cafe Live, and more. Jerry Hionis, an American primitive guitar player from Philly, and Ben Rothermel, a Lancaster-born singer and songwriter, are two of the performers jump-starting this must-see music festival tonight. KATELYNN HARTMANN

7pm. Free. Through Aug. 26. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com

TUESDAY, AUGUST 21 [MUSIC]

ROCK AND ROAR

Here’s a somewhat entertaining thing to do on a boring afternoon: Watch one of those nature shows in which a pack of lions chase an antelope in slow motion and then shred it to bloody bits, but mute the sound and play the first Jesus Lizard album as your savage soundtrack. It just works. If you’ve got kids around, though, it might traumatize them for weeks. If that’s the case, we recommend a more cheerful mingling of big animals and music: the Philadelphia Zoo’s Rock ‘n’ Roar family friendly concert series. Today’s

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They’ve come a long way from recording reverbdrenched southern psych-soul in abandoned Kentucky grain silos, and these days, My Morning Jacket play loose and free with just about any genre that strikes their fancy: Crazy Horse-style roots rockers, midnight soul creepers, electrofunkateers, prime purveyors of old school cosmic Americana, and all points inbetween. It’s this magpie tendency that tends to irritate their detractors—too southern fried and downright hairy for the hipsters, too damned hip for the spaced-out jam band set. But live, the band remain an epic proposition, a majestic, freewheeling convocation of ecstatic abandon, topped off by Jim James’ ethereal falsetto. They are, undisputedly, one of the great live heavyweight contenders out there right now. See them, and become a believer. NEIL FERGUSON 7:30pm. $48.50-$29.50. With Band of Horses. Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave. manncenter.org

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y relationship with Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick this season is more Dr. Pavlov-and-his-dog than pitcher-and-fan. Here’s the underlying science behind it: He pitches, and I get depressed. And like distraught people all over the world, I turn to one of my most loyal companions, my longest-term crutches, for solace: junk food. So at a game last week at Citizens Bank Park, when Kendrick rendered a lead-off Jimmy Rollins home run moot by giving up four runs in the top of the second, my father and I decided to drown our sorrows in the kind of food that ballparks have always specialized in: fatty, straightforward and vaguely industrial. But instead of opting for a dirtywater dog and an overpriced Bud in one of those missile-like metallic bottles, we checked out some of the new options the stadium’s offering this season. Our first stop was one of the new tacoand-nacho stands, this one in section 122. It looked familiar enough—though the sign advertising $8.75 Coronas shot a wave of pre-prandial heartburn up my gullet—but, in fact, there’s something different going on here: Everything is made to order. Ancho-braised pork came piled high atop a mesa of chips, dusted with shredded cheese the same approximate color as the molten “nacho cheese,” sprinkled with appropriately starchy black beans. A squiggle of sour cream set off the discs of pickled jalapeño, while little red avalanches of salsa trickled down the sides. And while the pork itself could have been more moist, it was one of the tastiest ballpark-nacho experiences I’ve had in years, and almost good enough to make me forget my pitching-induced malaise. If the pork nachos were a solid base hit, the BBQ chicken nachos were a home run. Featuring more or less the same combination of toppings as the pork, the chicken itself was drippingly moist but not too wet, sweet and just the slightest bit spicy, and exceptionally tender. Chicken and pork tacos—nice options, actually, for $4.25 each or two for $8—were simple and tasty, similar in flavor to the nachos but easier to manage. And here’s what’s interesting: Because the team working the stand here was

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doing more than just the usual numbing work of slapping meat on a bun and wrapping it in foil—because they were so intimately involved in the preparation of each customer’s dish—we enjoyed a bit of social give-and-take, a brief, fiveminute relationship. It was, even by nonPhilly standards, remarkably pleasant. No repartee, mind you, could have saved the black bean burger in section 128. Its texture, somewhere in the unfortunate netherworld between sawdust and a Styrofoam packing peanut, was actually a highlight when compared to the flavor. Imagine French-kissing a plateful of day-old bean dip flecked with corn. Brutal. But that was the only letdown, really. The new Italian Market Panini, at the appropriately named Paninis in section 133, was like a carnivore’s dream grilled cheese, palm-thick with Genoa salami, capicola, pepperoni, red onion, pepperoncini, provolone, tomato and an “Italian vinaigrette.” And while the toasted bread was soggy by the time we brought it back to our seat—they’re not cooked to order—I was won over by the generosity of the meat and the perfectly calibrated greasiness of the strings of melted cheese. Paired with a Lagunitas IPA, or even a draft of Leffe from Bullpen Brews right behind, well, the bullpen, it was a winner. Unlike the Phillies that night. They ended up going down 12–6. Fortunately, we saw the writing on the wall early, and decided to throw health and lipid-count numbers to the wind, heading on over

to Dessert Plaza, around section 140. I slurped through a vanilla milkshake that, despite its immense sugariness, was thick and rich and hand-spun by yet another friendly employee. Personally, though, my choice would be to check out Gina’s Cupcakes at the Turkey Hill stand caddy-corner to the Schmitter. The cannoli cupcake, with its thin layer of ricotta beneath the fluff of icing—itself dusted with cannoli-shell crumbles and mini-chocolate chips— was both clever and instantly lovable. And the red velvet cupcake, with its cream-cheese-kissed white frosting, was enough to make me remember that, though this season may be over in terms of hoping for the playoffs, you should never stop going out to the ballpark. I didn’t need that cupcake, all Philliesproud in its magenta base and white frosting, to remember that. But it sure did help. ■

