The Eeries Opens for The Hussy at Level Room Mar. 31

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The Eeries released their debut 7-inch, Comes Alive, last summer after a few self-released tapes.Comes Alive finds the local garage rock trio doing what they do best, which is creating classic ’60s pop songs while staying true to their DIY garage roots. And if you head down to the Level Room tonight, you can catch their free love era influenced jams as part of a six band-bill that include other must-know local outfits including Black Actor and Honey Radar. We’re serious when we say this should be a sweaty, awesome sonic free fall. The Level Room, 2102 Market St., $8, 8p.m., 21+ –Dan Brightcliffe



Sway to Kalob Griffin Band and Their Country-Dusted Rock at MilkBoy Philly Mar. 31

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There’s a simple rolling groove in the Kalob Griffin Band’s “Take Me River,” as the percussive semblance of the bass guitar, drums, and piano meld together in a specific way, which makes the hips naturally sway in that down-home backyard barbeque kind of way, just when a lead guitar solo slices right through upping the ante.  It’s the country-dusted rock they’re known for, and they’ll bring it to MilkBoy Philly tonight for their last Philly show before their official release party for their debut album, which was recorded at Milkboy Studios in the fall (BONUS: They’re pre-releasing to album tracks at the show). KGB’s sound varies from an upbeat southern rock/country blues a la the Allman Brothers Band to a dark moody grunge tinged one that screams of Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Sharing the bill is TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb. TJ Kong’s lead singer Dan Buskewicz has the type of raspy-throaty vocals that make his words ring true and wise. His harmonica playing develops a rustic Americana sense that’s further galvanized by the addition of upright and backing vocals act like echoes in the distant. It’s as if Bob Dylan and the Band are back together, taking us on the back of a pickup truck, passing a bottle of whiskey, riding through the backwoods, telling stories and using the instruments to exemplify their points. MilkBoy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St., 9:30 $12, 21+ (Photo by David Turcotte) – Michael Colavita


Weekend Warrior, March 30 – April 1

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Officially a 4 piece! Photo by Lily Chou in San Fran.

There’s nothing we dislike more at the Deli than when a rad local band is playing a show that’s sold out. Sure, we’re totally happy for the band but it’s a bummer for anyone who wants to catch their act. That’s the case with Bleeding Rainbow (the artist formerly known as Reading Rainbow). They’re opening for Cleveland’s Cloud Nothings tonight at Johnny Brenda’s, and if you’re sans a ticket, you’re sadly out of luck because it’s, not surprisingly, sold out. But if you’re one of those lucky ones, then you’re in for a treat. Back from their badass stint at SXSW, Bleeding Rainbow will no doubt rock the audience with their brand of fuzz bomb, frenzied noise pop renderings, which we know will be even more brilliant now that they’ve become a four-piece, with Sara Everton moving from drums to bass, new member Greg Frantz on drums, and Rob Garcia and Al Creedon on guitars. Yes, us non-ticketers are totally jealous of those with the golden pass. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 8pm, SOLD OUT, 21+ -Annamarya Scaccia

Other things to keep you entertained this weekend…

Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Bleeding Rainbow, SAT It’s The Year 1996 Hosted by Reef the Lost Cauze

Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) SAT Sugar Town w/ Gang, Sgt. Sass

North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Lonesummer, SAT Far Out Fangtooth, the Eeries, the Shakes

The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Julie Mullin Raboczi’s Birthday Party w/ Live Bands and DJ Breakfast, SAT Topanga, Seismic Thrust (6pm), Brian Seymour, Swedeland, the Yarrows, Upholstery (9pm), SUN Rasputin’s Secret Police, Alien Father, Dee and the Warlocks, Skin Cells

M Room (15 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Blayer Pointdujour and his Rockers Galore, I Yahn I Arkestra, the High Five

Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Liat, Suzy Brown, SAT Mia Johnson, SUN Lauryn Peacock

The Blockley (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI Jason Ager, SUN Moosh & Twist

Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) FRI Keystone Mountain Boys

World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI Ruder Than You (Downstairs), Countdown to Ecstasy (Upstairs)

The Legendary Dobbs (304 South St.) FRI Starskream, Tungsten, Thee Shut Downs, Explosive Head, Travia, SAT Bones Culture, Wyldlyfe, Sound Barrier Experience

MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Black Landlord Benefit Show w/ Dong Johnson, SAT Kalob Griffin Band, TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb, the Peace Creeps, SUN Ladies Rock Philly Showcase

Triumph Brewery (117 Chestnut St.) FRI Mun & McLovins, SAT Turbines w/ Speed

PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St) FRI Zoodada Presents Break It Up, Tutlie SAT Fast Car, Rivers Monroe, Robots and Racecars

The Level Room (2102 Market St.) FRI Death Rattle, Laffing Line, Black Gum, SAT Black Actor, The Eeries

JR’s Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) FRI Keeps, Good Morning Valentine, the Stammer, SAT Minor Motion, Old Nick, Pilots in Orbit

The Station (1550 McKean St.) FRI ggghst, Jared Saltiel, Southwork, SAT Dirty Toms, Beyonder, Horrible Department, Deep Possum, SUN Big Fat Maker, the Tweeds, Figlead

First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut St.) FRI Dry Feet, Halo of Snakes, the Holy Mess

Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Jaime Pannone, Ev Reheard, Christie Lenée, Darienne Rose, Katie Frank, Gina Cardillo, Alexandra Rae and Dani Shay, SAT This Way to the Eggress, the Freakkings

The Rotunda (4014 Walnut St.) FRI Perseverance Jazz Band, SAT Onewayness

The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Fang Fang, Mike Weyrauch, SAT Control for Smilers

The Note (142 E. Market St., West Chester) FRI Moosh & Twist, Asaad, Millie Mag, SAT Phillybloco


Black Landlord Benefit Show at MilkBoy Philly Mar. 30

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Tonight, Black Landlord brings the party to MilkBoy Philly for a good cause: the show is a benefit for Bruce, a friend of the group, to help him save his home. The nine-piece soul/funk/jazz/hip hop collective, led by Maxx Stoyanoff-Williams, is known for their wild live performances, which resemble a summer block party in Philly, so tonight’s gig should be nothing short of a good time. And before the show, fans can check out their latest EP, What You Mean to We, on their Bandcamp Page and grab a FREE download of their track, “Watch Out.” Start your weekend off right by checking out Philly’s own self-proclaimed “house band” and support a good cause. MilkBoy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St., $10 – $20, 8:30 p.m., All Ages – Dan Brightcliffe


Weekly Feature: The Can’t Tells play The Delancey on 04.04

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Crafting catchy lo-fi indie rock songs in the vein of Pavement and Lemonheads, recent Deli Artist of the Month The Can’t Tells released their latest self-titled album in February via their bandcamp and since then have been performing all over Manhattan and Brooklyn. The trio’s simple approach to indie rock music (and killer live show) makes them easy to instantly connect with and get excited by, which is rare for a new band. Their newest EP will be self-released later in the year, but the band put out the single from it, entitled "Lying to Myself, streaming below. See these at The Delancey on April 4th with Boveda, Zula, The Regulars, or at The Deli’s B.E.A.F. fest in late May. – Read Amanda Dissinger’s interview with the band here.


Weekly Feature: Ellis Ashbrook

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There was a time, largely consigned to memory now, when lead guitar players were not like the rest of us. They were gods; long-haired supermen who strode over the sod with giant platform shoes, despoiling women and melting faces with equal impunity. Thunder crashed in their wake and lightning burst forth from their guitars. The plucking of but a few mere notes by an experienced lead guitarist was enough to summon beasts to defy description, demons from the very banks of the River Styx, and, in some cases, The Devil himself. In recent times, the role of the lead guitarist has dwindled in much of popular music. Pot-luck dinners and intimate evenings have taken the place of conquest and pillage, and a typical axeman these days is undoubtedly more comfortable ordering a cup of organic fair-trade coffee than shredding for the future of mankind, atop a snow-covered mountain peak somewhere deep in the former Soviet Union. It’s deplorable. That’s where Ellis Ashbrook comes into the fold… – Andrew Jeromski. – Read Meijin Bruttomesso’s interview with the band here.


