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Here it is: your quick and dirty guide to what’s happening this week.

 

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Friday, March 23 – Saturday, April 21

Cherry Blossom Festival

The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival kicked off last Friday. The festival is happening in multiple locations around the city and includes ceremonial drumming, martial arts exhibitions, a traditional tea ceremony, fashion show, origami demonstrations, and sushi-making classes.

 

Thursday, March 29

Franklin Square

Opening Day of Franklin Square is on Thursday. There’s a Mini Golf course and free rides for kids on the Liberty Carousel.

 

Saturday, March 31

Philadelphia Union

PPL Park

The Union kicked off their regular season play on March 12th and play their second home game on Saturday at 4pm against Vancouver.

 

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Music

Monday, March 26

Youth Lagoon

Union Transfer

22-year old Trevor Powers released his first record , The Year of Hibernation, at the end of last year. The record is pretty quintessentially indie pop with memorable melodies and crescendo-ing arrangements.

 

Tuesday, March 27

Grant Hart

Kung Fu Necktie

Grant Hart has been touring solo since his days as the drummer for and co-songwriter of Hüsker Dü. His album, Good News for Modern Man, released in 1999 makes minimal concessions to Hart’s punk roots, and is really good for all of its diversity. His more recent album, Hot Wax, released in 2009 suffers from a lack of focus and polish.

 

Skream & Benga

Union Transfer

Skream and Benga are both Dubstep producers out of Croydon with a long background and big name in the genre. Skream released his first self-titled album in 2006, with Benga following it up just a couple years later in 2008. The two are also in a Dubstep super-group called Magnetic Man.

 

Wednesday, March 28

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Wells Fargo Center

The Boss kicks off his two night stint at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday.

 

Dirty South

Starlight Ballroom

Grammy nominated DJ/Producer Dirty South aka Dragan Roganovic released his first official production in 2004. He’s won multiple other awards in Australia including “best producer,” “best local DJ,” and “Essential New Tune”

 

Nneka

Johnny Brenda’s

Nneka recorded her first album, Victim of Truth, in 2005 which won rave reviews from critics but became what the UK’s Sunday Times declared “the year’s most criminally overlooked album.” She combines the political and the personal in “a winning mix of soul, hip-hop and reggae.”

 

Swervedriver

Union Transfer

Swervedriver released their first album in 1991 and toured up until 1998 before breaking up to pursue their own solo careers. But they reunited in 2008 at Coachella and have been touring sporadically since. They play a kind of 90’s prototypical Brit-alt-rock, but it’s a bit more geared up and surprisingly doesn’t sound dated now.

 

Thursday, March 29

Guster

Keswick Theatre

Guster has been touring off-and-on since 1991 and has basically preserved the same line-up. They’re known for their unique combination of instruments, including bongos, cymbals, banjos, and keytars, into stripped-down acoustic rock songs.

 

Laidback Luke

Starlight Ballroom

Voted #17 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs in 2010, Laidback Luke made a name for himself as a graffiti artist in the Netherlands before releasing his debut in 1998.
Friday, March 30

Alcest

North Star Bar

Romantic black metallurgists Alcest’s songs have a pacing that is moody enough to seem almost krautrock, but spiked with bristling guitars. Their albums have kind of gotten progressively worse since their (or Neige’s) debut in 2007.

 

Andrew W.K.

Theatre of the Living Arts

Multi-talented American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, entertainer, motivational speaker and music producer, Andrew W.K. has moved away from creating music recently. And while his singular/derivative style of music might not be critically acclaimed it’s still great live.

 

Cloud Nothings

Johnny Brenda’s

Playing a sold-out show, Cloud Nothings will be concentrating on playing music from their most recent album, Attack on Memory, released at the beginning of this year. The album is different from their previous alt-punk songs: darker and more immediate.

 

Jordan Knight

The Trocadero

Relive your NKOTB days.

 

Nero

Electric Factory

London-based electronic act, Nero, known for their dubstep and drum and bass productions was nominated for BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll and has also worked with the BBC’s Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

The English Beat

World Café Live

Ska, pop, soul, reggae band The Beat have been touring since the late 1970s and are probably best known for their singles, like “Mirror in the Bathroom,” and “All Out to Get You.”

 

Saturday, March 31

Dead on Arrival

Starlight Ballroom

Hardstep drum and bass-er, Evol Intent and GEIN join a huge list of other electronic DJs and producers for the night.

 

SBTRKT

Theatre of the Living Arts

UK producer SBTRKT has maintained a high profile for several years, remixing songs by everyone from Radiohead to MIA to Underworld. 2011 lands SBTRKT’s self-titled debut, it’s gritty dubstep with guest vocalists keeping the warmth.

 

Shpongle

Electric Factory

Shpongle plays a downtempo, psychedelic, synth-based psytrance and hopes to bring on feelings of “consciousness expansion, hallucinations, and altered states of awareness.”

 

Sunday, April 1

Guitar Wolf

Johnny Brenda’s

Japanese garage punk power trio Guitar Wolf plays stripped down rock (distorted guitars and shouting) combined with completely exaggerated live performances.

 

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