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Cuisine: Flawless $10 cocktails. The names of Hop Sing Laundromat’s signature cocktails pay homage, in one way or another, to America. The “Montana Payback” is named after the Battle of Little Bighorn. “A Failed Entertainment” was the working title of Infinite Jest. “Nevermore” is in honor of Edgar Allan Poe. The new craft-cocktail bar’s owner, Lêe, spent months driving around the U.S., exploring its various food and drink cultures; aside from clever drink names, the experience left him resolved to build a place where bartenders would serve high-quality well liquors without snooty pretension. For all its colorful quirk, Hop Sing pulls it off brilliantly. (Brian Freedman)

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611 S. Seventh St. 215.238.0900. nomadpizzaco.com Cuisine: Well-constructed pizza. This is as neighborhoody and pleasant as it gets, a charming oasis from the craziness of South Street a block away, and a great entry to the city’s ever-expanding pizza-stakes. All of the pizzas are framed by a dough that’s crafted in-house. Straightforward margherita di buffala pizza benefits from the palatefilling milkiness of the cheese. Against the simple, elegant San Marzano sauce and gentle dusting of sea salt and pepper, this pizza worked on a deeply primal level. (B.F.)

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100 Spring Garden St. 215.925.1606. rebelphiladelphia.com Cuisine: Bar food with a side of music. The house mac ’n’ cheese is creamy, bright and big enough to share, whether served plain or studded with lobster meat or bacon; it’s compulsively eatable, and on two separate occasions, I found myself cleaning the plate. Gravy fries, beneath melted cheese slices and savory dark brown gravy, are the stuff that hangover cures are made of. Braised pork sliders arrive three to an order, with sweet and savory pulled pork studded with apples generously piled onto fluff y, buttered and grilled buns. (Leah Blewitt)

Russet 1521 Spruce St. 215.546.1521. russetphilly.com Cuisine: Italian and French-inspired menu focused around local ingredients. Russet, a B.Y.O.B housed in a converted rowhome in Rittenhouse, crafts a daily menu around a few choice local ingredients. Handrolled garganelli pasta comes with spinach, a sunny-side-up egg and crispy, thick-cut guanciale—unsmoked Italian bacon made from pig jowl or cheek. After breaking the egg yolk to coat the pasta, the resulting taste is that of a deconstructed carbonara. Stinging nettles make an appearance on the American red snapper, alongside Jerusalem artichokes and a tomato fondue that adds a sweet acidity to each bite. (Cristina Perachio)

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2000 Sansom St. 215.809.1742. shakeshack.com Cuisine: Burgers, dogs, shakes, custards. The signature Shack Burger is grilled and topped with a melted slice of cheese, crisp leaf lettuce, tomatoes that are red almost beyond expectation and Shack Sauce, a creamy pinkish concoction that recalls the tang of Thousand Island dressing with none of the bitterness or bite. Crinkle-cut fries are crisp and 14-carat golden, with or without their signature cheddar-American blend cheese sauce—a treat that makes our hometown cheese, Whiz, look like the processed, unnatural mess that it is. Custards are spectacularly creamy and rich, and even the iced tea-lemonade “Fifty/Fifty” is notably on point: tart, bitter and without the cloying sweetness of most versions. (L.B.)

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1536 E. Passyunk Ave. 215.551.2500. statesidephilly.com Cuisine: Contemporary, casual American, focusing on domestic (and local) ingredients. Executive Chef George Sabatino plays with sourness, sweetness and perfume with an alchemist’s sense of fine-tuning. Beets are punched up with coriander and bay leaf; cauliflower makes a remarkable partner for raisins and turmeric. If you’re in the mood for a de facto pickle back to wash down your whiskey, this is the place to do it, especially considering Stateside’s generous whiskey offerings. Pork liver terrine is a chunky, funky wonder, the gaminess of the organ both unabashed and primal in the best sense. Bone marrow and truffle sausage is the kind of dish that would give any self-respecting doctor nightmares. Follow the same logic as the rest of the meal: Small portions and big flavors are the focal points. Don’t fight the temptation. Stateside seems custom-made for eating a little too much, drinking a little too much, and regretting none of it. (B.F.)

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700 S. Fifth St. 215.923.1620. tapestryphilly.com Cuisine: American casual. At Tapestry, you really can’t go wrong with a brew and almost anything fried. Order a Ballast Point Piper Down Scottish-style ale from California and tear into a plate of fried chicken, a salty, dizzyingly crispy, thickcrusted plateful that’s among the better versions in the city right now. The vegetarian chili is also a standout: the pinto, cannellini, red kidney and black beans are all relatively toothsome despite the fact that they’re canned, and the sweetness of paprika and cooked-down tomatoes lend it contrast. The burger, though nothing unique, nonetheless acquitted itself admirably; the 80-20 chuck is ground fresh at Rivera’s and Nydick’s Agiato in Manayunk. Pizzas are generally a solid go-to as well with their leopard-spotted and yeasty crusts. Check out the new brews, and tear into that fried chicken. (B.F.)

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521 Catharine St. 215.351.1550. ulivophila.com Cuisine: Seasonal Italian-Mediterranean BYOB. This is a kitchen that finds its inspiration in Italian and Mediterranean classics, and then proceeds to tweak or chef-ify them into something both more modern and more comforting. Fried polenta is perfect for a blustery winter’s night, each fluff y-centered cornmeal and semolina baton encased in a perfectly golden crust and complicated by both fontina and Parmigiano Reggiano, as well as an anchovy-spiked salsa rosa. Tagliatelle is also masterfully crafted, each silky ribbon just rough-sided enough to hold onto a perfect amount of accompanying rosemary-scented pork-leg ragu, all succulent and dense-flavored. Rosemary cake with a lemon-zipped ricotta marching across the plate justified bringing a bottle of good Moscato d’Asti to pop alongside. It’s a friendly, successful BYOB that neighbors can call their own. (B.F.)

