Tonight’s Concert Picks: In Memory of Joe Stummer at North Star Bar, World/Inferno Friendship Society at Chamelon Club, Kalob Griffin Band at World Cafe Live, The Babies at Kung Fu Necktie

To mark the anniversary of Clash guitarist Joe Strummer’s passing, the North Star Bar will be hosting In Memory of Joe Strummer: A Benefit for Strummerville. The show benefits the Strummervile charity that financially support struggling musicians who aspire to change the world through music. The charity was established by family and friends of the influential punk rocker, and a variety of acts will be performing in support of the cause including Blayer Point du Jour and the Rockers Galore, The Cold Roses, Betty Iron Thumbs, I Yahn I Arkestra, The Future Unwritten (named after the Strummer documentary), The Successful Failures and Split Red. More information on the foundation can be located here. Below, watch one of the Strummerville sessions directed by famed punk scene DJ and Clash associate Don Letts.

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The Babies and Swearin’ bring garage-pop to Kung-Fu Necktie on Saturday 12/22

The Brooklyn garage/punk outfits, The Babies and Swearin’, will be playing at Fishtown’s Kung Fu Necktie tomorrow. The Babies, the side project of Vivian Girls and Woods, have been steadily gaining popularity since their 2011 self-titled album. The band also recently released their second album Our House on the Hill in mid-November. That album can be purchased through Woodsist Records here. Swearin’, who recently wrapped up a tour with Japandroids, released a new, self-titled LP over this past summer that can be found here. For more information on the event click here. Below is the video for the Babies’ new track “Baby.”


Cassie Ramone shows off her karaoke skills in the new “Baby” video from The Babies (Playing Kung Fu Necktie December 22nd)

Cassie Ramone takes to the stage in the new video for The Babies‘ “Baby” from this year’s Our House on the Hill. Brooklyn-based singer Ramone from Vivian Girls and bassist Kevin Morby of Woods combined their talent in 2009 with the creation of The Babies. The band’s lo-fi surfpop sound lends itself to Ramone’s dreamy love-struck stupor as she sings karaoke in “Baby.” The Babies will be playing at Kung Fu Necktie December 22nd- visit our concert calendar here for tickets the 21+ show. Watch the video for “Baby” below.