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Weekend Warrior, May 14 -16

What started out as a nice little show at World Café Live put together by Andy Molholt (of The Armchairs) with buddies The Extraordinaires and Toys Soldiers has been turned into a local music extravaganza by The Fire’s Derek Dorsey and his young Temple protégés to celebrate Toy Soldiers re-release of Whisper Down the Lane on Drexel’s Mad Dragon Records at the TLA. Added to the original bill will be Drink Up Buttercup, The Great Unknown and Lady. This is a pretty sweet lineup. We’re also very interested to see if a few of the smaller local buzz bands can join forces to fill out a relatively massive venue for most of the acts on the bill at this stage in their careers. So come out and show your support for hometown music this Saturday! Hopefully you’ll be able to make it out after all the FREE daytime festivities.
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI The Fractals and Zach Djanikian (of The Brakes), SAT Hermit Thrushes and The Circadian Rhythms
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Mincemeat or Tenspeed, SAT American Speedway, Kingsnake, Backwoods Payback SUN The Asteroid #4
 
North Star Bar (2639 Poplar St.) FRI Steve Goldberg & The Arch Enemies
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Fantasy Square Garden. SAT Cheap Dinosaurs, I Yahn I Arkestra,
 
M Room (12 W. Girard Ave.) FRI (Early) Orbit To Leslie, (Late) Live Not on Evil, SAT The It is, SUN Broken Prayers
 
The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St.) FRI Kuf Knotz, Vitamin F, SAT Post Post, SUN Ports of Call
 
Tritone (1508 South St.) SUN Hennessey and Chris Coyle
 
Blockley Pourhouse (3801 Chestnut St.) FRI Blue Method and Swift Technique, SAT Parachuting Apostles
 
Danger Danger Gallery (5013 Baltimore Ave.) FRI Banned Books
 
JR's Bar (2327 S. Croskey St.) FRI Hessians, Vulcan, Infernal Stronghold
 
Mar Bar (200 S. 40th St.) SAT Kevin James Devine
 
Murph’s Bar (202 E. Girard Ave.) SAT The Last Barbarians
 
Italian Market Festival (9th St.) SAT (Connie's Stage) Cow Muddy, The Spinning Leaves, The Josh & Pete Band, Johnny Miles, (MGK's Stage) Pawnshop Roses, SUN (Connie's Stage) The Major Leagues, Oso, The Sleepwells, The Discount Heroes, The Great Unknown
 
Ellen Powell Tiberino Museum (3819 Hamilton St.) FRI Carnivolution w/The Hydrogen Jukebox and The Radarmen
 
Art Star Craft Bazaar The Great Plaza at Penn's Landing (on Columbus Blvd. between Market St. & Walnut St.) SAT The Spinning Leaves, The Great Unknown, Ron Gallo & Friends, Oh! Pears, Arc In Round, North Lawrence Midnight Singers, SUN Invisible Like a Fox, Songs for Lonesome Hearts, Gildon Works, The Invisible Friends

 

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Keith Masters

Keith Masters has sent a new remix of his track “Make It Take It Shake It” from his EP Discotheque. The remix is by Nolens Volens.

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Future Rock Mixtape

Next month the local trio known as Future Rock will release an epic 52-minute live album. "Live in Wicker Park", set for a June 1st release, features live remixes of Black Moth Super Rainbow and Death from Above 1979 as well as a lot of the bands original material. Mickey Kellerman and Felix Moreno, alongside drummer Darren Heitz have been playing together and perfecting their technique since 2004. Filled with live samples, progressive rhythms, big beats, and party-ready rhythms, this album is a true showcase of the bands abilities. This is the band’s first release since their 2007 album Gears.

Check out the band’s popular new Neon Indian remix.

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Can’t Miss Chicago Blogs

Lollapalooza has put out a question to the mass of music fans in Chicago to name their favorite Chicago music blog. We would love it if you would nominate The Deli Chicago. We are not sure what they are going to do, but I am sure it will be great! Go nominate us please.

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Interview: Panda Riot

This week the fuzz-pop band Panda Riot released their ep Far & Near, and is heading back east for a mini-tour. They are originally from Philadelphia and I thought it would be the perfect time to ask them a few questions.

The Deli (TD): What can fans except to find on Far & Near?
Panda Riot (PR): Between our last record, she dares all things, and this new EP, far and near, we've added a bass player, Justin, and an aux percussionist, Melissa. As a result, I think the songs are more dance-y and textured. Also, while our last record was more or less a collection of singles, Far and Near has a stronger theme. It's like a little novella.

TD: The video for “Motown Glass” was very cool. How did you decide to make a video for that song as opposed to others on the EP?
PR: Rebecca and I both started out as filmmakers so we had a few ideas of what we wanted the video to look and feel like. Motown Glass just seemed to match up nicely.

TD: How did you come to score the film Apocalypse Story? How did that process differ from your typical writing process?
PR: When we write a panda riot song, it is intended to stand alone. But in the soundtrack, the music has to compliment the mood, the arc of the plot, and the interactions of the characters. So, it’s a completely different approach. Also, a lot of what you'll hear on the soundtrack was done on the first take.

TD: How does the music environment in Chicago compare to the scene in Philly?
PR: In Philadelphia it was just Rebecca and myself recording songs in a tiny apartment. We had never really written or recorded songs before. As a result, I think that our first record reflects that intimacy and newness in the recordings. So you could say she dares all things was our Philadelphia Record.

Shortly after moving to Chicago Justin joined the band and his bass playing added a new dimension to the band. We also moved into a huge raw loft space where we can record and practice whenever we want. That gave us the time to rehearse and record the songs exactly how we wanted them. So if She Dares All Things was an intimate, spontaneous record, Far and Near is a more expansive dance-yer, more textured record.

Far & Near was released this week and is available here. Panda Riot is currently on an east coast tour.

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