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The Philadelphia Independent Craft Market’s Holiday Show at 2424 Studios Dec. 22

Whether you’re looking to take care of some last minute Christmas shopping or just want a good dose of holiday cheer, then you don’t want to miss the Philadelphia Independent Craft Market’s Holiday Show. 2424 Studios will be fully stocked with some of the cities finest craft artists selling their goods, and for just a $2 dollar donation, you’ll be able to take it all in while enjoying free PBR-sponsored refreshments. And as always this fun, friendly Philly anti-mall will feature music from four fine acts. Before being a part of Modern Inventors album release show at Johnny Brenda’s, Hezekiah Jones will bring his melodic alt folk to the market. He’ll be joined by his longtime Philly Folk Parade cohorts The Spinning Leaves, who has been celebrating their 5th year anniversary as a band. And since both are in attendance, there could be a good chance that you’ll encounter a Hezekiah Leaves & The Spinning Joneses sighting. The Craft Market will also feature a rare solo performance from The Homophones’ charismatic frontman Jason Ferraro, and the nostalgic Hollywood musical and swing era jazz-influenced sounds of The Swinging Foxes. If you are reading this, then you know that most (if not all) of us survived yesterday (well, it is Philly so I’d put my money on “most”), and the event is still on. 2424 Studios, 2424 E. York St., 12pm, $2, All Ages - Bill McThrill


Sonnymoon comes to Earth

Sonnymoon’s ‘Bio’ page on Plug Research’s website (Plug Research being their record company, an independent west coast label) includes the information that Sonnymoon is a duo consisting of Anna Wise and Dane Orr, and also that they’re aliens sent from the planet Sonnymoon to help earth figure its problems out. Their eponymous record released in May of this year definitely has an otherworldly vibe—dreamy experimental-synth, deep, hypnotic bass tones, washed-out fx, and on one track jazz drums and bass that sound caught off a radio station 10,000 miles away. Anna Wise’s vocals, though, keep reminding me of Rihanna. She has a soulful, hip-hop influenced style, and she’s a really powerful singer, especially on the second track, ‘Greatness’, below. - Geoff Noble

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Interview with Matt Pless: DC Deli's Artist of the Month (December)

 

Armed with an acoustic guitar, harmonica, and lyrics spit like hot fire, Baltimore based Matt Pless has brought his own brand of folk punk across the nation. His homebase of fans expressed their love and pushed him to the top of our last poll, crowning him Artist of the Month. We wanted to find out more about this fellow with a background in punk, who put out an LP of acoustic pieces a couple months ago (check it out below,) and also pens for the project Kotterpin. Here he talks about Plan It X Records, the family biz, and Guts references. Now onto the interview...

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Weekend Warrior, December 21 - 23

OK, I’m sure everyone has probably had enough of the jokes about the Mayan Apocalypse, but it does give us a reason to party like it’s 1999 (again - luv ya Prince!). And so does Norwegian Arms’ Album Release Party at Johnny Brenda’s tonight with Night Panther, Laser Background and Pattern is Movement, who has come out of hibernation for the momentous occasion to throwdown with all new tunes. Little Baby’s Ice Cream will also be there with a very special apocalyptic ice cream as DJ Eddie Austin on the wheels of steel. Check out our interview with Norwegian Arms’ Brendan Mulvihill HERE, and then go see them and the rest of their uber-talented musician pals tear up the stage this evening! Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ - Q.D. Tran 
 
Other things to do for the Mayan Apocalypse and the days after…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) SAT Renegade, Sweatheart, SUN A Yuletide Holiday Extravaganza w/Emily and Micah McGraw
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Juston Sten & The Get Real Gang, Conversations With Enemies, Glow in the Dark, (Upstairs) Exploding World Record Release Show w/Circadian Rythms, Lux Perpetua, SAT Swearin’, SUN Doomed to Obscurity, Molting
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI The Pretty Greens, Low Cut Connie, SAT In Memory of Joe Strummer: A Benefit for Strummerville w/Split Red, The Successful Failures, The Future Unwritten, Cold Roses, Betty Iron Thumbs, Blayer Pointdujour & The Rockers Galore, I Yahn I Arkestra & More
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Orbit to Leslie, Anjuli Josephine, The Atomiqs, SAT (All Ages) Secrenaut, Cycle, Tuesday Night, Brothers and Sisters, (Late) Manataway Creek Ramblers, Brad Hinton Band, Jesse Lundy Band, Matt Helm Scream, Barren Wells
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI The Fallen Troubadors, GRiZ, Black Horse Motel, SAT Val de Val, Way Home, Seamus Brown, David Cope
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Gin Canaries, SAT The Wittchen Initiative, SUN Good Graces
 