Break It Up Break it Down at PhilaMOCA, Mar. 30

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Zoodada is a special event that showcases all kinds of performance arts. And when it comes to PhilaMOCA tonight, it will feature an eclectic lineup of comedy, storytelling, poetry, dancing, and music. After a string of successful shows at SXSW and Brooklyn’s Cameo Gallery, Break It Up is back in Philly and getting ready to record a split album with Attia Taylor. But tonight they’ll be on hand to play their incendiary blend of hook laden indie tunes. Also on the bill is Tutlie, who recently put out another brand new song, “Freyja” (check out the track HERE). And since they’ve been spending a lot of time in the studio of late, you might just be in for some more new material when they take the stage. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12 St., 8pm, $7, All Ages – Bill McThrill


NYC Artists on the rise: Public Speaking plays Bell House on 04.07

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Anyone out there who remembers those fantastic voyages Thom Yorke used to take in his vocalized trances on ‘Kid A’ and ‘Amnesiac’ will appreciate hearing the journeys Public Speaking is planning on taking you on.
This is soul music functioning as 21st century meditation. Jason Anthony Harris has taken the defining objects of our modern age, and imported hidden meaning to their status. From re-purposed kitchen utensils in ‘Funny You Ask,’ to the percussive cold comfort of ‘Isn’t Fair,’ to the chilling range of the processed harmonium in album closer ‘Subtraction,’ Public Speaking is what happens when an artist personally realizes the sound of his environment, and puts it to use. For everyone a little tired of James Blake, come back home to Brooklyn and experience the intimate soul croon of Public Speaking, and see him when he plays at Theaterlab March 31st. – Mike Levine


BRASS CLASH at Brooklyn Bowl with PitchBlak Brass Band and Underground Horns

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YOU NEED MORE FUNK IN YOUR LIFE! It’s an undeniable fact. It’s why you’re so pale and your Mom keeps calling and telling you how tired you sound. Well, worry not; a healthy dose of righteous funk is right around the corner. Brooklyn’s Underground Horns (in the picture) and NYC’s PitchBlak Brass Band are entering the ring at Brooklyn Bowl to battle for free-range brass-fed horn-ganic superiority in a no-holds-barred funkfest. April 12 someone’s trumpet is going to explode. -=brokeMC

big beat by underground horns

San Francisco

Video: Dangermaker “You’re Not There”

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Imagine prepping all of your raw material for the studio, beginning the recording of your first full length debut and then your father dies in a tragic accident. This is exactly what happened to Adam Burnett of Dangermaker.

The product, Black Dream, is Burnett’s original cuts smeared with a layer of darkness. The first single, "You’re Not There," alludes to the awful situation in name alone, but even more in Burnett’s repeated chants of "I’m still here." The promo video for the rock track takes a different stance as a mime struggles to entertain people in and around Chinatown. While both points of view are rather drab, I think I prefer the true story to the miserable mime. Judge for yourself below.

You can catch the San Francisco foursome later this spring at Hotel Utah on April 21st and at Bottom of the Hill on May 19th.

-Justine Fields


Marriages: casting the red sun in a grey fog of mist

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The Red Sparowes have always been, strictly speaking, an instrumental rock act. It’s not that they had anything to say, as the song titles themselves read like abstract, evocative story fragments. So for those who’ve always been curious know what they’d sound like with the addition of vocals, it looks like the equally experimental-leaning act Marriages have finally answered that question. Comprised of three members of the aforementioned, this “side” project feels more like a shortly-timed departure with a keepsake to hold on to until the fateful reunion – there’s still an emphasis on employing a dark, echoing sound that’s just shrouded in mystery, but Marriages like to get to the point more quickly instead of embarking on interminable jams. In the track “Ten Tiny Fingers”, Emma Ruth Rundler’s soft-toned, slithering vocals project over a smokescreen of hazy, tremulous guitars and crisp, pounding drum work. The band still takes their time to envelop the listener with a warm and dreadful chill, but there’s always the sense that you’re close to reaching the light at the end of the tunnel. Marriages’ six track long debut release, entitled Kitsune, will finally be unveiled in its entirety on May 1st.


New England

Q&A with the deli’s Band of the Month: Last One Out

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deli: How did the band start?

Last One Out: Jeff, Dustin, and Scott M. all met Freshman year at PC but it wasn’t until they joined up with Scott R. at the end of Sophomore year that they formed Last One Out. Jeff, Scott M., and Dustin were playing together beforehand and were in need of a new singer so they asked Scott R. (who they already knew played piano and who happened to live on the same dormitory floor) if he had any singing skills. An affirmative yes, and one terribly informal audition later, Last One Out was formed.

Click here to read the rest of the deli’s Q&A with Last One Out.