Sat., Dec. 18, 2 p.m., with Mind Eraser and Ardmore Assault; 7 p.m., with Asshole Parade and Pink Coffins; $10, Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 215-291-4919, kungfunecktie.com.
While we're all deciding where to put The Brutalist Bricks on our
best-of-2010 lists, Ted Leo's getting back together with his old
Wed., Dec. 22, 8:30 p.m., $10, with Oh! Pears and Alec Gross, Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 877-435-9849, johnnybrendas.com.
Seems like every song on Cuddle Magic's
is reminiscent of something else — and that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Fri., Dec. 17, 8 p.m., Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave.; Sat., Dec. 18, 8 p.m., St. Mark's Church, 1625 Locust St.; $15-$40, 215-235-8469, piffaro.com.
"Renaissance music" and "exciting" can be used in the same sentence, especially if the Piffaro band is on hand.
Thu., Dec. 16, 8 p.m., $7, with Coasting and Moon Women, Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., myspace.com/dangerdangergallery
There's something kinda precious about naming your band after a kids' show, but Reading Rainbow's more ballsy than cute.
Sat., Dec. 18, 9 p.m., $10, with Birdie Busch and Zach Djanikian, Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 877-435-9849, johnnybrendas.com.
Philly's had more than its fair share of soft-spoken, sweet-singin',
acoustic guitar-cradlers in recent years, but everybody's gonna have to scooch over and
make some room for Ross Bellenoit.
Thu., Dec. 16, 8 p.m., free, Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St., arsnovaworkshop.com.
Tomas Fujiwara, one of the anchors of New York's rising modern jazz
scene, pulls double duty for Ars Nova Workshop's final show of 2010.
Sat., Dec. 18, 8 p.m., $29.50-$89.50, Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside, 215-572-7650, keswicktheatre.com.
It's always been somewhat difficult to reconcile the two sides of Frank Zappa's musical personality.