M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Vice Royal, G and T, Relatives, The Skeleton Frames
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Gillian Grassie, Andrew Lipke, SAT (Early) Laura Mann, (Late) Graham Alexander
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Lost Season, Extractus, Legends Never Die, Beyond Balck Skies, Humanity Forsaken, Impact winter, Anomaly, SUN Bonner, Spies Like Them, The Giving Stones, Matt Cermanski, Bonner & Rising
 
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Among Criminals, No Such Noise!
 
The Blockley (3801 Chestnut St.) SAT Beru Revue
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Jasafar Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Downstairs) Find Vienna, Talain Rayne, LizBeth Rose, (Downstairs) The Once Was, Air is Human, Joe Trainor Trio, SAT The Kalob Griffin Band, Toy Soldiers, Sean Hoots, SUN Boy Wonder
 
The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI The Indefatigables
 
Triumph Brewery (117 Chestnut St.) FRI The Nines, SAT The Happy Dog
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St. Philadelphia) FRI “It’s the End of the World (Again!)” w/S.T.A.R.W.O.O.D.
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI The Beta Phase, Crobot, Winston's Dog, East of the West, SAT Faster, Jason Ager, One Sound Nation
 
Sprinkle Kingdom (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more details.) FRI Idle Idols
 
Hong Kong Garden (Please contact one of the acts or the venue for more details.) FRI Joint Chiefs of Math, Lana Avacada
 
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Gametime Featured In Clip for Asphalt Beach

Bringing back Rollerblading in the span of a 30-second clip, Fifty50Films debuted their clip, "Rails x Reality," spotlighting Nashville's Asphalt Beach and featuring local lyricist Gametime on the grind and Ellie Goulding's "Figure 8" as the soundtrack.

RAILS X REALITY from FIFTY50FILMS on Vimeo.

If 30 seconds of Gametime isn't enough, you can find him at The End on December 29th, where he'll be performing songs from his recently-released debut album, Tough Love, avaiable over at Bandcamp. Joining him at The End are fellow hip-hoppers Kaby, Casino Greene, and Joshua Odine. We recommend showing up on time to this one. –Brianne Turner


Free Download: "Mayan Nights" - Man Man

Man Man just shared a sweet little ditty called "Mayan Nights" to go along with this evening's theme. You can download it for free below. They'll be performing next in Philly on Saturday, March 2 at Union Transfer with Murder by Death.

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Big Damn Christmas Spectacular

If you want to kick off your Holiday weekend the right way than I suggest you head over Tonic Room tomorrow night, Dec. 22nd, for Big Dammit's Big Damn Christmas Spectacular. This is the 2nd year for this event and this year features music from JT & the Sloppy Seconds, Hollywood Slim, and Clarence Fraher (of The New Messengers) and Ari Vais (of The Campbell Apartment).

However, the night's very special guest will be Santa Claus himself reading "The Night Before Christmas". There will also be Milk and cookies (from Hoosier Mama Pie Company), presents, carols and holiday fun for all. The goal of the event is "unapologetic joy and Christmas fun for adults".

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From Our Open Blog: The Daredevil Christopher Wright @ SPACE

The interns at SPACE and Aware Records present The Daredevil Christopher Wright for their first performance at SPACE on Thursday, January 10th. The indie folk trio will play alongside local folk rock band The Bears of Blue River and Chicago's newest folk crooners, The Wild Family. The show starts at 7:30pm Doors will open at 6:45pm. Tickets are $10. Drink specials will also be offered at $3 for PBR and $4 for well drinks.

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