Vedge

1221 Locust St. 215.320.7500 Cuisine: Ambitious, creative vegan. Vedge, which resides in the stunning space once occupied by Deux Cheminées, does more to bridge the chasm between the artificially distant worlds of the omnivore and the vegan than any restaurant I’ve ever visited. Grilled gochujang tofu boasts three (three!) separate rounds of marinating and arrives in a shallow pool of smoked miso dashi, crowned by a translucent lace of yuba “cracklin,” and accompanied by an edamame puree: soy beans four ways, each of them remarkable. Roasted golden beats are layered on pumpernickel with smoked tofu, avocado, capers and a cucumber dill sauce to perfectly embody the satisfying richness of a smoked salmon sandwich. (B.F.)


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in soft, summery multi-colored scarves, sandals and flowing robes. However, whereas conventional productions of Much Ado tend to reinforce male-female stereotypes, in Mauckingbird’s staging, the divisions are not rigidly observed. Benedick (Matt Tallman) and his soldier buddies have no aversion to acting campy at times, and the members of Leonato’s household are neither submissive nor demure. Gay audiences will no doubt relate to the relationship between young lovers Hero and Claudio. Slusser’s Hero is appropriately innocent, but instead of being blandly virginal and chaste, he has the natural sexual curiosity of any teenage male, and the scenes between he and promising young actor Griffin Back—who plays Claudio—are surprisingly passionate. The play’s other gay romance, between Benedick and Beatrice, is likewise reinvigorated. Both idealists who are unwilling to settle for anything less than the perfect man, the pair’s bickering is as lively as ever, but when they finally put down their masks and submit to one another despite their mutual fear of rejection, their tender display of trust and acceptance is moving. The most surprising revelation in Mauckingbird’s Much Ado is Williams’ portrait of Leonato. In the play’s central scene, Hero is unjustly accused of sleeping with another man the night before his wedding to Claudio. Unlike Beatrice and Benedick, who have taken the time to know each other, the clueless Claudio— who falls for Hero at first sight—believes the accusation and cancels the wedding. In conventional versions, Leonato, the family patriarch, likewise rejects Hero and considers his daughter’s promiscuity an attack on his own reputation. Williams’ Leonato doesn’t entirely dismiss the charge, but her maternal instincts are clearly conveyed in her ferocious defense of Hero. She warns that if her child is innocent of the charge, those responsible for falsely accusing him will feel the full weight of her wrath. Not every moment in Much Ado revolves around romance or motherly love. The wonderfully ridiculous Will

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nthony Campuzano may have moved to New York with $150 in his pocket; broken up with his girlfriend, witnessed a murder and lived through 9/11; but when he threw in the towel to move back to Philly eight years ago, his career finally took off. Between completing a slew of projects thanks to a fellowship from Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, curating his own show— currently on view at Fleisher Ollman Gallery through Friday, Aug. 24—and making work for a group show in New York, PW got Campuzano to talk about what it takes to make those meticulously crafted drawings that put him on the map. What’s your relationship to the studio? When I moved back from New York, I had a studio at my parents’ house in the basement. And then I was contacted around 2007 to have a studio visit with senior curator Ingrid Schaffner at the Institute of Contemporary Art. I was totally excited but terrified of trying to explain what I do with piles of laundry around me. So I was talking with a friend of mine I went to school with, and she had a studio that she was using for storage. I told her my plight, and she basically let me use her studio. It was funny having the studio visit because it was basically the first time I was in a studio, and there I was explaining how it

all worked! But it’s been great. After my friend fully moved away, I rented it. But I continue to have an office at the house and a studio in the basement. I get overwhelmed about starting ideas, and I hang on to things for a while. That’s why I have all these surrogate studios because then I’m just working on one thing at a time. Does the work ever migrate between studios? Yeah, particularly the drawings. The largest I usually work on is like 30 or 40 inches. I have this issue about wanting to be able to touch the whole surface at once. And that’s about the length of an arm, so that I can do a fully unbroken line. I like to use board because it’s absorbent, and you can really kind of dig into it so marks stick. The board is also the type of size that I could put in a bag and tote on the subway, which is good because I go back and forth often. And sometimes, part of the work that I’ve shown in Philadelphia and elsewhere gets incorporated into other work. A lot of times I’ll photograph a piece and realize that I want to do it again, and then I’ll do another version. The original work doesn’t get exhibited, but maybe a photograph of an element of it is reproduced within the next work. How do you decide what to collect, and how do you incorporate it?

I’m always on, I’m always looking, and I kind of make rules for myself. I don’t erase; I only build with my work. So it’s making choices and being observant about what you’re doing. I don’t add water. I don’t dilute. That’s one of the reasons I like to use the illustration board because I like to use materials at their purest. And the only thing that’s modulated or mediated is the mark, the intensity: how light or how hard I can make the mark. But there’s no manipulation of the material beyond that. Do you feel like that comes out of your interest in found writing and borrowed words? Borrowing from my earlier work is like cutting out the best paragraph of a story. In school, I was telling stories about why I’d arranged certain objects. I started writing notes for all my work, sort of annotations. Slowly, the annotations became just what they were: They became the art. That’s kind of the bulk of what I do—trying to make these pictures that are basically stories or arrangements of words and letter that are whole, so that the letters become a cohesive picture of painting. ■ A Complete Die, etc., runs through Aug. 24, Fleisher Ollman Gallery, 1616 Walnut St. 215.545.7562. fleisherollman.com


