Calendar: Sept. 22-28

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Wednesday, Sept. 22

Rush Limbaugh
On his Sept. 9 show, Rush mocked TIME writer Jay Newton-Small, asking the big questions: “Why would somebody’s last name be hyphenated?” After deep contemplation, he concluded that Newton-Small had conjoined his and his wife’s last name. He then cleverly castrated his opponent: “It’s usually girls that do that.” After many more fruitful claims about “Imam Obama,” he was slipped a note revealing that Newton-Small is actually a woman. This makes the hyphenation “a little bit more understandable,” Rush admitted. Interestingly, if he’d taken the names of his four wives, he’d be Rush Limbaugh-McNeely-Sixta-Fitzgerald-Rogers. Even if that were the case, most of us would likely just continue to refer to him as the fucking-racist-sexist-xenophobic-homophobic-moronic-asshole who’s speaking tonight. -Elliott Sharp

7:30pm. $35-$75. Kimmel Center, 260 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999. kimmelcenter.org

Superchunk
It only took nine years, but the members of ’90s indie patron saints Superchunk finally took a break from managing a thriving record label, raising families, and in drummer Jon Wurster’s case, touring with the Mountain Goats and performing comedy to release Majesty Shredding. The band certainly knows how to return from an extended hiatus, as evidenced by the cheeky “Digging For Something” video directed by ex-Daily Show writer Scott Jacobson making the Internet rounds. However, sans video, the track stands on its own as a straightforward and catchy power pop gem, enhanced by Mac McCaughan’s deceptively youthful vocals. It’s the perfect teaser to an album that provides a compact 42 minutes worth of orchestrated distortion and wailing guitars. In other words, Majesty Shredding is a welcome return. -Maggie Serota

7pm. $19. With Jenny and Johnny + Versus. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.6888. thetroc.com

Sharon Little
Adorable Philly homegirl Sharon Little’s gigantic leap in chops and style more than make up for the cringe-worthy theme of Paper Doll, her forthcoming sophomore album for CBS Records. We’ll just say it uses the word “manifesto” and swiftly move on to declare: holy shit, do we love it, and honestly, we are scared of the white-girl-soul-infused pop thing. The first single, “Paper Doll,” is so infectious, it could have been nicked off the night table of Australian dance-pop princess Sia with its feet-friendly beats, slightly nasal, swan-diving vox and nuanced phrasing. The break-out isn’t exactly a surprise; Little’s gone big since 2008’s Perfect Time for a Breakdown. On the high heels of that release, she was chosen as the opening act for Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ 2008 U.S. Raising Sand tour where she wo-manned up, nailed it and regularly received standing ovations. From people expecting Robert Plant. Let her write any manifesto she wants. -Tara Murtha

8pm. $19.50-$30. Sellersville Theater, 24 West Temple Ave., Sellersville. 215.257.5808. st94.com

Thursday, Sept. 23

Grey Gardens
Dust off your headscarves, practice your flag dance and remember to feed the raccoons—the Edies are back. American aristocrats and Kennedy cousins, the kooky mother-daughter duo of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and Edith Bouvier Beale became camp idols with the 1975 release of Grey Gardens, the spooky, sad documentary of their lives in flea-infested East Hampton squalor. Now the cult classic about the craziest of the cat ladies gets a fresh projection as part of the Clay Studio’s Old City Film Series. As these high-society dropouts squabble, rot and dream of cabaret stardom, they expose the moth-eaten underbelly of old money affluence. But Little Edie, prancing around in upside-down skirts and bathing-suit-and-pantyhose ensembles, is unquestionably fabulous—a completely cuckoo fashion plate.  -Lauren Smith

Dusk. Free. Flagpole Park, 139 N. Second St. 215.925.3453. theclaystudio.org

Titus Andronicus + Free Energy

Now this is a double bill that promises to be more fun than a barrel of Meth-fueled monkeys (and considerably less dangerous). We’re talking enough raw power to solve the nation’s energy crisis and illuminate several small developing countries at the same time. It would be worth crawling over broken glass just to catch Titus Andronicus launch into their young snotty Replacements-meets-Arcade-Fire with a hefty side order of the Clash, the Pogues and the E-Street Band shtick in all it’s righteous, sweat-drenched glory. But with the added bonus of Free Energy and their ridiculously lovable, wide eyed, Dazed and Confused retro-rawk, too? Let irony and cheap cynicism be damned, this could be one of the gigs of the year. -Neil Ferguson

