Spring Fling

After the thaw, Philly plays host to bands a-plenty.

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Flight of the Conchords

Photo by Amelia Handscomb

Like the rest of us, the natural predilection of a touring band during the cruel Northeastern winter is to curl up under the covers and disappear. So they do. And for four solid months, concertgoers are left to pick through a threadbare live music schedule that makes the gods of anti-fun cackle wildly. Old Man Winter’s all up in your shit, jackin’ with your good times. So it’s with much joy when spring is finally sprung and you can tell the old coot to piss off, stretch your concertgoing legs and get out there. As you can see here, there will be plenty of opportunities to do just that over the coming season—everything from a couple Kings (Khan, Britt) to a Prince (Bonnie Billy), from Kool Keith performance theater to the Flight of the Conchords’ comedy of the absurd. Also, Katy Perry’s boobs. Go forth. Thaw. (Brian McManus)

Matt & Kim + Sweatheart

Sat., April 4, 6pm. $10. Barbary, 951 N. Frankford Ave. 215.634.7400. www.myspace.com/thenewbarbary

This is the show that robbers who need gym clothes should stick up because both bands seem to have a penchant for color-band tube socks, track shorts and the odd headband. Matt & Kim star as the indie rock “Life. Be in it” crowd pleaser while mischievous Sweatheart sing unabashedly about handjobs, poop and magic. (Mike McKee)


Sat., April 4, 11pm. $25. With Late of the Pier + the Whip. Theater of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. www.livenation.com

Despite launching his music career just three years ago, Toronto’s Joel Zimmerman—the man inside the giant red grinning mouse-head up on stage workin’ that laptop, pumping out progressive house, trance, and electro grooves—has churned out dozens of releases and has quickly risen to the top of the superstar DJ ranks. (Michael Alan Goldberg)

Kool Keith: Dr. Doom vs. Dr. Octagon

Sat., April 4, 11pm. $15. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. www.johnnybrendas.com

This is the best bargain for your buck because the one-ticket price gets you performances from multiple alter egos of hip-hop’s weirdest son. From half-shark alligator half-men to sci-fi-insfused pornographic ramblings, this is one MC who has definitely earned the digital camera Ruffhouse/Sony promised him. (M.M.)

Katy Perry

Sun., April 5, 7:30pm. Sold out. With the Daylights. Theater of Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011. www.livenation.com

Once upon a time she was Katy Hudson, God-fearing Christian music-singing daughter of two pastors. Then the devil got ahold of her, and she transformed into Katy Perry, a salacious pop tart somewhere between Lily Allen and Avril Lavigne, with songs like “Ur So Gay” and “I Kissed a Girl.” I’ll bet even the devil regrets that deal now. (M.A.G.)

Extra Golden

Thurs., April 9, 9pm. $10. With Xande Cruz + Remote Islands. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684. www.johnnybrendas.com

With one of the most interesting band bios—two Kenyan musicians combine with D.C. members of Weird War/the Make-Up and Golden, then cope with the death of a bandmate—Extra Golden is a lovely combination of indie rock, boogie and African rhythms. Just imagine if TV on the Radio incorporated even more African influences than it already claims. (Katherine Silkaitis)

Béla Fleck & the Africa Project

Fri., April 10, 8pm. $35-$55. Zellerbach Theater, 3680 Walnut St. 215.898.3900. www.pennpresents.org

The Flecktones leader/“newgrass” innovator/banjo virtuoso was last seen in Philly opening for Chick Corea’s Return to Forever. He’s coming back with music from the album/film Throw Down Your Heart, inspired by intensive recent study and travel in Africa, where his instrument has its historical roots. (David R. Adler)

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