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The Rules of the Game (1939): A fixture of Sight & Sound ’s Top 10 since 1952, Jean Renoir’s humanist upstairs-downstairs masterpiece initially reeked with the stench of hate. French audiences found the lampooning of the aristocracy a betrayal of their homeland. The government banned it for its “demoralizing” nature; the Vichy Germans upheld it. Only after the war did people see what it really was. The Night of the Hunter (1955): In the defense of audiences of 1955, the truly and genuinely weird almost never click with people, plebeians or critics right away. Still, it’s a shame Charles Laughton only got one chance behind the lens. Vertigo (1958): The new official “best film of all time,” as per Sight & Sound pollsters, wasn’t, as legend has it, at first hated, but it did bomb, and reaction was mixed enough that critic Robin Wood, in his book Hitchcock’s Films, praised it with no small amount of defensiveness. Wood, of course, was right. ■

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By Sean Burns // sburns@philadelphiaweekly.com ell, at least she got rid of Adam Goldberg. Writer-director-star Julie Delpy follows up her giddy little 2007 trifle 2 Days in Paris with another agreeable farce. I guess you could say 2 Days in New York is sort of rambling and sloppy overall, playing somewhere well within the upper register of a certain kind of specifically French clowning, yet there’s something unassumingly sweet about Delpy’s pictures that will grow on you if you let it. A quick, goofy puppet show at the outset informs us that things didn’t work out between Delpy’s scatterbrained photographer Marion and Goldberg, her co-star in the previous picture. It’s now five years later, and she’s settled down with Chris Rock’s rather tellingly named Mingus, a slightly uptight public radio host who likes to share his more private thoughts (as well as Rock’s most relaxed onscreen moments) with a cardboard cutout of Barack Obama, standing proudly in his office. So far, so smooth, and these two lovebirds seem to have found a way for their children from previous arrangements to all coexist within a New York apartment that, for once, actually seems to match the characters’ well-off but not superrich economic standing. Alas, Marion has a gallery show opening tomorrow, and her insane family is en route from France. As you may or may not remember from the previous picture, and these kinds of deliberately slight comedies don’t linger long in the mind, they’re kind of a handful. A refresher course arrives in short order when Marion’s father (played by Delpy’s own dad, Albert) gets busted at customs attempting to smuggle massive quantities of sausage and cheese into the country, taped to his body. Speaking not a word of English, but never for one moment letting that interfere with his libido, the old man seems to be carrying on in his own private movie that creates a great cacophony within the margins. Also arriving are Marion’s slatternly sister Rose (Alexia Landeau) and her boorish new boyfriend, Manu (Alex Nahon), who, in the spirit of sisterly competition, also happens to be one of Marion’s more regrettable former flames. Otherwise stable relationships always

Hold on tight: Julie Delpy (left), Chris Rock (center) and Dylan Baker light up 2 Days.

have a funny way of flaking out whenever extended family becomes involved, and both of Delpy’s 2 Days pictures are happy to sit back and observe the stress fractures that ensue. Rose is prone to prancing around the apartment making eyes at her sister’s new beau, and while I’m really not sure what she and Manu are doing in their bedroom with Mingus’ electric toothbrush, I am also fairly certain I do not want to know. Misunderstandings occur, along with a poorly planned pot deal and all the classically Gallic door-slamming we expect from such circumstances. But the big revelation here is Rock, an absolutely brilliant standup comic who always seems so stiff and uncomfortable onscreen that in some dreadful past projects, I have openly pitied him. It was a smart call by Delpy—who wrote the role specifically for the comedian— to cast Rock as a guy who’s pretty much just stiff and uncomfortable all the time. Mingus serves as the straight man and our audience surrogate, so it’s a howl to watch Rock’s awkward, incessant humiliation and eye-rolling slow burns. The coiled anger of his comedy routines is simmering just there under the surface, but good manners won’t allow him to lash out at his girlfriend’s family. At least not yet. Less successful is the subplot regarding Marion’s art exhibit, which is mainly

a collection of her morning-after photographs taken in bed with the men in her life over the years. (Any Hollywood star would worry that this makes her look like a whore. So good thing for all of us that Julie Delpy is French.) To boost attendance, she’s also offered to sell her soul to the highest bidder during the show. Of course this is just a flimsy piece of paper that says it is her soul, but existential crises arrive sometimes when you least expect them. It’s a spurious conceit that only pays off thanks to one of the most inspired cameos I have seen in quite some time, the sheer genius of which will presumably be lost on any non-art-movie nerds who happened to have wandered into the theater. Nobody will ever mistake 2 Days in New York for great comedy, but I enjoyed the madcap looseness and consistently high spirits. Delpy aims low and consistently hits the target. It’s broad, silly, but with a crucial touch of messy humanity. Mostly, I just enjoyed spending time with these people, which is a rare thing to be able to say about a film these days. ■

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Last summer, J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg made a big deal out of paying homage to old Spielberg movies from the late ‘70s and early ‘80s with Super 8, a clunky, retrocinematic love letter that was so self-conscious in its movie-karaoke shot selections, it eventually started to feel suffocating. ParaNorman, the wondrous new stop-motion animated feature from Laika studios (who brought us Coraline a few years back) doesn’t really feel like it’s striving to replicate one of those old Amblin Entertainment pictures. It just feels like one of them, full stop. This is a rousing little boy’s adventure full of big scares, goofy humor and a pointed message. I guess the best way I can sell you on this picture is by saying it’s sorta like what The Goonies might have been like, if The Goonies had been beautifully animated and not a terrible movie. Kodi Smit-McPhee voices the title character, sad Norman Babcock, a lonely adolescent outsider

with a Chia-pet hairdo who loves watching crummy old horror movies with his grandmother (Elaine Stritch). Only problem here is that grandma’s been deceased for quite some time. Much like Haley Joel Osment, Norman sees dead people, and they’re bloody everywhere. The swift economy with which screenwriter Chris Butler (who codirected with Sam Fell) lays out this initial fantastical conceit is almost breathtaking, culminating in a long, gorgeously rendered walk to school, during which Norman shoots the breeze with ghosts from nearly every generation. (My favorite was the 1930’s gangster in cement shoes.) It’s unfair to reveal too much more, as the surprise and delight of Butler’s screenplay lies in its sharp left turns. That’s the tricky, unexpectedly thoughtful thing about ParaNorman. The movie keeps upending your expectations and urging you to look beyond the surface. This visual marvel is actually worth being gouged at the box office for the 3-D surcharge, as the quaintly hand-crafted stop-motion puppets have been seamlessly

