PW's Weekend Picks: July 26-28

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Friday, July 26

XPoNential Music Festival
Hooo, doggie! WXPN’s put together a real humdinger for this year’s annual XPoNential Music Festival. From Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, the Camden Waterfront will feature close to 30 acts at two venues: the Wiggins Park site, which has a huge roster of talent, and bigger but fewer names at the nearby Susquehanna Bank Center. The SBC’s nights are Saturday and Sunday, with the latter being the home to the also creatively capitalized AmericanaramA Festival. The tickets don’t cross-apply, so get your deets right on XPN’s FAQ page.

Day One at SBC is Hey Marseilles, Polica, Dr. Dog and The Lumineers. Go ‘head, Dr. Dog! We’re proud to see the Baltimore Avenue boys getting some love—and just in time, too, because this week, they released a new track (“The Truth”) from their highly-anticipated October 1-slated release B-Room. Then the AmericanaramA fest features some big names: Bob Dylan & His Band, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Ryan Bingham. Expected highlights from the Wiggins Park sets include Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros closing the night on Friday; Erin McKeown, Matt Pond and Dr. John’s midday bing-bang-boom on Saturday before John Butler Trio’s finale, and a very strong Sunday evening with a run of Jose James, Phosphorescent, Lianne La Havas, Justin Townes Earle and Dawes closing. / BILL CHENEVERT

Through Sun., July 28. $5-$125. Various times. Wiggins Park, Mickle Boulelvard and Riverside Dr., Camden, N.J. Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J. 215.898.6677.

The Improbables
Soulful Atlantic City garage rockers the Improbables are taking their primitive sound to the city for a night sure to be dripping with psychedelia reminiscent of the ‘60s and ‘70s. 9pm. $5. With Atlantic Thrills, Mr. Unloved + The Abandos. Ortlieb’s Lounge. 847 N. Third St. 267.324.3348.

The Oval: The New Shape of Fun
In conjunction with Fairmount Park, the city recently unveiled a new 8-acre, oval-shaped “park on the parkway.” Transformed from a parking space, Eakins Oval is offering free educational programs, live entertainment, movie nights and fitness activities, as well as new food trucks daily throughout the remainder of the summer. Through August 18. 9am-9pm. Free. Eakins Oval.

MIGHTY #hot featuring Just Blaze
Producer to the likes of Jay Z, Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Dr. Dre and Lil Wayne, DJ Just Blaze is teaming up with Mighty #hot to bring a night of nonstop hip-hop to Silk City. 10pm. $10. 435 Spring Garden St. 215.592.8838.

ComedySportz Story Slam

Let the faces behind Philadelphia’s longest-running comedy show regale you with onstage antics, behind-the-scenes secrets and hilarious stories from the group’s 20-year history. 8pm. $10. Skybox Theater at the Adrienne. 2030 Sansom St.

Jackyl (of Full Throttle Saloon)
Jackyl, the band that earned the title of “Hardest Working Band in Rock ‘N’ Roll” from the Guinness Book of World Records for performing 21 shows in 24 hours, brings a night of Woodstock nostalgia to the Blockley. 9:30pm. $16-$20. The Blockley. 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234.

New Order
The post-punk alternative dance gods are back after a four-year hiatus following their second break-up. Fans of the Joy Division sound would be wise to catch the fleeting angst pop veterans for their show at an upscale venue. 8pm. $29.50-59.50. With Holy Ghost!. The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave. 215.546.7900.

Eyes to Cuba
With the development of tourism, the words “Cuban art” often spur images of brightly colored depictions of island life. Eyes to Cuba hopes to debunk the stereotype by showcasing eight contemporary Cuban artists, each with their own unique voices, spanning mediums across the abstract and surreal to the figurative. Through Aug. 17. LG Tripp Gallery , 47 N. Second St.

Gogol Bordello
“Gypsy punk” innovators from New York return to Philly in support of their new album, Pura Vida Conspiracy. For those unfamiliar with their uniquely spastic sound, think Bouncing Souls meets Eastern European polka party music. 11:59pm. $30. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

Saturday, July 27

Mad Decent Block Party
It’s really quite impressive. Five summers ago, Diplo and his Mad Decent family bought a block party permit for $20 and pulled grills, kiddie pools and mediocre sound equipment out onto Green Street in the Eraserhood and threw a humble little block party. Now, it’s a 13-city tour with giant stages and ecstatic crowds that have swollen to the tens of thousands. This year, Diplo and Co. have sold out the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, and ticketholders are eager to dance till they sweat themselves dehydrated.

