Whew, what a schedule: Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Kilowatt with Overwhelming Colorfast, Stuntman, American Sensei, No Knife, and Spackle; Friday, Feb. 23, at the Bottom of the Hill with the Fastbacks, Bracket, Chixdiggit, and the Action Slacks; a Saturday, Feb. 24, matinee at the Bottom of the Hill with Tilt, the Groovie Ghoulies, and Maxiwagon, followed by an evening show with the Meices, Red #5, Skiploader, and Carlos!; a special Sunday, Feb. 25, waffle brunch at the Chameleon with Thirty Ought Six, Hugh, Trackstar, Magic Pacer, Creeper Lagoon, and Farflung; Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Trocadero with the Supersuckers, Tenderloin, the Clarke Nova, Alcohol Funnycar, and Peppercorn. Tickets are available in advance at most venues because most of the shows have historically sold out -- so, get poppin'!
There's nothing like an election year to bring out the Bennetts. As the notorious Philadelphia Police Department struggles with its usual corruption scandals and the recent homicides of two officers, a 4-year-old reissue by the long-defunct Michigan punks the Crucifucks has become a rallying cry for the Fraternal Order of Police because of an altered but uncredited back-cover image of a downed officer taken from a Philly police promotional poster. In Round 2, the PFOP finally attempted to serve legal papers to Alternative Tentacles, the Crucifucks' small local indie label, via a FedEx no one would sign for. The pending lawsuit recalls the 1985 obscenity charges brought against the Dead Kennedys and AT over the phallus-friendly Frankenchrist artwork, which cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight before the case was thrown out. "What they're doing seems more malicious than guided by any real moral agenda," AT publicist Jennifer Fisher says. "Their quotes are all about hitting us in the pockets 'for millions.' The Crucifucks' Our Will Be Done sold 1,200 copies."
By Silke Tudor, Sia Michel