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Gilroy’s directing credits include the ‘70s-ish Michael Clayton and the delightfully byzantine and sorely underrated romance Duplicity. He’s an anal-retentive with a gift for opening credit sequences and structure. He’s particularly adept at “reversals,” a screenwriting trick where we’re suddenly hit with new, game-changing facts about our protagonists. (One early on in Duplicity will break your mind.) What’s surprising, then, is how few of Gilroy’s gifts are employed. The narrative is a vague rehash of the first picture, this time refocused on Renner, a different-but-similar badass from a different-but-similar secret government program, this one tied to drugs. Renner gets his

own girl in Rachel Weisz’s biochemist, and the one novel idea is that, Weisz being an actual actress, her character should be realistically traumatized and shocked by the mayhem in which she finds herself. But Gilroy fails them: Like Christopher Nolan, he’s a brainiac who can’t direct action, and even as a writer he comes up short, allowing the simple chase plot to get weighed down by explanation and mythology. That Legacy’s first act occurs concurrently with Ultimatum— with that one’s five-year-old scenes spliced in—suggests that Gilroy has finally seen at least some of it. For the audience, it will simply make them realize they’re watching the wrong film. ■

The Bourne Legacy

Grade: C+ Review by Matt Prigge

The Bourne Legacy may look like a desperate cash cow, but it didn’t have to be. That’s because of Tony Gilroy. The chief architect of the Bourne franchise, Gilroy was pissed when his script for Supremacy, the series’ second, was pummeled into pure whiplash action by director Paul Greengrass, thus softening what he had planned as a tale of redemption. In retaliation, he only turned in a hasty, pissy rough draft on Ultimatum, described by Damon as a “career-ender.” In a 2009 New Yorker piece, he claimed to have never watched it. Legacy finds Gilroy with the playpen all to himself: Greengrass is gone, and with him Matt Damon. That leaves Gilroy, now in the director’s chair, to offer his undiluted vision of a Jason Bourne picture— or as undiluted as a Jason Bourne picture can be minus Jason Bourne. With Jeremy Renner present as an atypically acceptable Ted Wass to Damon’s Peter Sellers, this—both a new installment and a reboot— should have been gangbusters:


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By Chris Parker // feedback@philadelphiaweekly.com anda Jackson started this party, and she’s not ready to put out the light yet. Dubbed the Queen of Rockabilly for her trailblazing role, Jackson put an exclamation on her career last year with the Jack Whiteproduced The Party Ain’t Over. It showcases her sassy charm and still affecting vocal wiles 58 years after she premiered with the Top 10 country single “You Can’t Have My Love” at the age of 16. In October, she’ll release her new follow-up, Unfinished Business, recorded with Justin Townes Earle. (Earle’s father Steve joins Jackson on Saturday night’s Philadelphia Folk Festival bill, and perhaps on stage as well for a rendition of “The Graveyard Shift,” which she covers on the new album.) Unlike the spunky, adventurous, somewhat more rockcentric White album, Unfinished Business is more in Jackson’s wheelhouse. “After an album like Jack’s, you can’t really top it. And I think everyone agrees on that. It was so unusual and so good,” Jackson says. “We just wanted to go back to the roots and just sing easy. [Earle] said, ‘We’ll just do some blues and easy rock stuff and some country.’” The result is an eclectic mix that runs from the sweet, harmony-enriched girl group pop of “Push Over” to the aching Western swing of “What Do You Do When You’re Lonesome.” The latter’s penned by Earle and would fit neatly in George Jones’ catalog, emblematic of the reason Earle and Jackson make such a nice match. Both have plenty of reverence for the past and broad tastes. Of course, eclecticism’s long been her calling card. “I really enjoyed doing Jack’s album because of that for one thing,” she says. “When you do ‘Rum and Coca-Cola’ and turn around and do ‘Blue Yodel #6,’ you’re stretching pretty much. I’ve always enjoyed doing that.” White had a firm hand and vision in mind when Jackson arrived. Not only had he recorded many of the tracks before she arrived, he pushed her to do the song she was least interested in doing– Amy Winehouse’s sultry “You Know I’m No Good”–right off the bat. His ability to be both forceful and sweet led her to dub him the Velvet Brick. Recording with Earle was a different animal, in part because they recorded many of the tracks live to accommodate the two artists’ very busy touring schedules. Jackson has enjoyed a higher profile

Rockabilly royalty: Wanda Jackson has paid her dues—with interest.

