From the ashes of Jonathan Fire*eater, comes Walkmen (10 p.m. tomorrow with Mazarin and Honeychurch, Khyber, $7), who just released "Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone" (Star Time).
There's a lot of hype about Clinic (10 p.m. tomorrow, North Star Bar, 27th and Poplar, 215-684- 0808, $10), Liverpudlians who like to perform in surgical masks, and "Walking With Thee" (Domino) lives up to it. With the Kingsbury Manx and Palomar.
New wave-popsters Palomar show up again at the Pi Lam Human BBQ (12 p.m. Saturday, 3914 Spruce St., 215-222-8850, $10, www.yarga.net), along with the Knobs, Aim of Conrad, the Vexers, La Guardia, Sic Kidz, the Sand Family and others.
Hayden, best known for the soundtrack to "Trees Lounge," releases "Skyscraper National Park" (Badman/Hardwood), his first full-length in almost four years, and comes out of hiding at the Fire (9 p.m. Saturday, 412 Girard Ave., 267-671-9298, $10, www.iourecords.com), with Valsalva's Mike Reis.
The Sugar Skulls celebrate the release of "The Waking Hour" with Sub Pop rockers the Catheters, as well as locals Apollo Creed and God Fights Dirty (10 p.m. Saturday, the Khyber, $8).
Dave Rothbart and Trouble With Sweeney are part of the monthly Open Letters readings (8 p.m. Sunday at Fergie's, 1218 Sansom St., 215-928-8118, free).
If you're a fan of femme postpunk combos such as the Slits, check out San Fran newcomers Erase Errata (7 p.m. Monday, First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St., 215-629-0614, $7 advance, $8 day of show, www.r5productions.com, all ages). With One Line Drawing, Ida side project K., the Liars and Vaz.
The Elizabeth Fiend-hosted "Big Tea Party" is part of the Festival of Independents (7 p.m. Monday, International House, 3600 Chestnut St., 215-733-0608 ext. 2, $8, www.phillyfests.com). *
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