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The 6th Annual Work Drugs Holiday Spectacle at Boot & Saddle Dec. 17

The Holidays are a time to spend among family and friends, and it doesn't hurt to have a rockin’ songlist to kick the festivities into overdrive. Fortunately, Work Drugs are no stranger to ringing in the holiday cheer as they've hosted a showcase of eclectic musicians throughout various venues for over half a decade now. The prolific Philly crew is set to get those sleigh bells ringing this evening for their Sixth Annual Holiday Spectacle at Boot & Saddle, pulling from a vast catalogue of beloved originals and traditional favorites, done the Work Drugs way. They'll be joined by indie-popsters Mercury Girls and indie-rock quartet RFA. Leave you grievances at the door! Boot & Saddle, 1131 S Broad St., 8:30pm, $12, 21+ - Bill McThrill

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Triple Release Party w/E. Grizzly, Carl Kavorkian & Static Brothers at Everybody Hits Dec. 17

Celebrating a new release breathes an instantaneous fresh life into any lineup. However, tonight’s billing at Everybody Hits couldn’t stop with just one; the evening contains three, with Carl Kavorkian, E. Grizzly, and Static Brothers. With his new EP SerpePhant hatched, Kavorkian unleashes his grimy metal-toned vocals, draped over sinister-sounding beats, retaining an undeniable stickiness amid the menacing, torrid roar. With a full band in tow, E. Grizzly unifies calypso, punk, and hip hop into sleek, tenacious, warm grooves on his latest LP Felipe Pupo. The duo of Static Brothers descend from an alternative dimension, teleporting drone-injected trip-hop, innately engulfing as they touch down, delivering personalized poetic chants through the future-infected noise. The undeterred fistful of thrashcore fury, otherwise known as HIRS, blitz ahead with a new EP You Can’t Kill Us, scheduled for release on December 20. The socially conscious, sonic-warping, experimental vortex of Moor Mother closes out a lineup that never stops swinging. Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave., 7pm, $8, All Ages - Michael Colavita

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Weekend Warrior, December 16 - 18

As we approach the end of what will be remembered as 2016 - a sea of overwhelming sentiment and saturation - we can reflect on our experience with a resounding NAH. Philly sound sculptor Michael Kuhn captured a devoted following with his work in the explosive rock duo 1994!. In recent years, he has departed in large part from “guitar music” to reemerge into the musical ethos as a harbinger of defiance, affronting musical norms through experimentation and a healthy skepticism of traditional genre boundaries. Shreds of sonic imagery sound out into the whir of Kuhn’s bewitching rhythm section, recalcitrant while bearing a unity that is tangible at a live set. A NAH show creates a space to engage in the reassuring positivity and thrill of being present, as selves and as participants in the greater communities we occupy. He’ll be celebrating the release of his new LP Michael (Ranch Records) this Saturday in Brewerytown at Yung Kandy Collective, where he'll also be supported by special guests Drums Like Machine Guns, Slums, and What NerveYung Kandy Collective, 7:30pm, $7, All Ages (Photo by Gabe Coffey) - Josh Kelly

 
More places to hide from this frigid freeze…

Johnny Brenda’s
 (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Aubreylyn, SUN Bel Heir
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT The 6th Annual Work Drugs Holiday Spectacle: Work Drugs, Mercury Girls, RFA, SUN Irreversible Entanglements (featuring Moor Mother)
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Snails, Medusa's Disco, Something Like A Monument/The Snails, SAT The Lunar Year, HoJun Yu/DJ PHSH, The Bul Bey, SUN Slowburn, South Philly Big Band, Jack and His Saint Clair Allstars
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) SAT BEATS500, SUN NoDAPL Space Festivus Benefit: Green Meteor, Space Chumpy
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI MARAH - Philadelphia Holiday Spectacular
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) SAT The Starting Line, Hurry
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI Big Mess Cabaret: Featuring The Divine Hand Ensemble, SAT Big Mess Cabaret: Featuring The Divine Hand Ensemble
 
TLA (334 South St.) SUN Urban Celebrity Presents 6th Annual Philly Hip Hop Awards
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Three Fourteen, Local Smokes, The Ardvark Felon, SUN Josh Nussbaum, Julia Hudak, Amanda Hagenbuch
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Downstairs) The Stray Birds, SAT (Upstairs) Jeremiah Tall, August John Lutz II, SUN (Downstairs) The Peek-A-Boo Revue Holiday Spectacular
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Cerebelles, E.Joseph & the Sparrows, The One2s, SUN Dirty Purple, Jeanette Lynne
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Johnny Popcorn, Keely Sibilia, SAT Argonautic, Las Palabras, Christophonic (DJ Set)
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Lovers League, No Good Sister, SAT Matt Kelly, SUN In The Pines
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Bo Bliz, Low Budget, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Railroad Fever, SUN Rusty Cadillac 
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Fell Into Yesterday, The Good Mess, Goodbye Sunrise, Dead Robins, Sweet Eureka, Sex With Rollercoasters
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) FRI Steve Layman, SAT Dirty Purple / Counterfeit
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Dead Fellow (Release Show), The Sly Foxes, The Primaries, Rob Tomlinson, SAT Whackbat, Route 611, Study Electricity, Flat Mary Road, Anthony Coppa
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Reef'd, SAT Beru Revue, SUN Café Ole’
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Moor Mother, HIRS, E. Grizzly (Release), Carl Kavorkian (Release), Static Brothers (Release)
 
All Night Diner (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Sports
 
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Downtrodder, Motherwhore, Blushed, Patches and Pins, Busy Bee Project, Matt Day, Ellen Siberian Tiger
 
The Blink (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SUN Dead:Stop
 
 




Debut Spill LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

90s-lovin' indie rockers Spill (ex-Placeholder) just released their debut album, Top Ten, via No Sleep Records. Frontman Brandon Gepfer humorously pleads about his latest project, “This is my last chance. Please buy this record.” They begin a four-night mini-run this evening in support of the new LP that will close out this Tuesday, December 20 in Philly at Boot & Saddle with Thin Lips, Straw Hats, Seasonal, and Kississsippi (acoustic).

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New Cabbage/Oxblood Split EP Available for Streaming & Download

A pair of local trios in Oxblood and Cabbage have teamed up for a new split release. Featuring three songs from each outfit, the EP begins with the sugary confessional simplicity of warm sensitivity found in Oxblood. Then, passes the baton to the raw, ripping and incisive grunge-pop of Cabbage.

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