since her 2009 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an “early influence.” She toured with Elvis Presley as a teen in the mid-’50s when rock music was seen as a cultural threat. The two hit it off and even dated briefly. Presley encouraged Jackson to take her country sound in a rockabilly direction. Given the furor created by Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis, can you imagine the response to a woman? “It almost seemed like a vendetta against me,” Jackson chuckles goodnaturedly. “They were having a hard time accepting the guys, and then when I came busting out with ‘Fujiyama Mama’ and ‘Let’s Have a Party,’ radio stations just weren’t going to have that at all. A teenage girl singing this wild music? So I had to pay my dues, and I had to go back to country before ‘Let’s Have a Party’ broke out in 1960.” Of course, rockabilly would yield to the British Invasion, and Jackson would move back to country, penning plucky empowered songs like the cheat-beating wifely ode, “Big Iron Skillet,” and the biting kiss-off, “Tears Will Be the Chaser for Your Wine.” Her spirit was similar to that of Loretta Lynn, and Jackson enjoyed chart success until the mid-’70s when she became a born-again Christian, releasing several albums of gospel music. Then, in 2001, with more than 15 years separating studio albums, she released

a self-titled comeback album. She’s released three more since then, including the guests-heavy LP Heart Trouble, featuring Dave Alvin, the Cramps, Rosie Flores and Elvis Costello, among others. They had actually asked White to collaborate on a track, but he passed, expressing his preference instead to record an entire album with Jackson. The rest is history. Jackson’s thoroughly enjoyed her return trip to acclaim. She’s traveled the world–again–and played with an array of artists, including Adele, Best Coast, Mavis Staples and Jack White. She’s rockabilly royalty, a country maven who now finds herself headlining a folk festival. What does Jackson—who reports someone had to explain what the genre meant to her—make of all this crosspollination? “Well you know, everything’s blending together,” she says. “People are enjoying all kinds of music these days. That’s what I think is great. Because before, you kind of pigeonholed yourself. Like ‘I just like country music, I just like rock ‘n’ roll.’ But I find the people that like rock ’n’ roll like country. Country folks love folk music and jazz. Because music is music. It’s either good or it’s bad.” ■ Wanda Jackson appears at the Philadelphia Folk Festival Sat., Aug. 18, 5pm. Clemers Mill Rd. and Salford Station Rd. in Schwenksville, Pa. pfs.org


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Niki and The Dove

Instinct (Mercury UK) Sounds Like: The boy-girl duo from Stockholm’s true debut is a stunner; a blissful and lush wave of dark and synth-heavy electronic noise that Sweden’s known for. Free Association: Wish there’d been more of these flavors on Lykke Li’s sophomore. For Fans Of: Austra x the Knife + Robyn, Fever Ray with Kate Bush, creepy funk.

Lianne La Havas

Is Your Love Big Enough? (Nonesuch) Sounds Like: The awe-inspiring debut of the London-based singer-songwriter is a beautiful mix of soul, jazz, minimalism and pop full of artistry and intelligent heart. Free Association: Sometimes, it gets a little sullen, but her singing makes it all worth it. For Fans Of: Nina Simone + Corrine Bailey Rae, Me’Shell Ndegeocello, fresh talent.

Antony and The Johnsons

Cut the World (Secretly Canadian) Sounds Like: Essentially, this is a hits collection filled out with the help of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, making each song more emotional and dramatic. Free Association: How can we make him and his morose sadness even darker? For Fans Of: Boy George x Jeff Buckley, Billie Holiday + Perfume Genius, tears.

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Researching the Blues (Merge) Sounds Like: The L.A.-born McDonald brothers surprise us with a new set of throbbing, aggressive post-punk with grit and bite, maybe the best in their 35-year career. Free Association: First, a kickin’ Mission of Burma record; now this? Looks like 45 is the new 18. For Fans Of: The Ramones/Black Flag + Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., shredding into mid-life.

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Lost in Transition (Tyger Jim) Sounds Like: The Texas-born group that gave us the great “Kiss Me” disbanded in 2004; they’re back with solid production of their harmless, poppy Christian rock. Free Association: It feels almost devious when you find out radio rock is full of faith. For Fans Of: The Cardigans x Eisley, Matchbox Twenty + Jars of Clay, subtle church.

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Antibalas (Daptone) Sounds Like: Their first proper album in more than five years and first on Daptones has a typically Afro-Latin flavor to it, with six jams that are totally hypnotizing in their funkiness. Free Association: James Brown would get so sweaty to these grooves if he were alive. For Fans Of: Fela Kuti + Sharon Jones, Bob Marley & the Dap-Kings, global soul.

Five Music Books Worth the Hardcover Price You know the stories are going to be insane. Inspiring and insightful, sure. But insane. By Brian McManus // feedback@philadelphiaweekly.com uess what? These drug-addled loons who make the music you love so much? They have great stories! Which means the books about them and the music they play often make for exciting reads. Like, for instance, just off the cuff here, the story in the opening pages of Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga, in which guitarist Jimmy Page fucks a groupie with a baby shark he’s just fished out of a river. Or, I don’t know, the story in Motley Crue’s The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, where drummer Tommy Lee sticks his dick in an egg burrito to mask the scent of the woman he’s just bedded before the lady paying his bills and subsidizing his life gets home. Of course, not all the stories are so crass. (Only the fun ones.) You’ll also find some that offer actual insight into an artist’s writing process, the inner workings of their business deals and bandmember dynamics. There are a number of relatively recent books about music on the market right now. Here are a few we’d recommend; all of them egg-burrito free. Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me By R. Kelly with David Ritz

If you’ve followed Kelly over the years, you know he’s a troubled, very strange man with a unique gift for storytelling and songwriting. (See: “Trapped in the Closet.”) Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me is every bit as wild as you imagine it would be, and includes stories of Kelly getting

shot, being molested at an early age by an older woman, and, yes, the charges that led him to trial and made him a pariah to many. It’s textbook-thick too, an impressive book from a man who admits early on in its pages that he can’t read or write. The Boy in the Song: The True Stories Behind 50 Rock Classics By Michael Heatley and Frank Hopkinson

Ever wonder who the guy was who broke Adele’s heart or who Debbie Harry was trying so desperately to get in the Blondie hit “One Way or Another?” The Boy in the Song is your book. Since you’re looking anyway, pick up The Girl in the Song, the 2010 book by the same British authors. That’s right: ladies first. The One: The Life and Music of James Brown By R.J. Smith

They didn’t call him the hardest- working man in showbiz for nothin’. In The One, it’s revealed that, at his peak, James Brown performed 350 live shows a year. Brown’s musical influence and cultural significance is unquestionably huge, and The One gets his incredible story from those who knew him personally and worked with him professionally. It chronicles Brown’s life from abject poverty in segregated Georgia to his rise as the Godfather of Soul, all along adding depth and dimension to the rhythm revolution Brown was responsible for.

Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender By Sean O’Hagan

It’s been more than 20 years since Freddie Mercury shuffled off this mortal coil. The Great Pretender tells you everything you need to know about the man behind the mustache. The Man Who Sold The World: David Bowie and the 1970s By Peter Doggett

It’s David Bowie’s most inventive and influential decade that gets a good onceover in The Man Who Sold the World, from the writing of his first hit, “Space Oddity,” in ’69 to the release of his Scary Monsters LP in 1980. Musician, singer, composer, lyricist, actor, visual artist, Martian: Every bit of Bowie’s fascinating decade gets put under the microscope here. ■

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Some smart someone somewhere started calling Black Landlord “Philadelphia’s house band” a bit ago, and the fact that no one’s seen fit to argue the point speaks to its veracity. They’ve earned the title by exhibiting many of the traits of the city that gave birth to them. They’re fun and funky, and you won’t find too many bands working as hard from clock in to clock out. Led by former Goats frontman Maxx Soyanoff-Williams—a giant, impossible-toignore presence of good vibes and razor-sharp wit—the nine-piece crew also happens to be made up of some of Philly’s finest bands of yesteryear: After Dinner Mints, Shellito, Delta 72, Sugar Skulls, Omegalord. They tore PW’s Concerts in the Park a new one in ’08 and have only gotten better in the summers since. Black Landlord run this town, and rent is due. Fortunately, they’d prefer you pay by moving your feet and shaking your ass. (B.Mc.) Sun., Aug. 19, 6:30pm. $20. With Curse Of Samsara, the High Five, Goddamnit + Hang-UP to Flat. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com

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I get a dozen letters a week from girls whose boyfriends “can’t come.” These girls tell me that their boyfriends get hard and stay hard and seem to enjoy fucking them—and fucking ’em and fucking ’em—but no matter how long their boyfriends fuck ’em, their boyfriends never climax. Invariably, these girls ask me if their boyfriends are gay. Because otherwise they would come during straight sex, right? Your letter made me wonder how many of these girls are dating guys like you, BUMMED. That is, guys who need a poke in the prostate in order to come but either haven’t figured that out yet or know it but don’t wanna risk it in front of their girlfriends because their girlfriends might think they were gay if they did that. But their girlfriends think they’re gay anyway—because they’re not poking and not coming. So it looks like you’re damned if you do, BUMMED, and damned if you don’t. Stick a finger in your butt and come, and your girlfriend—excuse me, your groupiefriend—might think you’re “gay.” Don’t stick a finger in your butt and don’t come, and your groupiefriend might think you’re “gay.” A few practical suggestions: Get a butt plug. It’s a butt toy that your sphincter muscles hold in place— picture a small lava lamp that fits in your ass—and once you get it in, BUMMED, it won’t slip out. Provided your groupiefriends aren’t touching your asshole or looking directly at it, they won’t even know it’s there. And a butt plug might help you break the strong mental association you’ve made between finger-in-hole and climaxing. A few dozen look-Mano-finger-in-hole orgasms, courtesy of a butt plug, might help you transition to look-ma-nothing-inmy-hole orgasms. Get a girlfriend. I’m not a noted proponent of monogamous coupling—go ahead and Google me—so please don’t dismiss this as standard-issue advice-professional moralizing. But you might benefit from opening up to one person, someone you can trust with your secret—that will require an investment of time and emotional energy, however. But the payoff could be huge. Imagine having sex with someone you didn’t have to hide from, BUMMED, someone who you didn’t have to worry about judging you because she understood. Get over yourself. You’re a heterosexual guy who needs to be on the receiving end of a little heterosexual anal play during heterosexual sex in order to get off heterosexually. There are lots of straight guys like you out there. Your sexuality isn’t the problem; your need for prostate stimulation isn’t the problem. The problem is your shame and your desire to hide this aspect of your sexuality from your groupies and your bros. You may not be gay, BUMMED, but you do need to come out.

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ONE BEDROOM 9TH & SPRING GARDEN. MOD.2ND FLR. A/C,HDWD FLRS., GREAT LOC. $1100/ MO+UTILS. 610-304-0087, 11TH & PINE - Lower Level 1BR, HW flrs, Nice kit, Heat/Hot water i n c l , L a u n d r y o n p re m . AVA I L S E P T ! $ 8 35. M S R E , 2 1 5 - 925 RENT(7368), www.MichaelSingerRealEstate.com 19TH & SANSOM- Unique 1BR w/ Sleeping lof t, High ceilings, HW flrs, Ornl FP. AVAIL NOW! HEAT/HOT WATER INCL. $1325. MSRE, 215-925RENT(7368), www.MichaelSingerRealEstate.com

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TWO BEDROOM 9TH & SPRING GARDEN 2ND FLR., MOD. ALL APPLS.,A/C, NEWLY RENOV. $1200/MO.+. 610-304-0087. 12TH & PORTER Lg. aot., outside deck, freshly done. $850/mo.+utils. Call 215-432-0333.

