Gang of Four still playing strong after 20 years' absence

Posted: September 30, 2005

At their last stop in Philadelphia last spring, Gang of Four blazed through its influential, incendiary songs of love, capitalism, and anthrax as if they'd never left two decades ago. On Tuesday, the musical daddies of Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party and most look-sharp NME coverboys release "Return of the Gift," a fiery reworking of cult classics like "To Hell With Poverty."

Opening is New York newcomers Morningwood, who induce sugar highs like the Pixies and Imperial Teen (8 p.m. Monday, at the Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St., 215-922-1011, $25 in advance, $27 day of show, www.theateroflivingarts.net).

A.D. Amorosi's Monday Night clubs at Bar Noir always deserve a look, and this one's for a good cause. Local music and theater types gather for a Hurricane Katrina/Rita benefit: Phil Moore Brown, Bebek, Madi DiStefano, John Lumia, Wang Newton, The Notekillers' David First, Pepper's Ghost, Sherry Vine, singing waitress Needles Jones, and more. Proceeds go to the American Red Cross (10 p.m. Monday at Bar Noir, 112 S. 18th St., $8, 215-569-1160, www.fcm215.com/barnoir).

Say it ain't so

The MF Clash might be calling it quits. Armed with one woman dressed in a pompadour and flight suit, an acoustic guitar, an arsenal of stories and love of D.C. go-go and booty rap, Carolyn Chernoff was the only band that mattered. Her final show, or soon-to-be swan song is opening for New Model Army and fellow West Philly punks Stinking Lizaveta (8 p.m. Monday at the North Star Bar, 27th and Poplar, 215-684-0808, $12, www.north starbar.com).

Literati

The 215 Festival kicks off its five-day celebration of unconventional literary events with a reading by the contributors and staffers of the late, lamented Philadelphia Independent: Matt Schwartz, Jonathan Shainin, Maureen Tkacik, Christine Smallwood, Erik Bader, Lord Whimsy, and Bryan Christy (5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk, 215-573-WRIT, free,www.writing.upenn.edu/~wh/ca lendar/1005.html#5).

In brief

Punk supergroup Johnny Casino's Easy Action (members of Asteroid B-612, Limcell, and McRad) join Confederacy of Scum torchbearers Antiseen for two dates (10 tonight at Rex's Bar, 344 W. Gay St., 610-696-7769, www.rexsbar.com and 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St., 215-238-5888, $8, www.thekhyber.com) . . . The Young Werewolves, Sasquatch & The Sickabilies, and Canibal Cow play the Three Furies punk/psychobilly party at Club 218 (10 p.m. tomorrow, 218 South St., 215-829-8940, $6, www.club218 .com). *

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