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Philly Local Philes+ Tonight’s Concert Pick: Creeping Weeds’ “Outsiders”

Creeping WeedsEarlier this year, spacey Philadelphia five-piece Creeping Weeds emerged from a two-year hibernation to release its sophomore album See Through, a lush puzzle of pristine psychedelic pop juxtaposed alongside claustrophobic, nervous rockers. The music is engrossing, but so are the lyrics, which abstractly mull over the existential conundrum of making art versus making a living. That’s a dilemma that anyone creatively inclined—musicians, visual artists and writers—can relate to. So the Weeds seem a fitting choice to play the launch party of Jump Philly, a new quarterly magazine that hit the streets last week, covering the city’s music and culture scenes. On today’s Philly Phile, we spotlight the song “Outsiders,” welcome Jump to the city, and welcome the Weeds back to the stage. Creeping Weeds perform with Mercury Radio Theater and Lamagier at National Mechanics tonight at 9 p.m.; tickets to the all-ages show are free.


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This Weekend’s Concert Picks: Deerhoof, Dr. Dog, Wild Nothing, Creeping Weeds, Writtenhouse, Rhys Chatham

Deerhoof

Deerhoof performs 2/11 at TLA

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11
It’s been just under nine years since Deerhoof released Reveille—the album that would thrust the band into indie-nation’s collective consciousness—on Kill Rock Stars/5RC back in 2002. Since then, the band has cranked out records like clockwork, with seven additional proper full lengths (not to mention 7-inches and EPs) simultaneously confounding and pleasing fans of the band’s fractured art rock. Deerhoof’s latest album is Deerhoof Vs. Evil, and it finds the band doing what it does best: trying not to do the same thing it did on the previous album. Of course, that’s a task that gets more difficult each time around—and, by the time you’re on your 11th album, it might seem near impossible. Vs. Evil is undeniably a Deerhoof record: you’ll hear elements of the band’s previous work (broken down and rebuilt from the ground up, but familiar nonetheless). But it can occasionally be difficult to convince yourself that Vs. Evil is the new album Deerhoof really wanted to make, and not just the collection of ideas that was left over once the members of the band scratched everything they didn’t want to do off the list. Deerhoof performs with Ben Butler, Mousepad, and Prowler at Theatre Of Living Arts at 9 p.m.; tickets to the show are $15.

Also playing: Wild Nothing + Abe Vigoda, Grandchildren at First Unitarian Church (8 p.m., all ages, $10-$12); Oh! Pears + Attia Taylor, Father Figures at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $10; Dr. Dog + Head And The Heart, Buried Beds at Electric Factory (8:30 p.m., SOLD OUT); June Divided + The Composure, The Climb at Kung Fu Necktie (7:30 p.m., 21+, $8); The Loved Ones + The Menzingers, Holy Mess at The Ox (8 p.m., all ages, $8-$10)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12
Creeping Weeds (record-release show) + Cheers Elephant, Hong Kong Stingray at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $10); Writtenhouse (record-release show) + 84, Kuf Knotz at Kung Fu Necktie (7 p.m., 21+, $10); Andrw Lipke And The Prospects + Sisters 3, Cowmuddy, Lady, Joe Duffey’s Underwater Window Garden, Emily Zeitlyn, Charlotte Littlehales at The Fire (8 p.m., 21+, $10)

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13
Rhys Chatham’s Brass Trio + Chris Forsyth at International House Philadelphia (8 p.m., $12)