12TH & LOCUST Great 2BR, 2BA apt, all Amenities, Deck. $1575+. PMG 215-545-7007 x302 171 GRAPE ST, 101 - $1,595/MO 2BD/1BA, 14ft ceilings, hardwood floors, stainless kitchen, ceramic tile bath, c/a. CALL RYAN MCCANN PRU FOX & ROACH 215-627-6005/215-558-2118 19Th & CALLOWHILL Fab 2BR w/All amens. Deck, Garage. $1550+. PMG, 215-545-7007x303 335 N. FRONT ST, A - $2,350/ MO 2BD/2.5BA tri-level condo, den, roof deck, penthouse office/3rd bedroom, c/a, CALL MIKE MCCANN PRU FOX & ROACH 215-627-6005/215440-8345 BROAD & LOMBARD 2BR Gorg bilev, Gourmet kit, HWF, FP, More. $1650+. PMG 215-545-7007x110 C.C. Ultra Mod BROWNSTONE 2BR, Mble BA/Jac, WD, HWF, AC, Bsmt, Patio. $1150+. 215-463-7374 G E R M A N TOW N 2BR in beautiful Victorian. Hw/fls, Avail now $1100 All utils incl. 2158439883

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ROOM FOR RENT 124 LOMBARD the HEART OF CENTER CITY, SOCIETY HILL, HEAD HOUSE SQ. “TOKIO B&B” STUDIOS. WALK to HISTORIC LOCATIONS, RESTAURANTS, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. TOURIST are WELCOME! Reasonable daily rates ($55-$100) wkly rates ($300-$500) TOURIST ARE WELCOME! WE also OFFER SPECIAL monthly rates. Website http:// sushi.madamesaito.com MADAME SAITO 215-922-2515 13TH & SPRUCE- Parker Hotel CC. Fully Furn’d Rms, no sec. deposit. Utils & housekeeping incld. WK: $165-$203; Day: $40-$56. 215-735-2300.

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CENTER CITY LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS FOR SALE! ART MUSEUM / logAn SqUARE PhiLaDeLPhian

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2031 DeLanceY sTreeT

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1,198 sf

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918 sf

$319,900 $319,900 $299,900

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raw space that can be designed and built into a custom home overlooking independence Mall 3,068 sf $1,150,000 Brand new 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, furnished, all custom finishes, high barrel ceilings, exposed brick, 2101 sf $1,100,000 oPen sunDaY 8/19 •1:30 - 2:00PM Brand new 2 Br + den, 2.5 Ba home, lots of natural light, wood flrs, open chef’s kitchen, designer Ba, services available 2,025 sf $1,100,000 from adjoining oMni hotel oPen sunDaY 8/19 • 2:00 - 2:30PM 2 Br, 1 Ba, parquet wood floors, washer/dryer, unobstructed river views, floor-to-ceiling windows 1,200 sf $399,000 corner 1 bedroom, totally furnished, renovated throughout with custom finishes and features, magnificent city views oPen sunDaY 8/19 • 12:30 - 1:00PM $379,900 803 sf 1Br, high floor, river view, investment opportunity 700 sf $269,900

wAShingTon SqUARE 220 W. WashingTon sQuare entire floor 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home, Washington square views, custom finishes and features throughout 3,720sf sf $1,995,000 inDePenDence PLace Bi-level penthouse, 2Br. 2.5Ba, 2 kitchens, impeccably finished throughout, amazing river and city views 4,500 sf $1,800,000 The LiPPincoTT 2 bedroom plus den, 2.5 bathroom residence overlooking Washington square, open floor plan, high end finishes throughout 2716 sf $1,275,000 2 bedrooms plus den, 2 baths, large balcony with panoramic southern views, open inDePenDence PLace 1937 sf $790,000 kitchen inDePenDence PLace 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, balcony, open chef’s kitchen, designer baths, wood floors 1,387 sf $699,900 sTrickLanD roW 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, bi-level, wood floors, open kitchen, 857 sf $299,900 inDePenDence PLace 1Br, 1Ba, wood floors throughout, upgraded kitchen and Ba, custom closets, balcony 928 sf $269,900

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Pier 5 $450,000

3 bedrooms, 3 baths, bridge and river views, updated kitchen, generous entertaining space, deck 2229 sf $325,000

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The DorchesTer

The WarWick

1 bedroom, all rooms have river views, wood floors, open kitchen, 712 sf

2 bedroom, 2 bathroom overlooking Rittenhouse Square, balcony, updated kichen and baths, 1231 sf

3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 270 degree city views, like-new condition, 2000 sf

$259,900

$1,050,000

condo Fees $559

$725,000

Taxes $216

condo Fees $974

Taxes: $400

Monthly cost after Tax to own $1,754

Taxes $482

Monthly Cost After Tax To Own: $4,917

Condo Fees: $1,169

Monthly cost after Tax to own $3,434

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WanaMaker house

$2,295,000

3 bedrooms, 3 baths, all rooms overlook rittenhouse square, 2 sets of Juliet balconies, lavish master suite, brand new 1,709 sf

The BarcLaY

$2,900,000

Bi-level penthouse with dramatic sunset views of the city, lavish entire flat master suite, great entertaining space 4,455 sf

Parc riTTenhouse

$3,600,000

$399,900 $349,900

SociETy hill Bank BuiLDing

Dramatic 5 story town home, completely renovated throughout, beautifully restored original details, garage,

1Br, 1Ba, hardwood floors, marble Ba, custom kitchen 712 sf 1 bedroom, high floor, panoramic city views, lots of natural light, open kitchen 704 sf studio, generous living/sleeping space, open kitchen, large bathroom appointed in marble 578 sf Junior 1 bedroom, open kitchen, wood floors, walk-in closet in bedroom, marble bathroom 528 sf studio, wood floors, large marble bath, panoramic sunset view 583 sf Junior 1 bedroom, wood floors, marble bath , open kitchen, sunrise city view 531 sf



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