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Weekend Music Picks: Forget Rob Thomas And Atlantic City. Who Needs Them?

January 17, 2013

Rob Thomas will perform on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at sold out shows in Atlantic City. If you are bummed because you’ll miss that action, you can stop reading this now. You suck. And it’s not 1998 anymore.

This weekend, we have some really great local music, at great venues here, in Philadelphia. Why be anywhere else?


The Philly Opry, featuring Birdie Busch with Joy Kills Sorrow and Jason Loughlin at Johnny Brenda’s

Philly’s great singer-songwriter Birdie Busch will headline a night of folky, catchy indie rock. If you miss her Friday, you can also catch her at PhilaMOCA on Tuesday, where she’ll perform a live score to a film she is producing.

G. Love & Special Sauce at the TLA

Everybody’s favorite Philly funky white boys will play the TLA and that’s pretty awesome. They’ve traveled the world. Their Philly shows are always something special. And maybe they’ll have some of their hot sauce at the merch table.

The York Street Hustle at RUBA

This should be a really fun show, featuring a 10-piece soul act that performs some of the great songs of the 60s. They’re all local, the RUBA is awesome and the show is only $5.


The National Rifle at Johnny Brenda’s

It’s hard to describe The National Rifle. They rock. Every once and a while, they sound like 80’s electro, New Order-ish pop. And they have indie cred – Brian McTear and Jon Low produced their new album, Almost Endless, which officially releases on Tuesday. Regardless, they will have you dancing throughout the show (and they may even jump into the crowd and dance with you).

More Than Music DJ Battle at aloft

DJ Cash Money, Michael Vick and a few local party people will judge this competition for prize money and bragging rights. Should be a solid dance party.

Decibel magazine’s 100th issue celebration featuring Converge, Pig Destroyer, Municipal Waste, Tombs and Evoken

This will be crazy loud. Not sure what else to say.


Kick Back 2, featuring The Astronauts and pretty much everyone in the Philly hip-hop scene, at VILLA

One of the amazing things about the Philly hip-hop scene is that when big shows happen, everyone shows up. Blonde Gang, The Bakery Boys, Ryshon Jones, Young Savage, Chase Allen and The Astronauts are among those listed to perform during this afternoon show. And it’s a giant list.

Glenn Bryan and Anessa LaRae at World Cafe Live

Most people will likely attend this show to see Glenn Bryan, a classically trained pianist who performs everything from jazz to Latin jams. But we suggest you go to hear Anessa LaRae, a young chanteuse who found her voice here in Philadelphia.

Diplo at Soundgarden Hall

Diplo got his start in the music biz by spinning at parties while he was a Temple undergrad. Now he throws parties around the world.

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