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April 1, 2014

There are plenty of things that come to mind when I think about the city of Philadelphia. You have DerrickKromcheesesteaks, sports teams and that whole founding of a democratic nation thing, but there’s more to our city than those simple stereotypes. One thing plenty of people seem to overlook is that there’s music, and lots of it. Believe it or not, Philly also has one of the greatest and fastest growing underground punk and alternative scenes in the nation. Not only do we spawn some sick bands, but we host a few too. So, this weekend is dedicated to punk. To paraphrase the late, great Kurt Cobain, the worst crime is faking it, and one thing is for sure: Philadelphia doesn’t fake a damn thing.- Derrick Krom


Mumblr, Lizard Police, Cold Foamers and Idiot Kid at Kung Fu Necktie

A four-piece “rotten fuzz punk band from Philly,” Mumblr encourages you to “do whatever you want, whenever you want.” The band’s latest EP, Bang Bang, features everything from high-energy fuzz freak-outs to slow and steady space outs, a mix of textures that will surely carry over to their next full length, Full of Snakes. Oklahoma punkers Lizard Police and Philly rockers Cold Foamers and Idiot Kid round out the bill.

SKATERS and Team Spirit at Boot & Saddle

Coming off the release of their full-length debut album Manhattan and an appearance at SXSW last month, New York alt-rock quartet SKATERS have been on a meteoric rise since their inception in 2012. With catchy hooks, crafty songwriting and energetic live shows, SKATERS are not to be missed. Brooklyn indie rock/soul/pop four-piece Team Spirit will also help kick off the night this Saturday at Boot & Saddle.


Pure Hell, Blayer Pointdujour & The Rockers Galore, MACH22, Rebelmatic and Joe Jordan’s Experiment at the Trocadero Theatre

Legendary punk band Pure Hell —“The World’s First Original All Black Punk Rock Band”— was formed right here in Philadelphia yo years ago during the punk rock explosion felt throughout the Western world. True pioneers of the genre, Pure Hell will be playing the Trocadero Theatre this Saturday along with a number of local acts. Dub-meets-punk outfit Blayer Pointdujour & The Rockers Galore, rock bands MACH22 and Joe Jordan’s Experiment and punk/hip-hop four-piece Rebelmatic will open.

Come As You Are: A Night of Nirvana and Other Grunge Hits at Ortlieb’s (FREE!)

If you’re looking for something free, stop by Ortlieb’s in Northern Liberties this Saturday night for “Come As You Are,” an event hosted by DJ Brandon Setta. Setta will be spinning Nirvana tracks and other grunge classics to celebrate the life of Kurt Cobain on the 20th anniversary of the singer and guitarist’s death. And if you’re looking for something a little different, make sure to show up early and catch the New York-based funk, groove and jazz band The Wali Sanga.


Pachangacha, Mike Bell & The Movies, All Bad and Loose Tooth at Mt. Thrashmore

There’s really no better way to experience a true Philadelphia punk show than by witnessing an up close and personal concert in the basement of a house turned music venue. Located in West Philly, Mt. Thrashmore will play host to fuzzed-out 90s-drenched New England rockers Pachangacha, Philly pop punkers Mike Bell & The Movies and All Bad and local rock trio Loose Tooth.

Dave Hause and Northcote at World Café Live

Dave Hause is a native Philadelphian and veteran of the local hardcore/punk scene who has played in bands such as Step Ahead, The Curse, Paint It Black and The Loved Ones. Over the past few years Hause has focused on his solo career, creating blue-collar rock songs with folk and punk undertones that can be heard on his latest album, last year’s Devour. Even though Hause has since moved to California, he’ll be coming back home with a full band to perform at World Café Live along with Northcote (aka Matt Goud).

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