7:30pm. $13. With the Tough Shits. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. 215.821.7575. r5Productions.com

Friday, Sept. 24

The Jungle
In 1967, a group of teenagers, members of the North Philadelphia 12th and Oxford Street gang, got their hands on a film camera. Guided by longtime UPenn administrator Harold J. Haskins, they they created a compelling, first-person documentary of their lives. Their message would be echoed in the decades to come by hip-hop artists like Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, whose gritty songs, like this film, make you wonder how they keep from going under. The film played a transformative role in the lives of the young men it depicts, giving rise to the 12th and Oxford Filmmakers Corporation, a community-development project run by former gang members. In 2009, The Jungle was added to the prestigious National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress. The screening includes a Q&A with Haskins and some of the original filmmakers and stars themselves. -Mike Agresta

7pm. $5. Scribe Video Center, 4212 Chestnut St. 215.222.4201. scribe.org

Bobby Bare Jr.
On Bobby Bare Jr.’s latest record, (the first in four years) On A Storm, A Tree, My Mother’s Head, his Americana blood—already dark as motor oil—runs so cold it’s a shock the words can still flow. Already a dive bar poet laureate singing melancholy tales of Jesus and cocaine sunrises, this new record gilds Bare Jr.’s crown as king of rock-loving depressives. Take heart-twister “One Us Has Got to Go.” Junior huffs out a huge here-goes-nothing sigh then growls, “One of us has got to go, babe / I climbed to the top of the Golden Gate Bridge but forgot I’m afraid of heights/ Put bullets in the pistol and the pistol in my mouth/ But that barrel just didn’t taste right.” A particularly ingenious line-up has him wielding his off-kilter fuzz-laden harmonies to bat clean-up on the midnight shift (he goes on at 11:30), just as showgoers come off the friendly alt-country swagger of Berks County boys Frog Holler. -T.M.

$10. With Wallace Brothers, Adam and Dave’s Bloodline + Frog Holler. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St. 215.787.0488. northstarbar.com
 
Saturday, Sept. 25

Dead Confederate
If the Athens, Ga., quintet Dead Confederate is tired of being characterized as “Kurt Cobain fronting Crazy Horse”—a reasonable comparison the band received far and wide in the wake of 2008’s moody, rockin’ Wrecking Ball—they didn’t do much to change that perception on the just-released Sugar. Which is fine: Frontman Hardy Morris’ In Utero-style howl is far preferable to, say, that chump from Puddle of Mudd. And there’s no denying the power of DC’s brawny, grungy wallop, which becomes even more memorable when spooky psych-rock textures invade the mix, turning them into a more rip-roarin’ version of My Morning Jacket. -Michael Alan Goldberg

9pm. $12-$14. With Alberta Cross + North End. The Note, 142 E. Market St., West Chester. thenotewc.com

Girardfest
The NoLibs/Fishtown border sings of itself with an outdoor fest featuring the raddest musical lineup of any neighborhood shindig this fall. Girard Avenue will be transformed with arts-and-crafts vendors, a beer garden, tons of food and artists like chamber-folk Roomtone, bossa nova/jazz artist Avi Wishnia and Afro-Caribbean fusion outfit Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde. On top of the titular thoroughfare’s festivities, events will be held at Crane Arts and the Lehigh Avenue Arts Festival a few blocks north. Crane will host performances by folk-poppers Toy Soldiers, rockers Blood Feathers, bubbly indie band The Swimmers and more. A trolley will connect festival sites—think of it as Ken Kesey’s bus with water ice instead of drugs and young parents who dress their infants in tiny Fugazi onesies instead of hippies. -Alexandra Jones

11am. Free. Girard Ave. between Front and Fourth sts. 215.789.4198. girardfest.girardcoalition.org

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