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>>mixed bag

7-11

Sat., Feb. 5, 10pm. $3. Silk City, Fifth and Spring Garden sts. 215.592.8838. www.silkcitylounge.com

Eleven DJs playing seven 7-inch sides is the nifty concept behind this benefit for local nonprofit United Communities Southeast Philadelphia. With so many different people taking a turn behind the tables, what you'll hear over the course of the night is anyone's guess. So just come for the big raffle of hipster-approved prizes donated by Spaceboy Records and respected indie labels like Anti-, Sub Pop, Beggars/Matador, Plexifilm, Domino and Dim Mak. Folks spinning include Andrew Jeffrey Wright and Thom Lessner of Space 1026, Sara Sherr and Maria Tessa Sciarrino of Plain Parade, Luis Mayo of Yarn Mask, Joey Sweeney of Philebrity, Kristaps Kreslins, Jesse Pearson of Vice Magazine, Brendan Newnam, and Laris Kreslins of Arthur and Sound Collector. Only seven DJs were originally scheduled, in keeping with the number-seven theme, but more kept coming on board. As Laris Kreslins, who helped organize the night, says, "I think it's always good to have a backup." All proceeds go toward United Communities' mission of community stability, quality education and economic advancement. (Doug Wallen)


>>reggae/soul

Intensified One-Year Anniversary

Sat., Feb. 5, 9pm. Free. Khyber, 56 S. Second St. 215.238.5888. www.thekhyber.com

On a lonely Thursday evening one year ago, Kyle Miller, Darren Saxton and Michael Saretsky showed up at the Khyber with a box of records and a dream: to build a sonic time machine that would rocket Philly hipsters back to the golden days of mod London. The trio's blend of '60s Trojan reggae, northern soul and Motown, spun entirely on hard-to-find 45s, inspired such dance fever that their gig moved to the coveted first Saturday of every month. On these nights it's typical to find time travelers in their dancing shoes and sharp haircuts lined up around the block just to get in and get down. Intensified brings together the scenesters and the audio nerds for a real Dance Dance Revolution. And isn't that the essence of brotherly love? (Emily Brochin)


>>hip-hop

The Music

Fri., Feb. 4, 8:30pm. $7-$10. Club 27, 27 S. Bank St. 215.922.3020. www.onyourfeetproject.org

The other day South Park's touching "Chef Aid" episode was on TV, in which the boys cull together tons of famous musical acts to help out their old friend, the Isaac Hayes-voiced Chef. There's a lesson in that: Use music to help others and feel good. So before your own personal giving pool dries up, head to Old City's Club 27 Friday for a special benefit for Art Sphere Inc., a group offering children opportunities to participate in collaborative mural arts projects, conflict resolution programs, theme-specific art workshops and cross-cultural art exchanges. An evening showcasing up-and-coming local R&B, soul and hip-hop artists, the benefit features performances from musicians including soul man Ronin Ali and hip-hopper Si Young. In between sets DJ Junior of WKDU will fill in the blanks. (Julie Gerstein)

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