Sunday, May 29
The Death Set
Digital Hardcore was coined by Atari Teenage Riot in the mid-90s, but it took the Death Set to give it life. Combining throttling electro-rhythms, shout-along punk melodies and
distortion-drenched guitar, the trio channels the ebullience of the Go! Team with dirty digitized throb like No Age trapped in Tron. After moving from Australia to Baltimore, a brief stay in Philly and then onto Brooklyn, their 2008 debut LP Worldwide struck a chord. Co-founder Beau Velasco—who’d stopped touring but still wrote with frontman Johnny Sierra—died in September 2009 just prior to recording the follow-up, Michel Poiccard. It scales back the lo-fi grime but retains the furious tempos and fist-in-the-air buoyancy functioning like a rebellious electro-punk wake. -Chris Parker
6pm. $10. With WIN WIN + Popo. The Barbary, 951 N. Frankford Ave. 866.468.7619.
Monday, May 30
Hang Free is self-explanatory. Come to the park, bring your friends and listen to music. Hang out like you’d normally do on a Friday night. Skip the clubs, skip the cover charges and just relax on what hopes to be a beautiful Memorial Day Monday. Bring a blanket, some snacks and check out various DJs as they spin music all day long. Past guests have included jockeys from as far as San Francisco and New Zealand. Stop stressing over whose house to BBQ at and how long your iPod will last on a full charge and bring everyone to the park for some Frisbee and freedom. There will be plenty of people willing to join in. -B.H.
All day. Fairmount Park. hangfree.org
Tuesday, May 31
Matt & Kim
So, Judgment Day didn’t come on May 21. But let’s say it did. Let’s say that the giant earthquake struck, the saved flew up to heaven, and right now all the rest of us were sitting here in earth’s rubble, wallowing in apocalyptic misery and waiting for the world to finally end for good. The one thing that would cheer you right up? A Matt & Kim show! The Brooklyn lovebirds’ punky, wavey synth-pop and impossibly joyful, high-energy stage presence is so uplifting that it could actually make you forget—even for an hour or two—all about the death and destruction and the need to barbecue your neighbors in order to prolong your miserable existence. Matt & Kim are truly a miracle. -Michael Alan Goldberg
8pm. Sold out. With the Hood Internet. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.LIVE. thetroc.com
Calendar: Sept. 2-9