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The Wedding Present, Times New Viking + Love Is All, Blake Lewis, Girl Talk, Wire, Method Man + Redman, The Dead C, Side Car Bar Party, Music Is Our Oil, TV Ghost

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The Wedding Present

Fri., Oct. 10, 9pm. $12. With the Jealous Girlfriends + Brown Recluse Sings. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St. 215.787.0488.

"Jangle" may be an overused word, but try discussing the Wedding Present without it. David Gedge and his airtight Leeds outfit drummed up dreamy, propulsive Britpop that took jangle to gosh-wow heights on classic albums like 1987's George Best and 1991's Seamonsters. Once Gedge found love and lost the seething bitterness that had always driven him, however, he turned to making dull records for nearly a decade with his girlfriend in Cinerama. A nasty breakup brought the Wedding Present roaring back to life, and although this year's California-inspired, Steve Albini-recorded El Rey doesn't compare to that lively back catalog, here's a chance to see Gedge shooting sparks again. (Doug Wallen)

Times New Viking + Love Is All

Sat., Oct. 11, 9pm. $10. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St.

Taking lo-fi to the extreme, Times New Viking is loud, distorted and fast, with vocals barely sung on key. But the passion, excitement and surprisingly catchy songs are what makes this Columbus, Ohio, band so endearing. Recorded tunes sound as if they were done years ago in their parents basement--and live, the band sounds just about the same. Throwing themselves (sometimes literally) into their music, they play with abandon; watching keyboardist Beth Murphy simultaneously sing, play and headbang is captivating. Combine that with Sweden's Love Is All--who play lo-fi, no-wave punk--and you've got quite the night. (Katherine Silkaitis)

Music Is Our Oil

Sat., Oct. 11, 3pm. Free. With Matt Duke, Fat City Reprise, the Feather Tops, Wisky Livin', the Adam Monaco Band + more. Rock 'n' Roll Exxon, 2330 Aramingo Ave. 215.739.3801.

Mikal Kamil is the Donald Trump of concert promotion. To hear him speak about one of his upcoming events is to hear about nothing short of the world's greatest show. The difference between him and Trump is that Kamil usually delivers on his promises (and, of course, has much better hair). As part of 3 Kingdoms Entertainment, he and partner Dan Levin have, for the last few years, put together the Artists for Heat fundraisers that have helped raise thousands of dollars for Philadelphia-area residents who can't afford to heat their homes in the winter. Now Kamil and Levin have created Music Is Our Oil, an event dedicated to help the poorest among us pay for gas. They're kicking off the new initiative with a nine-band show at the Exxon on Aramingo Ave. They'll announce the next stage of their new plan at a press conference before the show, one that includes a world tour, concerts on oil tankers, free gas cards, the promotion of ethanol and alternative fuel sources and, who knows, maybe even a cure for cancer. Rest assured, it's going to rule. Just ask Kamil. (Brian McManus)

Blake Lewis

Sun., Oct. 12, 7pm. $10. With Carlotta. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St. 215.787.0488.

The only person stunned by Clay Aiken's admission that he's gay was a "Claymate" from Arkansas who also believes the earth is flat and Sarah Palin is qualified to be vice president. But here's some genuinely shocking news about another American Idol runner-up: Blake Lewis is ... pretty good! Though Mr. Frosted Tips pandered to the moronic Idol voting masses by belting Bon Jovi and Maroon 5 songs on his way to the finals, he's actually a fine pop/R&B singer and skilled beatboxer who was legitimately down with his native Seattle's hip-hop underground prior to joining the Idol dark side. But in the show's aftermath, Lewis' debut album stiffed and he got dropped by Arista, so perhaps he's back to keeping things a little more real these days. (Michael Alan Goldberg)

Girl Talk

Thurs., Oct. 9, 8pm. Sold out. With Grand Buffet + Hearts of Darkness. Starlight Ballroom, 460 N. Ninth St. 866.468.7619.

Harbinger of musical and legal controversy wherever he goes, Girl Talk's Greg Gillis was once described as a "one-trick phony" by the Washington Post. Turned out to be a typo, but it is apt. Mashup artist extraordinaire Gillis does have an uncanny ability to bring out the most body-moving bits of songs and string them together in a way that lets audiences party, dance and fly on an endless musical high. Is this art? Is it even legal? Who knows? Perhaps we should stop analyzing and start dancing. Anyone up for Ace of Base and some two-step? (K.S.)

SWCC Rock 'n' Run

Sun., Oct. 11, 11am. Free. With Bernie Worrell, Doli & the Llamas, New Pony, Hoppin' John Orchestra, DJ Rob Paine + more. Julian Abele Park, 22nd and Montrose sts. 267.266.8629.

When Graduate Hospital closed it left its surrounding neighborhood--referred to for years as G-Ho--with a bit of an identity crisis. So now the very geographically practical Southwest Center City is being given a go after NoWa (north of Washington) and SoSo (south of South) have both fallen flat, and the residents of SWCC are throwing a daylong party to help with the latest naming effort. We're talking bands, food, events for kids and a 5K run to start things off. Bernie Worrell of Parliament will be on hand to funk things up with assistance from Doli & the Llamas, Hoppin' John Orchestra and some super secret special guests that'll definitely be worth turning out to Julian Abele Park, the newly dedicated plot right in the heart of G Ho. D'oh! (B.Mc.)


Fri., Oct. 10, 9:30pm. Sold out. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

British post-punk/art-rock outfit Wire has had a career as choppy as its signature guitar riffs since forming more than three decades ago. After releasing the acclaimed and highly influential albums Pink Flag, Chairs Missing, and 154 between 1977 and 1979, the band split up and reformed no less than four times--they've only really been an active unit for about 17 years. When Wire reemerged in the early '00s, they did so by turning their trademark tense, angular, sneering approach heavier and more malevolent; quasi-industrial, in fact. New disc Object 47 hones in on the band's more melodic side, but tonight's gig should provide a nice cross-section of Wire's entire sound and vision. (M.A.G.)

The Dead C

Sun., Oct. 12, 9pm. $12. With Blues Control + Pink Reason. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Ave. 215.739.9684.

With Philly's noise-loving '90s label Siltbreeze currently enjoying a sweet second act, it's an added treat to have the Dead C blow through town. The scorching New Zealand drone trio issued and reissued several records on Siltbreeze, including one Trapdoor Fucking Exit. Now more than 20 years in--pick up the double-disc Perform Vain, Erudite and Stupid: Selected Works 1987-2005 for a cheat sheet--the Dead C are again prolonging dazed singing, squawking feedback and blown-out rumblings into endless jams on the new Secret Earth. Anyone who's ever enjoyed a noise band ought to give these guys royalties, or at least pay respects at this rare local performance. (D.W.)

Method Man + Redman

Wed., Oct. 15, 9pm. $30-$32. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215.922.LIVE.

While the legendary rap duo is known for their penchant for fine cannabis and their contribution to the stellar 2001 film How High, it's beat-heavy, lyric- intensive East Coast rap they're best at. If hip-hop were weed, Method Man's the Phillie and Redman's the roach clip. Wu-Tang member Method Man takes center stage with his intense vocal delivery as Redman's terse and fluid flow darts gracefully to support Method's bark. Yeah, it's been a while since they hit their peak, but if they just do the old tunes and bring everybody back to 1999 is there really anything wrong with that? (K.S.)

TV Ghost

Sat., Oct. 11, 8pm. $5. With Daniel DiMaggio. Atlantis: The Lost Bar, 2442 Frankford Ave. 215.739.4929

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