Heavy Metal Hookers Roller Derby
Tues., March 29, 9:30pm. $5. Tritone, 1508 South St. 215.545.0475.
Women's roller derby is finally roaring into town. At least that's the hope of the Heavy Metal Hookers, who want to establish a local league of the cult sport. "Philly is one of the last major cities without one," says Cyn Rutledge (aka Helen Damnation), who devised an event to raise funds and awareness for the league, which also includes Jersey. She and co-organizer Bonnie Mae (aka Foxy Cotton) have been getting guidance from Suzy Hotrod, captain of New York City's Gotham Girls. "They're looking for someone to compete against," Rutledge says. True to the league's name, the fundraiser will be metal-themed, from DJs Jeremy Hugo (also the MC) and Nick Fantajji to the Clutch-ish band Sugar Daddy. "All the girls are into punk rock and tattoos," says Rutledge. And as if flying elbows and skates weren't enough, they're willing to take even more abuse for their art-there'll be a spanking booth at Tritone. "For a low price," says Rutledge, "you can spank us with a flyswatter, a spatula or a cricket bat. We're going to find other torture devices around the house." With ingenuity like that, they should have no trouble finding sponsors-or fans. (Doug Wallen)
Cootie Shot With Grand Buffet and Major Taylor
Sat., March 26, 10pm. $5. Silk City, Fifth and Spring Garden sts. 215.592.8838. www.silkcitylounge.com
And Dim Sum-the part promoters behind Cootie Shot-sure know how to throw a party. Kenny Scherr (And), Darreck Reisinger (Dim) and Kang Ta (Sum) have one simple goal: to get people drunk and get them moving. So Cootie Shot does its part by bringing together killer DJ lineups, live bands and roomfuls of sinfully attractive people every few weeks. So far, the party has been a family affair featuring hometown DJs and friends' bands, but the crew has recently decided to take a new tack. After booking much beloved former Philadelphian and current Chi-town wax master Major Taylor, they looked for a band that would also mirror Cootie Shot's vibe. Pittsburgh's Grand Buffet fit the bill perfectly, and so cult heroes Jarrod Weeks (aka Lord Grunge, Matt Kukla and Fred Durts) and Jackson O'Connell-Barlow (aka Grape-A-Don, Nate Kukla and Mr. Pennsylvania) will bring their uniquely comic hip-hop act to Silk City Saturday. With this latest infusion of new blood, Cootie Shot devotees are in for an especially hot night. (Emily Brochin)
Mon., March 28, 7:30pm. Free. Khyber, 56 S. Second St. 215.238.5888. www.thekhyber.com
How many times have you been out at a DJ night, gritted your teeth when the DJ played some unlistenable B-side and thought to yourself, "Damn, I can do better than this"? Now's your chance. Playlist Philadelphia, the first American offshoot of the Playlist London parties, is giving you 15 minutes to put your iPod where your mouth is. The concept is simple. First you come to the Khyber equipped with your own iPod or mp3 player. Then at 7:30 p.m. you sign up for your own 15-minute time slot. When your time comes, you play a set list consisting of whatever your heart desires, whether early-'90s indie rock, rare Italian disco, Echo and the Bunnymen covers or one long continuous track of John Cage snoring, set to a drum machine. The three best sets will win either a $50 iTunes gift certificate, an iPod Shuffle player or a set of Etymotic ER6i earphones. At best you'll walk out with some fun new gadgets. At the very least you'll enjoy a low-key night of eclectic music. (Maggie Serota)