Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Occasionally prone to performing in racing jumpsuits, Detroit guitar duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. infuse hypnotic, synthetic beats with daydreamy guitars and airy, Beach Boys-style vocal harmonies. The chance collaboration of Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott resulted in a basement-recorded EP called Horse Power, released in 2010. Early June will see the release of It’s a Corporate World, the pair’s first full length. “It’s a corporate world/ I’m a corporation, cutting back,” they spout on the LP’s title track. While enigmatic throughout, there’s plenty of tongue-in-cheek wit to go around on the record. Surely a band called Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. can’t want us to take them too seriously. -Kevin Brosky
7:30pm. $10. With Generationals. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919.
Old City Sidewalk Stroll
The Old City Business Collective is stepping outside for a day of bargain shopping for all local deal hunters. The event hopes to strengthen the Old City business community as more than 50 merchants clean out their winter closets and present you with unique deals of a lifetime. Vendors will feature a variety of trunk shows as well as demonstrations where shoppers could meet and greet designers and artists. The Wild Bohemians will strut their stuff alongside shoppers and shop keepers will offer snacks and cocktails. Drinks, bargains and bands—sounds like a plan. -Lauren Gordon
Noon-5pm. Free. Old City. discoveroldcity.org/sidewalksale
Art Star Craft Bazaar
More than 100 local and national artists will be displaying their wares this week along with food, music and interactive demonstrations. The Art Star Gallery & Boutique employs a juried application process for their artists, so you aren’t subjected to booth after booth of tea cozies and shoddy craftsmanship. Shoppers can expect housewares, paper goods, dolls, prints, ceramics, clothing, accessories, paintings, drawings and sculpture in a variety of mediums and styles that represent Art Star’s quirky aesthetic. It’s vital never to shop on an empty stomach but if fest fair like hot dogs and pizza don’t appeal, local veggie/vegan joints A Full Plate Café and the Soy Café will be on site. Take in the view of the Delaware and enjoy tunes from 12 local bands such as New Sweden, Yellow Humphrey and TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb. Don’t miss demonstrations from the Soapbox on bookbinding, Group Sculpture from the Clay Studio and book signings from Quirk Books. -Cristina Perachio
11am-6pm. Free. Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd. between Walnut and Chestnut sts. artstarcraftbazaar.com
Sunday, May 15
For those of you who love clubbing at a more respectable time of the day, the all-ages party known as Sundae will be popping off—this Sunday while the sun is still up—in its new summer location at Shampoo. The headlining DJ for this event will be the Zen-like turntablist Marques Wyatt. California-bred and based, Wyatt is a DJ who specializes in everything house-related: deep house, soulful house, funky house—you name it. Although he hasn’t released an album of transcendent grooves since his 2004 compilation Horizons (on West Coast, electronic-music temple Om Records), the man has still been keeping folks dancing with the Deep parties he presides over back home. So, expect him to bring some of that sunny, scintillating music he spins when he visits Philly for one fine Sunday afternoon. -C.D.L.
3pm. With Skeme Richards. $5-$10. Shampoo, Willow St. (between 7th & 8th sts.) 215.922.7500. sundaephiladelphia.com
Italian Market Festival
The Italian Market comes alive this week. All along Ninth Street, vendors will be selling Italian foods and artists will be featuring their one-of-a-kind creations to hoards of crowds all weekend long. There’ll be live music at three different stages rocking the streets as shops open their doors to show you their best. The South Philly Bar and Grill will feature an authentic Italian tasting menu, specially priced shots, $5 sangrias, Italian music and entertainment, prizes and free samples from the restaurant’s new menu. Esposito’s Meats will be celebrating its 100th anniversary with a 100-foot-long stuffed sausage. When you’re done eating, watch (or participate in) the half-ball tournament. The partying doesn’t end after dinner this year! Brenda Hillegas
10am-5pm. Free. Italian Market, S. Ninth St. italianmarketfestival.com
Monday, May 16
Swedish pop star Lykke Li, 25, is a ballsy minx in her interviews, rattling off whatever pops in her head without cranking it through the public relations pasteurization machine that makes milquetoast out of her American counterparts. In other words, she’s one cool bitch. “I never say it, I just leave,” she mused about the end of relationships in a Lollapalooza interview. “Then pray to God they’re in a car when that heartbreak song comes on ...” Enter the dark, sinewy “Unrequited Love” of Wounded Rhymes, Li’s 2010 follow-up to 2008’s breakthrough Youth Novels. As Pitchfork points out, the elegiac Rhymes finds Li more comfortable in her musical skin. As thin as that skin is, she sounds like an artist dedicated to documenting the freefall come-down off the fantasies of youth. She seems to instinctively know and want to furiously document the fact that, as Ally Sheedy declared so long ago in The Breakfast Club, when you grow up, your heart dies. -T.M.
8pm. $25. With Grimes. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. livenation.com
Philly Rocks the Trailer Park
The 11th Hour Theatre Co. along with Philly Rocks is bringing their summer show The Great American Trailer Park Musical to Paddy Whacks for a special performance this week. Philly Rocks the Trailer Park promises to make everyone feel like they live in a trailer at Armadillo Acres. The musical is filled with adultery, road kill, strippers, electric chairs, and ’80s nostalgia ... among other things. Have a few drinks and watch the cast perform tunes from the show. Wear your trashiest outfit and participate in the costume contest. There will be prizes most likely worth more than your trailer-park alter ego. Too busy to become white trash for the night? Check out the Arden Theatre this June for more performances of the musical. -B.H.
7pm. $10-$15. Paddy Whacks, Second and South sts. 11thhourtheatrecompany.org
Tuesday, May 17
Gods & Queens
Post-hardcore roared to life a couple decades ago when bands started thinking beyond the pit, adding wide-ranging experimentation to the usual blistering three-chord assault for songs both cerebral and visceral. No label better exemplified that sound than Dischord—especially their early ’90s roster that included Lungfish, Circus Lupus, Hoover, et al.—and it’s Philly’s Gods & Queens that hearken back to those bands and ably carry on the tradition. Inside G&Q’s bag of sonic tricks: Furious guitar shrapnel, artsy and thorny post-punk melodies, waves of shoegazerish noise, opera-of-the-damned vocals, and break-your-nose rhythms. If that’s your bag, you’ll want to see one of the area’s best bands bring it loud ’n brainy tonight. -Michael Alan Goldberg
7pm, $10. With Coliseum, the Austerity Program + Quiet Arcs. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St. 215.291.4919. kungfunecktie.com
Calendar: Sept. 2-9