April Disaster bows out tonight at North Star Bar

Posted: May 21, 2004

April Disaster, the promising local indie-pop band that abruptly split late last year, is doing its promised farewell show tonight at the North Star Bar.

Some members of the band, which evokes a female-led Belle and Sebastian, are still active in the music scene. Velvet-voiced guitarist Carolyn McNeel now fronts her own group, John Ziga now drums for True If Destroyed, and John Pettit plays with Friends of the Library.

Tonight's show is a grouping of reunions: the very busy Raccoon (whose side project Dr. Dog embarks on its second tour with My Morning Jacket next month) and the Teeth, back from hiatus with a new drummer. The gentle psychedelia of National Eye rounds out this evening of some of Philly's finest (9 p.m., 27th and Poplar, 215-684-0808, $7, www.northstarbar.com).

Just like the Osmonds, the Supersuckers are a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll. They perform two full sets of each tomorrow at the Khyber (9 p.m., 56 S. 2nd St., 215-238-5888, $15, www.thekhyber.

com).

Freedom Quest, a new project for Darren Finizio (the lovable eccentric of Hoppy the Frog and Muscle Factory) debuts at the Balcony, backed by Ben Morgan (Be Careful Little Hands) and Honey Polis (Ken, Thee Minks). Joining them are Deathray Davies and Dragon City on what should be a very unusual bill (9:30 p.m. tomorrow, Balcony, 10th and Arch streets, 215-922-LIVE, $8, www.thetroc.com).

DJ Julia Factorial hosts "Bitchin' Moronic," an impromptu tribute to recently departed Dead Milkman Dave Blood, and a collection of music never considered cool: They Might Be Giants, Ween, Camper Van Beethoven, the Dickies, Mikey Wild and more.

Observes Factorial, "You probably never got laid in high school if you were into any of these bands." (10 p.m. Wednesday, Upstairs at the Khyber, free.)

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