The Mad Decent Block Party features a rotating cast of stars that appear at some venues, but not all—and this weekend’s some good ones. Major Lazer, as you may know, is Diplo’s project that started with Switch, a damn fine DJ and producer in London who’s M.I.A.’s boy, but is now Diplo with Jillionaire and Walshy Fire. Their insane dancehall-meets-electronica smashing hip-hop energy will be exactly what the crowd’s hungry for. There’s also Dillon Francis, a producer known for championing moombahcore/moombahton, but who also plays those electronic sounds the kids like, with the skronky breakdowns and climactic buzzes. But the real draw may be, in fact, Riff Raff, the lazy, slurry and sizzurpy emcee who’s like the smartest joke of a persona buried inside an aesthetically masterful art project, bearing cornrows, tattoos, grills, outstanding athletic apparel and big, fat chains. Do yourself a kindness, and don’t miss this. / B.C.

1pm. Sold out. With Flosstradamus, Nadastrom, DJ Sega, Dirty South Joe, Swizzymack + Jahan Lennon. The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard between Market and Walnut sts.

Does your knowledge of Swedish culture stop at Dolph Lundgren? No matter; if you like to drink, you’re going to want to check this out. With tons of Swedish lagers (and some local ones, too) and food on hand to sample, beer lovers can enjoy some of the finer qualities of the country that brought us the best damn meatballs around. 5pm. $25-$30. American Swedish Historical Museum. 1900 Pattison Ave.

Munch Around the Market Scavenger Hunt
Do you like food but the act of simply ingesting it is not exciting enough for you? This unique hunt for adults combines tricky questions and a challenge to sample some of the best foods in the Reading Terminal Market and Chinatown. Noon. $22 (plus $10 cash for food). Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St. 877.946.4868.

ScrewSmart Present: Molasses: A Summer Slowdance
Because sometimes you just don’t want to Dougie, the folks at ScrewSmart—a sex education group that focuses on sexual health and satisfaction—are hosting a slow dance party. Feeling regretful about never asking your middle school crush to dance to “Take My Breath Away?” This is for you. 8pm. $10. Studio 34. 4522 Baltimore Ave.

Stereo Coma + Community Service
Philly locals Stereo Coma play a mix of grunge and punk a la Bad Religion, while Community Service offer a ska-inflected brand of punk that will take you back to the days of Big D & The Kids Table. 8pm. $8. Kung Fu Necktie. 1250 N. Front St.

Love & Hip Hop
There’s an R&B takeover at the Trocadero as a bevy of soulful musicians take to the stage to treat audiences to late ‘90s tunes. 9:30pm. $10. The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St.

Trampled By Turtles
Fusing rock and indie with country, Trampled By Turtles are for fans of electric guitar and banjo alike. Their sprawling has earned them comparisons to bands like Old Crow Medicine Show and Uncle Tupelo. Not bad company to keep. 11pm. $25. Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St.

Sunday, July 28

AutoFuturist Affair & Sanctuary Wholistic Arts Present: Wine, Spirit and Mind II
Curious about the inner and outer reaches of the multiverse? Wholistic Arts presents a night of discussions, practices and presentations spiraling around art, science, astrology, metaphysics, dreams and a whole lot of other trippy stuff. Also, there will be a wine and dessert tasting to follow, because normal stuff is still cool too. 4pm. $5-$10. Sanctuary Wholistic Arts, 2737 Cambridge St. 267.912.9923.

East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival
This show sees 140 cars, motorcycles and trucks competing for a set of awards, including Best of Show. The accompanying festival will feature live music, circus performances, street vendors, rack sales, kids activities and the Bang! Boom! CRAFT! Show. As if all of that wasn’t enough, award-winning restaurants will serve street food and drinks to keep you fueled up. Noon. $15 for cars, free for attendees. E. Passyunk Avenue (between Broad and Dickenson Streets). 215.336.1455.

Iron DJs
Watch up-and-coming turntable wizards go head to head, spinning the best in hip-hop, electronic and rap to be granted the honorary title of Iron DJ. 11pm. Free. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St.

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