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Road to Bonnaroo Part 2 @ Mercy Lounge, 3/21/11

Cheer Up Charlie Daniels is off to see the 'roo after playing a raucous set Monday night. Round two had its good, bad and ugly along with lots of extra people cluttered onstage for many of the sets and the usual desperate theatrics. It began with The Pink Spiders' infuriatingly infectious pop rock hooks. They shredded with a flashing sign behind them bearing their moniker and welcomed onstage tambourine-toting minions who danced through the crowd on the last song. The dreadlocks and wild arm flailing of Born Empty shattered that vibe and plunged us into a heavy, Incubus-like sonic stupor that would have been well-suited to Bonnaroo before Cheer Up Charlie Daniels piled onstage to deliver their musical variety show.


Keegan DeWitt managed to walk away as first runner-up, either because of some hooky songcraft or a shower of shiny, cheap confetti. Leroy Powell, the second runner-up, took the stage next, and hidden under a hat and dark shades, delivered enough heated blues riffs to cut through anybody's drunken warm fuzzies. Here comes the bad - sadly, Brandon Jazz and His Armed Forces had to forfeit due to an untimely computer crash. Rotten luck, especially considering the time and effort he put into the show's preparation.


As for the ugly, that could easily be the hideously awesome pants worn by The Captain Midnight Band during their strange and gritty funk rock. Finally, Big Surr's itty frontwoman closed with a big bang; though they were last, the band still had a loyal cluster of fans up front for four songs of revving, punkish indie rock. – Jessica Pace

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March 2011
Religious to Damn
"Glass Prayer
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Like many current bands, Afghan-American singer Zohra Atash's project Religious to Damn is inspired by the sound of the 70's and 80's. However, the influences on this record are far from typical. Religious to Damn's music doesn't have anything to do with those dancey Motown tunes, glam rock, or electro-pop. Instead, their album "Glass Prayer" references dark and sophisticated artists like Japan, David Sylvian, Siouxsie & The Banshees and (in the poppier choruses) queens of cool Blondie and Kate Bush. The best songs on the album are "Drifter", a track built on a super simple bass line that develops quite surprisingly towards celestial openings and the title track "Glass Prayer" (in the video), which alternates a verse that's almost a tribute to late Japan with a chorus as beautiful and voluptuous as Kate Bush's best songs. Infused with exotic sounds and atmospheres, the record features a good number of ballads and mid tempo numbers, but things seems to get more interesting whenever the BPM go up, as evidenced by the Morriconian "The Wait", and the tense and apocalyptic "Let The Fires Burn".





CD of the Month: Religious to Damn - Live at Cake Shop on March 25

Like many current bands, Afghan-American singer Zohra Atash's project Religious to Damn is inspired by the sound of the 70's and 80's. However, the influences on this record are far from typical. Religious to Damn's music doesn't have anything to do with those dancey Motown tunes, glam rock, or electro-pop. Instead, their album "Glass Prayer" references dark and sophisticated artists like Japan, David Sylvian, Siouxsie & The Banshees and (in the poppier choruses) queens of cool Blondie and Kate Bush. The best songs on the album are "Drifter", a track built on a super simple bass line that develops quite surprisingly towards celestial openings and the title track "Glass Prayer" (in the video), which alternates a verse that's almost a tribute to late Japan with a chorus as beautiful and voluptuous as Kate Bush's best songs. Infused with exotic sounds and atmospheres, the record features a good number of ballads and mid tempo numbers, but things seems to get more interesting whenever the BPM go up, as evidenced by the Morriconian "The Wait", and the tense and apocalyptic "Let The Fires Burn". (This CD was submitted through our digital CD submission system).

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Hollows on Daytrotter

Hollows appeared on Daytrotter over the weekend and performed four tracks including my favorite Hollows song "Shadows In The Dark".

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Chiddy Bang Announce New Album Title and Major Headlining Tour!

Chiddy Bang just officially unveiled that the album title of their upcoming debut full-length will be Breakfast (not The Swelly Life as previously reported). They will also be hitting the road with Dev, Ninjasonik, and Pusha - T. Chiddy Bang will be headlining the tour which will be called “the Bamboozle Roadshow”, which will be rolling into Philly on Wednesday, June 8 at the TLA. You can check out some of the confirmed tour dates HERE. Also keep a lookout for new music, videos, and more shows! Cheers! - The Deli Staff
 
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