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Music At Your Service

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At Your Service

Some bands give away music tracks, post nutty videos or pay off club promoters to get noticed and onto show bills. The Austin, Texas-based (but Flourtown, PA-rooted) Full Service dreamed up another, more daring way to self-promote their pumped up rocking brew. They rented a van and a trailer to chase one of their favorite touring bands — 311 — and "open" for them with venue parking lot shows. And they brought along filmmaker Morgan Betz to chronicle the adventure. Only hitch with their "Takeover Tour" — no one bothered to tell 311 or their promoters what was up, leading to much "sneak attack" stress and some exceedingly short performances along the journey from Penn's Landing here (where the "tour" started) to its Texas finale. There's a happy ending, but better you should discover for yourself, when Full Service and their filmmaker (now a prof at Montgomery County Community College) screen the documentary then serve up an acoustic set.

Upstairs at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8:30 p.m. Friday, $12, 215-222-1400,

Yo Girls

There's strength in numbers, ambition and a worthy cause with Go Girls. It's a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Research and likewise your chance to hear and cheer five female solo or band attractions who've all got some good sounds to share. The first of equals billed Allison's Invention is a New York singer/songwriter/pianist with the a bit of swinging jazz nature and the vocal/lyrical urgency of an Alanis Morrissette. Lotus Hill slots two female singers up front, for a rocking attack with a lot of heart. Also on tap — Christie Lenee (with band), Prima Donna, September and Da Rezarekt.

Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St., 8 p.m. Friday, $10, 215-928-0978,

Double Your Pleasure

Two Philly based sax legends — Bootsie Barnes and Larry McKenna — pool resources in a quartet setting fleshed out with Hammond organ and percussion. Good groovin', for sure.

Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St., 8 and 10 p.m. Friday, $15, 215-568-3131,

Dan's The Man

I got three words for you bub — the Dan Band. Laughing already? If so, you've caught Dan Finnerty and friends' super funny shtick, live or in the movies, serving up lewd and obscenity-laced covers of pop tunes first performed by females artists. None's finer than the "Candy Shop" he licked clean as the wedding singer in "The Hangover."

TLA, 334 South St., 8 p.m. Friday, $24, 800-745-3000,

Kindly Disposed

"I'm always here for you, you are not alone," comforts Tyrone Wells, a kind-voiced romantic in the musical continuum from Dion DiMucci to Coldplay's Chris Martin. Cuddle up with a loved one and enjoy. Joe Brooks adds kindred vibes.

Downstairs at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., 8 p.m. Friday, $16, 215-222-1400,

Reel 'Em In

Haven't checked out Xfinity Live! as yet? The new dining, drinking and entertaining destination at the South Philadelphia sports complex offers a special motivator to come on down — ska punk faves Reel Big Fish perform for free on the venue's outdoor stage. Also pile-driving for your listening and pogoing pleasure — opening act Crazy in Stereo. Though a "non ticketed" event, alcohol is served on the plaza, so admission is limited to 21 plus.

Xfinity Live, 1100 Pattison Ave., 7 p.m. Saturday, free, parking free after 8 p.m., headliner goes on at 9 p.m., 215-952-1234,

All Things Must Pass

While a staple of the Philly music scene these past 8 years, with several albums of artfully atmospheric, grownup rock to their credit, East Hundred are giving up the chase. This weekend the quintet performs its "final farewell performance" at a favorite haunt, marked also with the screening of the documentary "Fools, Kings and Queens" that filmmaker Justin Clowes made about the band.

Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., screening at 6 p.m. Sunday followed by live music at 7 p.m., $10/$12, 215-739-9684,

The Nelson Family

Previewing the wondrous new Willie Nelson album "Heroes" (out May 15), we were dumbstruck by how much the backing singer on several tracks sounded like the old man himself. Turns out its son Lukas Nelson, who chimes in on the likes of Tom Waits' "Come On Up To My House" (as does Sheryl Crow) and also contributed three originals — our fave being "Every Time He Drinks He Thinks of Her." Covers of Coldplay and Pearl Jam songs also co-mingle on the new set with country classics and an all-star (Kris Kristofferson, Snoop Dogg) rendering of the amazing "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die." Another son, Mikah, also appears and joins dad on his current tour.

Keswick Theatre, Easton Road and Keswick Ave., Glenside, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, $69.50-$75, 215-572-7650.

Manson at the shore

Alice Cooper may consider him nothing more than a cheap copy of himself, but that hasn't stopped provocateur Marilyn Manson from carving out a lucrative career of musical envelope-pushing.

The Goth-rocking singer-songwriter born Brian Warner has spent the better part of the past two decades scaring the stuffing out of parents and other right-thinking adults with his high-decibel excursions to the dark side of the human condition. You can hitch a sonic ride with him Friday as he headlines House of Blues inside Showboat Atlantic City.

Boardwalk at Delaware Avenue, 9 p.m., $70, $60, $55 and $40, 609-236-2583,

A little bit country

Philly band TJ Kong and the Atomic would fit into the outlaw country scene if the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson had been doused in as much as Black Flag as Waylon Jennings. To fete Mexican independence, the band of rabble-rousers is holding a party and inviting some of their friends for Kongo de Mayo. Other bands on the bill include funky weirdos Ecce Shnak, throwback sounding girl group Lily and the Parlour Tricks, fuzzed out garage rockers Penrose and a surprise headliner.

Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 9 p.m., Saturday, $7,,


The He-Man condition

There are few homo sapiens more apt to play He-Man, that loin-clothed defender of Eternia and Castle Greyskull, than Swedish behemoth Dolph Lundgren. Perhaps better known as Ivan Drago, symbol of Communist evil and foe of our beloved Rocky, Lundgren switches to the side of good as He-Man in "Masters of the Universe," fighting off Skeletor, played by Tony-winner/Oscar-nominee Frank Langella. Geekadelphia screens the 1987 fantasy classic, which also features a young Courteney Cox, along with the Troc's own Skeletor, who will karaoke following the screening.

The Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St., 9 p.m., Friday, free, 215-922-6888,

— Compiled by Jonathan Takiff, Chuck Darrow and Molly Eichel.